Snipping Tool Alternatives

Over the past few weeks I have noticed we have some real artists in the screenshot arena. I have never really thought about using anything other than Microsoft “Snipping Tool”. I knew there were other options but never looked into them. As we all work support in some why or another. Having a power screenshot tools is a must. Including powerful Editing tools is a must (Append Arrows, Lines, Text, Different Colors) The MS Snipping Tools is weak in these areas and it surprised me how long I have used it without looking for a better solution. I did a search this morning for Snipping Tool Alternatives. Found –> I had heard of “Snagit” but knew it cost money $50. But then I found and try the second option on the list. “LightShot” WOW! Every feature I have been missing and more. It’s Free for PC or MAC / and Google Chrome Extension.

Does anyone else have recommendations for a snipping tool? I just know some of us still may be using MS Paint, MS PowerPoint, MS Snipping Tool; all which takes too much time in our day. I just wanted to share this knowledge and hope this information may save other folks a few minutes per day working on the screenshot manifesto! #SnippingTool



Notify multiple operators with difference results

The other day I was asked How to notify multiple operators using database mail for failed jobs and a different operators for successes.

First I looked at the operator email addresses field;….etc is not helping as there is a limit on the characters in the email name entry of operator and we still have the problem we need different groups for success and failures.

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So this is what I came up with as a workaround if the intention is that multiple people in your organization should be notified if a job fails and a different group of multiple people for successes.

You will notice the Steps 1-3 are the normal tasks that the schedule job is uses for as you would do for your task. There can as many steps as needed before these but the last step (Step 3) of the process need to break “On Success” and “On Failure” to go into separate emails. Also all “On Failures” need to continue to your “Failure Email” as highlighted below. So the Failure group gets there emails and the job will still fail for the historical records.



You will see the option to change the direction of the “On success action” and “On Failure action” in the Advanced tab of the Job steps.


Failure Email Step -General Property


Failure Email Step -Advance Property


Success Email Step -General Property


Success Email Step -Advance Property



I hope this helps. Happy Coding. Have FUN!


I will be Attending Southeastern Business Analytics Community

Excited to have a full afternoon of gathering with other BI professionals. Come join us whether you utilize Cognos BI, Cognos TM1 or IBM SPSS and are looking for ways to get full business value from your data, optimize performance management, or just interested in learning more about the latest IBM solutions, please register now for this valuable event.

April 22, 2016
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

DataClarity Corporation – Southeastern Business Analytics Community

The Southeastern Business Analytics Community invites you to join IBM, DataClarity, and your peers on Friday, April 22 nd for the Spring Meeting of the Business Analytics User Group, an exclusive gathering of experienced professionals and IBM experts for real-world tips and best practices to help you harness the power of analytics in your organization.

Hope to see everyone there!

Microsoft’s PowerBI and Datazen

This week I’m going to be looking for differences in the two products at PASS Business Analytics. First initial look is one is cloud and one is on prem. Fiserv’s Bank Intelligence – bank/ credit union solution team has been on the search for a product to give our home grow BI product a face left. We have looked at Tableau, QlikSense, Cognos, Brist. This week @ #passbac I’m going to talking to people and get a real good idea on how PowerBI and Datazen could be a Fiserv solution. Stand by for updates.


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Surface Pro 3 for a DBA a ture laptop/Desktop/iPad replacement


SQL PASS 285 Tech Tattoo on Surface Pro 3


Microsoft Store in Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta

Setting up in August 2014

Setting up in August 2014

Back in August 2014 I decided to get a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and mother was in need of a new laptop as well so we went together to investigate at the Microsoft Store in the Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta. Needless to say we pulled the trigger and made the purchases. Thanks Mom! 🙂 We both went with the Surface Pro 3 – 256GB / Intel i5 to get the version with 8GB RAM. I felt like I wanted the extra RAM for SQL Server and I’m glad I did. Over the past months this machine has been my laptop and tablet; I have still been using the iPhone for phone/email. I have added a few links below to help with the over experience be easier for other DBAs. I had no problem the first evening installing Microsoft SSMS 2014 and Visual studio 2012 from my ISO files. I also went ahead and added Red-Gate developer tools and SSMS Tools Pack. The installations went super fast with the SSD onboard. If you are hoping that the Surface is going to satisfy your need for apps; think again. Microsoft is lacking the apps in the marketstore. The big ones are there but I use the IE web for mostly everything and if you can install your everyday software.

At home I had an exisiting KVM IOGear Extreme 4 port KVM which got me the keyboard and mice working right away.

Before SQL PASS Summit 2014 I had to purchase the Plugable UD-3000 Universal Docking Station USB 3.0 to get the NIC and docking station feature for my PreCon on Big Data. In December had a small issue with the Intel drivers and the Plugable 3.0 to resolve check out: Plugable Blog


Surface Pro 3 and Plugable UD-3000 Universal Docking Station USB 3.0


IO Gear KVM and Second Monitor to Surface Pro 3

I also had a small issue with the WiFi not working automatically connecting after I enable the Hyper-V. Hyper-V functionality in Windows 8.1 doesn’t play nice with Surface Pro 3’s Connected Standby. Article: Surface Pro 3 Tip: Hyper-V vs. Connected Standby. So I have some saved batch files to enable and disable WiFi and Hyper-V.

Surafce SSMS

Magnets in this Cover connect with magnets in Surface Pro 3 to add stability when you’re typing on your lap. Like Type Cover 2, this Cover has backlit keys, with keys on the left side of the top row of keys to control keyboard brightness.


SSMS Screenshot from Surface Pro 3

Some useful links I used to make my purchase decision:

The Surface Pro 3 is a very good Windows 8.1 device I would recommend it to any DBA for home and business use. I’m also excited to see it working with Windows 10 Tech Preview.