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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: August 2012

Thinking on Execution

I read a lot, one the most recent books is The 4 Disciplines of Execution which is, of course, about execution. The first few chapters are the most valuable, some really good thoughts on measuring execution, in particular about lagging and leading indicators. Lagging indicators measure what has happened –… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 August 2012

Three Not SQL Blogs To Read

Here are three blogs I’ve been reading recently that are interesting. None about SQL, but you might find some value in them.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 August 2012

Building My Event Bag-Part 4

Back to the list, what should go in this minimalist creation? Here’s what I have so far:

  • laptop (yes)
  • charger (yes – buy extra once laptop is fine)
  • usb cable (12” USB to mini)
  • pen
  • notepad
  • business cards
  • phone pocket
  • medicine pocket/container
  • presentation remote
  • usb flash drive
  • new bag
    • name…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 August 2012

Invited to the PASS Summit Blogger Table

Earlier this week I RSVP’d to an invitation to sit again at the bloggers table at the Summit. It was nice to be asked, nice to be included. The “bloggers table” is usually at the back of the room for the keynotes, with a good line of sight and of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 August 2012

Misc Links for Aug 29,2012

  • Sword fighting. A friend sent me this, debunks the movie view we have of sword fighting. I can’t say I knew all of this, but if you’ve ever held a sword it’s not hard to realize that it’s going to be an ugly business, not quite the bloodless head…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 August 2012

Say Seminar, Not Pre-Con for SQLSaturday

I read a note posted on the OPASS LinkedIn site today about our upcoming SQLSaturday and the two pre-cons by Stacia Misner and Kevin Kline. I say and think pre-cons, but does the new DBA? Their boss? Seminar, One Day Class, or something else, we need to call it… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 August 2012

Re-Using Phone Numbers at the Office

I’ve been with my current client for just over a year and I still get calls for the previous occupant from vendors, credit card companies, etc. I know that calling is how they figure out the person has moved on, but I get tired of the calls. It goes something… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 August 2012

Five Applicants for the PASS Board

If you haven’t reviewed the list, head to the PASS Election Page. One incumbent, two appointees, one previous candidate, and one new candidate. All still have to be vetted by the Nominating Committee over the next week or so, then on to the election which starts on September 28th.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 August 2012

We Need Our Community Leaders to Share Their Views

My friend Jack Corbett returned to blogging recently and one of his comments was not wanting to be the guy that just complains about things he think PASS doesn’t do (or do well). It reminded me of a comment I saw on Twitter a while back, that the poster trusted… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 August 2012

Auto Tweets from SQLSaturday

I was chatting with PASS community pollinator Karla Landrum recently and she asked me my thoughts on the auto tweets that get posted when attendees, sponsors, and speakers sign up, especially with regard to privacy.

I implemented or drove the implementation of the auto tweets, trying as best I could… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 August 2012

Various Links-August 25, 2012

  • Great story about a client who didn’t under the different between Skype and Sharepoint – while doing a Sharepoint initiative! It’s a long post, but worth reading. Lack of shared understanding leads to a lot of misery and its often very hard to catch.
  • Election preparedness. I didn’t dig…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 August 2012

Government and Transparency

I ran across this report that talks about the effectiveness of transparency requirements put in place around the Recovery Act (stimulus money). Don’t get caught up in whether you agree or disagree with the stimulus money, that’s a different discussion. My summary of lessons learned:

  • Publishing the data didn’t quite…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 August 2012

Microsoft Store vs Apple Store

Yesterday I went to the new Microsoft store at Florida Mall, mostly out of curiosity and something to do at lunch. It’s next door to the Apple Store, which I think is smart – Apple gets a lot of traffic and maybe some of those people decide to look at… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 August 2012

I Think I Need A Writing Table

I’m writing this Friday evening in Cleveland at the hotel, relaxing after the speaker dinner and getting ready for SQLSaturday Cleveland tomorrow. They have a small table/desk, though calling it a desk is generous – no drawers and not a lot of surface 2 feet by 3 feet. It has… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 August 2012

Status Reports

I like a good status report. It may contain a few sentences or a page full of data and gauges, but done well it quickly and crisply tells the story of where we’re at on a project or task – the good, the bad, and the ugly! It seems like… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 August 2012

Would You Listen To The Steve & Andy Radio Show?

My friend Steve Jones and I have talked every week for a long time, close to ten years now. On any given week we might talk about work, life, politics, woodworking, family, gardening, SQL Server, professional development, news about friends. Last week we were talking about some other stuff and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 August 2012

Speaking at 24 Hours of Pass

24 Hours of PASS (24HOP) has been around a few years now, but this will be my first time participating as a speaker. I decided to do present a topic that would be a good lead-in to the two talks I’ll be doing at the PASS Summit 2012 – one… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 August 2012

First Try at a Wooden Hand Plane

I’ve been reading about wooden hand planes lately (as opposed to hand planes made of metal that plane wood) and decided to just do a quick experiment to see what I thought.

I started with a square piece of rosewood about 2” thick, ripped a piece 2.5” wide, then ripped… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 August 2012

Updating to Live Writer 2012

My 2011 version of Live Writer didn’t seem to want to embed a Vimeo video, so I checked for an update and was surprised to see that a new version of Live Writer was released in August. I’ve always been happy with the product, so I decided to upgrade to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 August 2012

Travel Plans for PASS-Done!

I’m flying in on Sunday again this year, arriving in time for lunch, and looking forward to the luxury of a slow day at the start of a fast paced week. I’m staying at the Homewood Suites just up the hill from the Convention Center after being at the Sheraton… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 August 2012

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