(Originally posted on my SQL Server blog.) Next week, while blog posts are scheduled as expected, I will be attending my third PASS Summit. Summit 2014 In my first year, I attended every single event I could. The Monday night started with Steve Jones' regular Networking Dinner. When I arrived, there were already over a hundred people there, … Continue reading What to do at PASS Summit 2016
On 16 March 2010, M and I left the interior of South Africa, on a life-changing journey that began in the Prairies of rural Canada. I wrote about some of the culture shock I experienced, followed by a realisation that I was happy with the move. Today, on 23 November 2015, 2,076 days after landing, … Continue reading Lo, Canada
Las Vegas, the city of sin, excess, and desert heat; and the location for the 49th Star Trek Convention. The guest list would make you excited even if you're not a big Trekkie. Here's a sample of the guests. They claim that next year will have over 100, for the 50th Anniversary. William Shatner, Sir … Continue reading NCC-1701
Normally I like to keep my SQL Server blog separate to my personal one, but this is too good not to share. I've been selected to speak at SQLSaturday in Vancouver, on 27 June 2015. My topic is related to Azure Blob Storage and restoring SQL Server backups. More information will follow. Stay tuned!
We recently returned from our anniversary trip, which this year was to the Hawaiian islands. Starting on Oahu, we stayed in Honolulu and saw Pearl Harbour, and paid our respects there. Then off we went to the Big Island, and stayed in Kona. We took a two-hour helicopter tour over the island, and saw the … Continue reading Hawaii
Almost three years to the day, we are going to be back in the city that never eats apples in bed, or however that song goes. We'll be back on Monday.
As I mentioned previously, I spent two weeks in the incredible city of Chicago, having more SQL Server shovelled into my skull, this time courtesy of Bob Beauchemin. The first week was the Immersion Event for Developers, followed by the Immersion Event on Security, PowerShell, and Development Support. On both Thursdays, I participated in the … Continue reading SQLskills in Chicago, Redux
We returned yesterday from a South American tour of four countries (one was just a dash over the border to have a look), namely Chile, Argentina, Paraguay (for a couple of hours) and Brazil. I'm still curating the photos from three of the nine cameras that went on the trip between the five of us. … Continue reading South America
A week ago, I had just returned from a three-week sojourn in sunny Tampa, where I spent most of the time indoors, far away from the sun, relearning everything about SQL Server. Those three weeks are best summarised in my previous blog entry, where I described Immersion Event 1. The result was that I wanted … Continue reading And he’s back …