Hello, World! Encore Edition aka Good-bye, Microsoft

Moving On After nearly nine years at Microsoft, I’ve chosen to move on. I’ve accepted a position at Fusion-io—now a SanDisk company—as Worldwide SQL Server Solutions Architect where I’ll be evangelizing, documenting best practices, collaborating directly with the Windows & SQL product teams & other partners, doing cutting-edge performance work, & of course flipping the…

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A Rendezvous With Destiny: PASS 2009 (#sqlpass)

Rendezvous With Destiny Forty-five years ago, Ronald Reagan aka Ronaldus Magnus spoke to Americans of our rendezvous with destiny. In a few short days the SQL Community will rendezvous in Seattle for the PASS 2009 Summit. This time last year, eager & anxious, I was preparing for my very first presentation at PASS.  Those who…

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DST: It’s About Time!

Daylight Saving Time, DST, has finally returned.  We sprung forward yesterday.  I love DST!  For years here in Indiana I had no reason to celebrate. That changed recently. I was a proud member of the Hoosier Daylight Coalition, a grass roots organization largely responsible for ending Indiana’s decades-long hiatus from DST. As the organization’s technical…

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Celebrating Life: The Princess Pumpkin Puss, A Pain In My Neck, Randy Pausch, & Lt. Col. Frank Slade Teach Us About Living Life

This is nominally a personal productivity as well as a SQL Server performance blog, but I seldom indulge that facet—too busy being productive, don’t you know? Ward Pond’s annual amalgam (May Glad Tidings be Upon You) inspired me to do something similar.  My plans changed Sunday & instead I am writing to celebrate life. Princess…

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Disk Partition Alignment (Sector Alignment) for SQL Server: Part 3: PASS 2008

I’ve spoken publicly several times this year to crowds large-&-small: TechReady 6 (an internal Microsoft conference) Indy Tech Fest ITT Commencement Last week was my first external international conference, the Professional Association for SQL Server 2008 Community Summit. This is my second summit & first speaking opportunity. The PASS summit is an incredible event. Plan…

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Is Twitter the YouTube of 2008?

Always in pursuit of the elusive creature known as Work/Life Balance, I discard activities which monopolize my scarce bandwidth.  I even struggled with tagging this post under “Productivity”.  Yet it struck me that Twitter was reaching critical mass, so I thought I ought to see what all the buzz was about.  With a shortcut on…

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Hello, World!

Greetings, & welcome to my blog.  This is my first blog post.  Ever.  What an auspicious moment.   I’m blogging because my boss, my boss’s boss, & his boss all suggested I do so.  I can take a hint.  We all know the saying, “Be careful what you ask for, you might get it”.  Note…

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