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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

Orlando Tiki Hut Roadshow Silverlight Edition

Assuming no major problems at work, I’m heading to the South side of town the afternoon of Dec 14, 2009 for the Orlando Tiki Hut Roadshow. These are free presentations from Microsoft and usually worth a half day out of the office. I’ve done exactly zero work with Silverlight… Read more

0 comments, 357 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 December 2009

Book Review: Eisenhower The President (Vol 2)

I continue to read biographies without a real direction, stumbling across an interesting event in one and following that to another book. When I was reading a biography of President Truman I was surprised by the fairly negative feelings present between Truman and Eisenhower at the time Truman left office.… Read more

0 comments, 295 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 December 2009

Updating Software on the Blackberry Bold

Had a message waiting on my phone this morning that there was a system upgrade available. Interesting, think it’s the first time I remember getting one. Clicked to do it and it seemed to be taking a long time to do, postponed so I could do other things. Later thought… Read more

0 comments, 219 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 December 2009

Best of SQLServerCentral.com Volume 7 Available for Download

It’s a compilation of the best articles over the past year or so, all pushed into a nice PDF that you can download, share, print as you prefer. You can get the printed version for $29, but I imagine most people will be happy with the download. Something nice to… Read more

1 comments, 325 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 December 2009

PASS Editorial for December 9, 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.

Today we’re pleased to feature the first issue of the… Read more

0 comments, 243 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 8 December 2009

LinkedIn Update and LinkedIn Vanity URL’s

Was just doing my more or less weekly update on LinkedIn and saw that – finally – just hit 500 connections. Growth has definitely been slower over the past few months as I think I’ve captured most of the people I know, now I need to work more on meeting… Read more

6 comments, 467 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 7 December 2009

List of 50 Interesting Web Sites from Time Magazine

Ran across the Time Top 50 web site list and thought I’d share. I’m fond of lists, especially about web resources, because I tend to get into ruts of just using the same few comfortable sites and because discovery isn’t easy when you didn’t know what you were missing. For… Read more

0 comments, 339 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 7 December 2009

Thanksgiving Review

Last week I posted about planning to cook some for Thanksgiving, thought this week I’d share some of how it all turned out. I had thought about doing yeast rolls, but trying to get access to the oven on the big day definitely requires timing – after all, who wants… Read more

0 comments, 415 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 3 December 2009

Featured Blogger: Tim Mitchell

I met Tim about a year and a half ago at SQLSaturday Jacksonville and from the start we hit it off, not least of which is I was impressed that he would travel from Texas to Florida to participate in a community event. Since then he’s worked with me as… Read more

5 comments, 246 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 2 December 2009

Authors Needed for the SQL Server Standard (PASS) & Almost Engraved Invitations

SQL Server Standard editor Grant Fritchey needs more content! We’ve got about three done and three more in the pipeline, but we’d really like to get a lot more articles under way. Thinking about writing? Here’s the info direct from sqlpass.org:

We consider the SQL Server Standard to be…

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1 comments, 941 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 2 December 2009

Another Update on SQLSaturday

I’ve fallen behind a little on sharing SQLSaturday news, so I’ll try to catch up on the latest. First, we’re off to a good start for 2010 with 9 events already set up (listed below), and I’m expecting that we’ll have repeats in Orlando, Jacksonville, South Florida, and Atlanta…at least!… Read more

2 comments, 430 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 2 December 2009

Upgrading to Windows 7

I’ve been using Win 7 on my dev machine for a few months now, and finally decided over the Thanksgiving weekend to upgrade my laptop as well. Upgrade not quite the right word, as it was format and reinstall to move forward from XP. Part of moving to Win 7… Read more

5 comments, 437 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 1 December 2009

Google Dashboard

Recently announced, Google Dashboard shows some but not quite all of the data that Google has accrued about you – a valuable step in addressing privacy concerns. My Google footprint isn’t small – I have some shared docs, I use Feedburner, Analytics, AdSense, Adwords, probably more. Of course the challenge… Read more

1 comments, 1,046 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 1 December 2009

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