I saw this at the college where we held SQLSaturday #49 on the restroom door. I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s not as if the door blasts open with the automatic opener, and how is it different than someone on the inside pushing it open? And wouldn’t it be normal to expect […]Read more "Warning: Two Way Traffic"
Before I get into my thoughts, go vote! Here are the options this year for the SQLRally pre-cons: BI Sessions: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/PreConsforVotingBI.aspx DBA Sessions: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/PreConsforVotingDba.aspx Developer Sessions: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/PreConsforVotingDev.aspx Misc Sessions: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/PreConsforVotingMisc.aspx Here is the voting link. Voting closes 8 am PST on November 2nd, 2010. For those of you not following along already a “pre-con” is […]Read more "SQLRally, Pre-Cons, and Taking Risks"
Earlier this week I posted Bloggers, Quit Worrying About Spam, discussing what I felt was an over-focus on preventing spam in blog comments. I stand by that, but since that post the rate of spam being posted to my blog is up by a factor of 10 or more. Whether that’s because the spammers finally […]Read more "Bloggers-Don’t Blog About Spam!"
Imagine you’re talking with a recruiter about a position that seems like a good fit and during that conversation they ask “Do you have other opportunities open?”. What’s the right answer? And what is the underlying intent? In general I’m in favor of honesty, but I’m also in favor of being employed! If you say […]Read more "Do You Have Other Opportunities Open?"
With SQLSaturday #49 we tried something I call micro-sponsors, charging $5 for a blogger to sponsor the event. It’s a way to do brand building and to contribute in a fun way. It’s not a huge amount of money, about $4.50 after the merchant fees, and I think for Orlando we netted $50$60. At least […]Read more "SQLSaturday National Blog Sponsors"
I don’t comment as often as I should on blog posts. I say should because as a blogger I know that it’s a bit of a treat to have someone post a comment, especially when you don’t know the person, or realize the person was reading what you wrote on a regular basis. Bloggers crave […]Read more "Bloggers, Quit Worrying About Spam"
Bill Graziano posted our 2011 budget today. This runs from Jul 1, 2010, through Jun 30, 2011. I hope you’ll review it, and consider reading my thoughts on the budget process as well. It’s not easy reading. That’s not intentional, it’s just a lot of detail. Dig in, ask questions! If you look at the […]Read more "PASS 2011 Budget Posted"
So far SQLSaturday Tampa will be the first SQLSaturday of 2011, and the first one I’ll be attending in 2011 as well. I’m going to try to attend one event a month, the try portion meaning there is a terrible temptation to do more (as in all of them) and that sometimes as much as […]Read more "SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa on January 15, 2011"
One more from the ‘new book’ shelf at the library, All Things at Once is an auto biography of Mika Brzezinski, a moderately well known TV news person who is currently the co-anchor of a morning news/political commentary show. The book, in my view at least, isn’t about politics. It’s about the struggle to be […]Read more "Review: All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinkski"
I was just writing a thank you message to our speakers for SQLSaturday #49 and wanted to write down a couple thoughts about that. The SQLSaturday tools remind us to send a thank you note and even suggests text, but whether you modify the boilerplate or write something from scratch, it’s worth doing. Does a […]Read more "Saying Thank You"