Feeling refreshed

I mentioned in my last post that I was feeling a bit burnt out. Applying a lot of pressure to myself, feeling like I had to learn everything right now. I took 6 days off over the 4th of July weekend to go camping and a class on Fly Fishing. It put some things into...

Summertime Blues

I mentioned last week that I was slacking off a bit, and now I just have to admit that I am just struggling to focus in general. By focus, I mean it's been really difficult to focus on training and being...

Slacking off a bit

I have to admit, I have been slacking off a bit regarding get a post up on this blog. It's summer time, and well....I'll admit, my interests have been in other places. It's really hard to focus when its hot outside. It's also hard to focus when you'd rather be...

Learning System

So after posting yesterday about struggling to keep up with SQL information, I got to thinking about how I could actually solve the problem instead of just complaining about it. I didn't come up with grand, earth shattering Kabooms. What I did come up with is a system...

How I became a DBA

I'm not sure how I ended up on the Dallas DBAs website, but I came across their blog topic How I became a: ________ . The idea of posting up my story resonated with me, so I thought I would share. I apologize for the length in advanced, but it's hard to lay out a...

SQL Training

The IT industry moves fast and staying current is tough to do, especially when you have a full time job. Even for those who love their jobs or their positions, it is tough to set aside time to work on new skills. Or even brush up on old skills that haven't been used...

MCSE: Data Management and Analytics

Many moons ago, when dial up was still the main way most people connected to the internet and my interest in computers became a profession, I told myself I would attain my MCSE. I told myself lots of things back then. Stuff like I wouldn't ever be interested in...

Procedure vs Technique

Procedure and Technique One of the things I do when I workout, or drive alone, is to listen to podcasts. One of the podcasts I subscribe to is the Art of Charm, which they describe themselves as providing social skills training for Top Performers. In short, they talk...

Being a DBA isn’t always Technical

DBA? What? I assume like some others, my IT career was started when a few of us got together to attempt a LAN gaming party. It then evolved into jobs like supporting dialup internet users for GTE and later on as a desktop tech. From there, I moved up to become a Sys...