Archives: April 2010
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
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
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
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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