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T-SQL Tuesday #028 – Jack of All Trades, Master of None?

This is my first time to participate in the T-SQL Tuesday so take it easy on me. I really do come in peace.

It’s funny to me that this is one of the key things that drove me into the SQL world. I blogged about this last year explaining how I “Cheated on SQL Server”. Things have kept going uphill from that point and there are no regrets, but I don’t guess I will ever go from Jack blogger to Master blogger. Sounds like I should be in a guild or something.

Seeing Argenis Fernandez (Blog | Twitter) post on Leaving DBA-Land it resonates with how I feel about the leaving the SysAdmin world. I’m not sure if you ever really leave it all behind. I find myself needing to know more than ever about storage (like SANs) and how it pertains to SQL. I find myself needing to learn more about networking and the bandwidth that matters when you are discussing how SQL talks to its friends (or enemies).

I hate code by the way, never will I specialize in writing code. I will leave that to other Jacks and Masters because I really don’t want anything to do with it. Some people’s minds just don’t work as well when it comes to that. I’ll just stick with beating you in the 40-yard dash (based off my high school time of course). I tend to gravitate towards the Database Administrator side of things with Performance and Standards. It’s kind of cool to be dogmatic about at least one thing in your career, so master the “art of saying NO” to those developers who want too much access, that way you can sleep at 2am.

What is wild is that while we are always talking about specialization, the DBA certifications are trending more towards the developer (at least they were in 2008). Crap…I don’t want to be a developer. Anyway, hope you have fun getting just a little bit closer to being a Master or Jack of some trade so that you can pay the bills.

Comments { 1 } Posted on March 13, 2012 in Blogging, Networking, SAN, SQL General, SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication, Tech

Microsoft releases Lync for iPhone

I’m a pretty big fan of OneNote, and although I have debated switching to EverNote I always come back to it. I’ve been using it on the iPhone with some success and now Microsoft has released Lync shortly after porting OneNote over to the iPad and add SkyDrive functionality (limited) to the iPhone. IMHO, this opens the floodgates on what a business can do with iPhones and iPads as laptop replacements. I’m currently working on getting an iPad to use in this format so hopefully I can have plenty of test cases to write about. Maybe they will port Management Studio over so that we can use it as well. That’s going on the wish list.

I’m still waiting to get an iDevice on the domain to test with, but if you happen to try Lync on an apple device let me know how it is working out for you as I will hopefully be doing the same thing pretty soon.

Comments { 0 } Posted on December 20, 2011 in Education, GTD, iPhone, Productivity, SSMS, Tech

Don’t sit up straight at your desk

Going in a slightly different direction than a previous post on “The downside to being in IT”, I saw a post by Michael Hyatt (Blog|Twitter) recently that had an infographic about why sitting down so much is killing  us. The biggest part about the graph for me was sitting at a reclined angle was actually less strain on  your back than sitting upright.  I guess you could argue that sitting that far back is going to put more strain on your eyes, neck, and other important body parts so maybe it’s a wash. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do to help your body handle all this “desk stress” that we put on it in the office.

image courtesy of visual.ly

Comments { 1 } Posted on December 8, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Productivity, Tech

Getting it done with Doit.im and GTD

Nice GTD App

If you like GTD, check this one out

I can’t think of many products that incorporate a period in the name of their product, but Doit.im isn’t like any other product I’ve seen. I believe that I’ve finally found a tool that works for me on all levels of GTD (Getting Things Done). There are multiple clients so that regardless of where you are capturing data you should be covered. I stumbled across this software in the form of an Adobe Air application while looking for something else for project management. Turns out, this product met a bigger need than what I had been looking for. It offers clients for the iPhone, iPad, and Android so you’ll have your mobile device covered if you are using a non-Microsoft format. There’s also a download for Windows, but I tend to prefer the web client. The web interface offers an old version and a beta version, and I tend to gravitate towards the old version a bit more. The best part of all of this is that the software is free. I’m not sure how long it will stay that way since it’s a pretty slick tool in my mind and way better than some of the other implementations of GTD that cost money. It’s all in the cloud as well, so your data is accessible from multiple places. They are located in China, so you might want to check out the privacy and terms so that you feel comfortable. I would advise to always be careful what info you put out there with new software.

Drop by their site and give it a go, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. You can read more about them on their website. Check out the API and see what you can do with it.

Doit.im FAQ Center
Doit.im Dev Center (API info)

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 29, 2011 in General, GTD, Tech, Windows

The downside to being in IT

slouching

Can't be good on the back

How many times have you found yourself slouching or basically stuck to your office chair. If you are anything like me, you spend an average of 10-12 hours a day in a desk chair while in front of a computer. I was amazed when I first saw this planning worksheet that would help you determine the proper position for your desk, monitors, keyboard and even chair. The first time I measured I was so far off that I figured there was no wonder my back was hurting. You can go to the Ergotron website and fill out the form to print a copy or you could just print some blank ones out to hang up on the corkboard at your office. I hung up one copy last week, and someone made copies and pinned them beside  it. Hope this helps you not feel so sore from sitting in a chair all day, and maybe it’ll convince you to get up out of your chair more.

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 22, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Tech