Recently we released the results of the annual survey to determine interests for the 2010 Summit. That’s a step in the right direction, sharing the results, but what we didn’t do was share what we thought we had learned from the results, and we were taken to task some by Steve Jones and Brent Ozar […]Read more "PASS Update #30 (Surveys)"
By the time you read this we’ll have completed the transfer of the SQLSaturday web sites and data to PASS HQ, leaving only the clean up tasks of transferring the domain and the email aliases for active events, something we plan to do by the second week of May. It definitely took longer than I […]Read more "PASS Update #29"
I think we do a pretty good job of delivering technical content, but not such a great job at getting the attendees talking to each other. The speaker side of things has definitely turned into a social event, how do we do that for attendees? I don’t have the answer yet, but we’ve made a […]Read more "Social Networking and SQLSaturday"
SQLSaturday #49 will be held in Orlando on October 16th, 2010, and our call for speakers is now open. We’re looking for diversity of topics and speakers; don’t be afraid to submit a niche topic! This year we’re trying two new things: We’re going to do have one set of ‘super sessions’ from 1-3 pm […]Read more "SQLSaturday #49 Call for Speakers is Open & Call for Our PreCon Seminar"
Available for download by all PASS members (membership is free), this issue has Techies Talking to Non-Techies by Don Gabor. Don talks about the various conversation styles and how sometimes you have to adjust your style to have a worthwhile (reasonable) conversation. I totally agree on this, it took me a while to understand that […]Read more "Latest Issue of The SQL Server Standard – Volume 7 Issue 3"
We’re scheduled to begin moving web sites and data to PASS servers at 12:00 pm Eastern on April 27, 2010. We’ll put up a ‘down for maintenance’ page, but wanted to let everyone know in advance. With luck (and some planning) we’ll get it done in a couple hours and get back to business.Read more "SQLSaturday Sites Will be Offline For Part of April 27, 2010"
Another find from the new book shelf at the local library, Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d’Or Competition by Andrew Friedman ($18 @ Amazon), the Bocuse d’Or (named for French chef Paul Bocuse) is a real world Iron Chef competition. Teams from all over the world compete in […]Read more "Book Review: Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d'Or Competition"
I can’t say I stick to this one 100 percent of the time, but it’s definitely a deeply held belief. Given two tasks, I prefer to do the one that sucks first. It’s easy to do the fun one, spend time on stuff that is fun but doesn’t really matter, and then wind up way […]Read more "Rules to Live By: Do the Hard Things First"
A few weeks back PASS sent out a survey to get input on how to shape the 2010 Summit agenda, and now you can see the results. We had 189 people respond, not nearly as many as I would have hoped. It’s a long survey which I’m sure doesn’t help, but I’d like to see […]Read more "Results of PASS Summit 2010 Content Survey Released"
We just put the site up, starting a little earlier than last year, and over the course of this week we’ll be finalizing the sponsor plan and the call for speakers. It will be Oct 16, 2010, here in Orlando (Lake Mary – north side of Orlando), and we’re going to try for a solid […]Read more "SQLSaturday #49 in Orlando!"