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Life Gets in the Way and Upcoming Posts

October 31, 2012 1 comment

As I’ve blogged before, Jes Borland (b|t) is the person who convinced me that I could write my own blog. When I told her I started she said, “Don’t get down on yourself if life gets in the way of posting.” Well, life has gotten in the way. I started a new job two weeks ago. After 13 years with my previous company, the last 5 as a DBA, it has been a big change. While I am tremendously grateful to my former colleagues for their help and support through the years, I am looking forward to the new challenge.

My new office is in the old Daily News Building, across the Chicago River from the Lyric Opera. The best part of the location is I can take the train to work, giving me an hour and a half of reading time every day. Here is the view from my train platform going home:

Madison Looking West

I will be posting about my experiences at my fourth PASS Summit next week. I’ve volunteered to host a group of first-time attendees and am really looking forward to it. If you are a first-timer, you can find some great information here.

If you are going to be in Seattle the Monday before the PASS Summit, I highly recommend registering for SQL in the City Seattle. I attended the event in Chicago and really enjoyed it. It is a free event sponsored by Redgate software. As a result, all of the presentations were Redgate-centric. However, each of the presenters I saw spoke about their topic (data and backup compression, maintenance, lifecycle management) from a general perspective and then drilled into Redgate Tools.

If you are attending the PASS Summit and see me, be sure and say hello. For all of the great technical content available, it is the strength of the community that keeps me coming back.

Chicago SQL Server User Group October Meeting

October 15, 2012 1 comment

Last Thursday was the October meeting of the Chicago SQL Server User Group. This was the fourth meeting that Aaron Lowe (b|t) and I have run and things have gone remarkably smoothly. Many thanks to Bill Lescher (t), Ross LoForte and all of the folks at the Microsoft MTC for providing us a solid foundation and great facilities to work with.

The sponsor for this month’s meeting was SWC Technology Partners. Erica Lee and Lowry Kozlowski spoke about the company and the positions they have open. Thanks to Erica, Lowry and SWC for their time and for the pizza.

That brought us to the presentation portion of the evening. I was on deck to give my first presentation in front of a user group, entitled Interrogating the Transaction Log. While I hadn’t practiced as much as I would have liked, I’d run through the various sections enough to be confidently nervous. I feel like I did a decent job, but would have definitely benefited from some additional practice. The only glitch I ran into was that my laptop refused to go into duplicate presentation mode, which meant I had to keep looking over my shoulder during the demos. Despite that, the feedback I received was positive and a number of people told me they had learned something new, which was why I wanted to present in the first place.

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and provided feedback. Further thanks to Jes Borland (b|t), Paul Randal (b|t), Kimberly Tripp (b|t), Brent Ozar (b|t), Aaron Lowe and all of the others who have provided encouragement, inspiration and advice.