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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: July 2008

SQLSaturday #5 & #6 Update

SQLSaturday #5 in Olympia is progressing nicely. Greg, Russ, and team have locked in a venue and with registration just announced to the local user group already have more than 30 registered. Current focus is on speakers, if you're in the area or know someone in the area please let… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 July 2008

Vacation Reading - Boyd & Mullane

I did quite a bit of reading during a recent week off including two biographies. One was Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War and it was a long/interesting read. Boyd was quite the character, developing the OODA loop as well as being the first to put… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 July 2008

Employee or 1099, Part 2

A couple weeks back I posted Employee or 1099 and now that my friend Wes Dumey has posted his last installment, I wanted to add my thoughts. I guess a good place to start is that Wes really did a good job describing the options and in particular I thought… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 July 2008

Ironkey Personal - Super Secure USB?

Ran across IronKey Personal in PC Magazine and thought some of you might be interested. It has built in encryption, the option to use Firefox via it's own secure (and anonymous) servers, and even someone enters the wrong password ten times in a row it fries the electronics - adios… Read more

0 comments, 268 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 8 July 2008

Listening on a Non Standard Port

I had a note to myself to write up some notes about listening on a non standard port, but it turns out my friend Greg Larsen has already done a nice job of it in an article he wrote last year called Using Non-Standard Port for SQL Server. The… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 July 2008

One Year Blog Review

Just over a year ago I decided to start a blog and I put an item on my calendar to look back to see how things had gone, look at what things I want to change going forward, or if I even wanted to continue. My original goal was one… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 July 2008

Celebrating July 4th

I try to limit the number of truly off topic posts I do, but today is a special day in the US and one that still gets most of the recognition it deserves. Take a minute and re-read the Declaration of Independence and think about what's happened since that day. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 3 July 2008

INETA Champs Program

My friend Shawn Weiseld posted a note about the new INETA Champs Program. Looks interesting and is a nice step in the right direction for growing local communities. The part I'm not thrilled with is the self-nomination. It's probably a fatal character flaw, but I'm just not a huge… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 July 2008

Growing New Speakers/How to Go National/PASS Needs a Policy

I commented in an earlier post about the challenges PASS has in trying to select a 100 or so speakers out of a set of applicants 2-3 times that size. I've run into a couple people since then that have asked for help/ideas on how to make it to the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 July 2008

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