Sunday, 8 June 2008

New full time contract

I've taken a new full time contract - new I wouldn't last long. Contacted on Tuesday, interview Wednesday, started Friday. It looks like it will be fun although a lot of work.
A good excuse to delay redecorating the house yet again.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Redgate DBA awards

Agreed (and honoured to be asked) to be a judge for the Red Gate DBA awards.
Now have to decide whether to go to the PASS summit for the presentation in November.
I suspect I will as I enjoyed the last PASS sumit I went to and just need an excuse.

Article on identities got a pleasing quick response and criticism - and fortunately no religious tirades.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Updated web site

Added a bit aout savings to the finance part of my web site and rejigged a few other parts.
Installed visual studo 2008 in preparation for the data driven app article - discovered I was a bit lacking in .net dev environments. I tend to use virtual machines and had lost them.

Also tried adding Youtube video links to the website
Not sure about the use of this so might remove it later.

Added a list of new SQL Server 2008 features and functionality
Hoping to expand on this when I get time.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Near future aims and objectives

I am trying to concentrate a bit more on publishing SQL Server related material both on my website
and on the simpletalk site. I've recently published an article on identity columns there
Also a new blog on Simple Talk at
It's what made me create this.

I'm in the process of writing an article on creating a .net application that is controlled via data (no more coding as long as the extra functionality is within the framework). This is surprisingly simple to write. I'm hoping to give a and version.

The other task is to re-establish the forum on my website. I had to take it down after it got hacked in a particularly nasty way. I should have taken more notice ofthe Snitz vulnerability fixes. Sorry if anyone got hit by it.

Oh - and need to link this from my website.

This is turning into a todo list.
So while I'm here - A long time ago I wrote an admin system for my brothers company. V1 VB and access. V2 VB and SQL Server.
The front end now needs to be rewritten in .net.
He also says the wireless network I set up has stoped working (remember to check if the access point is still plugged in).
Oh and while I'm there I can build a web site for the company. Bet it's not as simple as saving some pages from word to html.
At some point I'm going to have to start charging for all this. It's not as if I don't have more than enough paid work to do.

Creating this

Well it was a lot simpler than I expected.
Just need to find out how to get rid of the junk adsense entries so that the useful sql server one's appear.
I remember something about prohibiting specific ads from appearing but have never needed to use it and no idea where it was. Probably in the adsense setup.