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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: January 2013

I’ll Meet You Half Way–Compromising To Win

Compromise is one of those things that makes the world work. I can’t say I’ve always been good at it. It takes practice and more practice, listening deeply to what the other side says and doesn’t say, and looking inward to separate pride from what matters. That led, for me,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 January 2013

Bananas For SQLSaturday

I was catching up on reading today and saw that Instructables had a how-to on “tattooing” a banana, also called banana oxidation art. I had bananas available, so I printed SQLSaturday on some paper, taped it to the banana, and starting punching holes with a straight pin. It… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 January 2013

Windows 8 In 25 Minutes

Here’s a quick plug for The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video. I watched it and learned quite a few things, then forwarded it to my wife to watch and she found it useful as well. I’m torn on this – I’d like to think a good UI is intuitive… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 January 2013

Notes From The January 2012 OPASS Meeting

OPASS meetings are held at Logans Roadhouse in Sanford now, I think the fourth location over the past couple years, but maybe the best so far. Easy access, plenty of parking, the only downside for me is that it’s all the way across Orlando from where I work. Took an… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 January 2013

Trying the Nest Thermostat

I’ve had the Nest Thermostat on my wish list for a while. It has looked like an interesting bit of technology, just hard to justify the $249 price. This past week the little plastic nub that changes from AC to heat broke on my not-exactly-high-tech thermostat, so I decided to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 January 2013

Give the Gift of Feedback

I bet if you think about it there are lots of times when people ask what you think about a problem. We in IT are geared for that, we love to solve problems, and getting a new problem sparks the same kind of salivation that your dog does when he… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 January 2013