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SQLSaturday #49 – Orlando is Closing In

We are less than an month from SQLSaturday #49 – Orlando at Seminole State College – Sanford/Lake Mary campus on October 16th.  Our preparations are going well, we have a good sponsor base, a great schedule, and several volunteers.  We can always use more sponsors (plan|sign… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 20 September 2010

SQLSaturday #52 – Colorado Here I Come!

Well, I’ve been waiting to book hotel and rental car for SQLSaturday #52 – Colorado because I wasn’t sure if my father-in-law’s health issues were going to cause us to cancel the trip, but fortunately his health is looking up, so we booked our hotel last night and our rental… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 17 September 2010

September OPASS Meeting Tonight!


Topic: Using PIVOT – Going from Static to Dynamic

Sometimes data normalization results in a data structure that is not convenient for displaying the data. Take the common example of a sales database in which each record represents a single sale.  However, what the customer really…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 14 September 2010

Space Coast User Group Recap

I had the pleasure of making my second annual September visit to the Space Coast SQL Server User Group in Melbourne, FL, last Thursday, September 9, 2010, to present, Introduction to Triggers.  This is small user group, but they are a lot of fun and ask good questions.  Because of… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 13 September 2010

PASS SQLRally – Session/Speaker Selection

Hopefully by now you’ve heard about the PASS SQLRally event that will be held in Orlando, May 11-13.  Andy Warren, Kendal Van Dyke, and I are the local members of the planning team and we are making our best effort to give you a look behind the curtain…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 9 September 2010

Upcoming Engagements

I haven’t been speaking a lot lately as I’ve been busy working, planning SQLSaturday #49 – Orlando, and planning PASS SQLRally, but I do have some upcoming engagements that I hope to see some of you at.

Introduction to Triggers on Thursday, September 9th 6:30pm, Space Coast SQL Users…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 7 September 2010

Book Review: Crunch Time

About a month ago I went to Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy of Seth Godin’s book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and, having some extra time, I was browsing the discount areas and I came upon Crunch Time: 8 Steps to Making the Right Life… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 1 September 2010

Last Place? Doesn’t Matter.

As the debate rages on about the PASS election I want to share my thoughts about being a candidate that was eliminated and the fact that scores were released to the public.

First I want to thank everyone who has supported me both publicly and privately throughout the election process. … Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 23 August 2010

Didn’t Make the Cut

So the slate has been announced, so now I feel like I can talk about not making the cut.  Based on the interview scores, bottom of this page, I clearly blew the interview.  I also want to clarify that I knew I hadn't made the cut when I posted,…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 18 August 2010

Reaction to Steve Jones Missing the Cut

If you read this blog I’m sure you read Steve Jones’ blog as well, so you know that the PASS Nominating Committee did not recommend that he be included on the slate for consideration by eligible voters.  You also know that this has caused a bit of a stir… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 18 August 2010

Growing PASS Step Two: Value

In Growing PASS Step One: Communication I talked about how I think that PASS could grow by communicating the vision and goals of the organization clearly and in a place that is easy to find.  This post continues on the theme of communication by adding value. 

As a local chapter… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 17 August 2010

PASS Nominating Committee Interview

As my regular readers know I applied to be part of the PASS Board of Directors.  The process starts with a written application which is evaluated by the Nominating Committee, you can see this years average scores here.  I was fortunate enough to make it through this first step… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 12 August 2010

August OPASS Meeting Tonight

August 10, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Come on out and join us as our own Tim McAliley presents.  For directions visit the OPASS web site.

Live Meeting: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=GP4HB3&role=attend

Topic: VS2010 Team Foundation Server for the DBA

Description:  The session will cover an overview of VS2010 TFS features along with specific tools… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 10 August 2010

SQLSaturday #49 – Orlando Update

Planning is going forward for SQLSaturday #49 – Orlando and the event is coming together well.  My main task is sponsors and I have to admit this is not an easy task.  I’m still trying to figure out what is the right frequency of contact.  I don’t want to contact… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 5 August 2010

SQLSaturday #40 – South Florida Recap

I had the great privilege to be able to attend and speak at SQLSaturday #40 – South Florida this past weekend (July 31, 2010).  Kudos to Scott Klein and crew for another GREAT SQLSaturday event.  They had close to 600 people register, and based on past experience that means that… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 2 August 2010

Personal or Professional Ethics

Steve Jones had an interesting blog post the other day, Do as I Say, Not as I Do, and I as I read it I thought about the situation I am in now and a situation I went through just over 4 years ago.

Steve talks about how he… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 30 July 2010

Interviewed by Andy Leonard

Andy Leonard is posting interviews of all the candidates PASS Board of Directors on his blog and mine is up today, check it out.

I also want to thank Andy for taking the time to provide this service to the community.

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 28 July 2010

Speaking at SQLSaturday #40 – South Florida

I finally get to head down to Miramar to speak at SQLSaturday #40 – South Florida.  I really wanted to go last year, but I was in New England at the time, so I couldn’t make it.  So this weekend, July 30-31, I’ll be making the drive down to attend… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 27 July 2010

How I Prepared to Run for the PASS Board

The Boy Scouts have “Be Prepared” as their motto and, while I was never a scout, I think it’s always a good idea.  So when I started thinking about running for the PASS Board, I decided to find out what being on the board entails and what characteristics make a… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 23 July 2010

July OPASS Meeting Wrap up

Last Tuesday, July 13th, we had our monthly OPASS meeting.  The meeting was sponsored by RedGate who were kind enough to also provide licenses for SQL Prompt Pro and SQL Compare Pro as raffle prizes.

We had about 20 people in attendance which is about average.  Andy Warren (@sqlandy Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 20 July 2010

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