My current client has a five story building, two break rooms and two sets of bathroom per floor, with I’m guessing 200+ people per floor – a lot of traffic. One cleaning guy cleans them all and he seems to hit them all at least twice a day. I’m guessing he works for the building […]Read more "A Job Done Quietly and Well"
For the third year Steve Jones and I are coordinating a very informal networking dinner on Monday night the week of the 2012 PASS Summit. Our formula isn’t complex – find a place where people can come for dinner and drinks, greet them at the door and guide them to a table with other interesting […]Read more "Going to the PASS Summit? Join Us at a Networking Dinner"
Most managers and employers distinguish between attending a conference and training. We (the royal SQL community we) offer quite a few one day seminars during the year that clearly fit that simple definition of training, but I don’t think we’re closing the loop. We should be giving them/sending them a nice printed certificate of completion, […]Read more "Certificates of Completion for SQL Seminars"
Order status on the web site still shows an estimated ship date of the 4th (of September) for my X1 Carbon. Called again today and the story is that it’s supposed to ship on the 17th, but the Ethernet dongle – which previously was forever tied to the laptop – now will be shipped separately […]Read more "Update on My Lenovo Laptop"
Sharing some stuff I’ve read recently that I found interesting – and that you may find interesting! Help More, Judge Less. I’ll write more on this at some point, it’s an essential idea to learn. Graph Database. I need to find time to dig into stuff like this. As much as I love the general […]Read more "Misc Reading for September 12, 2012"
Last year I wrote about stuff I carry in my laptop bag. Nothing original, definitely a tendency to carry things just in case I need it. The bag was a Maxpedition, solid, not small. For the past few months I’ve been using a backpack and its worked out ok, the vertical orientation seems like it […]Read more "New Laptop Bag and My Event Bag"
Recently I needed to help a colleague with a small inventory true up task. We needed to know items that were in List A and not in List B, and vice versa. It was a universe of about 1000 items with a good sized delta, 15 to 20 percent. For tools I had the options […]Read more "No Full Outer Join in Access"
A recent article in the PASS Connector called out some interesting stats about SQLSaturday for 2011 and 2012. I’m including the chart here, I encourage you to read the full post. I see two good stories in those numbers. First is continued and steady growth in the US, going from 32 events to 39. Still […]Read more "SQLSaturday Metrics"
Since earlier this year I’ve been thinking to replace my aging but still useful laptop, mostly to get something lighter, but driven by wanting something that has better battery life and a smidge of needing a new toy. I don’t buy often so it’s fun to catch up on the market. I’ve watched the ultrabook […]Read more "Reading Reviews, Ordering a Laptop, and Lenovo"