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Database drift, cheese graters and Elton John

I sang another song. I’m not very good at singing. Or playing the piano. If I’m honest, you probably shouldn’t watch it. The song itself starts at 3 minutes and 10 seconds. Before that is a three minute lightning talk that provides some context. I apologise that the audio for the lightning talk is pretty poor – it’s fine for…

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Today’s the day… I’m off!

Today’s the day. My sabbatical starts at 5pm. My email account will be suspended and I’ll be locked out I’ve specifically requested this for a few reasons: I won’t be working while I’m away, so I should be clear with people who email me that they will not be getting a response and my out-of-office will explain who else can respond.…

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Sometimes I hate TFS

Disclaimer: I was not in the best mood when I wrote this. It is not entirely accurate. I have taken artistic licence. But it cheered me up a bit. The following is a true reflection of my emotions, and a *partly* true reflection of TFS. Also, the last line needs work artistically and context functionally but I ran out of time.…

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I’m going away for a bit…

tl;dr Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been busy with many things not software related. And I’m about to take a sabbatical. This means I’m also not likely to post again until May/June. Why I’m taking a sabbatical Because I can. 🙂 One of the perks of working for Redgate is that you get a 6 week paid…

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Ode to SQL Relay

I’m on the train to SQL Relay Nottingham where I’m giving a session this afternoon. This year, due to scheduling, I’m only able to attend one of the days but I’m nostalgic for last year when I joined the crew for most of Relay. I know from experience and from my friends on the crew quite how big a job…

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If Shakespeare had invented DevOps

About a month ago a couple of my colleagues, James Murtagh (twitter) and Becky Amos (twitter), challenged me to write an alternative version of the prologue to Romeo and Juliet. Here is what I came up with. Comments welcome, but only if they are in iambic pentameter. *** Two households, both alike in dignity, In the IT dept, where we…

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#iceBucketChallenge

I’m taking a slight diversion from the usual theme of this blog. My wonderful friend, @uongy, to whom I bear no resentment, none at all, challenged my wife and I to do the ice bucket challenge. I would like to take a moment to thank my beautiful sister, to whom I have no bad feelings towards either, none at all, for…