My SQL Saturday Experience

Devin Knight, Wes Brown, and yours truly.

It’s 8:30am on SQL Saturday, and I feel like I’ve taken a two by four to the head. I’m standing outside the front of the building leading the registration team at the front tables, squinting in the sun, sweating profusely, and wondering why I feel so good about […]

Top Ten Sessions for M2M Administrators at the 24 Hours of Pass

If you are a M2M Administrator, you should be studying SQL Server. I encourage anyone who works with M2M to study the SQL programming language, how SQL Server works, advanced reporting techniques, etc. In my opinion, if you don’t have at least a basic understanding of all things SQL, you cannot effectively administer M2M. […]

We are Men of Action, Meetings do not Become Us.

The Princess Bride

The other day I found myself in a meeting regarding a CRM package we are implementing. The implementation company had brought two project managers, a sales lady, and a geek who will actually assist in the implementation. I sat in on this meeting with some of our executives and sales people.

I […]

I am a PC… For Now.

Listen folks, I have been a computer geek a long time. I started with the early versions of DOS and have been using Microsoft operating systems for nearly 20 years. I used to know how to configure extended memory, expanded memory, etc in order to get various PC games to work in less than 1mb […]

Out of Box Experience - Lenovo ThinkPad T400

I have been promising to create a series of instructional videos regarding SQL, Crystal Reports, and Made2Manage for some time. I asked the SQL Community for suggestions for an excellent Laptop Configuration to record these videos.

I went with the IBM Lenovo Thinkpad T400 with several upgrades including more RAM, faster processor, and a SSD […]

Steal This Blog

I originally wrote this article some time ago, and then shelved it because I found that Jason Massie had already used the title, though his message was entirely different from mine. Since this is an article about plagiarism, I thought it ironic to plagiarize his title. However, with the recent uproar about plagiarism on SQL […]

Careers and Cheap Furniture - Some Assembly Required

I read a lot of great material from numerous technical blogs every single week. Sometimes I am stirred enough to comment on them, but only rarely am I inspired to blog about something I read on another blog. Steve Jones’ recent editorial is one of those. To summarize:

I think it’s important for management to provide […]

Under the Bus

Recently we had an M2M outage at work, which caused annoyance and downtime for many of my users. It took the better part of a day to investigate and solve. As you can imagine it was a stressful time, executives were angry, etc; which was particularly difficult for me because I am a perfectionist when […]

Can You Farm?

”As a comedian, I always get into situations where I’m auditioning for movies and sitcoms, you know? As a comedian, they want you to do other things besides comedy. They say “alright you’re a comedian, can you write? Write us a script. Act in this sitcom.” They want me to do shit that’s related to […]

“What is your Biggest Weakness?” The Classic Interview Question.

This is the point where we all lie and list a strength and tell the interviewer that our biggest weakness is that we just work too darn hard or some other such tripe. To be honest, I don’t know why they ask this question and what they really expect for an answer. […]

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