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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: October 2010

Warning: Two Way Traffic

I saw this at the college where we held SQLSaturday #49 on the restroom door. I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s not as if the door blasts open with the automatic opener, and how is it different than someone on the inside pushing it open? And wouldn’t… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2010

SQLRally, Pre-Cons, and Taking Risks

Before I get into my thoughts, go vote! Here are the options this year for the SQLRally pre-cons:

Here is the voting link. Voting closes 8 am PST on November 2nd, 2010.

For those of you not… Read more

0 comments, 1,438 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2010

Bloggers-Don’t Blog About Spam!

Earlier this week I posted Bloggers, Quit Worrying About Spam, discussing what I felt was an over-focus on preventing spam in blog comments. I stand by that, but since that post the rate of spam being posted to my blog is up by a factor of 10 or more.… Read more

1 comments, 675 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 October 2010

Do You Have Other Opportunities Open?

Imagine you’re talking with a recruiter about a position that seems like a good fit and during that conversation they ask “Do you have other opportunities open?”. What’s the right answer? And what is the underlying intent?

In general I’m in favor of honesty, but I’m also in favor of… Read more

0 comments, 590 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 October 2010

SQLSaturday National Blog Sponsors

With SQLSaturday #49 we tried something I call micro-sponsors, charging $5 for a blogger to sponsor the event. It’s a way to do brand building and to contribute in a fun way. It’s not a huge amount of money, about $4.50 after the merchant fees, and I think for Orlando… Read more

1 comments, 976 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 October 2010

Bloggers, Quit Worrying About Spam

I don’t comment as often as I should on blog posts. I say should because as a blogger I know that it’s a bit of a treat to have someone post a comment, especially when you don’t know the person, or realize the person was reading what you wrote on… Read more

1 comments, 592 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 October 2010

PASS 2011 Budget Posted

Bill Graziano posted our 2011 budget today. This runs from Jul 1, 2010, through Jun 30, 2011. I hope you’ll review it, and consider reading my thoughts on the budget process as well. It’s not easy reading. That’s not intentional, it’s just a lot of detail. Dig in, ask questions! Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2010

SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa on January 15, 2011

So far SQLSaturday Tampa will be the first SQLSaturday of 2011, and the first one I’ll be attending in 2011 as well. I’m going to try  to attend one event a month, the try portion meaning there is a terrible temptation to do more (as in all of them)… Read more

0 comments, 572 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2010

Review: All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinkski

One more from the ‘new book’ shelf at the library, All Things at Once is an auto biography of Mika Brzezinski, a moderately well known TV news person who is currently the co-anchor of a morning news/political commentary show. The book, in my view at least, isn’t about politics. It’s… Read more

0 comments, 698 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2010

Saying Thank You

I was just writing a thank you message to our speakers for SQLSaturday #49 and wanted to write down a couple thoughts about that. The SQLSaturday tools remind us to send a thank you note and even suggests text, but whether you modify the boilerplate or write something from scratch,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 October 2010

SSC Editorial – Cheap Fun

I wrote Cheap Fun after buying a really cheap – $1 – wood airplane kit at the store for the kids. Amazing what manufacturers can do with a 9×12 piece of really thin plywood. We added glue, some minor head scratching around assembly, and of course the custom paint job! Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 October 2010

Minutes of the September 2010 PASS Board Meeting Posted

Please take a few minutes to review the September 2010 minutes (login required). We just had our October meeting on October 14th, those minutes should be available by the end of next week at the latest.

I know it’s not a thriller, but it’s worth five minutes to understand what… Read more

0 comments, 654 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2010

SQLSaturday #49–The Poster!

Over the past few months I’ve been thinking that we don’t do enough to celebrate the people and the effort that goes into a SQLSaturday. From an attendee perspective it doesn’t look very complex (nor should it), but for an organizer it’s a massive amount of work, and it… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2010

SQLSaturday RoundTable at the PASS Summit

We’ve made great progress with SQLSaturday this year; reaching new cities, a successful handoff to PASS, and a lot of enthusiasm going into 2011. So where do we go next? PASS HQ was about to find meeting space for 100 people on Monday, Nov 8th, so that we can sit… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2010

SQLSaturday Session Evals & Networking

Below is a screen shot of our current speaker/session evaluation form. Simple and to the point, I think it gives the speaker some decent feedback and places a minimal burden on the attendee to fill it out. Here in Orlando we have the speaker collect them and then draw one… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 October 2010

Going to the PASS Summit? Learn to Network Too!

My friend Don Gabor is back at the Summit this year presenting a two hour seminar on Networking to Build Business Contacts. Here’s the description:

Learn to network and make professional connections that will pay off for years to come from best-selling author, communications trainer and “small talk” expert,…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 October 2010

Notes from SQLSaturday #49

We headed into the SQLSaturday #49 weekend with a $99 seminar on Database Design by Louis Davidson. We ended up with 35 attendees and I think everyone had a nice day. We definitely need tools to manage this, having a separate registration and budget was a distraction at best, and… Read more

1 comments, 651 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 October 2010

SQLSaturday #49 Reminder & Notes on Event Prep

First, a reminder that our fourth annual SQLSaturday is this Saturday, October 16, 2010, at Seminole State College in Lake Mary, FL. Weather forecast looks good, we’ll have lunch picnic style again, and you’ll be joining a crowd that should top 250! If you attend please say hello, always nice… Read more

0 comments, 588 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 October 2010

MVP Birds of a Feather Lunch at PASS Summit 2010

The almost final list just posted by Mike Walsh, 50+ MVP’s will each host a lunch table at the PASS Summit on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. I participated in this last year and had a great time, doing so again this year and my topic this time will be SQL… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 October 2010

Take The Survey from the SQL Server Connection Team

Saw this today, a survey posted to the SQL Protocols blog by Principal Group Program Manager Raghu Ram. I took it (wouldn’t recommend it without trying it!) took about 2 minutes, and the most interesting question is at the end, prioritizing work, with options including a focus on TDS compression,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 October 2010

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