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#SQLMaiden 2013 dates

#SQLMaiden 2013 dates

Some time back at a SQL Server user group in Southampton I was speaking to an MVP called Simon Sabin about creating a user group and asked him for some advice. The advice he gave me was to make sure that I had multiple events organised so that people would always know when the next […]

Yesterday I was hacked

Yesterday I was hacked

That’s right, for all my years in IT yesterday I was the victim of a vicious and deeply distressing incident. OK, a colleague changed my wallpaper while I was away from my laptop, so not a big deal – but it could have been. The act of locking ones desktop when you leave the keyboard […]

As one door closes another one opens

As one door closes another one opens

Kevin’s departure as you can expect has left either holes or opportunities (depending on your point of view). I like to think of these as opportunities and indeed one of these opportunities in the form of SQLServerPedia.com has come my way. I am delighted to say that I will be the next Editor in Chief for SQLServerPedia.

Wish you were here

Wish you were here

When I was growing up, we used to sit round the t.v. (families only had one in those days) and one of the programs we used to watch as a family was “Wish you were here”. It was a travel guide to not so far off, but at the time exotic locations showing golden beaches […]

#SQLThursday is here

Struggling to source quality free content on SQL Server? Finding it difficult to fill the void between #TSQL2sDay and Un-SQL Friday? Join me for the first EMEA SQL Server webcast of the year Deploying SQL Server Tips & Tricks  on Thursday 19th January 2012! Starting this month I’m proud to announce that I will be […]

2011 – The dissection

2011 – The dissection

  Blimey, doesn’t seem like a year since I wrote my last end of year review End of year review 2010 and goals for 2011 Things didn’t quite go to plan, mainly because of an unexpected career change this majorly shifted a number of my priorities which meant that some goals were re-prioritised, others were […]

Why I blog #Meme15

Why I blog #Meme15

I’d seen various #meme tweets on twitter but it wasn’t until I saw this blog by John Sansom (Blog|Twitter) that I had peeked through the curtains at the party going on across the street. Ironically I had planned to write a post on this very topic because of something I saw online last night, but […]

T-SQL Tuesday #025 – How to view the size of all your databases – #TSQL2sDay

T-SQL Tuesday #025 – How to view the size of all your databases – #TSQL2sDay

It’s that time of the month again, no not time, T-SQL time! If you have not heard of T-SQL Tuesday before it was set up by Adam Machanic (Blog|Twitter) and you can read all about it here: T-SQL Tuesday. This months host is Allen White who asked the question “What T-SQL tricks do you use […]

Bridging the gap – Good communication is key

Unfortunately, it’s an all too common event in I.T. these days to hear DBA’s complaining about developers and vice-versa, each not understanding the others point of view. Some time ago now I was approached by a developer to help with a performance issue he was having. We sat down, discussed how the process worked at […]

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

Today has been a rather surprising day, I opened my inbox to find an email from Microsoft to find that I had been awarded the Microsoft Community Contributor Award, which I’m really rather proud of. I’m proud to be a member of such a vibrant SQL community and try to do my bit so it’s brilliant […]