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)

December, 2007

  • Non-Technical News: R.I.P. Dan Fogelberg

    Sad news today that songwriter Dan Fogelberg has passed away at age 56 after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. I discovered Fogelberg's music at about the same age my sons are now (14 & 15). My habit in the day was to find new artists to...
  • Today's Blog Post Is Brought To You By The Letter "D"

    Let's have a little fun.. This is a special post in the history of this little backwater of the internet. Its specialness is related to the letter D. If you can figure out why this post is special, and how that specialness is related to the letter...
  • Happy Birthday, Dad! v2.0

    Frequent visitors to this space may recall that today is my father's birthday. I wish we all were in Vermont to celebrate with him, but we're in Redmond battening down the hatches . When things are going well at work (which they do the vast majority...
  • Season's Greetings

    Dear Friends and Colleagues.. After a year of great personal and professional growth (my first overseas trip to deliver my first customer-facing presentations) and personal challenge (three surgeries and five hospitalizations in our family), it's a...
  • DWWTWT?: December 31

    In what seems to be becoming an annual tradition , I'm "going public" with the final commuting-oriented post of the calendar year. If this "tradition" strikes you as more of an "indulgence," please skip this post and accept my best wishes for a joyous...
  • And The Winners Are..

    Stephen Moore and rudy, who both correctly divined that " the contest post " was the 500th on the blog. By the time rudy got here, there were already two new DWWTWT? posts since the contest post had gone up, which made his successful entry all the...
  • DWWTWT?: December 10

    The last full work week of the year commences with a walking day: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 141 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 123 Did Not Compete: 78 Hope your...
  • DWWTWT?: December 24-28

    Non-competitive for the holidays (except for Thursday, which was a telecommute): Telecommuted: 34 Walked: 146 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 124 Did Not Compete: 84 Happy...
  • DWWTWT?: December 17

    The week started somewhat atypically; I drove to work and some appointments this morning, then took the van back home at lunch and walked to the office. Since my feet touched the sidewalk, I'm going to give myself credit for a walking day, although I...
  • DWWTWT?: December 18

    The last working day of the year (if all goes according to plan) brought another walk to work: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 146 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 124 Did Not Compete...
  • DWWTWT?: December 19-21

    I telecommuted on Wednesday; the rest of the week was non-competitive for the holidays: Telecommuted: 33 Walked: 146 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 124 Did Not Compete: ...
  • DWWTWT?: December 13

    After yesterday's remarkable events, today I was back to a more mundane walk to the office, with no musical performances involved: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 143 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove...
  • DWWTWT?: December 14

    The week ended with a walk to the office: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 144 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 124 Did Not Compete: 78 Have a great weekend! -wp
  • DWWTWT? December 3-4

    Both yesterday and today have been drivers; yesterday due to the weather and today due to my younger son's doctor appointment: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 137 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: ...
  • DWWTWT?: December 7

    The week ends with a walking day: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 140 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 123 Did Not Compete: 78 Hope your weekend is grand! -wp
  • DWWTWT?: December 5-6

    Both yesterday and today were walking days: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 139 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 123 Did Not Compete: 78 Happy Birthday (Dec. 5) to my...
  • DWWTWT?: December 11

    Tuesday brought a walk on a crisp morning: Telecommuted: 32 Walked: 142 Walked to the Bus: 17 Drove: 123 Did Not Compete: 78 I'll publish the answer to the...
  • DWWTWT?: December 12

    Today was a pretty amazing day.. our former GM threw a holiday party and I played a two hour set of acoustic music (Derek won one of three such concerts I offered via the annual Giving Campaign Auction), so my dear wife Gale gave me a ride so I could...