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A series of episodes that look at databases and the world from a data professional's viewpoint. Written and recorded by Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral and The Voice of the DBA.

Latest Episodes

Black Friday Wishes

It's traditionally Black Friday in the US today, with big sales kicking off the Christmas season. This year, many companies have taken different approaches, with the pandemic and separation. Plenty of online training from SQL experts has been on sale and available, and there are certainly other deals to be had. I recently ran across a list on 10 tech holiday gifts that will delight your employees. I don't know that I want any of these, and some of these are quite extravagant for an employee gift. At least, it feels that way to me. Read the rest of Black Friday Wishes

2 min17 h ago
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Black Friday Wishes

Finding Thanks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. While my family often gives thanks to each other over a big meal in the afternoon, I know plenty of people that make it a point to post about something that they are grateful for during each day of the month. This year we won't be having family over. A couple local members of our extended family are worried about COVID, for good reason. Others are out of town and not looking to travel. With a situation worsening in Colorado and a request from the state to avoid mixing households, I'll have the smallest dinner we've had in decades. Read the rest of Finding Thanks

2 min2 d ago
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Finding Thanks

All In to the Cloud

I was listening to the fall 2020 GroupBy conference recently and heard Gethyn Ellis note that he wasn't aware of any companies that were over some age (a decade?), and that had made a 100% move to the cloud. The comment caught my eye, not because I haven't felt the same way, but because I'd just heard from a company that surprised me. During the DevOps Enterprise Summit recently, one of the keynotes was from Capital One. They are a 26 year old company that is focused on financial services, and they said that this year they are 100% in the cloud. They recently shut down their last data center. For a highly regulated company, and one that's not a startup, that is impressive. Read the rest of All In to the Cloud

2 min3 w ago
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All In to the Cloud

The Separation of Tools

I've got a question for you today. Is it better to have SSMS and ADS available as separate downloads? If you installed SQL Server prior to 2017 (the year, not the version), you had the option to add Management Studio (SSMS) to your installation. In fact, that was the only way to get SSMS back then. There was no separate tools download, which was a pain for many customers. Read the rest of The Separation of Tools

2 min3 w ago
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The Separation of Tools

SQL Server Phone Home

A few versions ago Microsoft added the Customer Experience Improvement Service to the SQL Server platform. This is the CEIP service, and it comes with SQL Server. It is designed to get telemetry from your operation of a SQL Server instance on your premises. If you have Standard or Enterprise, you can turn this off, but if you use Developer or Eval, you cannot. Brent wrote a short description of this service recently, which is a good summary. When this first came out, there was a lot of concern with regards to data privacy, but I suspect most of this is overblown. Microsoft is bound by the GDPR, and my conversations with employees over the years have convinced me they take this seriously. Not just the legal staff, but many of the developers were surprised by the detail and documentation that they had to provide in order to gather data. Read the rest of SQL Server Phone Home

3 minOCT 26
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SQL Server Phone Home

Chopping Off Data

Do you know the difference between XLS and XLSX? They're both Excel formats, and many of us might just use one or the other. After all, the latest versions of Excel work with both, and if you've been using a spreadsheet for years, perhaps you stick with the older format when exchanging data with others. As many of you might have seen, Public Health England recently learned there is a difference with large amounts of data. They found data was being chopped off in a spreadsheet because they were using the old XLS format, which only supports 65k rows. The newer XLSX format will support a million rows, but both numbers are far below what SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and other platforms support. Those platforms support billions, and most are limited only by the storage available. Read the rest of Chopping Off Data

3 minOCT 19
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Chopping Off Data

Career Goals and Inspiration

Many of us start working in technology because we enjoy programming or software or data or some other aspect of computing. We usually have some excitement that gets us motivated to start learning or apply for a job.Over time, we may move our area of focus, pick up new platforms, change jobs, and more. I'd like to think that most people actively make choices, rather than fall into the next situation, but I see the latter more often than the former. People take jobs quickly, when offered, even if the opportunity isn't one for they were aiming. This certainly isn't all bad, as there are times when we get opportunities we weren't expecting. We may not realize what possibilities are available. However, I do regularly see people not thinking about the next step in their career until they need a job or they hate the one they are in.With that in mind, asking you to think about where you might want to go or what to achieve, I have a question for you. Read the rest of Career Goals and Inspira...

3 minOCT 16
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Career Goals and Inspiration

The Degradation of the Turing Test

The Turing Test from Alan Turing was proposed as a test of an intelligent system. Could a human determine if the other party in a conversation was a machine? This was an interesting way of imagining how powerful a computer might grow and the types of answers it might give to a human. Interestingly enough Turing didn't argue about the correctness of the answers, just that they appeared to be from a human. In some sense, I wonder how many people would have been fooled by the GPT-3 bot on Reddit. It posted comments for a week to a variety of threads. You can look through the posts by the "thegentlemetre" user, but this one caught my eye, and as I read it, I was surprised how much this looks like things I've seen posted on the Internet. Read the rest of The Degradation of the Turing Test

3 minOCT 15
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The Degradation of the Turing Test

The App Compatibility Promise

I was listening to one of the Ignite keynotes, and I heard an executive say something about "if your app doesn't work, we'll pay to fix it, or fix Windows." I had stop and rewind and check, and then go look around. Sure enough, there is an App Assure promise for Windows 10 and apps. This isn't just for commercial software, but it lists custom line-of-business apps, third party apps, and more. Now, this doesn't appear to be for everyone. The eligibility for at last the FastTrack portion of this is 150 or more licenses of Windows, Office, etc. However, it is a guarantee that they will help you. Read the rest of The App Compatibility Promise

2 minOCT 13
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The App Compatibility Promise

How Important is a Conference?

The PASS Virtual Summit is coming up next month, and Andy has a few thoughts on how to get your employer to send you to the virtual conference. As someone that has been through this many times, Andy has good advice, and his thoughts are the types of things I've done in the past at various jobs I've had. Having a good reason why was important before I started speaking. Once I started speaking, I often made a deal with my boss that I'd cover some parts of the event and they'd cover others. We both made a shared investment in my career, which made sense to me. I often used Andy's line, which is what I was thinking about today. This is important to me. Read the rest of How Important is a Conference?

2 minOCT 12
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How Important is a Conference?

Latest Episodes

Black Friday Wishes

It's traditionally Black Friday in the US today, with big sales kicking off the Christmas season. This year, many companies have taken different approaches, with the pandemic and separation. Plenty of online training from SQL experts has been on sale and available, and there are certainly other deals to be had. I recently ran across a list on 10 tech holiday gifts that will delight your employees. I don't know that I want any of these, and some of these are quite extravagant for an employee gift. At least, it feels that way to me. Read the rest of Black Friday Wishes

2 min17 h ago
Comments
Black Friday Wishes

Finding Thanks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. While my family often gives thanks to each other over a big meal in the afternoon, I know plenty of people that make it a point to post about something that they are grateful for during each day of the month. This year we won't be having family over. A couple local members of our extended family are worried about COVID, for good reason. Others are out of town and not looking to travel. With a situation worsening in Colorado and a request from the state to avoid mixing households, I'll have the smallest dinner we've had in decades. Read the rest of Finding Thanks

2 min2 d ago
Comments
Finding Thanks

All In to the Cloud

I was listening to the fall 2020 GroupBy conference recently and heard Gethyn Ellis note that he wasn't aware of any companies that were over some age (a decade?), and that had made a 100% move to the cloud. The comment caught my eye, not because I haven't felt the same way, but because I'd just heard from a company that surprised me. During the DevOps Enterprise Summit recently, one of the keynotes was from Capital One. They are a 26 year old company that is focused on financial services, and they said that this year they are 100% in the cloud. They recently shut down their last data center. For a highly regulated company, and one that's not a startup, that is impressive. Read the rest of All In to the Cloud

2 min3 w ago
Comments
All In to the Cloud

The Separation of Tools

I've got a question for you today. Is it better to have SSMS and ADS available as separate downloads? If you installed SQL Server prior to 2017 (the year, not the version), you had the option to add Management Studio (SSMS) to your installation. In fact, that was the only way to get SSMS back then. There was no separate tools download, which was a pain for many customers. Read the rest of The Separation of Tools

2 min3 w ago
Comments
The Separation of Tools

SQL Server Phone Home

A few versions ago Microsoft added the Customer Experience Improvement Service to the SQL Server platform. This is the CEIP service, and it comes with SQL Server. It is designed to get telemetry from your operation of a SQL Server instance on your premises. If you have Standard or Enterprise, you can turn this off, but if you use Developer or Eval, you cannot. Brent wrote a short description of this service recently, which is a good summary. When this first came out, there was a lot of concern with regards to data privacy, but I suspect most of this is overblown. Microsoft is bound by the GDPR, and my conversations with employees over the years have convinced me they take this seriously. Not just the legal staff, but many of the developers were surprised by the detail and documentation that they had to provide in order to gather data. Read the rest of SQL Server Phone Home

3 minOCT 26
Comments
SQL Server Phone Home

Chopping Off Data

Do you know the difference between XLS and XLSX? They're both Excel formats, and many of us might just use one or the other. After all, the latest versions of Excel work with both, and if you've been using a spreadsheet for years, perhaps you stick with the older format when exchanging data with others. As many of you might have seen, Public Health England recently learned there is a difference with large amounts of data. They found data was being chopped off in a spreadsheet because they were using the old XLS format, which only supports 65k rows. The newer XLSX format will support a million rows, but both numbers are far below what SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and other platforms support. Those platforms support billions, and most are limited only by the storage available. Read the rest of Chopping Off Data

3 minOCT 19
Comments
Chopping Off Data

Career Goals and Inspiration

Many of us start working in technology because we enjoy programming or software or data or some other aspect of computing. We usually have some excitement that gets us motivated to start learning or apply for a job.Over time, we may move our area of focus, pick up new platforms, change jobs, and more. I'd like to think that most people actively make choices, rather than fall into the next situation, but I see the latter more often than the former. People take jobs quickly, when offered, even if the opportunity isn't one for they were aiming. This certainly isn't all bad, as there are times when we get opportunities we weren't expecting. We may not realize what possibilities are available. However, I do regularly see people not thinking about the next step in their career until they need a job or they hate the one they are in.With that in mind, asking you to think about where you might want to go or what to achieve, I have a question for you. Read the rest of Career Goals and Inspira...

3 minOCT 16
Comments
Career Goals and Inspiration

The Degradation of the Turing Test

The Turing Test from Alan Turing was proposed as a test of an intelligent system. Could a human determine if the other party in a conversation was a machine? This was an interesting way of imagining how powerful a computer might grow and the types of answers it might give to a human. Interestingly enough Turing didn't argue about the correctness of the answers, just that they appeared to be from a human. In some sense, I wonder how many people would have been fooled by the GPT-3 bot on Reddit. It posted comments for a week to a variety of threads. You can look through the posts by the "thegentlemetre" user, but this one caught my eye, and as I read it, I was surprised how much this looks like things I've seen posted on the Internet. Read the rest of The Degradation of the Turing Test

3 minOCT 15
Comments
The Degradation of the Turing Test

The App Compatibility Promise

I was listening to one of the Ignite keynotes, and I heard an executive say something about "if your app doesn't work, we'll pay to fix it, or fix Windows." I had stop and rewind and check, and then go look around. Sure enough, there is an App Assure promise for Windows 10 and apps. This isn't just for commercial software, but it lists custom line-of-business apps, third party apps, and more. Now, this doesn't appear to be for everyone. The eligibility for at last the FastTrack portion of this is 150 or more licenses of Windows, Office, etc. However, it is a guarantee that they will help you. Read the rest of The App Compatibility Promise

2 minOCT 13
Comments
The App Compatibility Promise

How Important is a Conference?

The PASS Virtual Summit is coming up next month, and Andy has a few thoughts on how to get your employer to send you to the virtual conference. As someone that has been through this many times, Andy has good advice, and his thoughts are the types of things I've done in the past at various jobs I've had. Having a good reason why was important before I started speaking. Once I started speaking, I often made a deal with my boss that I'd cover some parts of the event and they'd cover others. We both made a shared investment in my career, which made sense to me. I often used Andy's line, which is what I was thinking about today. This is important to me. Read the rest of How Important is a Conference?

2 minOCT 12
Comments
How Important is a Conference?
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