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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: May 2012

No More SQLRally In the US

I was disappointed to see the mention in the Connector today that there would be no SQLRally  2013 in the US. Reading the minutes from the May 2012 Board meeting (and you should read it to do your own interpretation) it feels like the decision was made largely on two… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 May 2012

The Rules of Gibbs

It’s been interesting to watch the characters evolve on NCIS over the years, something that can only happen with time (and the luxury of surviving on the air long enough to get the time!). Whether you watch it or not, you might find value (and humor) in the “rules Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 May 2012


One of the things I’ve been doing lately is pruning (again) the number of newsletter type emails I get. Some I’ve moved over to my feed reader, some I’ve just had to shut off for now. Often they are useful and interesting (and I still get some), I just don’t… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 May 2012

The Done Stamp

I’m fond of replying with “done” when a task is complete, no need for anything more elaborate. I’ve been experimenting with a status board using 3×5 cards and push pins just to see how I like it compared to sticky notes, one of the columns is for “done” items. Somehow… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 May 2012

Building a Presentation Map

This idea came up during a critique of a presentation. I may have re-invented (or re-labeled) something that is already out there, but wanted to throw this out as a different way to look at presentations. Presentations are stories, performances, and they need to flow, but seeing that flow isn’t… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 May 2012

It’s OK To Eat Alone

There’s a lot to be said for the philosophy of Never Eat Alone, using meals as a great time to meet new people or reconnect with people you already now.  I try to use that approach at events, probably because it’s easier to do when there are hundreds of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 May 2012

Watson Plays Jeopardy

I watched the documentary on Nova about the IBM project to build Watson, a computer that could play Jeopardy. The technical bits are interesting, maybe even staggering in some ways, especially when you consider it’s all to do what a single human can do! It ran without being connected to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 May 2012

Marketing Ideas for Chapters & SQLSaturday

I’m part of the team putting together SQLSaturday #151 in Orlando this year, and one of the things Kendal Van Dyke asked if I could work on was marketing ideas. How do we reach more of those interested in SQL Server in or near Orlando? The task is to come… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 May 2012

LinkedIn Group Recommendations-Not Quite Useful

I received an email from LinkedIn suggesting that I might find these groups useful:


I’m sure those map back to someone in my network, but not sure at all how they would determine that these would fit me. BI gone wrong? Or do they know something I don’t?

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 May 2012

The Brain Dump Blog

I was chatting with a friend recently and he said he could never blog the way I do. Which way is that? His take was I just dump my thoughts, and that doing so required some amount of courage to put unpolished thoughts out for reading by others.

I haven’t… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 May 2012

Expectations-The Big Disconnect

One of the things I’ve learned from running events is to set expectations. If you’re going to provide coffee don’t run out of coffee – they expect it to be there. If you’re not going to provide coffee, that’s ok, as long as you let your attendees know.

The thing… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 May 2012

Build a Little Free Library

I saw this on the Boing Boing feed yesterday, Little Free Library is a project to try to build 2500 mini libraries (to give you an image, think book house rather than bird house). I’m taken with the simplicity of the project – just building something. Use their plan or… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 May 2012

Go Look at NELL

NELL (Never Ending Language Learning) is a computer system that is trying to learn to read the web. Couple things about this that might you find interesting:

  • NELL tweets each time it learns a new fact – follow @cmunell
  • You can download the belief file (15 million total, 1 million…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 May 2012

Varied and Interesting Links

Here are some things I’ve run across in the past few weeks you may find interesting:

  • FailCon. Billed as a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their own and others” failures and prepare for success. Talking about and sharing failure is powerful, I think…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 May 2012

SQLRally 2012-Closing Thoughts

It was interesting to watch an event that started 17 months ago with Dallas, Nashville, and Denver submitting applications to the be host city, a long selection process, a long site selection process, and then all the rest that lead up to a successful event this week. I know that… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 May 2012

SQLRally 2012-Friday

  • Started the day early, heading to the Convention Center to be at Starbucks at 6:45 for the networking event I was hosting with Craig Purnell (and with coffee paid for by the Dallas SQL Group!). Craig brought some ‘coffee tickets’ so we had some control over the budget and we…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 May 2012

SQLRally 2012–Thursday

  • Arrived at the convention center about 7:30, managed to arrive at the right end of the convention center and walked right into the end that had the room for the welcoming session. No coffee available yet.
  • Welcoming remarks were ok, covered PASS, other event formats, chapters, schedule changes, delivered by…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2012

Logical Fallacy Poster

Ran across this recently, YourLogicalFallacyIs.com is a site that lists all the ways you can apply logic badly, and they’ve put it into a pretty nice poster. Seems like this should be up in every meeting room!

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 May 2012

SQLRally 2012–Wednesday

  • Had a nice lunch at On The Border at Orlando International before my flight, used that time to finish some writing
  • Checked in at the self service kiosk at OIA for my America Airlines flight, was interesting that when I clicked ‘change seat’ I could move from window to aisle…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 May 2012

My Garden Update

It’s been just over two months since I started my small  home garden. The initial work to clear the area wasn’t much fun, but after that it wasn’t bad. We bought seedlings at Home Depot this time, I think next time we’ll try starting from seeds (browse the Burpee site… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 May 2012

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