My friend Rob Hatton pointed me to Google Correlate, a new service that lets you explore data trends in a few different ways. The theory is that the history of searches should expose both some interesting trends and correlations, often faster than than the way ‘official’ approaches work. On a lark I typed in SQLSaturday. […]Read more "Google Correlate"
I work with a client that recently moved into a newly renovated space in a smaller office building. The renovation was nicely done, and as part of that they put in some effort to make it energy efficient. Compact fluorescent bulbs in the hallways, some new windows for natural light, and motion switches for overhead […]Read more "Energy Efficient Offices"
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Last year we had some problems with our annual election, enough problems that clearly we needed to do a deeper look at our ‘process’ to see what was working and what wasn’t. We ended up fielding an Election Review Committee (ERC) that had it’s first meeting at the Summit last year and continued meeting by […]Read more "PASS Update #58 (Elections)"
Here’s a two part story(Part 1, Part 2 from Information Week by Larry Tieman you should read. There’s a great quote that to find the influential leaders within an organization “Look for the person with a line at their door”, something that rings true to what I’ve seen. There’s a related article about the five […]Read more "Growing Leaders"
There’s a tendency to think all problems can be solved with an index or two (or partitions, or other performance trick of your choice), but sometimes the answer is to not do the work to start with. Sounds Zen, but it’s often a matter of caching in the write place. It’s a technique I’ve used […]Read more "Indexes Aren’t Always the Answer"
I bought my E6500 almost three years ago, giving away what was a perfectly good Latitude to trade up to the latest and greatest, including a 64G SSD. It’s been a good machine, runs Windows 7 without issue and even though I hibernate the machine daily, the SSD still goes on. I wasn’t at all […]Read more "An Update on My Dell E6500"
I took a vacation recently (well, a really long weekend) and as I like to do, visited a few book stores during that time. One was Haslams in St Petersburg, in business more than 60 years and 30,000 square feet of books. I browed for a while and picked up one old book on wood, […]Read more "Used Book Stores and Vacation Reading"
From time to time I get asked about how PASS Board members are compensated, so I thought it would make a good blog post, and I want to add to that some notes related to travel and meetings. Board members are not paid a salary, stipend, or honorarium. We get free admittance to the PASS […]Read more "PASS Update #57-Board Benefits, Travel, and Meetings"
I haven’t tried this, but run across a reference to hashtagart that looks pretty interesting as a way to use Twitter to drive people to a URL. Here’s one example of the resulting mosaic: Maybe someone in the SQL community will give it a try?Read more "Hash Tag Art"