A Glimpse into My Mailbox

You know, one of the things that has really surprised me is how many people are tired of the same things I am. Since I started the series on how companies treat their IT staff, my mailbox has been full of people urging me on and telling me their horror stories. It's been well received to say the least. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have written me and supported me during this series. A lot of you

You know, one of the things that has really surprised me is how many people are tired of the same things I am. Since I started the series on how companies treat their IT staff, my mailbox has been full of people urging me on and telling me their horror stories. It's been well received to say the least.

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have written me and supported me during this series. A lot of you are right... I do seem to be the only one sometimes who fights these kinds of fights. I remember at the editor's workshop here at the magazine earlier this year, they joked about changing my title to 'Database Lightening Rod'. I don't mind being the one to champion these causes because I really believe in them.

I was also surprised to walk around TechED and find out how many people read my blogs. It's always nice to find out you're being read, but I had no idea it was as extensive as it is. I'm not bragging, I'm actually going somewhere with this.

If you all remember, right before TechED I posted a blog called Benchmark Chicanery. I wasn't sure how well it would be received, but I wrote it anyway, fully expecting some blowback from the industry. The problem was I believed what I wrote was true, and I felt you guys has the right to know what was actually going on.

Well, at TechED, I had several vendors, SQL Server MVPs, Microsoft developers and managers, and even other journalists come up to me and tell me how pleased they were with that post. One MVP told me that he had read that press release from Idera and was very impressed. The trouble is he didn't look past it, or bother to do any of the math. When he read my blog post on the topic, he went back and took a closer look and found I was right. While all these guys were praising my efforts, I tried to get them to join me in their own blogs so I at least wouldn't be the only one out there speaking out against that press release. They all said they'd love to, but just couldn't. But they were all glad I did... whatever guys.

Anyway, I've gotten some really nice email lately, and I just wanted to share some of this with you guys before I get back to business.

Oh, and btw... I may have an update on the benchmark chicanery piece. I've got a lead and if it pans out I'll let you guys know right away.

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