How To Start AND Finish

By | February 2, 2010

I came across this on 43 Folders. Anytime I’m lacking motivation I always pick some random article from the site. I was procrastinating tonight and came across this talk about starting something AND finishing it. Like most people I have lots of ideas that I think are great. I’ve started many of them, but never… Read More »

News Overload!

By | May 10, 2009

I’m an information junkie. IT, economics, politics, general ‘news’, etc… I’m drawn to it like a drug. Daily I used to visit various web sites like /., The Wallstreet Journal, and Google News in order to get my fix. Then, in order to become more efficient, I started using Google Reader to manage RSS feeds.… Read More »

32-Bit To 64-Bit Upgrade

By | March 13, 2009

I’ve been busy upgrading and moving a MSSQL server and all of the associated applications from a 32-bit Windows 2000 server to a 64-bit Windows 2003 server. The process has been a lot of trial and error. Below are some tips to use when moving from 32-bit to 64-bit. Try to find a 64-bit equivalent… Read More »

Agile and Cowboy Coding

By | March 12, 2009

All too often I meet people who claim they are agile developers. After a short discussion I realize they are not using any software development methodologies and are instead cowboy coding. Agile development is not a plan free environment. In fact, being an agile developer requires more developer discipline than even the dreaded waterfall. Agile… Read More »

1 TB Loaded in 30 Minutes!

By | March 9, 2009

This is a great new white paper out of Microsoft. In it they explain how to move a lot of data from flat files into MSSQL using SSIS. Some key take aways from the paper and my personal experiences loading data into MSSQL. If at all possible get your source systems to provide flat files… Read More »

Excel Evils

By | February 22, 2009

I’m a big fan of using the best tool for the job. The old adage that says when you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail explains why so many people use Excel for tasks beyond its capabilities. This article provides some facts for what I’ve been seeing anecdotally for years. “Spreadsheet errors… Read More »