Archives: February 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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