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There is something about the Silicon Valley that attracts the innovative and creative individuals. The “misfits, rebels, troublemakers, and the round pegs in square holes” come here as dreamers and leave the valley as
billionaires world changers. The Silicon Valley provides the opportunity and platform to make a difference for… Read more
This book project got its second life. I am now collaborating with another author to bring this book to completion.
I was super excited when I received an invitation to write a book on SSRS 2012. Writing a book has been in my bucket list for as… Read more
I’m in the middle of writing the first chapter of my book. I’m not just ready to announce the working title yet. I’ll probably wait until I finish the 5th chapter (total of 10 chapters).
I thought it would be fun if I open up my writing process so… Read more
Every time you run the SkyDrive Client on your device, a laptop in my case, all your files from the cloud are downloaded to your device locally. That is cool because you can still work on your files even when you’re offline.
The thing is I don’t need all the… Read more
There are things that I’m thankful for this year. Yes, I also got a lot of setbacks but that wouldn’t make me less thankful.
I’m thankful for my family as always. No words can ever describe how thankful I am for the gift of family.
I’m also thankful for my… Read more
I needed to upgrade my tools. It was not a matter of “want” but of “need”. It’s no longer enough to have just the bare minimum, specially when you need to test or study about certain features of SQL Server that require multiple servers in a network environment.
My current… Read more
Developers will love this latest improvement, specially those that have SQL Server Express installed on their laptops or workstations but still work with full versions of SQL Server on their network.
In the past you have to have at least the Developer Version of SQL Server if you also wanted… Read more
You probably heard about 7 Days To OLAP by Simon Doubt. It’s Simon’s experiment on learning OLAP during his stay on the PASS Summit. This is a very interesting concept and you should try it. The experiment has four key elements:
- Focus on one goal
- Isolation from regular work/life responsibilities
Weeks Before The Event
- Check for conflict in Schedule
- Family Activities (Y/N)
- Business Appointment (Y/N)
- Other Commitments (Y/N)
- Plan the Trip
- Distance (calculate travel time)
- Budget $ (Gasoline, food, etc.)
- Airline/Hotel Booking (if applicable)
- Want to Volunteer for the Event (Y/N)
Few Days Before The Event
- Check If Schedule is…
Many can boast that they were trained by Paul and Kimberly Randal at SQLskills. That company is so highly regarded in SQL Server circle that having undergone training with them is considered a great privilege.
Like I said on Twitter, here’s the post about the dashboard I created using Tableau, a BI visualization software. I’ve been hearing good things about Tableau from different people and from the social networks. A couple of friends from Twitter encouraged me to try it and see if I… Read more
I’m nowhere near where I needed to be. I am not digging enough. I’m not learning enough. Learning opportunities are not landing on my lap.
I have to go out on my own and learn SQL Server on my own time and resources.
This blog was never meant to become… Read more
I recently placed an order for a ThinkPad W530 from Lenovo. One day before the estimated shipping date, I noticed that I inadvertently picked the integrated wireless card that I didn’t want (ThinkPad B/G/N 1×1). I wanted the Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (or at least Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205) instead. Read more
I’m not repeating here her descriptions of the different levels, so go and read her article (link… Read more
I have just signed up for a one year standard subscription of Pluralsight Hardcore Developer Training. I’m focusing on SQL Server and Business Intelligence. My training goal is to improve my technical knowledge and gain new industrial skills to get myself ready for opportunities now and the future.
I… Read more
From time to time, I will be posting links that I encountered during the week. This is also one way of tracking blog posts that I liked. I hope others will find values in these links.
I have two goals that I have sought to achieve by mid-year of 2012. The deadline I set for myself is up. Goals achieved: Zero, Zip, Nada, Zilch.
Null. Or is that
Earlier this year I set two goals: 1. Learn Ruby on Rails 2. Obtain a… Read more
I expressed in my About page that this blog is never meant to be a technical blog. But the pressure of relevancy keeps popping up: I need technical content if I want this blog to survive. Readers want to read technical stuff – something they can apply in their job. Read more
This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Aaron Nelson (@SQLvariant | Blog). The topic is about logging. Many will talk about their logging strategies with their SQL Server infrastructure. Many will show us ways they do their day-to-day logging. And many will offer tips and tricks to expert… Read more
I have been invited to a private beta of SQLDirector by ScaleGrid. “SQLDirector is a MS SQL as a Service (SaaS) solution for the private cloud.” It is a software solution for your private cloud or virtualization infrastructure.
SQLDirector makes the deployment of SQL Server on virtual infrastructure quick… Read more