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Archives: December 2007

Managing Funds for User Groups

This question seems to come up a lot and it's worth discussing. Few user groups are incorporated, fewer still are true non-profits, so how you pay for pizza, charge sponsors, do the little things that need to be done without having a checking account? In my view unless you have… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 December 2007


A new video setup is on the way!!!!

Actually I'll do a couple podcasts on podcasting over the holidays here since it's a slow time and I'm sure you could use some more (or perhaps less) interesting content.

I've been making do with some old equipment that I had and…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 December 2007


Wow, it's been a long time since I posted here. I actually had to search for my name to find the blog and get back to this posting page. Part of that is my inability to maintain this blog and another part is the poor design of this Community Server…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 December 2007

How do you make a Wiki work?

Following up on my post about Wikipedia, I read an article in Eweek, 25 Tips for a Better Wiki Deployment that seemed interesting, but hardly earthshaking. In my view building a successful wiki depends on a confluence of events, mainly a problem or subject that lends itself to the format,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 December 2007

Contributing to Wikipedia

Recently I posted about an interview with Jimmy Wales and only a couple days after that I ran across What Motivates Wikipedians in the November issue of ACM Communications. The motivations varied, with the primary ones being fun and ideology (knowledge should be free). There didn't seem to be one… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 December 2007

Tribute to Honor Jim Gray

Saw this on the Association for Computer Machinery SIGMOD announcements.

Tribute to Honor Jim Gray

It is scheduled for May 31, 2008 at UC-Berkeley.

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Powerpoint from a Blackberry

Ran across the Impactica Showmate, a $249 item (gadget?) that allows you to present Powerpoint presentations wirelessly via Bluetooth directly from a Blackberry - no wires, no laptop. Most of my presentations have a demo part that requires a laptop and I always have a copy on USB key… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 December 2007

How Will Processor Licensing Evolve?

Information week had an interesting article that talks about the different methods of licensing used, ranging from the what we're used to with MS to the 'processor value unit' used by IBM to others even more...complicated. I think over time MS will have to change their licensing policy for SQL… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 December 2007

Event and Session Evaluation Results for SQLSaturday Orlando

SQLSaturday is ultimately about attendees, and they finally speak! The scores look very good and the comments should be useful for helping us do a better job next year. Worth reading, even if Im a bit biased:-). Link is here: http://opass.org/content/showcontent.aspx?contentid=396 Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 December 2007

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