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My name is Ryan McCauley, and I'm a database/reporting manager for a mid-size cable company. I spent a number of years as a .NET developer (mostly of the VB.NET variety), but now largely focus on T-SQL and the reporting with the Microsoft BI stack.

On my own time, I build small apps to help get things done a little better, and have a couple posted at Codeplex:

  • SQL Space Map - if you have some large SQL Server databases and you'd like a visual picture of which tables and indexes are taking up that space, it's the tool for you.
  • SQL Server Contention Monitor - watches as may SQL Servers as you want and alerts you to blocked SPIDs, showing you the block tree (which process is blocking which, an what others are affected). It's still in a pretty alpha-ish phase, but it despite some instability at times, it gets the job done.

Check them out and let me know what feedback you have!


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awarded  Supporter
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awarded  Teacher
Sep
11
answered How to call certain kinds of tall shoes that women use to wear?
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11
comment How to call certain kinds of tall shoes that women use to wear?
@J.R. Those goldfish shoes are fantastic. Thank you for proving to me that the internet has everything.
Aug
2
comment Why is “pound” (of weight) abbreviated “lb”?
@JanusBahsJacquet If "ounce" means 1/12, then why is it used to describe 1/16th of a pound? As for fluid ounces, I'm also not sure what one fluid ounce is 1/12th of either - it's 1/8th of a cup and 1/16th of a pint. Maybe the answer is really "the Imperial measurement system makes no sense at all" :)
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted A word for a person who is made a villain by their circumstances, not necessarily by their actions
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revised A word for a person who is made a villain by their circumstances, not necessarily by their actions
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26
comment A word for a person who is made a villain by their circumstances, not necessarily by their actions
@coleopterist Hmm - I like the term "mindless mislead minions" for the DEA agents more than any other term I've seen :) As opposed to the mooks continually dispatched by James Bond, who presumably know they're working for an organization (or super-villain) bent on world domination through nefarious means, the DEA agents in Leon are just cops, who signed up to clean up the streets and generally do good, and are being leveraged without their knowledge to advance the villain's agenda.
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awarded  Student
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26
comment A word for a person who is made a villain by their circumstances, not necessarily by their actions
Is there a word for the DEA agents - anti-heroes? Stansfield is for sure not a hero (or anti-hero), but the honest agents who are just doing their job are in a much more gray position.
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awarded  Editor
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revised A word for a person who is made a villain by their circumstances, not necessarily by their actions
fixed some grammatical errors.
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asked A word for a person who is made a villain by their circumstances, not necessarily by their actions
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awarded  Autobiographer