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Information Security Summit PreCon

I will be teaching a one day Pre-Con session as part of the Information Security Summit 2014.  If you are a SQL Server DBA or Security Professional I urge you to check it out. I have been a volunteer and supporter of the Information Security Summit for several years now. It is a good organization,

 
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Dog Food Conference 2014 Call for Speakers

Published on June 10, 2014 by in DogFoodCon

Earlier in the year, I was invited to participate in the steering committee for Dog Food Con as a SQL/BI track owner.  This Microsoft technology focused event will be hosted at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio on September 29-30, 2014. The event last year had 585 attendees over 2 days. We are targeting

 
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Akron AITP April Meeting Recap

Published on May 1, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Meeting began at 6PM. There was a little networking going on and we started a few minutes before 6:30. Food was typical fare, sandwiches, veggies and fruit. Guest speaker was Keith Mayer, a technical evangelist for Microsoft. I’ve known Keith for a few years now so it was good to catch up a little. Topic

 
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Upcoming Events

I’ll be presenting at a couple of IT Pro events in the next couple of months: First, SQL Saturday Detroit on May 17th. This is their second event held in the Motor City. I was happy to attend last year and it’s great to be going back. I’ll be talking about Achieving Compliance in SQL

 
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Switch Upgrade

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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