Archives: January 2009
A number of book publishers regularly send me books, hoping that I will write a good review for them. Most of the time, I don’t have the time to read them, so they end up on my bookshelf collecting dust, or maybe I will give them away to friends.
Recently,… Read more
I’ve got a Sidekick 3 right now that works OK for me, lets me check some basic email, get texts, etc., but it’s not a great phone. It could be, but the issues I have with IMAP as well as the flaky connections make it one that I don’t want… Read more
The fifth annual South Florida Code Camp is being held on Feb 7th. They've got a huge schedule of sessions, probably the biggest you'll see at a free event. This will be my second year participating, I'll be giving a short presentation on SQL statistics and spending the rest of… Read more
The European PASS Conference will be held in Neuss Germany (near Düsseldorf) from April 22-24, 2009. It will include 36 technical sessions, with tracks for DBAs, Developers, and BI Experts. It will also include several full-day pre-conference sessions.
I will be speaking at the conference on the topic of “Database… Read more
I ordered new business cards recently after I gave one to someone that needed to send me something and realized that the wrong address was on there. It was pre-sale to Red Gate and had our corporate address on it. Add to that the back had printing on it from… Read more
Forgot I had this, a friend had sent it to a while back as something I might blog about. Mike Elgan discusses work ethic versus attention control (aka focus). If you read yesterday, you might find this worthwhile - Work Ethic 2.0: Attention Control. Read more
It's been busy since my last update, lots of stuff to work on! I probably won't get it all in one post, but I'll try to hit the highlights. The main event over the past two weeks was my first board meeting in Seattle.
I arrived Monday afternoon and shared… Read more
As reporting requirements increase, it seems that aggregate functions have thankfully risen to the occasion concurrently. To maintain its competitive edge as Staples' best Canadian vendor, BaldGorilla, where I’m consulting actually, has been able to fulfill the most demanding deadlines thanks to the query results produced from Grouping Sets. … Read more
Normally when I write a book, I create a book outline, give it to my editor for feedback, make some changes, then begin writing the book.
I would like to try something different, assuming you are interested. Since I am at the very early stage of creating the book’s outline,… Read more
Think about your career and the managers, and potentially leaders, that you’ve had in your life. Think about life in general and who do you admire, who have you modeled yourself after or who you wanted to follow in sports, in a hobby, in life, etc.
I’ve heard about, read… Read more
If you could list all the reasons I work, the number one reason would be to support my family. My definition of support includes spending an appropriate amount of time with family, not just working to support it. I suspect most of you would agree with that as a goal.… Read more
I always consider taking seminars and technical conferences as a key component in my DBA education framework
Last week (Jan 21 to 22, 2008), I attended MS TechDays Canada 2008 in Vancouver, BC. Though the quality of the sessions is above the usual business-promotion-focused sessions, I still feel the quality… Read more
I saw this book (It's Your Ship) in a Barnes and Noble and the title and cover attracted me. So I picked it up and read the back, thought it was interesting, and later grabbed it for the Kindle. I do still buy books from B&N, but for… Read more
Just to announced that we have now available the comulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008!
This Update package is applies to:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
- Microsoft SQL…
I've mentioned before that Jeff Duntemann is one of my favorite bloggers, and I thought I'd show why I enjoy it by including a few recent links he's talked about:
- http://www.geocities.jp/takascience/lego/fabs_en.html is a movie of a fully automated book scanner built from a flat bed scanner and some legos. Put…
For those who were in my session on SSIS Scripting at SQL Saturday Tampa last weekend, I have posted the examples and slide deck on my website. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Read more
I had to go to the UK recently and took my Kindle along. I put some thought into my Kindle use before I left and ended up with things not working out as I planned.
The planning went into the trip because I usually read on planes and I expected… Read more
SQLSaturday #10 was held January 24, 2008 in Tampa at the Kforce Building. Attendance was about 175, down slightly from the year before. Overall the event turned out well; 36 sessions, everyone got fed, no major logistical challenges. I definitely noticed a few repeat participants from last year, and we've… Read more
I’m sitting in the Tampa airport waiting for a flight back home from SQL Saturday 10 in Tampa. There was a good turnout at the event; the last news I heard was that over 300 had registered initially, and that there were close to 200 that actually showed up. I… Read more
Anyone attending TechEd 2009 can submit a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session proposal. These sessions are open discussion topics of mutual interest to other TechEd attendees, and can include almost any topic of interest to developers and IT professionals. If your BOF session is accepted, you will act as… Read more