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Welcome to the Voice of the DBA, thoughts from Steve Jones on databases, SQL Server, and life.

Feb 22, 2019

I'm wondering what you think. Is the idea of trading some paid time off (PTO) for student loan debt relief a good idea? That's what Unum, an insurance company, is offering. They give their employees 28 days off, which is quite generous. I don't know many people that get than many days off. If employees wish, they can...


Feb 21, 2019

We know that not all the data in our company is important. We have databases that contain orders or inventory or schedules, often much of which isn't easily or directly related to an individual. At least, it's not if you have a normalized database. If you use SQL Server to emulate Excel spreadsheets, it's possible that...


Feb 20, 2019

If anyone sets up a new desktop machine, a new SQL Server instance, a new Elastisearch instance, or any other platform, you need to ensure there is default security. That was a problem recently with a financial company that had a default Elasticsearch instance up with no authentication required. When I look at the 


Feb 19, 2019

I've a fan of Basecamp (formerly 37Signals). I think that Jason and David run their company, business, design, and software in a fascinating way. If I didn't work for an amazing company (Redgate Software), I'd might see if they want a DBA/evangelist. 

Over the years I've read a number of interesting posts from...


Feb 15, 2019

I work with data on a regular basis, and I really depend on my cell phone to help me with both work and life. I regularly make notes and get ideas for articles and editorials from things that happen when I’m on the go. Without a smartphone, I’d be juggling a notebook and pen, perhaps pulling over and making notes...