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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 2009

Wrapping Up Blogging for 2009

I think I’ve met my goal of blogging every day. I’m at almost 800 posts now over the past 2.5 years and forcing myself to write something every day has been useful. I won’t say that what I write every day is note worthy, but it’s practice, both in writing… Read more

2 comments, 1,397 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 December 2009

Writing Proposals for Training

I had a student recently who said that to get any type of training she had to write a proposal and get it approved first. I think that’s interesting, because it’s useful to make an employee learn to build a business case for an expense, especially one that has an… Read more

1 comments, 1,521 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 December 2009

Outlook or LinkedIN

Funny the things you don’t think about until you hear someone doing it a different way. In this case it was at the December oPASS meeting and Kendal Van Dyke was talking entering business cards he had gathered at PASS and how long it took. I remarked that I’ve stopped… Read more

2 comments, 556 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 December 2009

Scratch – A Programming Language for Kids

I ran across Scratch in a PC World article a while back. It’s a free download from MIT, and is primarily a drag and drop programming environment. You can do if/then, loops, and it also supports sprites for animation. There are a bunch (thousands) of projects you can download to… Read more

1 comments, 606 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 December 2009

Merry Xmas 2009

Hope you’re enjoying a break from the routine and spending quality time with family. Xmas for me is a time for music, so I thought I’d share another of my favorites, You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Neil Diamond. Read more

0 comments, 668 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 December 2009

One Hit Wonders of the 80’s

Happened to channel surf across this on TV, found the list - http://blog.vh1.com/2009-04-01/100-greatest-one-hit-wonders-of-the-80s-read-the-list-2/. Many of the links seem to point to videos that ‘aren’t there right now’, but maybe fixed by the time you read this. Easy to poke fun at one hit wonders, but never having had a… Read more

1 comments, 824 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 December 2009

Wireless Video

Have not tried this yet, but had it bookmarked to share, the TruLink Wireless USB to VGA will send video signals 30 feet. Not far, but far enough for an instructor machine to connect to a projector, or maybe from a PC in a closet to a monitor used for… Read more

0 comments, 717 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 December 2009

Keyboard Shortcuts

I’m perusing things I’ve in the ‘blog about someday’ category of my list and found this one – a very nice PDF from Quest Software that has a ton of shortcuts for Management Studio. Free is good, and sometimes just finding the one shortcut can make the download and reading… Read more

1 comments, 589 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 December 2009

Give Your Employees Business Cards

I was reminded of this again recently during a class when the students exchanged cards and one student didn’t have them – the company didn’t provide them. Now yes, I think professionals should have cards and if your employer doesn’t provide them (and maybe even if they do), it’s a… Read more

3 comments, 610 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 December 2009

Developer Stereotypes

It’s interesting to listen when DBA’s get together, there is always a story or two about the evil that developers do. I think we tend to get the victim mindset some, because certainly we have limited control over how many things are done and then feel like we’re held accountable… Read more

3 comments, 977 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 December 2009

Holidays and Parties, Gift, Expectations, and Wishes

Most companies do something at the holidays, although it seems to be less with each year, and certainly this holiday and the previous year have happened under economic storm clouds. I’ve seen companies that give out turkeys on Thanksgiving, $50 in lieu of turkey - which seems more practical to… Read more

5 comments, 993 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 December 2009

Machine SID Doesn’t Matter

Ran across this post from Mark Russinovich titled The Machine SID Duplication Myth that seems to debunk the idea that SIDs need to be changed when cloning a machine. That isn’t to say that there isn’t work that has to be done via Sysprep or similar, but apparently the SID… Read more

0 comments, 772 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 December 2009

SQLSaturday #37 in Philadelphia Announced

SQLSaturday #37 will be held March 13, 2010 at Mandeville Hall, St. Joseph's University, 5600 City Line Ave, Philadelphia, PA. The event is being coordinated by Vince Napoli, Melissa Demsak, and Sharon Dooley. Details at http://www.sqlsaturday.com/37/eventhome.aspx. Read more

0 comments, 553 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 December 2009

PASS Editorial for December 16, 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.

It’s December already? 2009 seems to have gone by altogether… Read more

0 comments, 577 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 December 2009

Trying to Learn SQL Server – Get the Developer Edition

I had a question from a member of our local user group about options to get a legal copy of SQL Server to try to learn more. Those of us in the business tend to have access to just about whatever we need in terms of software and forget what… Read more

6 comments, 733 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 December 2009

SQLSaturday in Wheeling WV and Birmingham, AL

John Baldwin and Morgan Smith are going to repeat in Birmingham this year on Mar 27. They’ve got a great facility and Birmingham is a very nice area, if you’re thinking to travel to one I highly recommend this one – great hosts!

John Sterrett is hosting #36 in Wheeling… Read more

2 comments, 596 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 December 2009

PASS Update #21

In Update #20 I mentioned that I was hoping to get the chapters portfolio for 2010. A few weeks have gone by and I can give you a preliminary update on where that stands. I had the opportunity to chat again with Rushabh on last Wednesday about his proposed assignments… Read more

3 comments, 719 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 December 2009

Alabama Code Camp 8 on Jan 23, 2010

My friend Ryan Duclos just sent me a reminder about the upcoming Alabama Code Camp on January 23, 2010, in Mobile, AL (not far from Pensacola). The call for speakers is still open. I’m already committed for that weekend, but if you’re in the area hope you’ll consider attending. Especially… Read more

0 comments, 676 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 December 2009

Where Should I Go From Here?

I’m closing in on vacation – finally – and one of the things I’ll have in the back of my head while I’m re-energizing is deciding what I want to do next year. I’ve been a trainer for over three years now, and most of the time it’s fun and… Read more

4 comments, 580 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 13 December 2009

oPASS Meeting Notes for December 2009

We started off our end of year meeting with our standard networking meet and greet. It’s going smoother, people are getting to know each other and so also are getting back at making new people feel welcome. Nothing special, just asking everyone to try to meet anyone new, and to… Read more

1 comments, 553 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 13 December 2009

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