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Touchdown: First class on the board

Published on March 3, 2013 by in Personal, Teaching

I am pleased to report that last week I successfully taught my first class as a Technical Instructor at New Horizons Great Lakes. I taught 20410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012. This is kind of like a homecoming for me because a long time ago I used to be a big fan of Windows

 
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Windows Server 2012 UI

Since I have landed here at New Horizons, I have spent an enormous amount of time in front of Server 2012 in labs, demos and training in general.  Here’s some thoughts and observations about it and in particular the UI. (Note that I did not say GUI) It’s the biggest Windows Server release since Windows

 
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2012 Recap

Published on December 31, 2012 by in Personal

I’ve been reflecting back on 2012 and all I can say is Wow.  It’s been quite a year. I can’t imagine how I fit it all in. I compiled a list of my presentations and talks for the year: 4 – User group meetings 8 – SQL Saturdays 3 – IT Pro events (Not SQL

 
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A New Chapter

Published on November 28, 2012 by in Personal

Today is my last day at BakerHostetler. I have been there a very long time. When I started there we were running UniVerse on Unix (one of the reasons they hired me in the first place) for their database platform. I helped lead their migration to SQL Server and learned a lot in the process. I have

 
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Presenting at the 2012 PASS Summit

I was contacted by PASS HQ on Wednesday. They informed me that there had been a cancellation and if I would be interested in presenting at the upcoming PASS Summit?  Interested? My happy dance went on for about an hour. I promptly emailed them back and indicated that I would be most definitely interested in presenting at

 
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Presentation Tips

Since there are a few rookie speakers presenting at the upcoming Orlando SQL Saturday, I thought I’d offer some tips on presenting. These are some of my lessons learned, and some that have come from other people. These are mostly focused on things to do day-of, not on the preparation aspect. Make sure you bring a bottle of

 
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Upcoming Presentation Schedule

In less than two weeks, I’ll be flying down to sunny Orlando to speak at the upcoming SQL Saturday #151 there. I am really excited to be coming back to Orlando again for a 2nd year. I have a lot of friends through the #sqlfamily and #sqlpass communities in the Orlando area and am looking

 
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Going to the PASS Summit? Don’t forget to fill out an absentee ballot!

Published on September 12, 2012 by in PASS

For US Citizens, Tuesday November 6th is our national election day.  This is actually the day that we kickoff the PASS Summit with the opening reception (usually around 6PM). That means for many of you who may be travelling, or in Pre-cons, you won’t be able to vote. So go run, don’t walk over to your local election bureau and see about

 
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Countdown to SQL Saturday Cleveland

Published on August 10, 2012 by in Uncategorized

We are exactly 1 week out from SQL Saturday #164 Cleveland.  It was really thrown together at the last minute. So we are lucky to be where we are at this point. I am totally confident in the team and in our ability to execute on the event with success. It has become clear to

 
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Steel Mill Liquidation

Published on August 8, 2012 by in Personal

For those of you who know me, you know that I have a soft spot in my heart for the steel industry. Maybe it’s because that was my first real job, working for a steel company. So I have been following with a heavy heart, the demise of RG Steel. I won’t go into the

 
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