As I mentioned, some things are happening. They include:


SQL SERVER CERTIFICATION LIVE MEETING TOMORROW

Despite my best efforts to cancel this for a third time, we're on. Registration information here: http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/archive/2007/12/30/sql-certification-live-meeting-february-6.aspx

We will talk about the info we have on SQL 2008 cert (what's coming for the MCTS, ideas about exam coverage, and a few little bits about MCITP--but not much) AND we have Vicki from the Architect program to present a few slides on MCA: Database (you might know it as Ranger?} 

 

SKIING

I am planning to go up to the hill after the live meeting tomorrow night to make a run with some Microsoft Learning people and MCTs in town. But there has been such crazy snow here it seems like it could be a) unpleasant and b) impossible. So I might not.

 

MCT SUMMIT TOMORROW

Hopefully I'll see you at lunch tomorrow, on Wednesday, if you're at the MCT summit in Redmond. I am going to stop by to check out whatever it is you're learning over there.

 

EXAM ITEM REVIEWS

I just met Will, Richard <I'm an ass!>, and Martijn <corrected spelling for second time,that is so sad>, all of whom are in town doing work as subject matter experts (SMEs) on some Windows Server 2008 exam item reviews. 

[Sidebar: It was nice to meet you guys.]

I'm going to stop by at 9 AM tomorrow, Wednesday, to listen in on what happens in an item review, as I've never been before. If I learn anything I will report back. 

 

WINNING OF TRACK JACKETS THAT SAY MICROSOFT LEARNING

Today I won a black track jacket that says 'Microsoft Learning' at a team birthday party (oh, don't mind me, winning things at my party). As far as I can tell, it can not be used as a vase, which I find disappointing.

 

TECHREADY 6 (FOR MICROSOFT EMPLOYEES)

Our big Microsoft employee technical field event is next week in Seattle. I am going to be at the study hall (second floor of conference center) on Tuesday from 10 until 2:30, or so, and then again on Wednesday night from 6-9 or so. If you are there, and you happen to have read this, will you please come say hello? I have brown hair, and will likely be wearing a Microsoft Learning track jacket. Things happening at TR6 include:

- This year a handful of MCTs will be available for 1:1 coaching/help at the cert study hall. This is rad--you'd be paying a lot to get this kind of help. You should take advantage of it. 

- Lutz, our General Manager, is going to join an MCT session to present on Monday night at 6:30 PM in room 221. He's a good speaker and great chance to talk to him about the training and cert products and what's working/not working for your customers. Nancy Beals will be there, too. She's funny, you should meet her.

- Ask the Experts on Wednesday night. I think Rob Linsky (who knows the things about the things) and lots of other really good people will be at the Microsoft Learning table, so make sure and stop by. 

- As we've done before, we have 10 or 20 Microsoft Press titles to choose from if you use one of our e-learning courses to prep for your exams. What is new this year is that you'll have access to the full e-learning catalog instead of just a few titles, which is cool. Remember you can always use e-learning, as an employee. Get it from //infoweb/learning.

 

PICKING UP OF SINKS AND SUPER TUESDAY

Tonight I am driving to a friend's house to pick up an immense, orange, cast-iron 1970s sink that they are throwing out, then going out for dinner, and watching the Super Tuesday results. I might have a beer.