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Kan U Spel?

I admit that I am a bit of a spelling and grammar Nazi. It drives me to absolute distraction when I read something and notice a spelling mistake, particularly if it is on a “professional” site such as a news or business site. When I see something like t…

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Developing for the business and the user

Technology is a wonderful tool that should make all of our lives better – at least until Skynet takes over. But then I am hoping that this article will serve me in good stead with our new superior overlords.  😀
The problem, as you may have guessed by…

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Goodbye Google Reader, hello feedly

Yesterday, the following was announced

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on…

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Blogging Tip – Removing Sensitive Information from Images

One of the things that is fairly important when writing articles, blogs, whitepapers or even authoring books is ensuring you do not share any personal information in your screen captures.  This is even more important when you are using company property…

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Being a finalist for the Exceptional DBA of the Year

This week brought one of the highest achievements in my career and community work. On June 23rd it was announced by Red Gate and SQL Server Central that I had made it into the finalists for the Exceptional DBA of the Year award. WOW! Every time I say it, I still get that feeling in my gut only certain things that you are truly emotional about can bring.

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There Is Never Time For … (Part 3)

Our ticket counts are down, the systems are failing less often, and we’re reporting regular corrective actions to the business instead of just patches. Fixing issues as they occur, even root cause correction, is a process of stabilization. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t like aiming for average. This is the third article […]

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There Is Never Time For … (Part 2)

So we might have some idea on how to improve our skills and knowledge, but it still takes 20 minutes to find a specific switch in the cabinet, the last time a server lost a fan we didn’t find out until after it overheated, and we have no idea how many licenses we have purchased. […]

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There Is Never Time For … (Part 1)

There is never time for training, or to make sure the servers have the right background image, or to make a monitoring script to send emails when certain schema changes occur in the database, or to improve the feedback loop on quarterly goals, or to change that dreadful change management form to streamline the process. […]

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Office Inspiration Quotes

A few tag lines for your motivational posters at work… Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them. If you can stay calm, while all around you is chaos… then you probably haven’t completely understood the seriousness of the situation. Doing a job […]

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