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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: December 2011

PASS Election Results

The 2011 Election results were just posted, congratulations to Adam Jorgensen, Denise McInerney, and Rob Farley for taking the top three positions and earning a two year term on the Board. Thanks to Kendal Van Dyke, Sri Sridharan, and Geoff Hiten for being candidates this year – I hope… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 December 2011

Wrapping Up 2011 and a Blog Break

I’m writing this on December 17th, thinking back on 2011, and it has been a good year. Not always simple or going where I thought it would go, but a good year. 2012 will bring more change as I finish my current work project in April or so and decide… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 December 2011

PASS Update #69 (The Wrap Up)

Next week marks the end of my third and final year serving on the PASS Board of Directors. I’ve struggled to write this, to find the right focus, and in the end decided to write just a few thoughts that keep coming to the forefront for me.

I’ll start by… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 December 2011

PASS Summit 2011 Eval Results

My presentation on Professional Development Plans ended up being ranked 47th out of 190, with an overall score of 4.63. The range is 1-5 with 5 being good, but it’s also a game of inches. If my score had been 4.5 I would have dropped to 90th place. Solidly in… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 December 2011

Explaining SQLSaturday

I wrote a while back about my coffee cup from SQLSaturday #100. I took it to work (where I usually use my #49 cup) and while waiting on a meeting to start was showing it to a colleague (who isn’t a SQL guy). He was mildly interested, asking what SQLSaturday… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 December 2011

SQLSaturday Goes International

Looking at 2011 and the planned events so far for 2012 it’s easy to see that SQLSaturday is starting to catch on in many places beyond the US, including Brazil that I mentioned in a post yesterday. Have you thought about what means? Why is it happening now? What would… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 December 2011

Read About SQLSatuday #100 & See the Coffee Cup Too!

Here’s a great post from Karla Landrum about her trip (with husband Rodney) to Brazil for the milestone making #100. What a terrific adventure and great story (now if only Karla would blog more…!).

Rodney & Karla were kind enough to bring me back a gift from the event,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 December 2011

Why Am I Amazed By a 2000 Page Word Doc?

It’s not uncommon to have information shared in a Word doc, but I was surprised recently to open one up and glance down to see the page counter clicking away..100…200..all the way up to 2000. I’m not sure what the maximum is (or if there is a limit), but 2000… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 December 2011

Will You Buy Refurbished? Part 2

Yesterday I shared the small adventure of buying a refurbished laptop. While I was at Compusa looking at laptops I browsed the rest of the store too, just seeing what they had that I didn’t know I needed yet, and that led me to the TV aisle. I’d been thinking… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 December 2011

Will You Buy Refurbished? Part 1

A couple months back the laptop my wife uses was fading away, the internal power connector was broken/barely working and it looked like a motherboard swap would be required. Out of warranty and at $150+ for the motherboard (plus some aggravation), time to buy something new. It’s used for browsing,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 December 2011

Notes from the MagicPASS Holiday Party

I haven’t been to a MagicPASS meeting in a while, so it was nice to reconnect with the group at Orlando Brewing this past Thursday evening. It’s in downtown Orlando, a bit removed from the normal meeting place, but for two good reasons:

  • It’s a working brewery
  • You can bring…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 December 2011

The Shredder Challenge

The Shredder Challenge was a contest sponsored by DARPA to find ways of putting shredded documents back together. Take a minute to look at the puzzle and solutions. Interesting stuff.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 December 2011

Presenting at IT Pro Camp in January 2012

My first outing of the new year will be at the IT Pro Camp here in Orlando, working on some tweaks to my presentation on Professional Development Plans. The full schedule has been posted. I’m looking forward to this event!

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 December 2011

More Culture-The Failure Wall

Ran across this during my daily reading, a post by Jeff Stibel on Why I Hire People That Fail. The post is worth reading just for that, but the piece that caused me to flag it to share was his mention of his failure wall. He’s posted a large… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 December 2011

My Recipe for Chocolate Pie

One of our small holiday traditions is that we bake at least one home made dessert. Hard to beat the price on buying things like pumpkin pie at the store, so we try to make something that is fun, different, or hard to find. Or perhaps all three. This year… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 December 2011

Book Review: Sixkill

Sixkill is the 39th Spencer novel, and the last that was written by Robert Parker before his death. The plot isn’t bad, repugnant movie star accused of crime and everyone thinks he is guilty, so local cop Quirk asks Spencer to check into it, doesn’t want anyone railroaded into prison.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 December 2011

First Thoughts on the Kindle Fire

My perception of the tablet market has been that the iPad is king, but at a kingly price. If I was going to use it as a laptop replacement I’d consider spending the $500 or so, but short of that I’ve watching to see what would come along that would… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 December 2011

Quiet Wednesday

For me the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was a quiet day at work. It was one of those ‘everyone is leaving early’ days, with many opting to work the half day or so remote instead of coming in to the office. I could feel (and see) the pull of the pending… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 December 2011

Registration Open for SQLRally 2012 in Dallas

On my list of things to get done this week is register for SQLRally 2012 in Dallas. It’s a quick flight from Orlando and I’m looking forward to being an attendee rather than the organizer this time around! This may be one of the ‘take the family trips’ if we… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 December 2011

Now to End of Year

My friend Steve Jones posted Shutting Down for a Week and in that he talked about doing too much, trying to find balance. I’m right there with him, I’ve been slowly finishing up commitments and shedding tasks to get down to what is right now about a 45 hour week,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 December 2011

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