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    Challenge for the day: Learn One New Visualization

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    I’ve gotten hooked on TED-talks. I don’t know if you’ve ever  seen these, but the basic idea is that really smart (and sometimes famous) people have less than 20 minutes to pitch a concept to other really smart people. One of the TED-talks I just...
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    Quote of the day: On Confidence

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    Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.  Vince Lombardi
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    SQL Server Grows Up

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    I spoke at the SQL Saturday event in Olympia, Washington, and I noticed that the questions I got were different than those I used to get for SQL Server. In my former life I managed not only SQL Server but other platforms as well. When I would speak to...
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    The “More Excellent Way” Experiment

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    Yesterday I challenged you to ask the question “What is the more excellent way?” at three decision points. I mentioned that I would take the challenge as well, and report back here on the results. I actually asked myself the question more than three times...
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    Quote of the Day: The First Step To Learning

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    To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. - Benjamin Disraeli
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    Quote of the Day: On Elucidating Your Concepts

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    “Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.” - Niels Bohr
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    Quote of the Day: On Finding It Out

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    Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "Certainly I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it. Theodore Roosevelt
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    Spreading the Security Wealth

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    When I first started at Microsoft, I worked a couple of projects with the SQL Server Security team - and I really enjoyed that group. They are a very smart, fun group of folks to hang around with. Plus, they are really good at math! Anyway, they wrote...
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    Do you need all that data?

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    I read an amazing post over on ars technica (link: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/03/the-software-brains-behind-the-particle-colliders.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss ) abvout the LHC, or as they are also known, the...
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    TechEd 2008 - Brazil

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    Well, after an extremely long flight (24 hours total) I have arrived at TechEd Brazil. What an enthusiastic group of professionals! Yesterday I attended a meeting with the Brazil "MVP"s, or Most Valuable Professionals - and although I don't speak Portugese...
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    SQL Server 2008 RC0 is Available!

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    If you're an MSDN member, you can download the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2008 - this is a feature-complete release. Learn more and download it at: http://blogs.technet.com/dataplatforminsider/archive/2008/06/07/sql-server-2008-rc0-now-available...
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    Quote of the Day: Substitutions

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    “Ours is the age of substitutes: Instead of language we have jargon , instead of principles, slogans , and instead of genuine ideas, bright suggestions .”  Eric Bently
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    Quote of the Day - What is important?

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    "It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important." - Arthur Conan Doyle
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    Quote of the Day: On taking on something new

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    Sometimes the task is huge. There’s a risk of failure; you might not make it. Should you try anyway? “To undertake is to achieve.” - Emily Dickinson
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    TechEd 2008 - Brazil (Day Two)

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    I started the day bright and early, meeting with several folks that are interested in growing the DBA role in companies here in Brazil. In all of my interactions with the technical professionals here I hear the same things - that we need to communicate...
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    With Choice Comes Complexity

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    "Complex" may be defined as "Having many steps, details or parts." Many of Microsoft's products, including SQL Server, can be complex. I'm stating what most data professionals already know - there's usually multiple ways to do things in SQL Server. For...
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    Geek it Up

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    I’ve run into a couple of kinds of folks in IT. Some really like technology a lot – a whole lot –and others treat it more as a job. For those of you in the second camp, you can go back to your drab, meaningless jobs – this post is for the first group...
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    Free User Group Support

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    As you know, I'm a big proponent of User Groups. I've been in charge of many, and I still present at them and attend my local PASS chapter. I just found a fantastic free resource for user groups - free content, advice, and even money!  Check it out...
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    Quote of the Day: On Good Questions

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    "The only interesting answers are the ones that destroy the questions." - Susan Sontag
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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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    What is the more excellent way?

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    I’m going to issue you a technical and professional challenge this morning. Yesterday I heard a great sermon based on a simple question: “What is the more excellent way?” The challenge I’ll issue to you (and to myself) is to pick three decision points...
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    Quote of the Day: Always use Diplomacy

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    Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick. - Teddy Roosevelt
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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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    Quote of the Day: On Where to Make Your Decisions

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    A page of history is worth a volume of logic. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
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