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Life Gets in the Way, Part 2 and Big News

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Life has gotten in the way of me posting here again, but it isn't all bad.  I've been really busy at the new gig learning the environment and writing some interesting code.  I have a growing list of blog posts but need to find the time to get them written.

SQL Saturday Madison is coming up on April 6th and I just found out that my presentation, Interrogating the Transaction Log, has been accepted.  I am extremely excited and thank Ted Krueger (b|t) and the rest of the SQL Saturday Madison folks for the opportunity.

I started this blog a little less than a year ago and looking back, I am amazed at what I've accomplished. Presenting in public for the first, second and third time. Taking over the Chicago SQL Server User Group with Aaron Lowe (b|t). Starting a new job. And now my first SQL Saturday. It's been a great time and here's to it continuing.

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.

September Chicago SQL Server User Group Meeting

August 22, 2012 1 comment

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The September meeting of the Chicago SQL Server User Group will be Thursday, September 13th at the Microsoft Technology Center. If you are interested in attending, you can RSVP from the CSSUG Home Page. You can register for the group as well and receive information about upcoming meetings and group news.

A new section has been added to the home page for member blogs, and new posts to those blogs will be tweeted under the #chisql hash tag. If you are registered for the group and are interested in having your blog added, send your blog address here or post it in the comments here.

Finally, we are looking for presenters for future meetings. If you would like to present, post in the comments or send an e-mail to me here.

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