Category Archives: Random Musings
What motivates you? Every time I think about work and motivation, I am reminded of the quote from Office Space:
Peter Gibbons: The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.
Bob Porter: Don’t… don’t care?
Peter Gibbons: It’s a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don’t see another dime, so where’s the motivation? And here’s something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now.
Bob Slydell: I beg your pardon?
Peter Gibbons: Eight bosses.
Bob Slydell: Eight?
Peter Gibbons: Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That’s my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.
I see this all the time. When I started at my current position and I worked hard on projects, everyone said: “Why bother, it’s not going to get you anywhere.” After working here for two years, I am starting to understand that logic sadly enough. However, It goes against how I was raised.
In addition, money is the ultimate motivator, but not the only motivation. For me it is growth, I am not out to break the bank. But, I do want to be acknowledged with regular raises. I personally need something to work for, a goal whether it be financial or a clear path for potential growth. Currently I have reached a glass ceiling, there is nowhere to go and without raises, I must rely on personal motivation. Yet, everyone around me is performing less and less due to the lack of motivation. It is difficult not to become Peter Gibbons. Maybe it is time to move on? However, I must fight to remain motivated.
How do you account for your databases? Do you track them in a database? If so, what information do you track?
I have a spreadsheet that hopefully I do not forget to update when I add a new database to a server so I know who to notify in case there are issues. When I took over this position there was very little information for most of the databases in my charge. I thought to myself ‘shouldn’t you know what each database is for and why it is on your server? How did it get there? Is anyone still using it?’ As database administrators I believe we should know our data.
I am interested to hear how others handle this and if you even care? Please send me your input. Enjoy!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.
The second most popular blog post for 2012, enjoy!
Originally posted on SQL Swampland:
We take the term multitasking for granted these days. Everyone is multitasking all day long. We are checking our cell phones for e-mail while we are driving or in the restroom. We talk on the cell phone while driving or watching television. This has accelerated society to a break-neck speed. I am no different from anyone else as I used to take great pride in boasting in my ability to complete several tasks at the same time. Being a computer guy, it is only normal that I operate like my machines, multithreading!
However, it is at this stage in my career when I have realized the fallacy of this whole philosophy. Technically, it is not possible to multitask most operations unless one of those items does not require any active input. For example, talking while driving or walking and chewing gum. Driving for most of us has become automatic and only requires our undivided attention in heavy traffic or extreme weather. In those situations I usually turn down the radio and give it my full attention. If you add a cell phone into the mix, most people will turn down the radio so they can concentrate on the call and reduce the distraction.
Due to this fallacy, I have realized that in order to perform my best for brain-intensive operations, such as troubleshooting SQL Server, it is best to put on some passive music and tune out the world in order to tune in to the SQL. Think about it and be honest with yourself, it may seem like you are able to do multiple things at one time but you can only process one piece of information at a time. That does not mean you cannot juggle multiple projects at the same time, but you will put one down and work on the other and go back and forth.
Today begins my six-day holiday, the blog will return to its hard-core SQL action after Christmas. Enjoy!
Today marks a major changing of the seasons for us here in Florida. It is the first day that we turned the air conditioner off for a few hours. Tonight is also supposed to be the first freeze of the year. We do not really call this winter because I wore shorts yesterday. It is more like autumn/spring as in its cooler but not freezing except for a few cold spells every now and again where people here think and act like its a blizzard. We will wrap our pump and cover some flowers that are not freeze hearty. Winter has begun in the sunshine state. Enjoy!
Today I am enjoying the holidays with my family, I hope you are doing the same. Happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you are reading this today, get off the computer and go spend some time with your family! Enjoy!
Check out my buddy’s new SQL bow ties!
After writing predominantly about the PASS Summit for the last couple of months, it is hard to refocus. Starting tomorrow, I will begin writing about SQL Server again, wow there is a novel concept. My first Summit deserved a fair amount of attention, but now it is time to get back to business. Enjoy!