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A series of episodes that look at databases and the world from a data professional's viewpoint. Written and recorded by Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral and The Voice of the DBA.

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A series of episodes that look at databases and the world from a data professional's viewpoint. Written and recorded by Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral and The Voice of the DBA.

    Changing Computer Retail

    Changing Computer Retail

    When I was a child, there were a number of small computer stores, including quite a few that were authorized retailers for Apple, selling Apple IIs, software, dot matrix printers, and the loud 3.5" external disk drives. I'd go and window shop, dreaming of being able to afford one. I'd walk by Radio Shack, with their TRS-80s, considering a purchase there instead since my high school used those. Over time, my window shopping evolved to flipping through the massive Computer Shopper, trying to decide which mail order retailer I might trust.
    Life has certainly changed, with online retailers dominating many computer hardware sales, though there are still some local stores in that we can visit. I've enjoyed wandering through Microcenter in Denver, and even taking my kids to Best Buy for their college machines. I've rarely visited an Apple store, though those seem to be quite popular with consumers. I have been to a Microsoft store, and saw recently that there will be fewer Microsoft stores in the future. I wonder if retail computer shopping is becoming a niche market.
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    Renting Features

    Renting Features

    The licensing, use, and ownership of software has been quite a contested topic for years. Many people have assumed they "own" the copy of Quicken or Halo that they bought, but modifying or even reselling the bits has been a contested right by many vendors. It seems that courts seem to lean towards the perpetual rental of those bits rather than ownership.
    We've gotten used to that in software, but what happens when this extends into the real world? There is a piece at Ars Technica about BMW looking to "unlock" features on their cars if owners want to pay for them. These are things like heated seats or perhaps sports suspension that are installed, but not activated. You could subscribe to the feature on a trial basis, and then activate it for a year or two if you wanted to pay a fee. The interesting thing here is that you could even do this with a secondhand car.
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    Why Billing Will Be Part of Our Job

    Why Billing Will Be Part of Our Job

    I am old enough to remember when many large corporations implemented chargebacks. Essentially, each internal department was charged for their usage of IT systems, similar to how we are charged in the cloud. It was a mess, and individual departments had to answer for excessive charges. I don't know that any department ever lost service, but their shared of the IT budget was certainly discussed in management meetings.
    These days more and more of us are going to move systems to the cloud, and some of those systems moved will be databases. We may not move all our systems, but we will move some, and the ongoing cost of those systems is something that we will periodically be asked to justify. In the past, we rarely dealt with billing, usually just when specifying and procuring new hardware or requesting a VM.
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    Other IDEs

    Other IDEs

    Most of us use SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) to manage our SQL Server instances or to write database code. However, Microsoft does give us database options with Visual Studio, VS Code, and Azure Data Studio. It does seem as though Microsoft would prefer more of us move to ADS, but I'm not sure I'm ready, and I wonder if you are.
    I saw a list recently of some other tools, and I wonder if anyone uses these in their work. Most of these are cross platform, and support a number of different database platforms. Datagrip might be the most popular, but there are others. SQL Manager, Adminer, DBVis, SQLPro, and Flyspeed are ones I've heard of in the past. I've used DBArtisan at one company, and loved it as I could work disconnected. At the time, Query Analyzer didn't support offline work.
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    Making a Donation to PASS

    Making a Donation to PASS

    This year the PASS Summit will be virtual, though not free. Until June 19, the conference will cost $500 for the 3 day conference, $900 with precons, and $349 for a single pre-con. SQL Bits is still scheduled for September, and I wonder if they will move to virtual. Microsoft has moved all events to virtual for the next year, which puts pressure on others. The flip side is Microsoft events are mostly marketing and many other events are fundraisers for their organizations.
    PASS reopened their call for speakers, which is interesting. I wouldn't expect any speakers to pull out from the event, but perhaps I'm wrong. Or maybe they're expanding the schedule, since I know time zones will be an issue and I suspect we'll see some broadcasting across the 24 hour clock. To do this isn't free, as the infrastructure and coordination of staff to make an event happen cost money. Microsoft can just lose money on staff, but for PASS, SQL Bits, and other events, they need help. Even with volunteers helping, you need some staff. Staff requires money.
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    Are You a Gatekeeper?

    Are You a Gatekeeper?

    One of the problems that I've seen in many parts of life is the belief that things must proceed a certain way. I caught an article on ways teachers have made school less fun for kids because they adhered to some rule or belief too tightly. I think many of those stories are true because I've seen some strange teacher behavior with my kids over the years.
    In the tech world we've gotten our share of gatekeepers who think that a developer or sysadmin or some other person doing a job should do it a certain way or use particular tools. I caught a tweet that embodies the frustration some people have with those gatekeepers. Jez Humble quoted this and built a thread on this, including admitting he's contributed to the problem. I know I have as well.
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Excellent Podcast

Steve is great at providing information for the Database Administrator. I am a 'part time' DBA. And I get a lot out of this podcast and SQL Sever Central.

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I look forward to hearing Steve's podcast each week on what DBA/IT people are going and how the industry is evolving. Balance technical with business goals is always a never-ending opportunity.

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Steve is a matter-of-fact DBA that has a lot of experience in the trenches of database development and database maintenance. He is a straight-shooter that doesn't pull any punches. He offers his opinions and makes you question what you would do in the same situations. A must listen for anyone responsible for data in an organization.

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