Archives: June 2011
My friend Rob Hatton pointed me to Google Correlate, a new service that lets you explore data trends in a few different ways. The theory is that the history of searches should expose both some interesting trends and correlations, often faster than than the way ‘official’ approaches work.
On… Read more
I work with a client that recently moved into a newly renovated space in a smaller office building. The renovation was nicely done, and as part of that they put in some effort to make it energy efficient. Compact fluorescent bulbs in the hallways, some new windows for natural light,… Read more
Our call for speakers for #85 will be open about another 10 days, and then Bradley Ball can jump into the fun and chaos setting up the schedule. As always we’re going to try to give everyone one presentation and we’re friendly to first time speakers too!
Reasons to speak… Read more
Last year we had some problems with our annual election, enough problems that clearly we needed to do a deeper look at our ‘process’ to see what was working and what wasn’t. We ended up fielding an Election Review Committee (ERC) that had it’s first meeting at the Summit last… Read more
Here’s a two part story(Part 1, Part 2 from Information Week by Larry Tieman you should read. There’s a great quote that to find the influential leaders within an organization “Look for the person with a line at their door”, something that rings true to what I’ve seen.… Read more
There’s a tendency to think all problems can be solved with an index or two (or partitions, or other performance trick of your choice), but sometimes the answer is to not do the work to start with. Sounds Zen, but it’s often a matter of caching in the write place.… Read more
I bought my E6500 almost three years ago, giving away what was a perfectly good Latitude to trade up to the latest and greatest, including a 64G SSD. It’s been a good machine, runs Windows 7 without issue and even though I hibernate the machine daily, the SSD still goes… Read more
I took a vacation recently (well, a really long weekend) and as I like to do, visited a few book stores during that time. One was Haslams in St Petersburg, in business more than 60 years and 30,000 square feet of books. I browed for a while and picked up… Read more
From time to time I get asked about how PASS Board members are compensated, so I thought it would make a good blog post, and I want to add to that some notes related to travel and meetings.
Board members are not paid a salary, stipend, or honorarium. We get…
I haven’t tried this, but run across a reference to hashtagart that looks pretty interesting as a way to use Twitter to drive people to a URL. Here’s one example of the resulting mosaic:
Maybe someone in the SQL community will give it a try?
Note: This is a good, bad, and ugly post. We took some chances, got some things right, got more than a few wrong. In the end we launched SQLRally, had a good event in 2011, and have one coming to Dallas in 2012.
Way back in July 2010 as… Read more
Book Review: Make the Impossible Possible: One Man”s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary
I finished reading Make the Impossible Possible: One Man”s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary ($12 @ Amazon) by Bill Strickland a few weeks ago. I found it browsing at the library and the title definitely caught my attention, and I’m glad it did.
It’s… Read more
The school my daughter attends gives each student a workbook type thing at the beginning of each year, and it travels back and forth between school and home with them each day. It contains homework assignments, trip notices, and whatever else might be going on for that day/week. It also… Read more
I spend a lot of time just looking at events, watching for new ideas. At our recent SQLRally we had a representative on site from our registration company. They prepared all the badges and raffle tickets in advance, and as you can see below they had them organized in some… Read more
Here’s another photo from my phone, this one from SQLSaturday Tampa in the cafeteria area. An easy typo to make, after all, they serve sandwiches. The title of the post is just some additional whimsy for you, according to Wikipedia it’s commonly misspelled as ‘just desserts’.