So for the past two days I’ve been taking a group of about 15 people through the paces of Toad and working with SQL Server. These folks are coming from an all Oracle environment to a completely SQL Server one. Tangent: Yes, they are actually migrating an entire application over. They are in year 3 of this process, and I’m sure the money they are saving on infrastructure and licensing costs more than makes up…

The circle of people I follow in the IT world have recently been blogging about their travel habits. It’s no accident – companies are investing large amounts of money in business travel now. Hopefully if you meet someone face to face, they will listen to you next time you randomly call and ask for their attention in some matter. Yes, I know, that’s a bit blunt, but you’re naive to think a vendor is coming…

We went from ‘Full of Food, Myself, and _______’ to ‘140,000 Characters or Less’ – hopefully an obvious tongue-in-cheek reference to Twitter. I’m not 100% happy with this title either, but I also recognize the futility of spending multiple brain cycles trying to come up with something catchy, and probably at the end of the day do nothing to bring people to my blog. So, I’m going to focus on content, content, and whatever makes…

You know the drill: an email from your manager is inviting you to attend a dog-and-pony show for the latest widget some company has added to their best software product ever. The invite goes into your calendar and don’t think about it again until your screen starts flashing 5 minutes prior to start time. So, you head over to the conference room/LiveMeeting/WebEx/GoToMeeting, sit down, and prepare to zone out for the next hour or so.…

My friends, family, and colleagues are frequently asking me why I do Twitter. Or to be honest, when I ask if they are on Twitter, their response is less than enthusiastic. In fact, the most frequent response I get is either Rolling of the eyes, OR “I don’t need to tell people what I had for lunch yesterday.” I originally signed on to Twitter because I was morbidly curious. You can only hear something about…

I think it’s safe to say that the Twitter hashtag #SQLHELP has been an unqualified success. Why do our SQL Server friends have such a vibrant community on Twitter while us Oracle folks seem to be a bit resistant to all of this Web2.0 stuff? That’s largely a rhetorical question, although my gut tells me it’s a generation/age gap issue… Anyway, I’m making it my personal mission to bring a similar construct to the Oracle…

It might seem to the casual observer that I’m new to this whole blogging thing.  Here it is almost half-way through 2010 and this Jeff Smith joker is just now starting his blog. I’ve been blogging since July 2007, and you’re more than welcome to read my old posts on my old home if you’d like to catch up. I suppose I should explain why I’ve decided after almost 3 years to start my own…