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Weekly Reading Roundup 01.18.11

I want to begin a new process of sharing items I am reading or find that might be useful to others. I’m trying to break it down into 3 levels based on how important it can be. Try not to get hung up on which level I put it into, since I’m just trying to give more weight to certain links from my opinion.

Gold Level
iPhone Photo Management 101
This one has truly revolutionized the way I handle my pictures on the iPhone. I take tons of pictures and it can be a bit of trouble to scroll through all of them and find something I want to show someone. You could always just keep them on your computer, but if you have kids you’ll probably agree that your phone can become your digital wallet.

Pining a .BAT/.CMD File to Taskbar
If you are doing any type of Systems Administration then you will obviously find a need for this.

Wait statistics, or please tell me where it hurts
Another good resource for anyone dealing with SQL performance issues related to waits and queues.

Silver Level
The difference between the Microsoft’s Hyper-V and the VMware’s ESX hypervisor

7 ways to organize your email
I need to do a whole series on this one. If you can get an email triage going combined with GTD integration you’ll be going a long way to keeping things running smoothly.

5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Google Reader
I’ve been cleaning out my Google Reader lately and this can be a pretty helpful article.

Bronze Level
Motivational Posters: Founding Fathers Edition

17 Free Inspirational iPhone Backgrounds

The P&G 1-page memo

Comments { 1 } Posted on January 18, 2011 in Education, General, Links for the Week, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008

Links for 092509

http://midnightdba.itbookworm.com/midnightdba/blog/post/How-do-you-keep-track.aspx
Staying on Track can be hard, Jen McCown outlines a few ideas of how to keep up with tasks.

http://www.red-gate.com/specials/ebooks/protecting_sqlserver_data.htm?utm_source=simpletalk&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ProtectingDataN20090921&utm_campaign=SQLtoolbelt
Another free ebook from redgate. John Magnabosco talks about securing SQL Server Data.

http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/tarad/archive/2009/08/31/DefragmentingRebuilding-Indexes-in-SQL-server-2005-and-2008.aspx
Tara Kizer gives a new script for backups.

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/linchi_shea/archive/2009/09/21/the-transact-sql-prime-directive.aspx
Linchi Shea gives us a vision, or at least some good thoughts on how it should be.

http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2009/09/how-to-deliver-a-killer-tech-presentation/
Brent Ozar gives us presentation tips. Everyone should want to be the best.

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/kevin_kline/archive/2009/09/18/new-post-on-my-sqlmag-blog-free-dmv-monitoring-tools.aspx

Kevin Kline gives us some DMV tools.

Comments { 0 } Posted on September 25, 2009 in Links for the Week, SQL General, SQLServerPedia Syndication

Links for the Week

SQL Server Sprawl
Includes a link to 2 free chapters from SQL Server 2008 Administration in Action. Also has a link to another option of scanning your network for SQL Servers using SQL Ping.

SSMS Projects and Solutions
Buck Woody talks about some options for using the Project features in SSMS.

Auditing your Database Server
Colin Stasiuk covers auditing options in SQL Server 2008 as well as previous options.

Microsoft SQL Server Team Blogs
Kevin Kline covers the topics of Blogs from the Microsoft SQL Server Team and also provides some useful links to other resources.

SQL Server Consolidation Tips
Thomas LaRock writes his third tip about SQL Server Consolidation tips. Part 1 and Part 2 are also linked.

SSIS Configuration Files
Jamie Thomson covers a tip on editing the .dtsConfig file. I prefer to use a table to store my configurations and I highly recommend looking at this method.

Document your Environment
Jonathan Kehayias covers the importance of documentation. I would love to see more examples of this on the blogs as well.

I’m Certified, Now What?
Steve Jones covers the topic of what comes after becoming certified.

Elegance of Database Design
Andy Leonard continues to cover the topic of Database Design.

Q&A with Louis Davidson and Paul Nielsen on Database Design
Schema design is important, and these two SQL Server MVPs discuss the need for Normalization.

Free eBook from Quest Software
Marlon Ribunal finds a great eBook offering from Quest Software.

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 7, 2009 in General, Links for the Week, SQL General, SQLServerPedia Syndication