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SQLAndy

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: July 2010

Schedule Announced for SQLSaturday #49 in Orlando

Our schedule for this year has 47 one hour sessions plus another 6 “mini” fifteen minute presentations, plus a separate sponsor track. Sorted through more than 80 presentations to try to figure out the mix. That took some time and no easy decisions, but I think it’s a well rounded… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 July 2010

SSC Editorial: Becoming Highly Productive

This editorial is about the idea of being highly productive more than how to actually accomplish it. Most of us tend to do the work put in front of us in the way that we know how to do it, certainly not the worst approach. The problem is that unless… Read more

0 comments, 504 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 July 2010

Schedule Published for SQLSaturday #51 in Nashville

Just released, http://www.sqlsaturday.com/51/schedule.aspx?sat=51. Five tracks, lots of good speakers, but I see a few new names too. Looks like a good mix. The PASS Board is meeting in Nashville on the Thursday/Friday prior to the event, so a good number of us will be attending (though we probably would… Read more

0 comments, 512 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 July 2010

SQLSaturday #40 is Almost Here – July 31, 2010

I’ll be leaving Friday morning with my family to go to Miramar, Fla, for the 2nd annual SQLSaturday there. I’m doing a presentation along with a lot of other speakers, and pleased to see a few new names on the schedule this time. Looking forward to the event, but not… Read more

0 comments, 180 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 July 2010

Help Build the SQLRally Speaker/Topic Selection Process – Part 1

Last week we announced PASS SQLRally, the new event that we’ll be holding in May 2011 in Orlando (aka the “Spring Event”). A big item is deciding how we want to pick speakers and build the schedule. We have a process we use for the Summit and we could use… Read more

3 comments, 218 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 July 2010

PASS 2010 Summit on LinkedIn Event Calendar – Have You RSVP’d?

Happened to notice in my weekly LinkedIn update today that Todd McDermid had signed up for the 2010 Summit event on LinkedIn. Easy to forget LinkedIn, but it’s a really good way to see who else will be there that you know…and that you don’t know. Here is the link Read more

2 comments, 244 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2010

PASS Update #38 (SQLSaturday Wiki)

For the past couple years we’ve had a few different documents that covered how to run a SQLSaturday, but as you all know building and maintaining documentation is hard, and we just didn’t have a good process for capturing new lessons and folding them in. A couple months back… Read more

1 comments, 212 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2010

Pillbox Application

Ran across Pillbox in Government Computing News (GCN), a web app that lets you identify what a pill is based on shape, color, imprint, and more. They have an HTML version and a Flex version, the latter definitely more user friendly (more graphics), but both are useful. The article about… Read more

3 comments, 156 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 July 2010

The Vacation Backlash

Maybe I need a better name for it, but I’m describing the pain that happens when you’re getting ready for vacation and returning from one. I bet most of you have gone through it, and it’s easy to get to the point where going on vacation seems like more trouble… Read more

1 comments, 151 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 July 2010

SQLRally Logo Contest

Kendal posted the announcement yesterday that we opened the design content on 99designs. I’ve used the site before and it’s a decent system, typically get a logo for around $200 – and you get to pick from a lot of options. I know most of us are data people, but… Read more

0 comments, 207 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 July 2010

Book Review: Victorious (The Lost Fleet)

Victorious by Jack Campbell ($8 at Amazon) is the finale in the six part series about Black Jack Geary leading a space fleet back home from deep in enemy territory. I’ll try not to ruin it for you if you haven’t read them all yet!

The series is good, though… Read more

1 comments, 206 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 July 2010

Local Library Policies

Over the past couple years our local library system has been under financial pressure, resulting in some changes, and maybe not all of them bad, but still frustrating. Hoping those of you reading today might offer some insight into your local library policies so I can decide whether to dig… Read more

5 comments, 266 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 July 2010

Popcorn Networking

A bit of a silly title, but an interesting story. A few weeks back I posted a note about attending TechEd and how popcorn seemed to be a big hit when it was served one afternoon. Last week following the oPASS meeting one of our regulars – Bob Blaydes –… Read more

1 comments, 176 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 July 2010

Introducing Speakers

I saw this post (please do read it) about introducing speakers and it reminded me that I wanted to write about it too. At the July oPASS meeting I did the introduction for Kendal Van Dyke, and it just felt like the right thing to do. We’ve been a… Read more

3 comments, 180 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 July 2010

Finding Your Next Job

We’ve had a few people in the SQL community find jobs lately and many of them attributable to their network. It’s good to have a network, good to be able to use it successfully, and I’m all in favor of growing your network. But…not all of us have a great… Read more

2 comments, 157 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 July 2010

Reminder – Final Day for Speaker Abstracts for SQLSaturday #49!

You can still submit abstracts through midnight tonight for SQLSaturday #49 in Orlando on October 16, 2010. Great time of year to visit Florida, and it looks like we’ll have a great variety of speakers again this year. Here’s the list of submitted sessions so far:

 

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2 comments, 293 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2010

Book Review: Rework

I recently read Rework by Jason Fried of 37 Signals ($13 @ Amazon) and it talks about a lot of philosophy and lessons learned from their business. Some of it I found interesting, some I agreed with – for example, his views on running a small business being ok, not… Read more

1 comments, 188 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2010

Making Choices Narrows Your Remaining Options

I’ve had variations of this conversation a couple of times lately and thought it was worth writing down some thoughts. The essence of the problem is that people are often frustrated that an early decision ‘boxes them in’. Absolutely it does, and that’s why it’s important to figure out which… Read more

0 comments, 160 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 15 July 2010

PASS Update #37 (Elections and Re-Election)

We’ve got 6 days left before the call for nominations for the 2010 PASS election closes and I want to make a last push to try to encourage more of you to participate. Jeremiah and Joe  both have some great points about the benefits and I probably can’t top… Read more

2 comments, 218 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2010

Notes on the July 13, 2010 oPASS Meeting

Short notes this time, but wanted to get a few thing written down:

  • Attendance was about 20, lower than expected for a good perf tuning presentation. Talked to Jack afterward, think we’re static or declining, need to revisit our chapter plan soon.
  • Nice presentation from David Pless from MS, good…

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0 comments, 170 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2010

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