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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: September 2010


I was channel flipping after dinner when I saw this and had to stop to watch a few minutes of the John Wayne classic McClintock. If you’ve haven’t seen it you’re missing out, it’s comedy, with a few great scenes. I stayed watching long enough to see the great… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 September 2010

Voting Theory

I was enjoyed the Sunday newspaper (on Sunday!) and ran across this column about various voting systems and that made me curious enough to dig a little more, starting with this article. There is a definite distinction between the system (often based on a math proof) and the implementation… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 September 2010

SQLRally Meeting Minutes

The starting point for a good meeting is an agenda and minutes. It took us a bit to catch up, but the minutes of our planning meetings so far are now available thanks to some work from PASS HQ, you can see them at http://www.sqlpass.org/Events/PASSSQLRally.aspx. I hope you’ll read… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 September 2010

Speaking at SQLSaturday #48 in Columbia, SC

SQLSaturday #48 is October 2nd, 2010, at Midlands Technical College in West Columbia, SC. I’ll be doing two presentations, one on Building a Professional Development Plan (practice for Summit!) and the other is DBA 101: The Basics. The latter is a presentation Steve Jones wrote and Brian Kelley asked if… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 September 2010

New Ideas for SQLSaturday

Jack Corbett and I are trying a few new things at SQLSaturday #49 in Orlando this year (Oct 16, 2010) and I thought I’d share them here. We don’t know if they will work, but it’s fun to try!

  1. As I’ve blogged about before, we’re going to have an afternoon…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 September 2010

More Notes on Live Meeting Presentations

Yesterday I did another presentation via Live Meeting, some thoughts from that effort:

  • Perf VC team did a great job making sure we had everything lined up prior to the event. This may seem like a little thing, but it’s nice to have it pushed to me instead of having…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 September 2010

Slide Deck for Introduction to Statistics

Here is the slide from the presentation today for the PASS Performance Tuning Virtual Chapter. Thanks to all those that attended!


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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 September 2010


I found this while looking for a quick way to throw some words into a slide, was thinking something along the lines of a tag cloud and this goes a step beyond. You can plug in a word list, point it to a page or feed, then you can apply… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 September 2010

Reminder: Introduction to Statistics Presentation Today at Noon

I’ll be doing a presentation titled Introduction to Statistics in SQL Server today (Sep 7, 2010) at noon for the PASS Virtual Chapter. It’s designed to teach the vocabulary and concepts and open the door to some of the more complex cases that we sometimes hit with statistics. I’ve done… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 September 2010

Book Review: Rehnquist: A Personal Portrait of the Distinguished Chief Justice of the United States

Another choice brought about by wandering the local library, Rehnquist: A Personal Portrait of the Distinguished Chief Justice of the United States by Herman Obermayer ($11 @ Amazon). I usually avoid anything related to politics in the last 30 years or so, and still do! I’m sharing this because it’s… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 September 2010

A Complex Shower

When I arrived at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville for the PASS Board meeting recently they couldn’t find my reservation. Customer service person number one handed me off to person number two, then to number three, and finally number four. I didn’t have the confirmation number handy and in fact… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 3 September 2010

PASS 2010 Elections Are Open

Voting began yesterday with ballots mailed to qualified members. More information can be found here, including contact info for Hannes at PASS HQ if you think you should have received a ballot and did not. You can find more information about the candidates here, and I encourage you… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 September 2010

Networking to Build Business Contacts

I’m borrowing the title for this post from the pre-conference seminar Don Gabor is doing at this PASS Summit this year. It’s a 2 hour seminar that happens Monday afternoon at 4:30 pm, which means you can do a full length seminar and attend this one, or if you’re arriving… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 September 2010

Notes on Jacksonville Code Camp 2010

Overall it was a great event, attendance in the 350-400 range. Boxed lunches instead of pizza (good!), not much in the way of drinks/breakfast (not so good), check-in ran smoothly. Everything seemed to run smoothly. Team Jax did a nice job!

The speaker party was a cigar bar, the second… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 September 2010

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