2010 review: the year by the numbers

The last post of the year! It's been an excellent year all round – I thought that instead of doing a long post about goals etc, I'd count down the numbers that have been my life this year. 1413307: the number of page views on my blog, as tracked by Google, from 130 countries – […]

2010: the year in books

In 2009 I read a whopping 100 books (see my wrap-up post) and it seemed at times like I spent every waking moment reading, so I set myself a more modest goal of reading 40 books in 2010 – and I managed 45. A lot of people enjoyed my top-10 list last year so I […]

Are your CPUs running slowly? Tool tip and survey

(Yes, I know I haven't editorialized the last survey on What's in a Job Title – I will in the New Year.) Over the last couple of weeks I've signed up a bunch of new customers for maintenance/ops audits and general perf work and I've had all of them check whether power saving mode is […]

Our Christmas Gift To You: Paul and Kimberly Singing!

We'd like to thank you all for reading all our stuff all year, for coming to our classes and conference sessions, and for being our friends. So to say thank you (and to torture you!) I wrote some SQL – Christmas carols and persuaded Kimberly to join me in the fun. And so we present […]

Survey: what’s in a job title?

There's been a lot of discussion on the MVP distribution list about various certifications and what SQL Server roles they cater to. Furthermore, there's a lot of disagreement on what the multitude of job titles mean. In this survey I'd like to find out what you think your primary job role is, and if you're up […]

Holiday special offer on maintenance+operations audits

Happy Holidays! Back in January I ran a special offer on our new (at the time) auditing service, and as the holidays approach I'd like to do it again! What I'm offering: I'll perform a remote maintenance/operations audit for US$750 for the first 10 customers to sign up by January 15th, limited to 4 hours […]

2011 comprehensive training curriculum, schedule, and details announced

After a lot of fine-tuning, we’ve come up with a comprehensive training curriculum to satisfy those looking for comprehensive SQL Server training. We’ve designed four week-long classes that cover everything we think you need to know: Immersion Event on Internals and Performance (5 days) Data Storage Internals, Designing for Performance, and Indexing for Performance Instructors: […]

Wait statistics, or please tell me where it hurts

How many times have you walked up to a SQL Server that has a performance problem and wondered where to start looking? One of the most under-utilized performance troubleshooting methodologies in the SQL Server world is one called “waits and queues” (also known simply as “wait stats”). The basic premise is that SQL Server is permanently […]