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SQLAndy

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: November 2008

Is the PASS Summit Too Big?

That's the question posed by Kalen Delaney in a write up on SQLMag.com. Is a SQL event of more than 2k or 3k attendees too big? Is there a point where it is too big?

First, I'd say that I'm a big fan of local and regional events. They present… Read more

3 comments, 616 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 November 2008

Pumpkin Tossing

One more holiday post. Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving and are now enjoying either a quiet and well deserved day at home, or a day of holiday shopping and spending to boost our economy.

Now on to the main item! I've seen it on TV a few times, but never… Read more

0 comments, 507 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm cheerfully taking the day off today (and tomorrow too!), and I'm writing this a week in advance as I wait on the final keynote at PASS 2008 to start. Was debating whether to write something for Thanksgiving, and thought I'd just browse a little to see what I could… Read more

0 comments, 498 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 November 2008

Spend Money to Make Money

One of those old sayings that has a grain or two of truth to it. Stocks, real estate, education even, all require some money in to have a chance at making money later unless you the Trumpster maybe. I was thinking about this on election day when Starbucks was offering… Read more

3 comments, 575 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 November 2008

Airlines Don't Care About Customers? Nor Does The Government!

I saw this post about a recent panel that tried to come up with guidelines for airlines as far as how long they could hold travelers hostage on a plane if delayed between the time they load the plane and take off. I've been a victim of this twice; one… Read more

0 comments, 510 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 November 2008

PC Magazine Going out of Print

Saw a post from Michael Miller that PC Magazine will end it's print version with the January issue. Have to agree with him that it's sad to see it go, for a long time it's been one of the tools I've used to keep up with what's going on with… Read more

2 comments, 518 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 November 2008

Digging into Replication

It's fun to read good work, and my friend Kendal Van Dyke recently posted How CommitBatchSize And CommitBatchThreshold Affect Replication. He was looking for the answer to how/when to alter the values of those two settings and BOL just didn't make it clear, so after the standard bit of… Read more

0 comments, 535 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 November 2008

PASS Day 5 (Fri)

Friday I was up early for breakfast and check out of the hotel, then down to the convention center to find a good place to sit to work through morning email and just relax before the final keynote. I think I was finally adjusted to the travel  & time change… Read more

3 comments, 183 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 November 2008

SQLSaturday #8 Session Evaluations

Session evaluations are one real benefit that speakers derive from participating in community events - a chance to see how they did and maybe even get some ideas on how to improve. The challenge is that most attendees only tend to fill out the eval if the session was really… Read more

2 comments, 167 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 November 2008

PASS 2008 Day 4 (Thursday)

I couldn't muster the enthusiasm for a keynote today, so I went for a walk, stopping first for a doughnut at Top Pot because it was highly recommended by my friend Chris Rock, and then down to the Pike Place Market to wander some, and then to Starbucks #1 for… Read more

4 comments, 217 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 November 2008

PASS 2008 Day 3 (Wed)

Went to the intro and keynote yesterday, even though I know better. They weren't bad, they just weren't great. I think most people would have been happier with a much shorter start up and get into sessions earlier. Thoughts on keynotes that they might consider for next time:

  • Excitement is…

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2 comments, 184 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 November 2008

PASS 2008 Day 2 (Tuesday)

I spent most of yesterday in the PASS volunteer training. It's not really training, more of a gathering of volunteers to hear about what's been going on and to present awards to the best of the volunteers. Kevin Kline did a nice (if a little long) history of PASS, talking… Read more

1 comments, 298 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 November 2008

PASS 2008 - Day 1 (Mon)

Fairly easy day, up at 5 am for an 8:15 am flight to Seattle via Detroit, arrived about 2:30 pm to surprisingly pleasant weather, maybe 60 degrees and sunny. Took a town car into downtown Seattle (nice to rent a car, but parking runs $25/day here) and got settled in,… Read more

0 comments, 156 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 November 2008

Why I Want To Be On The PASS Board

This is what I provided to the nominating committee today. I think I could have worked on this for weeks and still not gotten it quite right, lots of stuff to talk about. It will be interesting to see what the other candidates post.

My one sentence answer: I want… Read more

3 comments, 497 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 November 2008

Pass Board of Directors Part 6

More updates from the nominating committee:

"As a PASS-slated candidate, we would like to promote you and your vision and experience to the voting population. Your picture and bio will be posted on the sqlpass site and the Summit Live site by Sunday evening. We would like to request that…

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0 comments, 149 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 November 2008

PASS Board of Directors Part 5

Looks like I'm still in the game! Just received word from Kevin Kline (Past PASS President). Here are the candidates:

  • Andy Warren
  • Douglas McDowell
  • Louis Davidson
  • Lynda Rab (incumbent)
  • Pat Wright (incumbent)
  • Thomas LaRock

And part of the confirmation included this:

"The entire slate is very competent with six candidates…

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6 comments, 564 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 November 2008

Google Blogs & Images

I'm using a Goggle blog for another project and overall it works fine, no complaints. I've also switched to using Live Writer for blogging, my typing is bad enough that a spell checker is a must (and grammar checker would be a nice addition). Today I was doing a post… Read more

0 comments, 168 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 13 November 2008

SQLSaturday #6 - Canceled

Just heard back from Allen White, due to his schedule and minimal success creating a true team effort plans for SQLSaturday #6 in Cleveland are being canceled. Not fair to fault Allen for this, I think there were several contributing factors:

  • He changed jobs right about the time initial planning…

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0 comments, 166 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 November 2008

Latest Orlando User Group Meeting & Assorted Attendees

We had our meeting on November 11, 2008, with 27 people attending. Our featured speaker was Jessica Moss, SQL MVP and BI consultant doing a presentation on new features in Reporting Services 2008. Jessica was very involved in the Florida technical community before moving out of state for work… Read more

0 comments, 155 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 November 2008

Two Mistakes

I don't typically do Internet chain mail, but Brian Kelley mentioned me in his post on his two mistakes and I'd hate to try saying I haven't made any mistakes. Good to be humble!

Mistake #1 was very early in my SQL career, we were moving from SQL 6.5 to… Read more

0 comments, 213 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 November 2008

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