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PSA: Know Your Development Platform

So yesterday Google rolled out version 12 of the Chrome browser. Some improvements and fixes as there usually is, but one thing was missing that you might not have known about: Google Gears. Google Gears added “new” features to browsers that allowed them to store data locally and interact with you desktop via your web… Read More »

Meme Monday #1

Thomas LaRock (blog | twitter) came up with the idea to post an 11 word “story” in honor of SQL Server 11 (Code-named Denali). In participation in the first “Meme Monday” I give you: Space Running Low, Data In Jeopardy. Larger Hard Drives Create Calm. I also tag: Jason Horner (blog | twitter) Randy Knight… Read More »

Change Is Good

Have had a few changes this weekend technology speaking. New Twitter Avatar It was suggested during the last conference that I add a “real” pic as my twitter avatar. I have to say it was kind of frustrating to try and meet new people when they had no idea what I looked like. So I… Read More »

PSA: Sleep Apnea (Follow-up)

So a few months ago I posted about sleep apnea and my experiences in getting diagnosed and treated. It’s been about 3 months now and I have to say it took about 2 months to totally get used to the mask at night (see pic). One thing for me that was interesting is that it… Read More »

SQL Obsession: Smells like a sweet contest

My wife says I should start with something witty, but since I can’t think of anything I’ll give a little background first. I grew up in small town Colorado, I met my wife in Chicago where I attended college and lived for over 7 years. We returned to Colorado before the birth of our first… Read More »

Motorola Droid v1 Rooted

So first I should put a standard disclaimer: This process will void your warranty and possibly “brick” you phone. Only attempt this if you’re willing to accept the risk. I’ve had my original Motorola Droid for over a year and a half now and I still love it. Up until now I didn’t want to… Read More »

2011: The Year of Focus

It’s that time of year when people promise to themselves to lose weight, stop smoking, and stop writing cursors. This month’s TSQL Tuesday topic is about the latter, habits or things you’d change as a DBA. If you’re new to SQL Server you may not be aware that the amount of knowledge out there is… Read More »

Tabula Recta Generator

Inspired by the Lifehacker article of “How to Write Down and Encrypt Your Passwords with an Old-School Tabula Recta” I have thrown together my own web-based Tabula Recta generator. This is a just a quick proof of concept. I don’t shift the characters but generate a random character from a limited character set (abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxys0123456789!@#$%^&*()+_-{}|;<>?) using… Read More »

Breaking into Information Technology (one approach)

Was talking with my wife about the “good ‘ol days”. Small apartment, going to school, trying to make ends meet. Those were the days shortly before the dot com bubble burst. At that point I was fighting against being in I.T. because EVERYONE was going into the field. Oddly enough every  job I got at… Read More »

Why are DBA skills necessary? #TSQL2sDay

Finally taking the plunge. First time blogger to T-SQL Tuesday here. I would have to start by saying that as I’ve grown in DBA skill and knowledge coming from the dark side (developers) I can see right off the bat some skills that are critical. Here are just some basic examples (near and dear to… Read More »