Just finished re-reading Orbit ($15 or less at Amazon) after picking it up for a $1 at Books a Million on a trip, had read it just after it was first released. The main character is Kip Dawson who wins a free trip into Orbit, and winds up alone and doomed when the pilot is […]Read more "Book Review: Orbit by John J. Nance"
I’m driving down tomorrow for the sixth annual South Florida Code Camp. This will be my third time attending and I’m doing two presentations this time, and as usually SQLShare is sponsoring the speaker event on Friday night. It’s a huge event, typically about 600 attendees, and well worth the three hour drive from Orlando […]Read more "I’m Attending the South Florida Code Camp on February 27, 2010"
About a week ago I wrote Part 1, and got some interesting feedback (which I appreciate). Today I want to try to think about some of those comments and try to evolve the idea some. I want to defend my ideas a little, but not sink into defensiveness. I definitely expect my own thinking to […]Read more "Growing the Pool of SQL Speakers – Part 2"
If you’ve been around SQL for any length of time it’s hard not to have heard of Brad McGehee, the blogger DBA behind Aloha DBA. Brad ran SQL-Server-Performance.com for many years and now works for Red Gate, spending a lot more time on the road than I’d want to going to events and user group […]Read more "Featured Blog: Aloha DBA"
I’m in the early stages of a book on managing and I’m starting to look for situations that might trigger ideas on areas I want to cover, and for situations that serve as good what would you do (WWYD) scenarios for potential managers. Scenarios give you a chance to practice without pain, and a chance […]Read more "What Would You Do? Management Scenario #1"
This happened earlier in the year, finally getting around to writing some notes on it – you can read more here. The numbers I found were that they were to save about $230k a year, mainly by reducing the need for two administrators. I’ve used Outlook and Exchange for years, and about all I can […]Read more "City of Orlando Switches to Google Email"
My friend Jack posted a nice aggregate of comments so far about the transfer of SQLSaturday to PASS, and added his own thoughts – worth reading. http://wiseman-wiseguy.blogspot.com/2010/02/sqlsaturday-acquired-by-pass-reactions.htmlRead more "More on SQLSaturday – From Jack Corbett"
Found The Adversity Index while browsing and thought I’d share. It’s interesting to see the economic trends and I’ll let you dig in to see what you think. I was more interesting in thinking about it from a reporting perspective. It’s not enough to capture data, you have to do something with it, and doing […]Read more "The Adversity Index"
Joe Healy is doing a four hour Azure training event on March 6, 2010 in Orlando, details and free registration at http://www.devfish.net/fullblogitemview.aspx?blogid=728. I’m already booked for that day, will go if plans change. I like the four hour single topic format, lets you see something fairly deep, but not so long that you start to […]Read more "Free MSDN Azure Event in Orlando"