I can’t hear you over the sound of how small your fonts are

I’ve had it. I sat through *another* presentation where the screen fonts and icons were so small I couldn’t tell what was going on. No, it wasn’t a Microsoft presentation, it was on a Linux box. But presenters from colleges to conferences routinely get poor marks because THEY DON’T MAKE THE SCREEN ELEMENTS BIG ENOUGH…

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Cloud Computing – just get started already!

OK – you’ve been hearing about “cloud” (I really dislike that term, but whatever) for over two years. You’ve equated it with just throwing some VM’s in some vendor’s datacenter – which is certainly part of it, but not the whole story. There’s a whole world of – wait for it – *coding* out there…

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The way to the future – Hybrid systems

I’ve written before (as have others) about the dangers of an “either/or” mentality with various technologies, including the “cloud”. Companies are starting to understand this message – I’ve been traveling a lot this year from Alaska to California, from the UK to Copenhagen, Denmark, talking with companies that are implementing Hybrid systems, and giving presentations…

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A SQL Saturday in Cambridge – Buck Woody’s Ragtime Database Workshop

The SQL Server community is really engaged. They are an active bunch on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, they help each other on forums, they attend conferences. But that isn’t enough interaction – the community started a grass-roots effort to hold local conferences on a Saturday. Free conferences. Odds are there’s one near you… http://www.sqlsaturday.com/default.aspx ……

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Big Data and the Cloud – More Hype or a Real Workload?

Last week Microsoft announced several new offerings for “Big Data” – and since I’m a stickler for definitions, I wanted to make sure I understood what that really means. What is “Big Data”? What size hard drive is that? After all, my laptop has 1TB of storage – is my laptop “Big Data”? There are…

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How I Prepare For Presentations, And My Speaking Schedule For This Quarter

I do a little speaking here and there and I’ve been asked about the method I use to get ready for a talk. I thought I might share the method I use, although as you read through this remember that not everyone has the same style, processes and procedures they use. As long as you…

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Head in the Clouds–Eyes on the Books

I normally post technical topics here on this blog, but I’m extending this post a bit to include a little professional development. Don’t worry; there’s some tech (and Distributed Computing tech, no less) in this post as well. I recently presented a few sessions on a “SQL Cruise” to Alaska (more on that here) and…

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Setting up SQL Server Management Studio for Teaching or Demos

My friend Paul Randal posted a blog entry on how he sets up SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) for demonstrations. I do a lot of teaching and presenting as well, and I’ve set up my environment in a similar way to help the audience see what I’m doing, and follow along. You can do most…

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Database Testing Links

Yesterday at the SQL PASS 2010 Summit I did a presentation on database testing – I have two sets of links I mentioned there, one for the information I presented and the other for various tools I’ve tried. Enjoy: More information on Database Testing and Testing methodologies:http://www.agiledata.org/essays/whatToTest.htmlhttp://www.agiledata.org/essays/databaseTesting.html  http://www.testinginstitute.com/display.php?id=DATF_MS http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb381703(VS.80).aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/sql_server_isv/archive/2010/10/20/hot-fixes-and-cus-and-service-packs-oh-my.aspxhttp://sqlblog.com/blogs/alexander_kuznetsov/archive/2010/10/14/benefit-from-unit-testing-t-sql-speed-up-your-test-harness.aspxClose These Loopholes in Your Database…

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Microsoft User Experience Studies at PASS for SQL Server and Azure

One of the great things about attending the Summit Conference for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) is that you can participate in studies that Microsoft conducts to find out how we create our next projects. My good friend Dr. Mark Stempski, who works on the User Experience (UX) team here at Microsoft passed…

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