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Why I'm Paying my Own Way to PASS Summit 2010 and You Should Too.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about how thrilled I was to be going to PASS this year. Some of you may have gotten the impression from that article that I was given a Golden Ticket. I should have been more clear that I had bought a golden ticket, and not just for [...]

Presenting Epiphanies

I Love Teaching

As I mentioned earlier this week, I really enjoyed Consona Connect 2010. I had two very important epiphanies while presenting at this event.

I know a LOT more about SQL Server than I did 3 years ago.

Don Rudo introduced me as a SQL server expert, and actually said, “Dave probably knows more [...]

Consona Connect 2010 Thoughts and Impressions

Using Excel/PowerPivot with M2M Presentation.

First, I want to take a moment to thank everyone at Consona for putting on a great convention this year. Having worked on SQL Saturday Events, I have an idea of how much work goes into it. I’d especially like to thank Devon Everage, who was largely responsible for planning [...]

My SQL Saturday Experience

Devin Knight, Wes Brown, and yours truly.

It’s 8:30am on SQL Saturday, and I feel like I’ve taken a two by four to the head. I’m standing outside the front of the building leading the registration team at the front tables, squinting in the sun, sweating profusely, and wondering why I feel so good about [...]

Vegas Reflections – Consona Connect 2008

Viva Las Vegas

SQL Administration

Don Rudo was once again on his game and enthusiastically talking about raid arrays, transaction logs, and BACKUPS BACKUPS BACKUPS!!! I had to pop in and out of his sessions to attend the others, but what I saw was very informative. There were a couple of [...]

What do I hope to see/learn at Consona Connect 2008?

Over the years, I’ve been to many of these Users Conferences. Many of the sessions in past conferences have been the same content you could get over the net with the Made2Manage University. I’m not suggesting that the presentations weren’t done well or that the information presented wasn’t valid, it’s just that I’d [...]

What happens in Vegas… The Final Battle.. or Something. (Part 3)

*** Note: This is a 3 part post and they are shown in the order I published them. Please read parts one and two below before reading part 3. ***

Try to imagine it. You’re stuck in the middle of the night on top of a mountain surrounded by short pines without food, [...]

What happens in Vegas… Part 2

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” -Rollo May

Spoken in an old time radio announcer’s voice:

When last we left our “hero”, he had left his car to take a picture of the desert in the mountains near Lee Canyon. Of course he [...]

What happens in Vegas.... Part 1

This article isn’t about the User Conference which was held in Vegas a few years ago. This is about me and my life and death struggle against my own stupidity.

Some have found this story hard to believe, but I swear it is true. This was my first trip to Vegas, so I [...]