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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 2009

Book Review: The Connect Effect: Building Strong Personal, Professional, and Virtual Networks

I read The Connect Effect: Building Strong Personal, Professional, and Virtual Networks by Michael Dulworth ($16 @ Amazon) months ago, forgot to write up the review and finally getting back to it. The emphasis of this book – to me – is on the value of networks, and that was… Read more

0 comments, 1,878 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 July 2009

Embedding Bing Maps in a Web Page

I was doing some maintenance on the SQLSaturday web site recently and one request kinda low on the list was to try using Bing Maps. We’ve been using Google Maps (see SQLSaturday #17 for an example) because it’s easy to use. Just enter the address and make sure… Read more

2 comments, 3,466 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 July 2009

PASS Interview With Don Gabor

Just in case you don’t read the Connector today, here’s a link to an interview that PASS HQ did with Don Gabor that focuses on his upcoming seminar at the Summit. If you’re on the fence (or definitely not going), I’d be interested to hear what you think about his… Read more

0 comments, 1,528 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2009

Connector Editorial for July 29,2009

I currently write the editorial for the PASS Connector which is published every two weeks as part of my role on the Board of Directors. I'm cross posting those editorials here as well as to the main PASS blog.

How good are you at meeting new people at a… Read more

0 comments, 1,434 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2009

Time Management – Not So Easy

Steve Jones sent me this link on time management that discusses two things – getting ‘ambushed’ at the start of the day with unexpected tasks and the power of ritual. It was timely (as it were) because I’d just had a miserable day where I had some goals to hit… Read more

3 comments, 1,606 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2009

LinkedIn & Open Networking

I ran across this a while back and it’s been on my ‘to blog about’ list for too long. Open networkers (LION’s) are those that actively seek and accept networking connections on LinkedIn. It’s a controversial strategy, both to LinkedIn itself and to those of us building networks, but it’s… Read more

1 comments, 1,453 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2009

SQLSaturday #21 in Orlando on October 17, 2009

I had hoped to announce this much sooner, sometimes the wheels turn slowly. But turn they do! We’re back at Seminole Community College this time and looking forward to a great event. We’re going to try to feature some longer sessions in Part 1/Part 2 format, a block of 15… Read more

0 comments, 1,447 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2009

PASS Bylaws Updated

Bill Graziano just made the announcement about the changes to the bylaws being published. No sweeping changes, for the most part intended to clarify things. The remaining document that is still in progress is defining who can vote – a challenge to solve with free members and concerns about how… Read more

1 comments, 558 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2009

Closing Down SQLGroups.com

We (Brian, Steve, and I) provided hosting for SQL chapters going way back…maybe 2002 or 2003, on behalf of PASS. When we sold our interest in SQLServerCentral.com to Red Gate we had to move them off the SSC domain, and we just grabbed SQLGroups.com. We didn’t do much with it… Read more

1 comments, 525 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 July 2009

Call for Nominations – PASS Board of Directors

Sometime in the next couple weeks will mark the beginning of the 30 day period where we accept nominations for the PASS Board of Directors, see www.sqlpass.org for the details. I thought I’d write just a little bit about what it’s like to be on the Board, what qualities I think… Read more

18 comments, 995 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 July 2009

Possible SQLSaturday in Tallahassee on Sep 5, 2009

Steve Lane and team from Tallahassee are hosting their annual Code Camp on Sep 5, 2009, and have asked if we could also run a SQLSaturday at the same time, probably a 1-2 track event. There is not currently a SQL user group in Tallahassee which makes it an interesting… Read more

2 comments, 655 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 July 2009

More SQLSaturday Announcements

Stuart Ainsworth is launching SQLSaturday #24 & #25, both in Gainesville, GA on October 9th and 10th respectively, and yes, one of them is on a Friday. Greg Larsen has just started SQLSaturday #26 in Redmond, WA on October 3rd. This is the second time out for both of them… Read more

1 comments, 632 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 July 2009

Book Review: The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour

Found The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour by Andrei Cherny ($20 @ Amazon)  at the library and it caught my eye. It turned out to be an interesting story with some very interesting characters. It covers the end of WW II and… Read more

0 comments, 533 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 July 2009

Featured Blogger: Glenn Berry

This month I’m featuring Glenn Berry, a Denver based MVP that writes Glenn Berry's SQL Server Performance blog. He blogs at least once a week and often more frequently on topics about performance, and one thing I like is the posts are direct, clear, and often include well formatted source… Read more

3 comments, 713 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 July 2009

PASS Update 12

Time for another update on all things PASS. I’ve been struggling to find time for PASS activities and having to prioritize the time I do have towards things that have to be done rather than things I want to get done. Frustrating because I want to do more, but probably… Read more

1 comments, 596 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 July 2009

Contest to Win a Free Trip to PASS

MSSQLTips & Idera are sponsoring a contest where the grand prize in an all expenses paid trip to the PASS Summit in November. Worth taking a chance if the boss won’t pay! Read more

0 comments, 701 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 July 2009

Customer Loyalty Cards, Convenience, and Privacy

I bet most of you have at least one customer loyalty card in your wallet or on your keyring, one that gives you points or discounts or whatever for using it. I have one for CVS because they discount milk a lot, and I think one for Borders, but I’ve… Read more

13 comments, 706 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 July 2009

Communicating Ain’t Easy!

I read a nice article by Steve M List called Think Before You Speak in MSDN Magazine and it talks about the challenge of communicating well. One of his key points is that you can be active or passive, but either way you’re affecting discussions when you’re involved. Another is… Read more

1 comments, 487 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 July 2009

Book Review: Fault Line

I finished reading Fault Line by Barry Eisler ($16.50 @ Amazon) a few weeks ago. I’ve been a fan for a while, reading a set of his book about Japanese-American assassin John Rain who specializes in making the assassinations look natural (including one by turning the victims pacemaker down to… Read more

0 comments, 586 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 July 2009

Upgrade Your Laptop to Solid State Drive

Saw an announcement in Eweek about this, so went looking and found this review of the Imation SSD Upgrade Kit. Comes with the software to clone your existing drive, fits 2.5 or 3.5 inch configurations. A quick search on pricing it looks like $$275-$300 for the 64G, about $450 for… Read more

4 comments, 557 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 July 2009

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