Monthly Archives: January 2011

SQL Obsession: Smells like a sweet contest

My wife says I should start with something witty, but since I can’t think of anything I’ll give a little background first.

I grew up in small town Colorado, I met my wife in Chicago where I attended college and lived for over 7 years. We returned to Colorado before the birth of our first child and I found a secure job with the city. My 10 years of I.T. experience is very diverse. I work on web development, server administration, and database administration all on a Monday.

Shortly after I started work (and due to a gap in knowledge and the trend of more applications running on SQL Server) the city tasked me with becoming the resident SQL Server expert. My manager said the MCDBA and MCITP certifications in SQL Server administration exams would be paid for if I passed. So, over the next year I studied, experimented, and worked hands-on with SQL Server culminating in passing with flying colors.

However, as you well know, books and certifications only take you so far. Luckily I found the SQL community on twitter and the wealth of bloggers out there to fill in some of the gaps. The community has really helped support me and my confidence has grown as a direct result.

While I was excited to hear the MCM program branching out and getting more affordable it still is very “pie-in-the-sky” at this point since work has cut the training budget entirely. So when Paul Randal posted on his blog and twitter about making a free seat available for the upcoming SQL Server 5-Day Performance and Internals class in February there was no question that I would put my name in.

This is a great opportunity to get training from what is widely considered the “best of the best” on SQL Server.

If, given this training I believe I would have the knowledge (and confidence) to expand my support for the SQL community (blogging, speaking, helping on #sqlhelp). Coupled with a tenacious appetite for anything SQL Server and a strong work ethic I know I would emerge ready to face the next chapter in my professional development.

Thank you so much for the consideration and the opportunity.

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Motorola Droid v1 Rooted

So first I should put a standard disclaimer:

This process will void your warranty and possibly “brick” you phone. Only attempt this if you’re willing to accept the risk.

I’ve had my original Motorola Droid for over a year and a half now and I still love it. Up until now I didn’t want to ruin a good thing by “rooting” it.

For those that don’t know what rooting is it’s basically opening up the phone OS so you can have total permissions. This allows you to do things that are considered outside of the intended functionality.

I think the thing that finally convinced me was the fact all these new phones are coming out. The DroidX, Droid 2, etc. They all have the ability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot which is something I have needed and wished my phone had.

So here is the process by which I have rooted my phone allowed the ability to Wi-Fi tether for an original Droid running 2.2.1 build FRG83D

1. Download SuperOneClick v1.5.5

2. Download Motorola Drivers

3. Install the Motorola Drivers and follow all instructions

4. Extract SuperOneClick to a directory of your choice

5. Plug your phone into the USB port of your computer. Do NOT mount your SD card.

6. In your phone go to Settings -> Applications -> Development.

7. Insure that “USB Debugging” is not checked. For the purposes of this process I also checked “Stay Awake” so the screen stays on.

8. Run SuperOneClick and press the “ROOT” button.

9. The rooting process will now run.

10. If the process gets stuck on “waiting on phone” uncheck the “USB Debugging” option and re-check (clicking OK on the pop-up). The key is to have a bit of patience with it and eventually it will move on in the process and it will say “root successful”.

Once my root was successful I noticed a new skull and crossbones icon in my apps. I was also able to install “Wireless Tether” from the Markeplace and it works perfectly!

Good Luck and Happy Rooting!

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