Archives: December 2010
I’m writing this the day before Xmas, trying to finish up a bunch of odd tasks before the holiday weekend begins. As I look back at my goals and experiences for the year, it’s mixed emotions for me. I ended up sacrificing some goals to make others happen, a decision… Read more
Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers by Stan Slap ($15 @ Amazon) is about finding a way to mesh your personal values with the values of the business, and how showing your values to your team and encouraging them to live and…
My friend Malathi (Mala) Mahadevan has chaired the Louisville PASS Chapter for the past couple years, and will be heading up their second SQLSaturday in January 2011. She’s started a blog at http://beyondrelational.com/blogs/diligentdba/default.aspx that I wanted to share. Getting started and finding your voice takes time, hope you’ll follow along… Read more
We’ve updated the original flyer to the new and improved model that has the prices. The image below is a screen capture, download the real flyer to get the best resolution. We’re in the process of ordering print copies now and will be working to distribute them beginning in January,… Read more
This time the plan was to go to Arby’s because it was close and my friend Rob had coupons for buy one get one. Four of us go, we get there and then do the coupon dance, who wants chicken, who wants roast beef? Finally two of us decide on… Read more
I read a lot, and often marvel at the effort that goes into writing them, and I think I get part of that appreciation from watching my friend Bob write his first novel, Say Goodbye. He’s worked hard at it, growing it, changing it, polishing it, and sweating over… Read more
Lately I’ve been having some unusual lunches, starting with the bbq fiasco from last week. For this one I have no one to blame but myself! This time I was working out of my office and remoting to a client, lots of stuff going on and the time flying by.… Read more
Recently some friends invited me to try a BBQ place that they enjoyed, so I went along hoping for the best, never know what you’ll get with off the path bbq, but hoping for a good meal and to BBQ in Florida that my friend Wes Dumey hadn’t tried yet! Read more
Our December meeting was a time for a lot of changes:
- New location, the Hampton Inn in Lake Mary. It’s further north in a good tech area, great access, decent parking, decent room.
- New leaders. Well, sort of. Jack Corbett had been co-President for a year, but now he’s the…
Email consumes a pretty significant chunk for me. Email for my day job, email for my blog, email from friend and family, email for learning and professional development, email with offers from various retailers I use here and there. It adds up.
I use my phone a couple times a… Read more
Over my career I’ve seen interviews fall into three categories:
- The technical part. Questions on trace flags, wait states, backups, etc, often on things bordering on trivia. They want someone that can do the job on day one without looking up how to do a backup or whatever.
- It’s far…
I’ve happened to have a few networking events happen recently that I thought I’d share, all part of trying to figure out when and how networking works best.
- I had a friend reach out to me (and this is someone I met from another friend) via LinkedIn to reach someone…
For those thinking about an IT career the options are bewildering, and I think the education establishment doesn’t do a great job of explaining the many paths there are in IT. For example, if you’re going to write code, the world is largely split into .Net and Java. Yes, there… Read more
The Way We Work Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz ($19 @ Amazon) is a holistic approach to work and a work life balance. It covers exercise, nutrition, sleep, recharging in good detail, drawing lessons from a lot of deeper studies to support the recommendations in the book. The most interesting… Read more
I received the email this week that I won’t be getting a place on the schedule, nor will the other chapter leaders from Florida. The event team received a lot of abstracts and even with limiting each speaker to one, there still wasn’t enough room for everyone, so they can… Read more
The call for speakers is open through December 15, 2010, and I hope many of you will take the chance to throw a session or two into the SQLRally hat. Whether you get picked or not for the final program, it’s fun to be in the game, to enjoy the… Read more
I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2010, ones that I’ve set and adjusted a couple times, and thinking more about what I want to do in 2011. I’ve been forced to reluctantly admit that I cannot do all the things I want to do. That’s perhaps obvious, but not… Read more
Like many in IT I’m self taught, starting with DOS and batch files, then proceeding through QuickBasic, Visual Basic in assorted flavors, Access, and of course SQL Server. I’ve learned what I needed and/or wanted to know about various technologies at various times, which is a practical approach with the… Read more
I just re-read Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank ($10 @ Amazon). It’s a bit of a touchstone for me. It was a favorite book of my father, and so reading it again is a chance to both revisit the story and to recall spending time with him.
It’s an old… Read more