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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: March 2010

Growing the Pool of SQL Speakers – Part 3

Continuing on from Part 2, I want to continue this time with two points I left open last time:

  • How to qualify who gets help in terms of funding to speak
  • Whether there is really a speaker shortage

I want to start with the second point. Is there a… Read more

2 comments, 1,550 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 31 March 2010

Instructables Contest: Paracord

Instructables has a Paracord contest going that requires some portion of a project include paracord (often referred to as 550 cord for the breaking strength of 550 lbs. I don’t have a good idea yet, hoping one appears before the April 11 submission deadline. Thought I’d share, most of us… Read more

0 comments, 1,741 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 March 2010

Building a Wiki

I’ve long admired the value that I get from Wikipedia and like the concept of crowd sourcing knowledge, just never seemed to get around to setting one up. Finally decided to do it as a way to accelerate the SQLSaturday documentation, and I’ve set it up at http://wiki.sqlsaturday.com.

I… Read more

2 comments, 1,496 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 March 2010

Notes from the Orlando Code Camp March 2010

I arrived about 7:15 and already quite a few people on hand. Registration was moved to inside this time, just inside the cafeteria, and seemed like a much better traffic flow. Few things I noted on arrival:

  • Attendees didn’t receive name badges (this really helps speakers & networking)
  • Breakfast set…

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1 comments, 928 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 March 2010

Book Review: Titan The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

I read Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. ($13 @ Amazon) as one of the books recommended to me earlier in the year when I asked for suggestions. It was a long read, but filled in a lot of blanks about events around the turn of the century,… Read more

2 comments, 819 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 March 2010

What Sessions Do You Want for the PASS 2010 Summit?

Survey was announced in the Connector on Wednesday, reposting the link here. We need your thoughts on this!


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2 comments, 637 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 March 2010

PASS Update #27

I’m just back from the March 2010 Board meeting and it went better than usual (for any meeting). Most of arrived Sunday afternoon/evening and after a bit of social time I spent about four hours with Hannes, Craig, and Blythe working on SQLSaturday transition stuff (lots of details next week,… Read more

2 comments, 564 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 March 2010

Critiquing Free Events

Yesterday I wrote about expectations at free events, basically saying they don’t differ a lot from paid events. The next part of that is to talk about how to deliver and accept criticism in a positive way.

At most events there is an evaluation form given to attendees and while… Read more

1 comments, 532 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 March 2010

Free Events – It’s All About Expectations

Isn’t free enough? If you go to a free event do you have a right to complain? Or, if you lead a free event, should you have the expectation that attendees will appreciate all the hard work and ignore minor problems? A thorny topic for today!

The short answer is… Read more

2 comments, 956 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 March 2010

Windows Themes (We need a PASS Theme!)

I imagine most of us change our wallpaper on the desktop from time to time. Frivolous but fun, a simple way to personalize what is otherwise a not very exciting tool most of the time. Windows 7 does a nice job of taking that further with some really good themes… Read more

3 comments, 827 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 March 2010

Stay Interview Instead of Exit Interview

I had not heard of the stay interview until a friend sent over a link. The idea is that rather than waiting until they leave to diagnose what went wrong, you do periodic interviews to find out how they are doing and encourage them to stay. I’m interested in this… Read more

6 comments, 1,048 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 March 2010

Automating Imports from Access

Access is actually pretty good at importing files, and doesn’t on the surface work much different that import/export from Management Studio. I wrote this up after a friend had asked for assistance, I remembered the import specification part but couldn’t find at the time how to drive it from code.… Read more

0 comments, 787 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 March 2010

PASS Update #26 (Bylaws & Upcoming Board Meeting)

Most months we do a conference call, but a couple times a year we get to meet in person and it’s a much better experience for collaborating. For the first time since I joined the board we’re meeting on the east coast saving me some travel time and more importantly,… Read more

1 comments, 575 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 March 2010

A Wiki Wiki

I was killing a few minutes browsing while waiting on a call, had been thinking again whether a wiki would be the right approach for enhancing the SQLSaturday documentation, and ran across http://www.wikimatrix.org/, a site that compares in great detail all the various wiki apps out there. It’s the… Read more

0 comments, 653 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 March 2010

Review: Virtual CloneDrive

It’s pretty common to download software as an ISO file (a disk image) and it seems like a waste to burn it to CD/DVD just to install it once. Instead, it makes a lot more sense to treat it as a virtual drive – if you have the right tool!… Read more

0 comments, 741 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 March 2010

Operation: Dinner Different

My wife and I try to have dinner out every other week or so, but we tend to fall into ruts, visiting the same handful of restaurants that are close to home, reasonably priced, and reasonably dependable. Sometimes that dinner night comes at the end of a long week or… Read more

3 comments, 553 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 March 2010

Orlando Code Camp – March 27, 2010

I’ll be attending and speaking at the Orlando Code Camp on March 27, 2010 at Seminole State College along with Kendal Van Dyke, plus SQL sessions from Adam Jorgensen, Plamen Ratchev, Wes Dumey, and Sean Chambers. It’s always a good event, and I enjoy the chance to sit in… Read more

0 comments, 530 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 March 2010

PASS Update #25 (Summit Location and More)

By now you’ve probably seen the official announcement from PASS about the Summit being located in Seattle for both 2011 and 2012, along with preliminary plans to host an event of some type on the East coast in the spring of 2011. There’s been a lot of good discussion on… Read more

0 comments, 648 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 March 2010

The Name Game

I’m in charge of networking and social time for oPASS and I do what I can to help get our members (old and new) get better at networking while at our user group meetings. In the past we’ve done introductions and games and discussion about networking. Worth doing, and effective… Read more

1 comments, 479 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 March 2010

Help Us Update the PASS Blog Directory

We put this together last year and we’re up to 270 blogs listed, but I’m sure we’re still missing some, and some have changed names (including my own). If you’re a blogger, take a minute to check that we have the right information.

And if you’re a blog reader… Read more

1 comments, 480 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 March 2010

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