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Switch to Apple

Switching to Apple: 2016 is the year of the Crow or so it seems. Or maybe I should just focus on not painting myself into a corner. Either way, I need to stop being adamant about technology I won’t use or just being close minded about technology in general. I stand... read more

It’s a New Year and new goals

Welcome to the New Year, It’s 2016 and 2015 is in the books. 2015 gave us a lot of good and bad. Microsoft gave us Windows 10, a large earthquake hit Mt Everest in the heart of the climbing season, water was found on Mars, and the economy is showing signs of life with... read more

Personal and Professional Brand

Now that my life has begun to settle down a little post move and the cooler weather is now upon us, I have been working on catching up on projects, tasks, and such. One of the things I’ve been cleaning up is my iTunes podcasts list, I used to be big into... read more

Time to get Healthy

A funny thing happens when you accomplish a goal or two, you start looking for other goals to accomplish. In 2004 my wife and I left Colorado, and moved to Tulsa to help family after an unexpected death. We had been fairly active in Colorado: skiing, hiking,... read more

Know How to Connect to SQL

It is important to know how to connect to SQL server from your application. This week I was working with a vendor who was struggling to connect his application to the SQL database that was created for him. He had his connection string all messed up and it took 3... read more

Sometimes, you just have to shrink

In my career, I’ve heard my fair share of the things you’re never suppose to do in it. Never hang up on a caller, never reboot production without lots of communication, never work off of a network drive, etc. For the most part, these points are good practice for IT... read more

SQL Restore: Trust, but verify…

Have you ever noticed how there are those days? You know, where the simple tasks just rear up and bite you square in the ass and you’re left sitting/standing thinking to yourself “Well that was really stupid….I can’t believe I didn’t I double check….” Ever have one of... read more