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Published on March 13, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I recently undertook a project to upgrade my home network infrastructure. The existing core was a couple of old 3com 100Mbps hubs chained together, hardly an optimal setup. They had lasted many years and I decided to update to something more modern. I knew I wanted a 16 port Gigabit Ethernet (Gig-E). I shopped around

 
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SQL Saturday Cleveland Call for Speakers

Published on November 16, 2013 by in SQL Saturday

The call for speakers for our 3rd annual SQL Saturday in Cleveland remains open until December 10th. Checking the numbers this morning shows 44 sessions from 21 distinct speakers. There’s a good mix of local and regional/national speakers as well. But we can do better. There’s a lot of interesting things that have not been

 
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SQL Saturday tip: Manually printing your SpeedPASS

Published on November 12, 2013 by in SQL Saturday

Most of the time when you sign up for a SQL Saturday, the event organizers will send out an email containing a link to your SpeedPASS. This is a pre-generated PDF that has your tickets and name tag. Just click on the link in the email and print it out. If you register late or

 
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SQL Saturday Kalamazoo Recap

Published on November 4, 2013 by in SQL Saturday

I recently attended SQL Saturday #256 in Kalamazoo, MI.  I got the opportunity to go at the last minute due to some plans being reshuffled; so I eagerly signed up.  Oddly, this is my 2nd SQL Saturday event this year at which I did not speak. It gives you a different perspective on the day’s

 
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The Information Security Summit

Published on November 4, 2013 by in Events

I recently attended the 11th annual Information Security Summit held at LaCentre in Westlake. I know some of the organizers and have volunteered for the past couple of years. This event has been quietly gaining steam for many years, this year surpassing 550 attendees and 30 sponsors over two days. Although security is not my

 
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SQL Saturday 256 Kalamazoo

Published on October 31, 2013 by in SQL Saturday

As a result of some last minute schedule changes, I will be attending SQL Saturday 256 in Kalamazoo, MI this weekend. This is my 2nd SQL Saturday this year where I don’t have speaking responsibilities. Attending can be fun enough though and I look forward to seeing my friends and #sqlfamily soon.

 
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Akron AITP

Published on March 23, 2013 by in Presenting, Speaking

I’m honored to be speaking at the Akron AITP user group on Tuesday March 26th. I’ll be presenting on LinkedIn for IT Professionals. The Akron AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals)  is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. Wow. Most IT organizations are mere infants in comparison. I have presented at the group before and

 
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SQL Saturday 204 Detroit Download Links

Published on March 17, 2013 by in SQL Saturday

For those who attended my sessions at the SQL Saturday event here are the links to download the slide decks: Just click on the orange download button Upgrade Roadmap : Let’s Delve into SQL Server 2012 Download LinkedIn for SQL Server Professionals Download Feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments. Thanks!

 
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SQL Saturday 204 Detroit Recap

Just a few notes from the SQL Saturday #204 event, in no particular order. Speaker Dinner, this went well. I got there a little late and things were already in full swing. The dinner was at a pizza place. A nice perk was they had open bar, something that not all events have. The food

 
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Steel mill update

Published on March 17, 2013 by in Personal

Back in August 2012 I described the bankruptcy of RG Steel and the possible fate of three our nation’s remaining steel mills. I now have an update and some commentary based on my experience in the steel industry, several lifetimes ago. Sparrow’s Point (Baltimore) MD It’s over folks. Formerly the largest steel mill in the world will

 
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