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    The danger of predictive analytics

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    As a technical professional working in the data field, I implement small and large-scale data systems every day. Some of those systems are used to record transactional data for immediate processing, others record the data in large collections for later...
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    A Writer's Toolkit

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    Even in a technical role, communication is paramount. If you don't read widely and communicate well, your progression suffers. And one of the primary modes of communication is writing. I've written several books, articles and blogs (see "Publications...
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    The Case for Moving From TPC to Database Throughput Units in Database Performance Comparisons

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    Scientific testing is based on controls, transparency, and repeatability. Whenever we as technical professionals want to test the performance of a database system, we search for a series of tests that show the system’s metrics against a standard...
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    New Content for Microsoft Azure's HDInsight for March 2014

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    New HDInsight Content released in March: Avro SDK - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn469975.aspx Getting started with HDInsight (YouTube video) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDrz-Fkcb9WWdY-Yp6D4fTC1ll_3lU-QS Monitor HDInsight...
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    The Data Science Laboratory Series is Complete

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    I wrote a series of articles on creating a Data Science Laboratory over on Simple-Talk - you can find the complete list of articles below. The series covers installing various software tools and packages on a Virtual Machine running the Windows operating...
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    Cloud projects and cross-country moves

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    I tend to take real-life events and correlate them to computational scenarios. It’s a hazard of being a technical professional, I suppose. In the United States, it’s kind of a law that you have to move your family across the country at...
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    Using Outlook Tasks for a Performance Review

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    At Microsoft, we have a performance review twice a year to ensure we're on track towards meeting the goals that we set up at the beginning of the year with our manager. I've been a manager multiple times in my career, so I've been on both sides of the...
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    Have a mentor, be a mentor

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    The word "Mentor" actually comes from Greek literature - it's a character from " The Odyssey ". He advised Odysseus and Telemachus, and the word seems to derive from a term meaning "intent, purpose, spirit, passion". We often think of a mentor in the...
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    Embiggen your family this week

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    I know a lot of my readers are located in countries other than the U.S., but I hope you'll indulge me for a moment for a non-technical post. When I was 18, I joined the U.S. Air Force , and my first base was in the United Kingdom at R.A.F. Lakenheath...
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    Staying Current on Technology for your Organization

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    As a Technical Professional , your company, firm, group or organization looks to you for guidance on their technical systems. You're expected to apply the best technology solutions that you can to a given business or science problem or opportunity. ...
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    Free built-in Steps Recorder in Windows for Training, Demos and Documentation - oh, and Troubleshooting too

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    There are a lot of features in Microsoft products that people don't know exist - and one of the most useful for IT pro's is the Problem Steps Recorder or PSR. This tool creates a web page compilation of every click or user action that you can annotate...
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    Windows Azure Data Series: SQL Server Fast-Track Data Warehouse (FTDW)

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    Windows Azure provides several options for storing, processing and retrieving data in structured, semi-structured and unstructured layouts. In this series, I'll cover various options for implementing these options. In this entry, I'll cover the SQL...
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    Buck Woody is Changing Jobs

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    Recently I read an article ( http://lifehacker.com/is-it-bad-to-stay-at-one-company-for-very-long-1295782130 ) that stated that if you are at the same company for more than a few years, it will harm your career. I don’t agree – consider...
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    Create your own MCM Program - Learning to Learn

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    A lot of electronic ink has been spilled over our recent (and sudden) announcement that we are retiring the highest-level certifications here at Microsoft. At the same time, I'll be teaching a one-day class at the SQL Saturday event in Cambridge, UK on...
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    Data Science and the Cloud

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    More than perhaps any other computing discipline, Data Science lends itself best to Cloud Computing in general, and Windows Azure in specific. That's a big claim, but before I offer some evidence, I need to explain what I mean by "Data Science". I've...
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    Successful Cloud Projects Start With The Plumbing

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    (Note - I'll add to this post as new information is updated - latest post date is August 8th, 2013) I've been working on cloud projects of all types for over three years now. Along the way, I've learned some basic patterns that make for a successful...
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    Videos and Training on Windows Azure IaaS from TechEd New Orleans

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    I’m catching up on a bunch of features, functions, updates and more learning from the TechEd Event in New Orleans recently. In fact, videos, Windows Azure documentation, and of course blogs are the new way to keep up – books are just too slow...
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    You probably have enough

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    This a decidedly non-technical post, and even a little preachy. I post it here because you, the technical professional, are the perfect audience for it. I have enough stuff. I never think so, of course, but I do. I don’t consider myself rich...
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    Help Me Help You Fix That

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    If you've been redirected here because you posted on a forum, or asked a question in an e-mail, the person wanted you to know how to get help quickly from a group of folks who are willing to do so - but whose time is valuable. You need to put a little...
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    Cloud Computing Architecture Patterns: Don’t Focus on the Client

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    Normally I try to put topics in the positive in other words "Do this" not "Don't do that". Sometimes its clearer to focus on what *not* to do. Popular development processes often start with screen mockups, or user input descriptions. In a scale-out pattern...
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    Where are the Windows Azure customer case studies – and why aren’t there more?

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    “Case Studies” are a great tool when you’re evaluating a platform. Having evidence that other companies have deployed Windows Azure, in addition to how they did it, is a good way to plan your own deployments or even just evaluate whether...
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    The “Consumerization” of IT and the Dark Side of the Cloud

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    Cloud computing is actually being largely driven by the “Consumerization of IT”. That phrase, as grammatically incorrect as it is, represents a fundamental change to the way businesses think about technology, and subsequently how the IT team...
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    Creating a Windows Azure Virtual Machine - the RIGHT Way

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    Windows Azure has added Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), the ability to deploy, run and manage Virtual Machines, to its growing list of services . You can create Virtual Machines from a gallery, upload them from images you create locally on Hyper-V...
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    But what can I *do* with Windows Azure? Create (Free) Websites and Applications

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    f you want to know more about Windows Azure, how it works, the components, or more about the entire platform, I’ve written about that here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2012/06/13/windows-azure-write-run-or-use-software.aspx But…...
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    But what can I *do* with Windows Azure? Backups

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    If you want to know more about Windows Azure, how it works, the components, or more about the entire platform, I’ve written about that here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2012/06/13/windows-azure-write-run-or-use-software.aspx But…...
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