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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: February 2010

Book Review: Orbit by John J. Nance

Just finished re-reading Orbit ($15 or less at Amazon) after picking it up for a $1 at Books a Million on a trip, had read it just after it was first released. The main character is Kip Dawson who wins a free trip into Orbit, and winds up alone and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 February 2010

I’m Attending the South Florida Code Camp on February 27, 2010

I’m driving down tomorrow for the sixth annual South Florida Code Camp. This will be my third time attending and I’m doing two presentations this time, and as usually SQLShare is sponsoring the speaker event on Friday night. It’s a huge event, typically about 600 attendees, and well worth… Read more

0 comments, 517 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 February 2010

Growing the Pool of SQL Speakers – Part 2

About a week ago I wrote Part 1, and got some interesting feedback (which I appreciate). Today I want to try to think about some of those comments and try to evolve the idea some. I want to defend my ideas a little, but not sink into defensiveness. I… Read more

3 comments, 856 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 February 2010

Featured Blog: Aloha DBA

If you’ve been around SQL for any length of time it’s hard not to have heard of Brad McGehee, the blogger DBA behind Aloha DBA. Brad ran SQL-Server-Performance.com for many years and now works for Red Gate, spending a lot more time on the road than I’d want to… Read more

2 comments, 560 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 February 2010

What Would You Do? Management Scenario #1

I’m in the early stages of a book on managing and I’m starting to look for situations that might trigger ideas on areas I want to cover, and for situations that serve as good what would you do (WWYD) scenarios for potential managers. Scenarios give you a chance to practice… Read more

5 comments, 1,055 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 February 2010

City of Orlando Switches to Google Email

This happened earlier in the year, finally getting around to writing some notes on it – you can read more here. The numbers I found were that they were to save about $230k a year, mainly by reducing the need for two administrators.

I’ve used Outlook and Exchange for… Read more

1 comments, 727 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 February 2010

Bikes for Almost Grownups

Ran across this in Make Magazine, http://www.bigkidbike.com/, these are totally custom bikes, with names like Bigger Wheel, Lizard, and Kitten. They’ve got a short video of each on the site, worth looking at!

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2 comments, 545 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 February 2010

More on SQLSaturday – From Jack Corbett

My friend Jack posted a nice aggregate of comments so far about the transfer of SQLSaturday to PASS, and added his own thoughts – worth reading.


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0 comments, 542 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2010

The Adversity Index

Found The Adversity Index while browsing and thought I’d share. It’s interesting to see the economic trends and I’ll let you dig in to see what you think. I was more interesting in thinking about it from a reporting perspective. It’s not enough to capture data, you have to do… Read more

0 comments, 494 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2010

Free MSDN Azure Event in Orlando

Joe Healy is doing a four hour Azure training event on March 6, 2010 in Orlando, details and free registration at http://www.devfish.net/fullblogitemview.aspx?blogid=728. I’m already booked for that day, will go if plans change. I like the four hour single topic format, lets you see something fairly deep, but not… Read more

0 comments, 658 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2010

Chicago Next Week

I’m in Chicago for a couple days next week, flying in on Sunday. Anyone in the area available for dinner Sunday night?

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0 comments, 533 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2010

Join the PASS Summit 2010 Program Committee

Just in case you didn’t see it, we’re looking for volunteers for the 2010 program committee – the team that evaluates all the abstracts submitted which in turn leads to decisions about who gets on the schedule…and who doesn’t! It’s fairly intense work from what I’ve heard, but a great… Read more

5 comments, 747 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 February 2010

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good (Again)

I wrote an editorial for SSC back on January 19th about the perfect being the enemy of the good. It’s hard thing to explain well, yet it’s worth explaining (and learning). The comments that followed were interesting and worth reading as well, and I think reflect the challenges of… Read more

0 comments, 502 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 February 2010

The Power Grid (No, Not THAT Power)

Yesterday I had the Adversity Index, today it’s the Power Grid from MediaIte. It attempts to score the power of reporters and writers, media owners, etc, by using a lot of different data points; number of TV minutes, number of Twitter followers, etc. Here’s the view as I write this: Read more

4 comments, 742 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 February 2010

Review: Windows Live Writer Backup

Live Writer tends to be one of those applications that you spend a few minutes configuring and then you forget about the changes, at least until you need to move to a new machine. I ran into that recently and found a small (and free) app that will backup and… Read more

0 comments, 572 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 February 2010

Windows 7 Presentation Mode

Recently I was just killing a few minutes and was looking for some tips for Windows 7. I get along fine in Windows, but sometimes I wonder if I’m doing things the same way I did in Windows 95! I found this list by Tim Sneath and found something I’d… Read more

2 comments, 607 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 February 2010

Farewell, Robert B. Parker

I heard the news via a blog post by Ward Pond that one of my favorite authors had died at age 77. Parker wrote a lot of stuff, but by far my favorite were the ones featuring Spenser, the tough smart, and intellectual detective from Boston. The books led to… Read more

1 comments, 1,722 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 February 2010

Growing the Pool of SQL Server Speakers

In a nutshell, I’m interested in growing and diversifying the pool of speakers that focus on SQL Server. You might ask why, is there a shortage? The answer to that is…in some areas. For example, when Greg Larsen set up SQLSaturday #11 in Tacoma we really struggled to find speakers. Read more

10 comments, 976 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 February 2010

Notes from the February 2010 oPASS Meeting

Really rainy in Orlando today, traffic is horrible. We had a higher than usual number of RSVP’s for the meeting, but attendance ended up being about our usual, 19 total. Jack did the intro using the PASS chapter deck (the color/gradient on some of the slides needs some work!), and… Read more

0 comments, 470 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 February 2010

SQLSaturday #43 Announced!

Greg Larsen is hosting SQLSaturday in Redmond, WA again this year, this time on June 12, 2009. Call for speakers and registration is open. I think it’s a good date – it would sure be nice to be in the Seattle area when it wasn’t cold (though probably still raining?). Read more

1 comments, 579 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 February 2010

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