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What It’s Like to Work for a Bad Contracting Company

Brent

Last time we met, I finished up by talking about all of the crazy work involved in pairing the right consultant/contractor with the right client project. In my line of work, I get to see a whole lot of SQL Server projects – both good and bad – and work…

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What’s the Difference Between Contractor and Consultant and FTE?

Brent

Thinking about quitting your full time job and changing things up a little? Here’s a quick explanation of the differences between IT roles. Full Time Employees (FTEs) of Regular Companies You show up for work on Monday at 8AM, and you know exactly where you’re going to work, and who you’ll…

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Launching an Online Course: Behind the Scenes

Brent

Friday, Kendra and I launched our newest online training course, The DBA’s Guide to SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery. Here’s a quick glimpse behind the scenes at the work required in launching something like this. Designing and Building the Course Materials November – Course design started – Kendra wrote a…

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Microconsulting: The Next Step Beyond Stack Exchange

Brent

You’ve read my blog posts or seen my webcasts, and you know I’m qualified to solve a particular SQL Server problem. You contact our company, and maybe you bring us in for an engagement. But many of you don’t – many of you only want me for 15 minutes, or an…

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How I Manage Email and Tasks, 2015 Edition

Brent

My email inbox feels like a battlefield. In a typical recent month, I had: I received 4,897 emails from 642 people, 76% of which were sent directly to me I sent 773 emails to 198 people. 55% of my replies were sent within 15 minutes (and that average includes emails I received overnight)…

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PlugBug

The New MacBook’s USB-C Port

Brent

The new Apple MacBook has only one port: a single USB-C port. That’s an idiotically minimalist design, but that’s another discussion. Two things you need to buy: The PlugBug, $35 – this pops onto your power adapter and gives you a separate USB power plug good for simultaneously charging your…

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Interview with Steve Stedman about the Database Corruption Challenge

Brent

I’ve been watching Steve Stedman’s Database Corruption Challenge with glee. Steve (@SQLEMT) is running one of the toughest kinds of blog posts you can do: an ongoing series that involves a lot of prep, urgent timings, and dealing with plenty of contributions/questions/answers from a lively audience. That is seriously hard work. So…

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About Me, circa now

Changing My About-Me Slide

Brent

From about 2012 to 2014, this was my about-me slide at the start of a presentation: I’d show that and say, “I’m Brent Ozar, a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP. That just means I’ve made a lot of expensive mistakes, and now I try to help other people avoid those mistakes. I…

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Five Things I Learned from Five Years of Blitzing

Brent

Five years ago this week, while presenting a session at the 24 Hours of PASS, I introduced the world to an easier way to check the health of their SQL Servers. I had no idea if anybody else would like it or find it useful. As I write this, I’m sipping…

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The #MSIgnite 2015 Speaking Experience

Brent

Last week, I spoke at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago: I had an awesome time, and evidently the attendees did too – as I write this, I’m in the top 10 of 1000+ sessions overall. Microsoft does a couple of things different than other conferences I’ve attended, and if you go in knowing…

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