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If not me, then who?

[Content Warning: this post contains references to subjects that may trigger a trauma response. Read with caution.]

This is not a technical post. I was going to write about how SQL Server stores the sql_variant data type this week, but something more important came up which involves almost 50% of the adult population worldwide, including me1As some of my readers know — especially if you read my article on SQL Server Central at the end of July 2020 — I am nonbinary, and it would be super convenient to hide behind that label when we have to talk about the behaviour of men. But I look like a man, I sound like a man, and I dress like a man. Unless I tell someone otherwise, the general perception is that I’m a man. For all intents and purposes in this discussion I’m including myself, and I’m calling out other men for their behaviour towards women..

Men, it’s 2020. We have to do better.

It’s hard enough to be a woman online, to exist in the public eye as a woman, to be constantly judged — even rated — according to a manufactured ideal of sex appeal that has no basis in biology or science. Add into that mix a woman who is in a technical field, science, biology, or chemistry, heck, even the arts, and the judgement is increased exponentially. How do I know? Women tell me. Believe women.

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The final word on storage for DATETIME2

Two years ago I wrote a post that got a lot of traction in the comments at the time. Last month there was renewed interest because one of the commenters noted that the official SQL Server documentation for DATETIME2 disagreed with my assertions, and that I was under-representing the storage requirements. To remind you, I
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Finally, PASS is a proper association now

For the longest time PASS was known as the Professional Association for SQL Server, and made all of its money from a single event each year, the PASS Summit. If you’ve ever attended a SQLSaturday, you’re a member of PASS. If you’ve ever attended the PASS Summit, you’re a member of PASS. If you’ve ever attended
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I am speaking at the PASS Virtual Summit 2020

After being selected to present my full day pre-conference session at the Summit, I am very pleased to announce that I will also be presenting my Database Administration Through the Ages talk that originated at the Victoria SQL Saturday (which I also presented at the Adelaide user group). Now that PASS has gone virtual with
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Speaking at the Edmonton PASS user group on 16 July 2020

A short post this week, to let you know that I’ll be presenting a brand new session to the Edmonton PASS user group (EDMPASS) next Thursday. It will be an online session, and you can register at the EDMPASS website here. The topic is SQL Server Management Studio and Azure Data Studio compared, and here
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PASS Summit 2020 pre-con time

In 2018, I entered Speaker Idol at the PASS Summit, and because I forgot to start my timer I was disqualified for running over the five-minute limit (say “five-minute limit” fast ten times in a row). I also took part in promotion for a book my friend Melody spearheaded, where all proceeds went to charity.
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Adelaide SQL Server User Group

Join me (virtually) in Adelaide!

I will be presenting a session to the Adelaide SQL Server User Group on April 15th, 2020, and if you’re awake at that time (it’ll be 9pm on April 14th for me), you’re welcome to join in. You can register on EventBrite using the link https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/adelaide-data-analytics-user-group-with-randolph-west-tickets-101490246058. The topic is a “virtualized” variation of the session
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On the continuity of business

With entire countries shutting their borders, and people being forced to stay home and isolate themselves for as long as possible while health departments ramp up to handle this pandemic, the question of business continuity has been raised. This is where our training as data professionals comes in. The classic DBA must make sure that
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Join me in Victoria this Saturday

I will be presenting a new session, “Database administration through the ages,” at SQL Saturday #950 in Victoria this coming weekend. This is one of my favourite SQL Saturdays of the year because I love Vancouver Island (even when it rains, and despite breaking my foot there). In this session I look at what it
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