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QuickHitter 04 : SQLCat.com whitepapers all in one place

Who knows how long the resource will be out there, but sure makes it easy to go find a whitepaper on a topic when they are all in one place.

Hit up the consolidated index of whitepapers for more info.

It was one of the only places I could find a working link to one of the whitepapers.

Comments { 0 } Posted on October 16, 2013 in SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication

Watch that live webcast alone

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So Awkward…

Sometimes I like to plan things out with lots of detail but more often than not I bounce around somewhere between “forgoing good for perfect” and finding a place to lose my latest to-do list. On this occasion I decided that I would invite a few colleagues to a live webcast from what I considered to be good source. I scrambled to invite a group and reserve a room so I thought things were looking good where around 10 people showed up. That was around 50% of the folks I had invited so considering that I gave them less than 2 hours notice I considered the exercise better than a failure and nowhere to go but up.

Well, it turns out that the webcast didn’t fully deliver in my opinion and from the feelings I got from my colleagues I hope I didn’t ding the little “street cred” that I may or may not have. I try to push knowledge and learning onto others, and sometimes I may not always connect the person with the right learning tool but that’s something I am trying to improve.

I think there are 3 key points I hope to keep in mind from this experience:

  1. Start small and invite a couple of people, or send the info out for them to watch it.
  2. Start planning and sending out invites well before the event as it will appear way more professional.
  3. Never let little bumps in the road slow you down and try to learn from even the mediocre attempts to help others learn.

 

Comments { 0 } Posted on July 4, 2012 in SQL, SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication

Microsoft releases Lync for iPhone

I’m a pretty big fan of OneNote, and although I have debated switching to EverNote I always come back to it. I’ve been using it on the iPhone with some success and now Microsoft has released Lync shortly after porting OneNote over to the iPad and add SkyDrive functionality (limited) to the iPhone. IMHO, this opens the floodgates on what a business can do with iPhones and iPads as laptop replacements. I’m currently working on getting an iPad to use in this format so hopefully I can have plenty of test cases to write about. Maybe they will port Management Studio over so that we can use it as well. That’s going on the wish list.

I’m still waiting to get an iDevice on the domain to test with, but if you happen to try Lync on an apple device let me know how it is working out for you as I will hopefully be doing the same thing pretty soon.

Comments { 0 } Posted on December 20, 2011 in Education, GTD, iPhone, Productivity, SSMS, Tech

Don’t sit up straight at your desk

Going in a slightly different direction than a previous post on “The downside to being in IT”, I saw a post by Michael Hyatt (Blog|Twitter) recently that had an infographic about why sitting down so much is killing  us. The biggest part about the graph for me was sitting at a reclined angle was actually less strain on  your back than sitting upright.  I guess you could argue that sitting that far back is going to put more strain on your eyes, neck, and other important body parts so maybe it’s a wash. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do to help your body handle all this “desk stress” that we put on it in the office.

image courtesy of visual.ly

Comments { 1 } Posted on December 8, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Productivity, Tech

The downside to being in IT

slouching

Can't be good on the back

How many times have you found yourself slouching or basically stuck to your office chair. If you are anything like me, you spend an average of 10-12 hours a day in a desk chair while in front of a computer. I was amazed when I first saw this planning worksheet that would help you determine the proper position for your desk, monitors, keyboard and even chair. The first time I measured I was so far off that I figured there was no wonder my back was hurting. You can go to the Ergotron website and fill out the form to print a copy or you could just print some blank ones out to hang up on the corkboard at your office. I hung up one copy last week, and someone made copies and pinned them beside  it. Hope this helps you not feel so sore from sitting in a chair all day, and maybe it’ll convince you to get up out of your chair more.

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 22, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Tech