For those that attended the webcast I did last week for Idera the companion whitepaper is now available for download. You can view the recording and/or get the whitepaper by just entering basic contact information.
Also, one of the things I mentioned in the webcast but omitted from the slides… Read more
Today I ran through the first tutorial at Code.org. It has 20 very short lessons that use Angry Birds and zombies to teach the very basics of programming – instructions, loops, and conditionals. It was very well done, a nice UI supplemented with some short and interesting videos as you… Read more
Today at 3 pm EST I’m presenting Surviving The First Week As The New DBA. Some of the topics I’m going to discuss are:
- About the goals you should set for your first week on a new job as a DBA
- Why backups & free space are the most…
The Abilene Paradox by Jerry Harvey is not a new book, written in 1988. It’s part of some reading I’m doing for a project. The book is about management and is a series of stories/essays. It’s not a book I’d recommend to a first time or first level manager, but… Read more
Have you ever been told that it’s ok to fail? Did it ever feel like it was really ok to fail? Are you ok with other people trying and failing? Or do we look at them and think, they didn’t try hard enough, they didn’t ask the right questions, I… Read more
The Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun is about a former manager/now speaker and writer going to work for WordPress for a year. It was a must-read for me; I’m a fan of the authors writing as well as WordPress.
It’s supposed to about the future of work and maybe… Read more
Back in September I wrote the first version of Skills I Used Last Week, so I thought I’d loop back to see if I was doing anything new lately. The window is really the last few weeks, but I thought I’d stick with the title for now, for continuity! Read more
I’ll be presenting PCI for the SQL DBA today at 1 pm EST for the PASS Security Virtual Chapter. Depending on where you live you can take an early, on time, or late lunch to join me for an hour. It’s an interesting topic!
For once the drive from Orlando to Tampa went smoothly, no delays due to accidents or construction or UFO’s, a good start to the weekend! We checked in at the Hilton Garden Inn about 3 miles from the event in what seems to be one of those ‘hotel areas’ that… Read more
Tonight I’ll be talking again with my children about Veteran’s Day, what it means to me, and what I hope it will mean to them. At ages of 7 & 10 it’s still pretty abstract, but worth a few minutes to build on what we talked about last year.
I… Read more
I’ll be heading back to Tampa on November 9, 2013 for the BI Edition of SQLSaturday. I’ll be presenting PCI for the SQL DBA and trying to tailor it a little to the BI crowd – mostly around using a lot of caution about expanding the PCI scope when… Read more
Rick Bolesta and Neil Buchwalter of CA technologies are leaving the Board at the end of 2013. CA and Microsoft were the two ‘founding’ organizations when PASS was chartered and each has had two seats on the PASS Board since then. I caught up with Rick during the 2013 PASS…
Startup Weekend comes to Orlando on Nov 22-24, 2013. I haven’t been (and not sure I will make this one) but it looks interesting – starts with pitching ideas and then goes through building out a plan in the course of a weekend.
I drove up to Sanford after work on Thursday for the oPASS meeting to see Mark Kromer present Big Data and SQL Server in the Real World. It was interesting, even intriguing. Definitely worth looking at the deck. He had a couple of interesting tips too. One was that… Read more
Yes, it is early, but I’ve set up the invitation for the fifth annual Monday Night Networking Dinner at the 2014 PASS Summit. Thinking it is one task done, or at least started. I still have to decide on the restaurant.
I’m also doing it in the hope that you Read more
This year I went with numbers instead of “Monday” or “Day 1”. I think I like it better. Easier to post multiple times if I want to, no glaring gap if I miss a day (I didn’t!). Should have tagged them as “Summit 2013” instead of just PASS, a reminder… Read more
I’m home in Orlando, reveling in not being jet lagged for once. A great traveler I am not. I was on the Board back when the decision was made to go to Charlotte. It was a decision that came with a certain amount of fear – what if things go… Read more
A couple years back Steve Jones and I started The Mentoring Experiment. Our first experiments to see how effective non-local mentoring would be. Could we make it work, would people try it? They did try, and it worked, sort of. Mentoring is hard, distance makes it harder. Local is better… Read more
On Thursday the PASS bloggers were given the chance to meet with the PASS officers and I participated along with Tim Mitchell and Mark Vaillancourt. I went in not sure what to expect but I had prepared questions just in case. I’ll write about the results first, then I have… Read more
Slower day today, fewer notes!
- Most of my morning spent on mentoring and some networking
- Lunch today was Birds of a Feather, as always I really really like that, it drives a lot of great conversations
- I sat at the Election/Governance table. Only one person joined while I was there,…