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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 2018

Move The Location Map Pin in Meetup

Just received an email from Meetup with some news on enhancements and one of them was interesting to me – the ability to adjust the map pin for the meetup location. There are a few others you might find interesting, see the list at https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/sections/360000541571-New-Product-Updates.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 December 2018

Call for Speakers for Orlando Code Camp Closes Jan 18, 2019 & We Need SQL Speakers

Orlando Code Camp is March 30. 2019 in Lake Mary (same location as SQLSaturday Orlando) and we’re hoping to have a solid SQL track that focuses on parts of SQL that are interested to developers. It’s a great event, attendance runs 600+, so you’ll get plenty of people in your… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 December 2018

Meetup Pro for Non Profits

We use Meetup for SQLOrlando. We have enough members that we have to pay for the service and it works well enough that we’re ok with paying for it. They also offer Meetup Pro for a higher fee that gives you analytics, some API access, and a way to sync… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 December 2018

PayPal for Non Profits

Part of having 501c(3) status is figuring out where and how it might make a difference. Applying for non profit status with PayPal is one of the experiments. It took about 5 minute to apply; needed the tax id, a copy of the letter from the IRS, and a bank… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 December 2018

PASS, Meetup, and Sponsors

I’ve always been in favor of trying to use the PASS tools and web site as much as possible, but it’s hard to argue again the discoverability of Meetup. Certainly we get people joining the list via PASS, but we seem to get more new people that actually attend via… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 December 2018

Notes from the December 2018 SQLOrlando Meetup


  • 19 attendees out of 44 registered
  • SQLGrease sponsored
  • Solid hour of networking before the meeting started, managed to get everyone talking to someone
  • 2 presentations, one on performance tuning by Franklin Yamamoto, one on DBATools.IO by William Durkin delivered remotely at 2am his time (incredible on a lot of…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 December 2018


On Monday I wrote about journaling and while any pen will do, I think having a pen dedicated (as it always with) the journal decreases the friction – nothing worse than going to write and can’t find the pen!

I like a decent pen, something better than a stick pen… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 December 2018

How Much Volunteer Time Per Year is a Good Goal?

Yesterday I posted about journaling with my goal being to track the time I spend on SQLOrlando (I’ll exclude time I spend at other events to keep it focused). That leads to the question of “how much time is enough” and also to asking “how much time is too much?”. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 December 2018


Most of the work I’ve done for the past couple years doesn’t require taking much in the way of notes. One tab in Notepad++ for misc ideas and reminders (auto save is nice), then put the stuff that needs to be tracked into Trello and it’s good enough, though you… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 December 2018