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The Standing Desk

I hear that, “Sitting is the new smoking.” We’re supposed to stand more often, walk more often, move more often. I’m an active person (running and biking regularly) – but not while working. After using the same basic desk (not designed for office work) for several years, I decided to purchase a desk meant for […]

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Help, my company won’t pay for training!

Tim Mitchell (b | t) asked me an interesting question: “What should you do if your employer won’t support your career development?” It’s a question I had to answer early in my career, and I am going to share my challenges and solutions. My first IT jobs were help desk. After taking classes at FVTC, […]

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Time to pack your tent for That Conference 2016!

Every summer, Wisconsin is full of campers. (I’m one of them! My favorite places to camp are Copper Falls State Park, Devil’s Lake State Park, and Hartman Creek State Park.) In August, there’s even a summer camp for geeks – That Conference! What conference? That Conference! This year, come camping with us August 8-10. You’ll […]

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Never drag and drop files between servers again!

IT professionals (and amateurs), it’s time we had a chat. It’s time to stop dragging and dropping (or copying and pasting) files between servers and/or workstations. It’s clumsy. It’s childish. It uses memory on the server. Oh, and there’s a really easy tool to copy files built into Windows – Robocopy. Here’s the basic premise: you […]

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What I Learned on SQL Cruise 2016

1. Tim and Amy Ford put a lot of hard work into making this event run. They do a great job. Everyone learns, shares, has fun, relaxes, and did I mention learns? 2. Jason Hall from SQL Sentry taught his class Tempdb Parasites, and I learned about temp table caching. This is amazing! SQL Sentry […]

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Jetbrains rider the VB.Net IDE we have all been waiting for

Apparently Jetbrains has been working on a .Net IDE that is based on IntelliJ. The blogpost about it was several weeks ago. And there is even a video demoiing it. Of course we all know demos can’t be trusted. But now you subscribe to receive early builds as soon as they are ready (copy pasted […]

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Using Heka to forward logs to the elasticsearch

Sometimes twitter can be useful. Yesterday I asked how people forward their linux logs to the logstash/elasticsearch server. And got this as one of the replies. Thanks Dan Barua and James Nugent. I’ve been setting up an ELK (Elastisearch, Logstash and Kibana) stack since last week and having heaps of fun doing so. You can […]

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Putting files into year folders using powershell

Powershell is great (as am I) for automating boring little tasks. So the question came to put 18 thousand plus image files that were in one folder into folders per year of Date created. So to no longer keep you in suspense, here is the complete code PowerShell1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 […]

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Learn about SQL Server in Azure in Madison, WI

You: curious about Azure, wondering if it’s right for your organization. You run some SQL Server databases, but don’t know if you would use a VM in Azure, or should jump into an Azure SQL Database. You know there are some differences and complexities, but aren’t sure how to work with them. Me: ready to […]

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Training in Boston: How to Get Started Using SQL Server in Azure

Exciting news! On Thursday, March 17, 2016, I’ll be debuting my newest full-day training event, How to Get Started Using SQL Server in Azure. This is part of what is sure to be one of the greatest weekends ever – St Patrick’s Day, in Boston, combined with SQL Saturday 500! The details about the training: Microsoft […]

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