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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: February 2013

Building My Next Workstation–Part 2

Building a computer, at least in the beginning, feels like something you have to do holistically and at the same time like a chicken and the egg scenario. For example, what size power supply you buy depends on what you’re going to use for your video card. Not all video… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 February 2013

Building My Next Workstation–Part 1

It’s been four years – maybe more – since I last bought a workstation to use for development and lab work. It’s served me well since then, hasn’t changed much, but is slow by the standards of what I use today even in my laptop. When I bought the last… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2013

My $200 Oops

My Nexus 7 tablet has grown on me, though I think it’s more about having a dedicated tablet than the hardware. I’ve never been a big fan of cases for devices, they seem to throw away the lightness of the form factor that we pass extra for, and without any… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 February 2013

Annual Catch Up and End of Job/Contract Networking Steps

It’s easy to get comfortable in a job and neglect to capture the relationships and connections you’ve built – for me it’s LinkedIn, but using whatever product you prefer. Think about work today. You work with a handful or two of colleagues that you really know, but you know a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 February 2013

Some Thoughts About Sponsors at SQLSaturday

I think it was because I had just received an email about sponsoring a SQLSaturday that had me thinking about it on the drive to the office today. It’s not easy to walk up to a table and get an understanding of what a product does beyond the sound bite… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 February 2013

LinkedIn Endorsements

Last year LinkedIn rolled out a new feature called endorsements, not to be confused with recommendations. Recommendations are free form comments from a connection about you and your work, endorsements are a click-here if your connection knows skill x. I think it’s a great feature. Asking for a recommendation can… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 February 2013

The PASS BA Conference–Good Idea or Not?

Ever since it was announced I’ve been ambivalent about the PASS Business Analytics Conference. I believe PASS should look for places to grow the community and the craft. I believe PASS should take some risks and endure the occasional loss (as long as it is not a bet the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 February 2013

Don Gabor Presents Mastering the Art of Conversation and Making Business Contacts in NYC

My friend Don Gabor is presenting a two hour seminar titled “Mastering the Art of Conversation and Making Business Contacts” in New York City on February 21. If you’re in the area it’s well worth the $30 to attend – you can register at http://skl.sh/129G4gM

Not in NYC? Don… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 February 2013

SQLSaturday #200 in Philadelphia (And Vacation)

I’m planning to attend  SQLSaturday #200 in Philadelphia on June 1, 2013. Number 200! This will be my first trip to Philly and I’m bringing the family with me so we can spend a couple days there and then after the event we’ll be taking the train to DC for… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 February 2013

One Slick Solution and Unexpected Consequences

Quite a few years ago my first job in the military was driving a tracked vehicle, a variant of the well known M113. Drivers drive of course, but they also own the routine maintenance of the vehicle, a process that starts with daily and weekly checks from a checklist –… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 February 2013