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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: April 2010

PASS Update #30 (Surveys)

Recently we released the results of the annual survey to determine interests for the 2010 Summit. That’s a step in the right direction, sharing the results, but what we didn’t do was share what we thought we had learned from the results, and we were taken to task some by… Read more

6 comments, 2,041 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 April 2010

PASS Update #29

By the time you read this we’ll have completed the transfer of the SQLSaturday web sites and data to PASS HQ, leaving only the clean up tasks of transferring the domain and the email aliases for active events, something we plan to do by the second week of May. It… Read more

0 comments, 1,450 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 April 2010

Social Networking and SQLSaturday

I think we do a pretty good job of delivering technical content, but not such a great job at getting the attendees talking to each other. The speaker side of things has definitely turned into a social event, how do we do that for attendees?

I don’t have the answer… Read more

4 comments, 1,456 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 April 2010

SQLSaturday #49 Call for Speakers is Open & Call for Our PreCon Seminar

SQLSaturday #49 will be held in Orlando on October 16th, 2010, and our call for speakers is now open. We’re looking for diversity of topics and speakers; don’t be afraid to submit a niche topic! This year we’re trying two new things:

  • We’re going to do have one set of…

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0 comments, 585 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 April 2010

Latest Issue of The SQL Server Standard – Volume 7 Issue 3

Available for download by all PASS members (membership is free), this issue has Techies Talking to Non-Techies by Don Gabor. Don talks about the various conversation styles and how sometimes you have to adjust your style to have a worthwhile (reasonable) conversation.

I totally agree on this, it took me… Read more

0 comments, 619 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 April 2010

SQLSaturday Sites Will be Offline For Part of April 27, 2010

We’re scheduled to begin moving web sites and data to PASS servers at 12:00 pm Eastern on April 27, 2010. We’ll put up a ‘down for maintenance’ page, but wanted to let everyone know in advance. With luck (and some planning) we’ll get it done in a couple hours and… Read more

1 comments, 485 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 April 2010

Book Review: Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d’Or Competition

Another find from the new book shelf at the local library, Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d’Or Competition by Andrew Friedman ($18 @ Amazon), the Bocuse d’Or (named for French chef Paul Bocuse) is a real world Iron Chef competition. Teams from… Read more

0 comments, 469 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 April 2010

Rules to Live By: Do the Hard Things First

I can’t say I stick to this one 100 percent of the time, but it’s definitely a deeply held belief. Given two tasks, I prefer to do the one that sucks first. It’s easy to do the fun one, spend time on stuff that is fun but doesn’t really matter,… Read more

0 comments, 504 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 April 2010

Results of PASS Summit 2010 Content Survey Released

A few weeks back PASS sent out a survey to get input on how to shape the 2010 Summit agenda, and now you can see the results. We had 189 people respond, not nearly as many as I would have hoped. It’s a long survey which I’m sure doesn’t… Read more

1 comments, 532 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 April 2010

SQLSaturday #49 in Orlando!

We just put the site up, starting a little earlier than last year, and over the course of this week we’ll be finalizing the sponsor plan and the call for speakers. It will be Oct 16, 2010, here in Orlando (Lake Mary – north side of Orlando), and we’re going… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 April 2010

Rules to Live By – The Intro

Most of us have some general rules we live by, and I’ve often thought it would be a lot easier to get along with people if we had them printed and shared with everyone we met! I think we could do worse than to just live by the Golden Rule Read more

0 comments, 717 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 April 2010

Review: Ninite

Found Ninite while browsing a list of efficiency tools on PCWorld.com. It’s a one stop super installer, you run through the menu of available applications (subset shown below) and it builds a single MSI you can download and it is supposed to automatically disable any toolbars or similar that are… Read more

0 comments, 582 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 April 2010

Reminder – SQLSaturday #38 in Jacksonville on May 8th, 2010

I hear that registration is over 350 so far, with seats still available – but register soon! I’m driving up with the family on Friday the 7th, looking forward to a great event and some family time too. Register at www.sqlsaturday.com/38/register.aspx.

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0 comments, 498 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 April 2010

Pride of Idea Ownership

I’ve had this on my list to write about for a while, just didn’t have a great example until this week. It took me a while to learn, but a key lesson for me is that I’ve never had an idea that wasn’t made better by involving other people that… Read more

0 comments, 493 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 April 2010

My Idea for the PASS Summit 2010 Opening Night Reception

First, some background. If you’ve been to the Summit you know that we have an opening night reception, lots of buffet food, some years even a free drink or two. It’s part networking, part party, which in my view don’t always go well together, but usually the room is big… Read more

2 comments, 1,113 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 April 2010

Visiting Chicago

A few weeks back I was in Chicago for three days for work. I’ve been through the airport a couple times, never spent any time at all in the city. It was a good trip, and I think would be a great destination for the PASS Summit.

I flew into… Read more

4 comments, 943 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 April 2010

Schedule Published for SQLSaturday #38 in Jacksonville

SQLSaturday #38 is coming up on May 8th, 2010, back at the same location as in previous years at the University of North Florida campus. The schedule was just published, 36 one hour sessions across 6 tracks – looks good!

I’m presenting one session this time, hope to see you… Read more

0 comments, 485 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 April 2010

LinkedIn for Blackberry

I’ve been waiting on this for a while, and missed the announcement that it was available, happened to see that Paul Waters had tried it via the weekly digest I get from LinkedIn. It runs on Tour, Curve, and Bold (my current phone). Installed easily enough, and the UI looks… Read more

2 comments, 539 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 April 2010

Notes from the April 13, 2010 oPASS Meeting

Decided to scrap the pizza this month after one too many late deliveries from Pizza Hut, went with sandwich platters from Publix. Ordered 2 platters, got a couple bags of chips, and some packages of Oreo’s for about the same cost as 10 pizzas.

We started a bit late with… Read more

0 comments, 481 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 April 2010

SQLSaturday #47 Coming to Phoenix!

Just set up SQLSaturday #47 in Phoenix for July 17, 2010 at Devry. Call for speakers is open, good to see some events happening out west!

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0 comments, 737 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 13 April 2010

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