Archives: January 2010
The Breach by Patrick Lee ($8 at Amazon) was a gift, and wasn’t quite what I expected based on the title. Bad guy now good guy Travis Chase is out on a mountain hike to find himself when he finds a recently crashed 747, which poses the obvious question –… Read more
Got the email today, SQLSaturday #30 has been rescheduled for April 10, 2010, due to projected bad weather on the original date this weekend. Andy Leonard and Jessica Moss did a great job of handling this, getting an email out early in the week to warn of a possible change… Read more
I mentioned last year about my plans to write this, and to make it a semi-collaborative effort by incorporating comments back into the finished product (if I like them that is!). I thought I’d start by outlining what I have in mind, and then I’m going to try to post… Read more
I just spent a couple days doing some minor tuning on SQLShare and here are some notes from that effort.
I already had a Google site map published, but it turns out there that is a separate format for videos I had totally missed. I think they already index the… Read more
I’ve had to cancel my plans to attend, which also included plans for a late lunch at the Green Iguana and some touristy time before the speaker get together.
Tomorrow is the main event with a great schedule, and I’m pleased to see some speakers on the list I don’t… Read more
I read Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs ($18 @ Amazon) over the holiday break. Viesturs was the first American to summit all fourteen of the 8000 meter peaks in the world. In this book he looks at the various expeditions to K2,… Read more
Just prior to the 2009 PASS Summit I posted about giving Twitter a try, and thought I’d report back on some thoughts after having tried it off and on for a couple months. I went into it biased, thinking it made sense for events and situations where the ability to… Read more
Recently I caught a few minutes of a CSPAN interview with Chief Justice John Roberts, part of a larger presentation on the Supreme Court (sorry, I could not find a link to it) that talked about how they handle deciding cases. At some point after oral arguments they convene in… Read more
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to be more effective at collaborating, usually in the context of a meeting. The line blurs for me there, because partly I think it’s just a meeting issue – but let me share and then see what you think.
Let me start… Read more
Just in case you didn’t read those, the short story is that we had a remote presenter and to try to… Read more
I read a lot and like to think my interests are wide, but I fall into ruts all the same. I like fiction, non-fiction, biographies mainly, and of course technical books – though those are rarely enthralling! You can see the list of some of what I’ve read here. Read more
Late last year I used the DevExpress controls for a small task after they were recommended by a friend. Very similar to the native ASP.Net controls in Visual Studio 2008, just more powerful and better looking too. I had a grid control on a web page that needed some changes,… Read more
I bought a Bamboo Touch over the holiday break, it’s a multi-touch pad with stylus. Easy install, basically plug in to USB and go. Multi touch was similar to what you would do on an iPhone, lots of options to customize. The stylus was interesting, did pretty well even with… Read more
Not sure if it went to the entire PASS mailing list or just those that have attended a Summit, but you should have received today an email with the subject “Location of PASS Summit: Your Feedback Needed By January 19” that has a link to a survey about your preferences… Read more
Last week I posted about Picking a Blog Platform on some of the process that lead to me moving to WordPress. This time I thought I’d share some notes on the install and customization process so far. This is on a Windows 2003 server running IIS 6.
I’m assuming here… Read more
One of my big projects this year is to build a speaker bureau, so in this post I’m going to write about some of the ideas I’m hoping to include – and then get some input from you!
The Goal: Build a centralized list of speakers that can used… Read more