Ward Pond's SQL Server blog

Ruminating on issues pertinent to the design and development of sound databases and processes under Microsoft SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2005, and SQL Server 2000 (while reserving the right to vent about anything else that's on my mind)

October, 2006

  • Another Blog You Should Know About (If You Don't Already)

    I posted last Friday urging you towards a blog offering from the SQL Customer Advisory Team. Today, I'd like to point you at another brilliant blog . Tips, Tricks, and Advice from the SQL Server Query Processing Team offers "tips, tricks, advice and...
  • DWWTWT?: October 31

    A cold morning and myriad commitments both during and after the work day led me to the reluctant employment of internal combustion-based transportation (today's table in official All Hallow's Eve colors): Telecommuted: 4 ...
  • DWWTWT?: October 30

    The second one hundered work days of walking has started out much more promisingly than the first did: Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 66 Drove: 17 Did Not Compete: 14 This despite the fact...
  • A Blog You Should Know About (If You Don't Already)

    As I mentioned my last letter to my cousin, we just finished up the first week of our SQL Server Microsoft Certified Architect OLTP/Ranger certification training. In our first week's technical sessions alone, we've heard from Don Vilen, Carroll Moon,...
  • DWWTWT?: October 27

    Between an early start to class and a pressing need for chiropractic adjustment (I haven't been since before my trip to Vermont), a need which involves a twelve-mile drive, I drove to work: Telecommuted: 4 Walked: ...
  • An Update For Cousin Tom: Classroom Stories, Business Intelligence, and Career News

    Hey there cousin.. It’s been almost two months since we discussed data warehousing here. I apologize for the long delay since my last correspondence. It’s been a very busy time here; we’ve been preparing the first offering of our four-week SQL Server...
  • An Email From BillG

    Yesterday was the last day of the annual Microsoft Giving Campaign Auction, and tomorrow is the last day of the Giving Campaign as a whole. An all-employee email from Bill Gates reminding us of this latter fact provides some fodder for reflection. In...
  • DWWTWT?: October 26

    No rain this morning, so bring on the walking shoes for a "short walking commute": Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 65 Drove: 16 Did Not Compete: 14 Stay tuned.. -wp
  • DWWTWT?: October 25

    Yesterday , I wondered whether a guilty conscience would lead me to a foot-based commute in the rain. Well, while today did beget a "long-walking commute", the singular lack of any airborne precipitation rendered moot any guilt-related issues: ...
  • DWWTWT?: October 24

    It's days like today that try a walker's soul: a persistent, cold rain combined with an obligation to look decent for those attending our class. Taking my grandson to school in the car was an easy call, even before he gazed at me with those big, blue...
  • The Bloo Is No More.. Long Live The Blog!

    You might recall I mentioned a little rendering problem I was having after the recent software upgrade. Scott Watermasysk of Telligent sent along a magic piece of CSS that resolved the issue -- he even put it on the site himself! Drop a comment if...
  • DWWTWT?: October 23

    It was the coldest morning of the season so far, but that didn't stop me from a "short walking commute" to the first session of the training program we've been building for the last four months: Telecommuted: 4 Walked...
  • DWWTWT?: October 20

    This afternoon, we had a team outing in Seattle. I thought I'd need my car to get there, but I ended up car pooling with a couple of colleagues. So, I could've walked, but I drove: Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 62 ...
  • DWWTWT?: October 19

    Thursday brought a "long walking commute" in light drizzle : Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 62 Drove: 14 Did Not Compete: 14 Tomorrow is still up in the air, so stay tuned.. -wp
  • IE7 Is Here!

    This morning, the English version of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP was released to the web; it's available for download here . There are myriad improvements over IE6, of which tabbed browsing is just the most obvious. Were I you, I would certainly...
  • Better Living Through Tags?

    One of the new features of our recently updated Telligent Community Server software is expanded support for tagging of blog entries. Of course, this feature does little good for you, the reader, unless your humble blogger undertakes to actually tag their...
  • DWWTWT?: October 18

    I celebrated midweek with a "long walking commute" in the rain : Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 61 Drove: 14 Did Not Compete: 14 More tomorrow.. -wp
  • DWWTWT?: October 17

    Another day, another "short walking commute" : Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 60 Drove: 14 Did Not Compete: 14 There might not be a clean walking sweep this week after all.. stay tuned....
  • A "Kobiyashi Maru" On The Prime Number Front?

    No less a figure than Louis Davidson has weighed in on the Prime Number Challenge . I left a comment on his blog last week which has yet to be published, so I'll respond to Louis here. Here's the salient part of Louis' post: A friend blogger...
  • DWWTWT? October 16

    The work week opened with a somewhat rainy "short walking commute" : Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 59 Drove: 14 Did Not Compete: 14 We should be good for the rest of the week.. stay tuned...
  • DWWTWT?: October 13

    The short (for me) work week ended with a "long walking commute" : Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 58 Drove: 14 Did Not Compete: 14 I hope you have a wonderful weekend.. -wp
  • DWWTWT?: October 12

    The two hundredth post on this blog finds me back in familiar environs with a "long walking commute" : Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 57 Drove: 14 Did Not Compete: 14 I can't see any reason...
  • DWWTWT?: October 11

    Out and about in western Vermont and eastern New York, and in transit back to Seattle : Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 56 Drove: 14 Did Not Compete: 14 I should be back live tomorrow.. note...
  • DWWTWT?: October 10

    Out and about in western Vermont : Telecommuted: 4 Walked: 56 Drove: 14 Did Not Compete: 13 Unless I get a burr under my saddle, these posts will be auto-generated until Thursday.. ...
  • From Dad's Bookshelf: More On Prime Numbers

    I'm in western Vermont until Wednesday morning, totally off the grid except for a 56K dialup connection which seems much slower. I'm visiting my father and sister, and I found an item that follows right along with the prime number conversation we've been...