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Six Unusual Blogs I Like

I subscribe to and read over 100 SQL Server blogs every day.  I link to posts that I think are interesting.  I also read a fair number of non-SQL Server blogs.  Here are a few that I think are interesting. danah boyd. She is a researcher with Microsoft and writes about privacy, social media and teenagers.  I discovered her blog while looking for strategies to keep my personal and professional life separate.  (I haven’t found a good solution to that yet.)  Her stories of how teenagers use Facebook and other social media tools are fascinating. Clayton’s Web Snacks. ...

posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 7:43 AM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Experimenting with other search engines

I’ve been a Google user so long I can hardly remember what I used before it.  Alta Vista maybe?  Or Yahoo.  I’ve tried Bing off and on but it never really stuck.  I probably care more about search engines than your average user because of their impact on  Lately I’ve been trying two other search engines and actually switched to one of them. I’ve played with Blekko a little in the past.  They have some interesting ways to “slice up” your results.  For example, searching on “SQL Server /blogs /date” should just search all the recently updated blogs. ...

posted @ Wednesday, February 02, 2011 8:49 AM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Top 10 Linked Blogs of 2010

Each week I send out a SQL Server newsletter and include links to interesting blog posts.  I’ve linked to over 500 blog posts so far in 2010.  Late last year I started storing those links in a database so I could do a little reporting.  I tend to link to posts related to the OLTP engine.  I also try to link to the individual blogger in the group blogs.  Unfortunately that wasn’t possible for the SQLCAT and CSS blogs.  I also have a real weakness for posts related to PASS. These are the top 10 blogs that...

posted @ Monday, December 20, 2010 7:38 AM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Visiting China

This summer I had the chance to visit China.  My brother and his wife are living in China and teaching English.  I spent a little over two weeks in Shanghai, Suzhou and Yancheng.  During that time I wrote some detailed updates for family and a few close friends on the impressions of a good Midwestern kid visiting the Middle Kingdom. I dumped them all into one document, did a little editing and now they’re posted.  You can download it here.  Below you can see my futile attempts to eat using chopsticks and me posing as a tourist on...

posted @ Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

The Facebook Reunion

Over the last year I’ve watched my usage of Facebook change.  A party in my hometown really capped off the change.  When I started out on Facebook all my friends were technology people.  Facebook hadn’t invaded my hometown yet. I grew up in Baldwin City, Kansas about 50 minutes southwest of Kansas City.  The population was around 2,000 when I graduated from high school.  That was back in the days of Miami Vice, Dire Straits, Back to the Future, Family Ties, Huey Lewis & the News, Rocky IV and Simple Minds.  (And yes, I was just as cool as...

posted @ Sunday, October 25, 2009 3:01 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Bing’s Visual Search is pretty cool

Bing just announced a visual search feature.  I mostly clicked on it because I enjoy bright, shiny things.  Wow!  I just spent 30 minutes filtering NFL players in all sort of weird ways.  I don’t know how that helps my fantasy team yet.  But it was interesting.  Definitely worth a look.  The “film legends” are also pretty cool!

posted @ Monday, September 14, 2009 6:52 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Playing with Google Voice

I put my name down for the Google Voice trial a few months back.  I recently received my invitation and configured my account.  The entire process was painless and it has some interesting benefits: I’m in the process of starting a new business and needed a work number.  At free, this is an attractively priced alternative.  I would like some way to have a fax number though.  Right now I’m signed up for a second service that does fax. Choosing a phone number was easy.  You tell it where you are...

posted @ Friday, July 24, 2009 6:33 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous Utilities ]

Is Nothing Safe Anymore?

When I connect my laptop to Wi-Fi hotspots I’m usually pretty careful.  I look at the name of what I’m connecting to and make sure it looks reasonable.  I know it’s no guarantee but if there is only one wi-fi hotspot with the airport name there’s a pretty good chance it’s the one I’m looking for.  Apparently the new trend among cyber criminals is fake hotspots in vacation areas: Cybercriminals are targeting travelers by creating phony Wi-Fi hot spots in airports, in hotels, and even aboard airliners. Vacationers on their way to fun...

posted @ Sunday, July 12, 2009 5:05 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Comparing Bing and Google

Until this weekend I hadn’t done much with Bing.  I looked at the pretty pictures and tried a search now and then but that’s about it.  I recently stumbled on Bing vs. Google.  You can enter your search text and it will search both of them side by side.  It also has a custom search provider you can add to FireFox.  I do most of my searching through the browser. I’ve been using this as my default search provider for a few days now and its kind of interesting.  Pages that appear high on both lists are obviously something...

posted @ Monday, July 06, 2009 7:58 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Storage in the Cloud

I wrote earlier on ways I’m storing some of my files offsite. Since then I’ve made a small change. Previously I used JungleDisk to copy shared folders on my HP Windows Home Server to Amazon S3.  The newer HP MediaSmart’s come with special HP software that performs the same function.  Last week HP released the MediaSmart Server Online Backup for S3 for owners of older devices and I migrated from JungleDisk.  I never had any problems with JungleDisk.  I just felt more comfortable with officially released and supported software. You can specify which shares you want to backup...

posted @ Tuesday, June 02, 2009 7:51 PM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Storing My Files in the Cloud

(Written on my snappy new Windows 7 RC installation.  Operating systems are so much faster before they get those pesky applications installed.) I’ve been gradually transitioning all my file storage and backup to online services, aka “The Cloud”.  I’m nearly done and thought I’d share what I’ve done in hopes of getting even better ideas or helping someone else out. Live Mesh My main working computer is a laptop.  I have a small server here but it’s only used for testing.  I have a few folders in “My Documents” where I store the bulk of my non-development...

posted @ Monday, May 04, 2009 7:17 AM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous Utilities ]

Congratulations Derek

I wanted to congratulate Derek Comingore on being named an MVP.  He's a regular blogger here on on Business Intelligence topics.  It's great to see community participation acknowledged by Microsoft.

posted @ Thursday, October 02, 2008 7:48 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous Site Related ]


What a night!  Mario Chalmers hits a last second three to send the game into overtime and KU rolls from there.  Twenty years ago when KU won their last national championship I was at KU.  I just had to head down to Lawrence and enjoy the party again.  These pictures are from downtown Lawrence.  They had 5-6 blocks cordoned off and it was wall to wall people.  What a fantastic night! That's me in front with a buddy from high school and his son.  And various crowd shots.  There were so many people.  Just amazing!...

posted @ Tuesday, April 08, 2008 7:08 AM | Feedback (5) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

SQL Injection Comic

The world needs more SQL injection comics.

posted @ Wednesday, October 10, 2007 4:13 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

SQL Server 2005 Searches

Google Trends is an interesting tool. Here's a comparison of searches for SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005.

posted @ Saturday, May 13, 2006 12:15 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Changing font sizes

Not sure what category this should belong in. I accidently used the scroll wheel while I had the control key pressed. It turns out that resizes the font. I haven't tried it in everything yet but it works in FireFox AND Outlook. It's quick and convenient.

posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2004 10:19 PM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]


It's not often I post rants.  I don't like to read them.  But DELL just chapped my hide!  I get to the MVP Summit in Seattle to find that my ethernet port won't connect to the hotel.  No link light.  Nigel Rivett is kind enough to try his laptop in my room and it worked fine.  I haven't installed anything new on my laptop.  It worked fine the morning I left.  After all the diagnostics failed to turn up anything Dell's first solution was to do a rollback.  Amazingly enough that didn't fix it. There next suggestion was to scrub the...

posted @ Tuesday, April 06, 2004 9:16 PM | Feedback (6) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]


I've finally updated to the latest build of .TEXT.

posted @ Sunday, January 25, 2004 6:36 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

On Being Named an MVP...

I found out last week that I'd been named an MVP for SQL Server.  Which I think is pretty darn cool!  I don't know if anyone else on the site was added to the list but hopefully I'll track that down.  Thanks Steve and Rob.  And who ever else helped :)

posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2004 9:20 AM | Feedback (8) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

New Poll

I've got a new poll up on and I'd appreciate it if you'd take a second and vote.  This is probably the first really serious poll I've run.  I'd really like to know what language you spend most of your day using.  Getting a lot of votes and a clear idea of what languages are popular will help me make the most of my relationship with Microsoft.  And help me get better content.

posted @ Friday, November 14, 2003 8:57 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Feedback now on the main page

FYI - I've updated the main page to display the feedback information about each post.

posted @ Wednesday, October 01, 2003 11:04 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]


Welcome to the blogs at!

posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2003 8:38 PM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

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