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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Archives: December 2007

Comments on "The Exceptional Presenter"

I purchased The Exceptional Presenter recently as part of my professional development spending. I currently work primarily as a trainer and I've done some training/speaking going back almost 20 years, but by no means would I consider myself to be exceptional. Some things I think I do reasonably well, some… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 December 2007

PCMagazine Goes to Monthly Format

I don't have a URL handy for it, but in the latest print issue of PC Mag they announced changing to 12 issues a year compared to the 22 issues a year it has been forever. I've been reading PC Mag since 1988 and it's been sad to see the… Read more

0 comments, 1,387 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 December 2007

Planning a SQL 2008 Launch Event

As a user group leader I see new products as a chance to make sure our members know about the new features (or pitfalls) of a new release, and to grow and evangelize our group - not a novel approach, but sound I think. Met with Shawn Weisfeld from ONETUG last… Read more

0 comments, 1,472 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 December 2007

Upgrading to Office 2007

I've put this off for a while, but I needed a break from the routine and I'm starting to get a few things sent to me in the newer formats so maybe there is some level of adoption. After fighting through some install issues because I had the 2007 to… Read more

0 comments, 1,375 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 December 2007

oPASS Meeting Notes

We had our final meeting of the year last night, minutes posted here. Pretty good turn out, 22 total. And given that we started the group back up in April with about 10 attendees, we're growing nicely.

Highlight for me last night was getting more feedback from the group… Read more

0 comments, 1,421 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 December 2007

User Group Meeting Checklist

I'm a fan of lists so that I stay on track rather than trying to remember all things at the list minute. Prepping for user group meetings is no different, usually happens near the end of a hectic day at the office and forgetting something...well, that's not fun. Here's my… Read more

0 comments, 1,402 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 December 2007

Strategic vs Tactical Time

As an owner of a small business one of the constant struggles is time management, and more importantly, finding time to think long term and not just short term. It's the nature of business (and work) that we tend to focus on tactical items, those things that have to get… Read more

2 comments, 1,461 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 December 2007

Lists of Tools

I ran across this list of interesting tools by Scott Hanselman and there is some good stuff to look at it. I've always had a fondness for small special purpose (and mostly free) tools (software or woodworking!). I've made a note to start my own page with some original ideas… Read more

1 comments, 1,346 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 December 2007

Google Knol As Community Competitor?

I ran across this in the Google bloghttp://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/12/encouraging-people-to-contribute.html announcing a new beta feature called Knol that allows an author to publish a page about on whatever topic they choose. The page at a time publishing metaphor is interesting, something that would presumably have more depth and focus than a… Read more

0 comments, 1,663 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 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

0 comments, 622 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 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

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

0 comments, 642 reads

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

0 comments, 636 reads

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

0 comments, 604 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 2 December 2007