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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: October 2009

PASS Officers for 2010-2011 Announced

Posted yesterday at http://www.sqlpass.org/Community/PASSBlog/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/118.aspx, Rushabh Mehta is the incoming President, Bill Graziano is the VP Finance, and Rick Heiges is the VP of Marketing.

Congratulations to all! Read more

0 comments, 1,419 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 31 October 2009

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives – In Seattle

If you’re going to spend 3-5 days in Seattle at the PASS Summit it’s worth sampling the local food rather than sticking with the ‘safe’ chain choices. I enjoy Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives on the Food Network, so I grabbed the list of restaurants they had featured from Seattle. Haven’t… Read more

2 comments, 1,744 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2009

More Seattle Food

Was browsing on a break and found this, http://www.seattle.com/dining/. Of them I’ve been to Palomino (good) and Ruths Chris (good), neither is cheap. Food for thought! Read more

2 comments, 748 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2009

Need an Aircard for a Few Days?

Ran across this, http://daypasswireless.com/, lets you rent an aircard plus service. Don’t know if it’s too late for those of you travelling to the PASS Summit, but an interesting idea. Rates are not bad. Read more

0 comments, 635 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2009

Featured Blogger: Aaron Bertrand

I’ve been reading Aaron’s blog for a while, he’s prolific and consistently interesting – and definitely a technical focus. He’s been publishing a weekly “Connect Digest” of all the stuff going on at MS Connect (for bugs & suggestions) and lately he’s had a great run on bad habits to… Read more

2 comments, 669 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2009

Crazy Egg

I know, I should have put more in the title. Crazy Egg is a web page traffic analysis tool that focuses on visualization. You sign up for an account (starting at $10/month), add a line of code to the page you want to monitor (or your master page), and then… Read more

0 comments, 556 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 October 2009

My Schedule at the Summit/Let’s Connect

I’m flying out Sunday via Alaska Air, taking the direct flight from Orlando to Seattle, arriving at 11:40 am. If you’re there about the same time and want to share a ride in, email me. I’m staying at the Sheraton only because that’s where the Board stays, otherwise I’ve always… Read more

10 comments, 1,195 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 October 2009

Annoyed with LinkedIn

Funny how tools can surprise you. I’ve had in mind to set up a sub-group and invite all the SQLSaturday #21 attendees, encourage post event networking. I’ve imported contacts before and it worked well, so went to do it today for a subgroup and as far as I can tell,… Read more

0 comments, 593 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 October 2009

My Eval Results from SQLSaturday #21

I presented Social and Not So Social Networking for the DBA. Of the attendees, 16 submitted an eval. Here are the results:


  • Did Not Meet : 0
  • Met: 6
  • Exceeded: 10


  • Quality 1: 0
  • Quality 2: 0
  • Quality 3: 0
  • Quality 4: 4
  • Quality 5: 12


  • Brilliant

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2 comments, 546 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 October 2009

Business Cards – Again

I posted some thoughts on business cards awhile back, had used up the ones I had and was time to get some more, especially with the PASS Summit coming up and a greater emphasis on networking. I’m breaking with tradition, sorta, this time!

First, I decided to order some cards… Read more

5 comments, 673 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 October 2009

PASS Update #18

Eric Wisdahl posted some questions on my last update, and I thought I’d reply here to make my answers more visible. Please note that these reflect my opinions, and not an official position of PASS. I’m not campaigning for anything, but I figure I can’t talk about transparency without being… Read more

2 comments, 787 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2009

Book Review: The Board Book

I ordered the ' target=_blank>The Board Book from Amazon ($18) to try to get some ideas for how to do a better job as a member of the PASS Board of Directors. It’s not bad reading, though it focuses more on larger companies and the for profit side of things.… Read more

0 comments, 578 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2009

Notes from SQLSaturday #21 – Part 3

I thought I’d finish up the notes by listing things that went well and not so well:

  • Jack Corbett really helped me get things done, taking ownership of his tasks. All my regular volunteers and some new ones did a great job, good natured and hard working. Where we (I)…

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0 comments, 534 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2009

PASS Update #17

I’ve been wanting to write this for a while, but have been waiting for the board elections to close. Lots of stuff happening in the community related to elections, so I’ll share some thoughts, and answer questions that relate to the extent I know the answers!

First, I thought we… Read more

12 comments, 836 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2009

Notes from SQLSaturday – Part 2

Picking up from yesterday, once we got through the confusion of the room changes everything settled down. I checked the lunch count and it looked like 210, I had ordered 240. Was 200 right? I sure didn’t want to explain to someone that paid for lunch that I didn’t have… Read more

0 comments, 605 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 October 2009

Congratulations to the New PASS Board Members (And Some Advice)

Just released on the PASS site is that news that Tom Larock, Jeremiah Peschka, and Brian Moran are the new board members for the 2010-2011 term – congratulations, and I look forward to working with each of you!

Unsolicited, I thought I’d offer some advice from the perspective of only… Read more

2 comments, 617 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 October 2009

PASS Connector Editorial for October 21, 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.

First I’d like to remind everyone to check their email… Read more

0 comments, 528 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2009

PASS Summit – My List of Tips

It’s easy to think of the Summit as just work, but I can tell you that you’ll have more fun and learn more if you do something besides just sit in sessions all day. Here’s some ideas to think about:

  • Seattle is usually cold, if you’re walking to the convention…

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4 comments, 671 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2009

Notes from SQLSaturday #21 – Part 1

I started the logistics preparations last Sun (8 days ago), finalizing the print version of the schedule, the eval cards, and other items that had been mostly prepped and needed to go out for printing. Tuesday night I had 8 volunteers come over for pizza and bag stuffing (a lot… Read more

2 comments, 730 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 October 2009

PASS Update #16

A one topic post this time. As a candidate for Vice President of Marketing for PASS this year I asked to submit ‘a written statement about your strategic vision for PASS’. By the time you read this the interviews will be complete, so I thought I would share with you… Read more

9 comments, 615 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 October 2009

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