Archives for October 2009

Starting the Travel Tips Meme

'Tis the season for travel!  With the PASS Summit just around the corner and lots of other interesting events waiting in the wings, such as TechEd Europe, lots of IT people will finally be allowed to stretch their wings (and budgets) to get in some first class training. I've been a very frequent flier for a long time and seldom get surprised by much these days - exasperated, yes - but surprised, no.  And I've certainly seem my share of fellow travelers doing it all wrong.  The one thing they all share in common is that they're not experienced and, usually, haven't thought much about the … [Read more...]

What Direction Do You Choose?

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. Dr. Seuss Dr Seuss makes a great point.  Only you can determine where you go in life and where those you lead in life (your significant other, your kids, your family, your business associates) will follow.  What happens when you don't have your feet in your shoes?  What if you're not wearing shoes?  Or what if your shoes are sandals?  Which direction do you steer?  Do you head to the beach or to the snowy mountains?  What if you're not only steering yourself, but an entire … [Read more...]

New at SQLMag – Disk2Vhd

I just posted a new entry on my SQLMag Tool Time blog that you might enjoy. Thanks to my friend and fellow MVP John Paul Cook for bringing Disk2Vhd to my attention on his blog. The free tool is enables migration of a physical machine (PM) to a virtual machine (VM), while the PM is running.  You can download it from Microsoft here.  John also has lots of other great information about VM migration here.  Note that John's content relates to Hyper-V. So if you're looking for VMWare tools, keep looking. Of course, if you find similar free tools for VMWare, let us know by posting … [Read more...]

Fathers are Important

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a four-term U.S. Senator, had this to say about the importance of fatherhood:"From the wild Irish slums of the 19th-century Eastern seaboard to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families - dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future - that community asks for and gets chaos." … [Read more...]

Windbelts – The Next Cool Energy Technology

Windbelts - The Next Cool Energy Technology Start here to see this revolutionary new technology!  I'm not kidding - this is a huge game changer! Whether you like it or not, our energy landscape is changing.  Our children's energy needs will incorporate all the energy resources we're currently used to - electricity generated by coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants with automobiles powered by gasoline and diesel.  But their energy needs will also be met by a plethora of other sources, such as wind, wave, and solar methods of collecting energy along with cars power by electricity, fuel … [Read more...]

Upcoming Seminar and SQL Saturday in Florida, Oct 13-17

Please join me for SQL Saturday #21 coming up on Saturday, October 17th.  There are over 50 sessions on tap with great speakers from the area and across the nation.  Some of the notable speakers include: Andy Leonard (blog here) Andy Warren (blog here) Brian Knight (blog here) Buck Woody (blog here) Chad Miller (blog here) Joe Celco (blog here) Joe Webb (blog here) Jonathan Kehayias (blog here) Kendal Van Dyke (blog here) Ken Simmons (blog here) Not only do we have SQL Saturday coming up, but Andy & company put together five world class seminars the week … [Read more...]

New at SQLMag – TraceAnalyzer

I just posted a new entry on my SQLMag Tool Time blog that you might like to check out. I'm a big fan of Bill Graziano's ClearTrace tool, but perhaps you'll like the new tool from DBSophic, called TraceAnalyzer, even better?  Compare the two and let me know here. Cheers, -Kevin Twitter @kekline … [Read more...]

There’s no beating Jessica Hagy

Does it get any better than this, I ask?!? I must find a way to incorporate more of Jessica's excellent humor into my presentations! … [Read more...]