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SQL Relay Notes and Queries
I wanted to something different for SQL Relay last week as this is a community driven event and I didn’t want to cover areas that the other experts on the Relay team would cover. This left some gaps and I have had several follow up questions via twitter and e-mail which I want to cover in this post....
28 May 2012
I am in the middle of SQL relay this week, but I just realised that you might like to have a copy of my Denali slide deck, which I have now posted to SkyDrive . You are welcome to have a look at it even if you couldn’t make one of the four venues I am presenting at this week, but there isn’t a lot of...
5 Oct 2011
Do What You Love
“Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing.” - Robert A. Heinlein, “ To Sail Beyond The Sunset ” I want to make two comments about that quote; firstly it pretty much sums up working at Microsoft, secondly that is on an e-mail signature...
16 May 2011
I reckon the IT Professionals working in education have some of the most demanding jobs in in the IT industry, they have to contend with all sorts of privacy and security problems, a multitude of software and with only one or two per school they need to be real Jacks (or Jills) of all trades. Clearly...
25 Feb 2011
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011
Like most IT professionals I usually avoid reading blogs with too much personal stuff in, so I try and avoid that in my own posts. But it is Christmas Eve so here’s your card .. As this supposed to be a technical blog you might like to know that this is a tawny owl that lives near me and...
23 Dec 2010
Internet Safety for adults
I did an internet safety presentation to the association for retired police officers on Friday, and it still amazes me how little my generation know about social media and the internet in general. There are basically three camps when it comes to awareness of the dangers the internet poses...
6 Oct 2010
The (IT Professional) Apprentice
The old Catch 22 situation of not having experience nor having anyone who is wiling to provide that experience still exists today as it did when I stated work. If I reverse that argument every company in the current economic climate could argue that there is no budget to train staff so we have...
23 Sep 2010
Windows 7 the Presenter’s friend
I think it takes a lot of effort and courage to stand up in front of an audience and give a presentation. Adding a demo into this mix only makes this worse, and so the SQLBIts organisers setup a speaker training day at our offices yesterday ran by Guy Smith-Ferrier . Part of this was...
27 Aug 2010
User groups should be run and managed by Microsoft users, so I am really pleased to see SharePoint experts Tony Pounder, Brett Lonsdale and Mark Macrae , taking a lot of time and effort to run the first SharePoint Saturday in the UK. I have seen how successful SQLBIts has become and how it compliments...
11 Aug 2010
SQL Bits 7, York registration is now open
SQL Bits 7 – the wonders of SQL is now open for registration. It’s in York University from 30th September to 2nd October. Why York? Because the organisers try and run some of these outside of the London area (so far Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff) so this time they are off to spread the SQL...
3 Aug 2010
Windows 7 x64 proving that you can have fun and be secure
The latest Security Intelligence Report SIRv8 has just landed with a thud in my in box, (you can get yours here ) . I am not going to regurgitate it wholesale but I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of things.. Windows x64 RTM is the most secure OS in this list closely followed by Windows...
28 Apr 2010
What am I doing here?
I often get asked about what I do in Microsoft, especially if my title of evangelist comes up in conversation. The latest addition to our team Sara Allison was also curious about what her colleagues get up to, so she interviewed me … BTW Sara is our producer, so she’ll be doing all the cool creative...
2 Feb 2010
Safer Internet Day 9th Feb
If I was writing a bill of rights for the internet my main focus would be to make the web a safe and fun place for everyone, but that’s not going to happen so instead I spend some of my spare time trying to help children be safe on line (a sort of digital green cross man). Because this entails...
28 Jan 2010
The best thing about my job is the interesting people I get to meet and this weekend was no exception, because I went to an EcoCamp in Coventry and met an arctic explorer and some amazing industrial designers amongst others. You might wonder what that has got to do with my work? Well strictly nothing...
14 Dec 2009
SQL Server MVPs
The best thing about working with SQL Server is working with the other people that use it. The SQL server experts who do most for their colleagues in the community are recognised as MVPs, so not only do they know their stuff they are willing to share their knowledge. Of course you could argue that...
18 Nov 2009
SQL Bits Friday session
I promise this is the last time I mention SQL Bits this week, but I wanted to let you know I have got 25 free tickets for the paid for event this Friday which would normally cost £149 to attend. The venue is the Celtic Manor in Newport… and is probably the next best thing to going to TechEd. There...
16 Nov 2009
I sat watching Dave the other night and there’s a bit in it where Kevin Kline simply states that he wants to give everyone in America a job that wants one. I’m not sure if our the MD of Microsoft, Gordon Frazer has seen this, but he’s just announced that we plan to get to 500,000 people into work...
10 Sep 2009
SQLBits Goes West 19-21 November, Newport
When I am not doing the day job I like to draw and paint to relax so I have combined a bit of business & pleasure for the SQL Bits Goes West conference by doing a few cartoons for them… As you can see the event has grown to three days. While there has always been a deep dive, paid for training...
26 Aug 2009
Compared to T-SQL and the database engine , MDX and analysis services is a somewhat poor relation and is usually catching up. There’s no resource governor in SQL Server 2008 or intellisense for MDX in management studio. I expect this is because while T-SQL is used by far more people than those...
11 Jun 2009
Reinventing the Wheel
A lot of the things you need to do with SQL Server may well have been done before even if it’s using the new features in the new version , SQL Server 2008. The challenge is to find this stuff and be able to make use of that earlier effort and a key resource for this is codeplex an open source...
9 Jun 2009
SQL Server BI Community Evening, 10th June, Reading
I wanted to call out the BI evening on 10th June because they’ve given me a slot to talk about SQL Server 2008 r2 and specifically the BI features you can expect. There’s also sessions on Data Modeling and information architecture from Alex Pratt & Andrew de Rozairo (Sybase) and one on...
1 Jun 2009
Expenses on Virtual Earth
There’s a lot of heat on MP’s expenses so if you want to quickly see how your local MP compares then have a look at them on Virtual Earth here .. What I like about this is that it shows the spikes, so in my neck of the woods this MP is in red because he’s claiming a lot. But what’s interesting...
20 May 2009
Spatial Data in SQL Server 2008
All editions of SQL Server 2008 hav the new spatial data type geometry and geography (including express) and if you want to know more about doing interesting stuff with spatial data you really need to get to Microsoft’s offices… on 16 April for a dedicated SQL Server community event on this subject given...
1 Apr 2009
Five Minutes of Fame
Speaking at SQL Bits is a cool thing to do but may terrify many of you. Part of this is that you are on stage for an hour and that means a lot of preparation, both content and rehearsal. So one of the organisers, Martin Bell has come up with a competition to gradually introduce the idea of...
19 Mar 2009
SQL Server events in Manchester
I am still tracking through the virtual e-mail mountain following 3 weeks holiday in Sri Lanka and I see the SQL Community have focused their attentions on Manchester. In addition to the upcoming SQL Bits goes Fourth on 28th March (venue tba). Tony Rogerson and Martin Bell are hosting an evening...
2 Feb 2009
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