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How to Ask for Help

Like many other technical bloggers, I receive requests for help on a regular basis. Since I’m constantly learning and evolving I approach others for help as well. A couple of years ago, I received an email from a new reader which began with:

Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an […]

Un-SQL Friday: Bad Interviews

I haven’t been participating in many of these blog memes because I have been so busy lately. A lot of my time was occupied with job hunting and since I just finished a series of interviews with different companies, this meme is perfectly timed. My good friend Jen McCown (Blog/Twitter), the fairer half of the […]

What is Your Focus?

When was the last time you booked a trip through a Travel Agent? Rented a Video from an actual person? Have you ever seen a Milkman Telephone Operator, or Elevator Operator except in classic movies?

Why do I ask? Well, technology is eliminating the first two jobs, and the last three are practically extinct. Which way […]

SQL Rally 2012 is Coming to Big D!

Last week PASS announced that Dallas and the North Texas SQL Server User Group have been awarded SQLRally 2012. This is great news for all of the nearby PASS User Groups and DBA’s.

We’ve put on three successful SQL Saturday events in 18 months, and I’m proud to have been on the planning […]

SQL Saturday Dallas Reflections

SQL Saturday Dallas, which was our third, went off without a hitch. While there were a few items we’ve identified as needing work, overall the event was swimmingly successful.

Kevin Kline – Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning Microsoft SQLServer with Dynamic Management Views (DMVs)

The festivities started on Friday with our three Pre-Con events. Kevin […]

Upcoming Presentation and Blog Events

I mentioned in the last article that I am taking a temporary break from the T-SQL Basics Series of articles. I’ll return to it in a few weeks, but in the meantime I’ve been working other stuff for your amusement.

Next week Wednesday, I’ll be presenting at the Fort Worth SQL Server User Group. Come […]

Ooh! Ooh! Pick Me!

Pick Me Mr. Kotter!

SQL Rally is a brand new event for this year. It’s kind of a hybrid between the PASS Summit and a SQL Saturday. It’s fairly low cost and being held May 11-13 in Orlando, Florida.

Anyway, the reason for this post is completely self serving. I really want to present at […]

Planes, Trains, and.... Well Actually Just Automobiles.

Over the holidays and through the first week of this year, I took a journey back home to Michigan. Why did I drive you ask? Well, I wanted to take my Cockatoo Anakin with me. Sometime along the trip he decided that migrating was for the birds. We survived, but he was thrilled after we […]

Christmas is a Time of Miracles/New Year's Resolutions

Santa was geeked to take the pic, but Anakin wasn’t convinced.

Since the holidays are fast approaching, along with the end of the year, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the previous year, discuss some small miracles that have happened recently, and share my New Year’s Resolutions.

My Girlfriend Missy and I […]

On the Third Day of SQL Todd McDermid Gave to Me...

This year I made a concerted effort to get involved in the community in a big way and that has benefited me in several ways. I’ve made tons of new friends and found great people who are willing to share their knowledge with me and others. To recognize others for what they do in the […]

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