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Things you know now… Tagged.

My friend Brent Ozar, SQL Server Ninja, passed on a tag which asked “what do you wish you knew when you were starting?”

Here are some of the things that immediately came to mind.

Make a manual backup before doing anything to M2M.

Over the years I have been tempted to make small changes to certain […]

California Dreaming and Shop Floor Data Collection

I’ve had several people message me asking how my trip to California went so I thought I would blog about it. Anyway, I was there for eight days evenly divided between consulting and recreation.

My primary reason for the trip was to implement Shop Floor Data Collection for an affiliate company near Los […]

Merry Christmas Everyone

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you folks a Merry Christmas and thank you for reading my ramblings.

As an adult I have to buy my own presents, so this year I bought a few things that interested me.

I bought a couple of these:

Star […]

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!

Well, Thanksgiving is just a week away. Every year about this time I remember one of the funniest episodes of any television show in history. Of course, I am referring to the WKRP in Cinncinati’s Turkey Drop and I still laugh every time I see it.

It’s a helicopter, and […]

SQL DBA Quiz – I’ll Play Your Game, You Rogue.

Today I was tagged by SQL Ninja Brent Ozar after he was tagged by Chris Shaw for this brief SQL DBA Quiz. His quiz requests that I name two mistakes I’ve made in my career. As someone who celebrates his mistakes, of course I will have to oblige. The title of my post, is […]

Some are born geeks, some achieve geekiness, and some have geekiness thrust upon them….

I like to think of myself as an alpha geek. Geekiness is something to be respected, enjoyed, and promoted. Let me share some of my “geek cred” with you.

For example I….

Learned BASIC on a Radio Shack TRS80 Model 3 and I still have 5.25″ floppies which contain my early programming efforts.
Have […]

Vegas Confessions with Many Pictures (Safe for Work)

Although nothing happened like the last time I went to Vegas, I still managed to get myself in few weird situations.

I stayed in Vegas until Sunday evening but during the conference I was too tired to do much else besides have dinner with co-workers afterward. However, I started venturing out Friday and […]

What happens in Vegas… The Final Battle.. or Something. (Part 3)

*** Note: This is a 3 part post and they are shown in the order I published them. Please read parts one and two below before reading part 3. ***

Try to imagine it. You’re stuck in the middle of the night on top of a mountain surrounded by short pines without food, […]

What happens in Vegas… Part 2

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” -Rollo May

Spoken in an old time radio announcer’s voice:

When last we left our “hero”, he had left his car to take a picture of the desert in the mountains near Lee Canyon. Of course he […]

What happens in Vegas.... Part 1

This article isn’t about the User Conference which was held in Vegas a few years ago. This is about me and my life and death struggle against my own stupidity.

Some have found this story hard to believe, but I swear it is true. This was my first trip to Vegas, so I […]

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