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Registered for the SQLpass Summit

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I’ll be attending the SQLpass Summit 2007 in Denver in a couple of weeks.  It’s an annual conference for Microsoft SQL Server database administrators with seminars like “Managing Large Data Warehouses” and “Plan Cache Analysis in SQL Server 2005.”  I’m excited because this is the first national SQL conference I’ve been able to attend. I’m…
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Ugly month of outages

Hardware, Storage, Virtualization
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The past month has been a real challenge, filled with 70-80 hour weeks and clawing back from one disaster after another. In late June, IBM recommended that we upgrade the firmware on our DS4800 SAN controllers to fix some problems. We obliged, and two days later, our Exchange cluster rebooted without warning. We’d been having…
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In line at Apple South Beach

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In line at Apple South Beach I wasn’t going to wait in line, but I came past here after work a few minutes ago and there’s maybe a hundred people in line, tops, so I figured what the hell. I won’t be broken hearted if they run out – I can wait a while.
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Bought a new Honda Mini-Minivan

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Honda Fit at Miami Ink After the Jeep developed a transmission problem last weekend, Erika and I decided to take the plunge. We traded in the Saturn for a new Honda Fit. Our plan had always been to have one really reliable car and one fun car, and for a couple of years, the Jeep…
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The Jeep takes a road trip – without us

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The Jeep is going on its own Memorial Day weekend road trip – to the dealer. Last night, Erika and I tried to take it to P. F. Chang’s for our payday Friday ritual only to find the shifter wasn’t connected to anything. I could slide it around freely between R, N, D, 3, 2,…
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My experience at the Apple Genius Bar

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Apple retail stores have a Genius Bar where you can get tech support.  I walked over to the Apple Store on Lincoln Road (damn, I love living in Miami Beach) and bellied up to the bar.  The bartender, wearing a black t-shirt with the label “Genius” on the front, helped out a couple of customers. …
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Take Your Kids To Work Day

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Yesterday was Take Your Sons and Daughters To Work Day, and I got roped into leading sessions. I ran a presentation on desktops & servers: we opened up desktops, explained what the parts did, showed off a couple of servers, and finished things off with a round of LAN games. We were a big hit…
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Code Camp Fort Lauderdale

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It’s 7:30 AM, and I’m sitting in an empty conference room. Why? Because Mike Culver from Amazon Web Services is about to present sessions on S3 and EC2, two of my favorite upcoming technologies. I’ve been getting more and more involved with virtualization over the last year – Southern is running 2/3 of their Windows…
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The Boutique Generation

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Tara Hunt blogged about the Boutique Generation, saying: “You may be a member of the Boutique Generation if you: Enjoy shopping at your local pharmacy, grocer, clothing store where you know the owners and feel yourself going out of your way to give them business even if their prices are higher because you prefer to…
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Ben and I finishing the Run for Miracles

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Ben and I finishing the Run for Miracles I ran a 5k this morning in Delray Beach with Ben, the guy from work who got me started on the whole running thing. At our post-race breakfast at Cracker Barrel (helllooo, calories), I said that I don’t enjoy running at all, but I’m doing it for…
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FAQ about working with an Apple Mac

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Word is getting out at the office about me using a Mac, and at least once a week now, someone comes over to my cube to ask a few questions. Here are the most common ones: Q: Is that your personal computer, or your work one? It’s my work one, and it’s the only computer…
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DBA 101: The Always-On Workstation

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DBAs need an in-office computer to run overnight and weekend performance logs, traces, and long-running queries. For example, let’s say you need to run a long series of maintenance queries to rebuild indexes over the weekend. You shouldn’t be remote-desktopping into your production servers to run this query: instead, you just need a simple workstation…
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Budgeting 101 for SQL Server database administrators

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It’s that beautiful time of year when everybody watches the colors. No, not the changing browns and reds of the foliage, but the red and black numbers on P&L statements. That’s right – it’s budget time. In order to build a good database budget, we have to ask our managers a few key questions: Are…
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Software projects aren’t like normal projects

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The ever-brilliant Jeff Atwood wrote a fascinating blog post about why building software is hard: it’s never been built before.  He was following up on a similar blog post, but in a nutshell, software projects are harder than construction projects because they’re nothing like projects at all.  Every time we build a new piece of…
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First 5k Done

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I finished my first 5k race last night, and I look forward to more of ’em. My official time was 37 minutes 46 seconds. I placed 40th out of 42 in my division (30-34 year old males), 415th out of 496 males, and 866th overall out of 1163 runners. The average male ran 30 minutes…
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My first 5k race

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Today, I signed up for my first 5k race – well, my first race period – the 12th Annual Fantasy of Lights 5k. While this will technically be a race, I will in no way be judging my results by the time it takes me to finish, or where I finish in the pack.  I…
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Goodbye MovableType, hello WordPress

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The more sober among you will notice a small change in the look & feel of this here site. I’ve been toying around with WordPress on some of my other sites for a while, and it’s time I took the plunge and changed over BrentOzar.com. For the next couple of weeks, this site will be…
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Goodbye Flock, hello Firefox

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The below screenshot is what you see when you try to go to Google.com with Flock: When I go to a web site, and software tries to hijack my session to go to a different web site, that’s bad software. It doesn’t matter how well-intentioned the offer is – if the software has the gumption…
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Movies on my Cingular 8125

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This weekend, I was determined to set up my Cingular 8125 PocketPC phone to play movies, TV shows, and music videos. It was faster and easier than I’d even expected. Step 1: get the free PocketDivxEncoder. Install this on your desktop computer. It converts your existing videos to PocketPC-friendly formats that take less space, and…
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