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    The road to Redmond... When I was 16, like many other kids I studying and getting A+ grades wasn't really my first priority, but 'things' rather came naturally for me, and with very little effort studying I got some descent grades. German and math however, was something that I didn't...
  • Blog Post: I am probably the worst content submitter for an event…

    I am probably the worst content submitter for an event… Some blog readers will likely disagree with this, but if your purpose of writing a session title and abstract for a conference is “To get the conference attendees to participate and come to my session”, you are DEAD WRONG!...
  • Blog Post: the Grinch that stole our Christmas - gone viral - data insights

    The joy of online shopping versus trying to find a parking spot at the mall Just like many other people, for this year's Christmas, we decided to order some items online to avoid busy shopping lines at stores and get some really good deals. We decided not to procrastinate and actually get our...
  • Blog Post: SQL Momentum at SQLPASS - Key Announcements

    Today at SQLPASS - Ted Kummert made some great announcements, bringing great momentum in the information platform industry. Microsoft SQL Server "Denali" Microsoft is announcing plans for the next release of SQL Server, SQL Server Code-Named "Denali" and the availability of the first community...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Special Ops Tour

    CALLING ALL SQL Server PROFESSIONALS: SQL Server 2012 is the most important release ever of SQL Server with its’ mission critical, breakthrough insight and cloud on your terms features. Do your part to bring the SQL Server 2012 roadshows to your city and get on stage with Microsoft ! This March...
  • Blog Post: SQL Momentum at SQLPASS

    With great announcements on what to come next the SQL PASS keynote will be interesting to follow. If you are not attending you can follow the keynote live right here - http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/na2010/LiveKeynotes/Tuesday.aspx .
  • Blog Post: Released - SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

    Today we released SQL Server 2008 R2 -SP1 The following features are new in Service Pack 1 (SP1). Dynamic Management Views for increased supportability. sys.dm_query_stats DMV is extended with additional columns to improve supportabilities over troubleshooting long-running queries. New DMVs...
  • Blog Post: happy upgrade to a brand new Samsung Focus S - migrating your applications

    As today ATT released the new Samsung Focus S Windows Phone, a huge lineup was seen at many stores. Unfortunately, I realised it too late to get to the closest store - so I had to drive a bit further and get my hands on a brand new phone. But hey..I have it and I am truly impressed with it. ...
  • Blog Post: Automating installation of SQL Server, SSDT, Office 2013 and Visual Studio 2012

    Automated and unattended installations Being able to install software fully automated can significantly reduce download times, walking through many graphical setup tools and waiting to provide options, that you can typically fully automate. The following use case scenario will show you why, and will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Essentials released!

    We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download! Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect your PC to the services you use every day. Designed for Windows 7 The new Windows Live has a host of new features...
  • Blog Post: get your hands dirty with SQL Server 2012 SP1

    Today I am happy to share with you that we released our updated hands-on-labs to our public portal. On www.microsoft.com/sqlserverlabs you'll find a set of pre-configured hands-on-labs that will allow you to get your hands dirty on the latest and greatest technology and features in SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: This presentation is all about me - presentation skills part 1: Food for thought...

    As content owner for some of the public facing events at Microsoft, I have the great honor to work with very respectful people in our industry, and big names that drive a significant amount of attendance to their sessions at events. I also have the great honor to review session content, and presentations...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Code name "Denali" features

    While everyone is anxiously waiting for the next CTP release of SQL Server Code Name "Denali", - SIGN UP HERE TO BE NOTIFIED a couple of insights on Denali Features have recently been posted on CHANNEL9 by my fellow Technical Product Manager Darmadi Komo. These sessions are short (up to 10 minute...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 - SPECIAL OPS TOUR - part 2

    CALLING ALL SQL SERVER PROFESSIONALS The Special Ops Tour, brought to you by Microsoft and PASS, is deep into the planning stages. The most highly-anticipated SQL Server tour of the year is just a few months away. But our agents can't do this without you. The time has come to select the 12 DBA operatives...
  • Blog Post: the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows 7.5 "Mango" phone - a user's review

    While I was traveling in Europe, I was inspired by some announcements that were made in regards to the release of the first Nokia Windows Phones. Inspired and encouraged as I was .. I tried to get my hands on one of them which shouldn't be that big of an issue since my parents only live about 30 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Proud and loud to announce...

    With a certain level of proud, I am happy to announce that I am following up to my commitment as a Microsoft Certfied Master on SQL Server 2008. While I promised the current program manager Joe Sack , that i would start, follow up and continue to blog more, well here I am...kicking of right now. Some...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Certification

    Value of Certification The payout on certification in the IT Industry has been a key value to my professional career for many years. As I became certified on Windows NT and SQL Server 7.0 in 1999, qualified as Microsoft Certified Trainer and started teaching Microsoft Official Curriculum Courseware...
  • Blog Post: About my Lenovo W520, presenting, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 drivers and more ...

    The issue of getting the right drivers for your OS As an OEM System Builder in my early computer days, I spent quite a significant time finding the right drivers for a specific motherboard or a graphics adapter. Everytime we have new hardware, the same problem arises, and I've seen many people showing...
  • Blog Post: What goes into my bag when presenting at an event or roadshow

    When presenting at an event such as TechED, or any roadshow events you see your favorite presenters appear at, a lot of the skills, quality of the presentation comes down to: - presentation skills - content (which truly comes down to right content level, title, abstract, level of functioning demos...
  • Blog Post: TechED North America / TechED Europe pre-conferences for Database and Business Intelligence

    As content lead on the Database and Business Intelligence Track I am happy to announce that we will have 2 pre-cons at Tech ED North America an Tech ED Europe. That's right - based on popular demand we are hosting these pre-conferences at both Tech ED North America and TechED Europe. And the great...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 videos posted

    Our team hast posted a couple of new videos on SQL Server through Channel 9, available for web based viewing, or download to your favorite playbac device Upgrade Your Database Data Programmability Tools SQL Server appliance Parallel Data Warehouse SQL Server virtualization SQL Server security SQL...
  • Blog Post: BareMetal – Implementing a Microsoft BI solution ….. from scratch…

    I had a great opportunity to do a lot of content development to provide real hands-on-experience, through Hands-on-Labs and Virtual Machines. Mostly, this has been experienced as a great way to Learn new products, or learn how to implement features and Technology. A couple of events (conferences)...
  • Blog Post: it's like having a 4x4, but the manufacturer and sales person does not allow you to take it offroad...

    I just got off the phone with my ISP - QWEST, since that is about the only ISP we can get in the building I live. Fortunately I also have a Clear internet connection that I use when I travel, giving me a better deal than the internet connections we get charged for at hotel locations. The problem I...
  • Blog Post: custom skins for Surface and Surface Pro

    As I wanted to give a more personal touch to our Surface and my Surface Pro, I decided to look for custom skins. There actually is a great offer that runs through the Microsoft Stores. The store offers a customized skin for Surface RT, with direct print options and they even apply it for you. To...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP 3 - Product Guide

    Our team is pleased to announce the release of the SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide v1. It is available for download at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=225814 . The SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 Product Guide includes...