Shake it off!

This got passed on to me by a colleague – good enough to pass on….

The best motivational message of the day!!!

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours
as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old
and the well needed to be covered anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the
donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed
a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realised what was happening and cried horribly.

Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer
finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel
of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake
it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on
top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone
was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of
the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping
stone.  We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving
up! Shake it off and take a step up!

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

Someone sent this to me to think about…  so here I am posting it for you.   

Shake it off!

Hey, SQL Server DOES scale!


For the first time, Microsoft products made their way onto some of Winter’s
“All Environments” TopTen lists, which include Unix and mainframe systems. A massive
SQL Server 2000 production database run by Verizon Communications placed sixth for
overall OLTP database size and third for largest number of rows in an OLTP database.
The Verizon database is 5.3 terabytes and has more than 33 billion rows of data.


Biggest Production Databases Now Include Windows

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Hey, SQL Server DOES scale!

Getting Ahead in Your Career


Franklins.Net Sales Weasel Todd Follansbee has come up with what I think is a great read
for all developers, and .NET developers in particular.  This can be found online

Knowing how to get the technology and training you need is an esssential

You might question if .NET will help you financially. Here is a recent quote from Computer

 “… there are certain IT skills for which companies are willing
to pay a premium right now. On the technical side, .Net experience is perhaps the
hottest skill, with network security experience running a close second” 

Below are a set of instructions on how to convince your boss/company about .NET and
training. You will find these skills to be helpful in a variety of areas. After all,
technical knowledge is only one part of career development in the IT world. You need
more then just knowledge and these skills will be of tremendous help. This is all
free, as is our support. All you need to do is ask. 

Traditionally developers make lousy salesmen so we offer a set of selling skills tailored
for developers. We also provide the support tools to get training approved in your
company. Here’s how to figure out the pieces of the puzzle we offer. They all build
upon each other, one piece alone will not get the job done. Most important is the
PDF that describes sales methods which are perfect for developers. They are analytical,
effective and require no hype or gimmicks. Download and print the PDF first and read
it. The other support pieces follow:  

  • Selling
    Your Boss
    is a PDF that will that describes the sales method. Download and print
    the PDF and read it. When you understand the technique, review the two short PowerPoint
    slide shows
  • Selling
    is PowerPoint slide show that a developer used to convince a multi-billion
    dollar comapny to adopt .NET.
  • Selling
    is a 3 slide study from that the American Society of Training and Development
    that compares the bottom lines of companies that support training versus ones that
    don’t. The study makes dollar suggestions for training budgets based upon these successful
  • To accompany the training document, we provide a zipped
    of success stories from companies who came to us for .NET Training and
    went on to develop great .NET Apps (picture yourself in the next batch of success
  • Lastly we recommend a number of .NET
    Shows that: discuss .NET, compare it to other technologies, and review
    implementations and benefits.

If you spend the hour it takes to learn this content you will be well equipped. Call
on us
for suggestions and insights. We have much experience in the psychological
side of selling to people. You may be surprised at the tools we can give you just
over the phone. We won’t make a sales weasel out of you however understanding
the psychological triggers of the people in authority can make all the difference. 

Besides it’s worth the trouble. If you don’t, sooner or later you’ll
be asking us if we want fries with that…

[WebLogs @ ASP.NET]

Getting Ahead in Your Career

Google Zeitgeist – Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google

For both breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search
on Google at With a bit of analysis, this flurry of searches often
exposes interesting trends, patterns, and surprises.

On a monthly, weekly, and sometimes daily basis, this Google Zeitgeist page will be
updated to reflect lists, graphs, and other tidbits of information related to Google
user search behavior. Click here to

Google Zeitgeist – Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google


The Tweakomatic is a nifty new utility that writes scripts that allow you to retrieve
and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings. So what, you might ask. Well,
think about it. Because these are WMI scripts, they can be used to configure settings
on remote computers. Need to change something on a remote machine? Then haul out the
Tweakomatic. And think about this: because the Tweakomatic writes scripts, you could
do something like run these scripts as logon or logoff scripts. In other words, you
could quickly, easily, and automatically configure settings on any or all the computers
in your organization. Get it here.