Should Speakers Pay?

Steph Locke was invited to a conference as a speaker...and asked to pay full price.  My experience with speaking is in the worlds of SQL Server, .NET, and security.  I've only been a speaker at free conferences, but I've talked to enough speakers at mid-level and major conferences to get a pretty solid idea here, and the answer…

Checking SSRS Report Usage

At work, I recently was asked whether some reports were still in use. These are SQL Server Reporting Services reports, so fortunately there's an easy way to find that out. Go to the SQL Server instance hosting Reporting Services and go to the ReportingServices database. Then, the following query will get reports run over the…

Oh, Clippy

The idea behind Clippy sounded awesome. Almost as awesome as the outcome was terrible. Unfortunately, it sounds like disk space was the big killer for Office Assistant, and because of Clippy's supreme failure, it might be years before we get a functional Bayesean inference model in a mainline piece of software. Bonus points for the…

Migrating A Virtual Machine To Azure

My Demo Machine I have a reasonably powerful laptop that I use for demos.  I also use VMware Player because it's free, because I have experience with VMware, and because I want virtual machines for demos.  That way, I can keep my demonstration environment fairly well controlled.  I don't upgrade my demo machines that often, and when I…

Presentation Year In Review

This year was my breakout year for presenting.  Here's a quick look by the numbers. User Group Meetings I presented at the following user group meetings this year: TriNUG Data SIG, January 21st. TriPASS, March 17th. Lynchburg SQL Server User Group, March 26th. TriNUG Data SIG, April 22nd. F#/Analytics SIG, July 28th. TriNUG lightning talk, December…

My desert island games

As you might expect, I had a difficult time with Kevin's thought experiment. Limiting myself to only 10 games means I have to pick a decent variety of games, with an emphasis on replayability. XCOM (+ all DLC). This is my choice for tactical RPG. In a year or two, I might replace this with XCOM…

OneNote search problems and how to fix them

With Kevin posting about video games, I figured I would post about computers, in a hilarious role reversal that may last as long as one post. As many of you may know, I am working on my dissertation. I use Microsoft OneNote to organize my digital notes for a few reasons. First, it saves everything…

Upcoming Talks

I've got a few talks coming up over the next couple of weeks. First, I'm going to give a lightning talk at the Triangle Area .NET User Group's December meeting on Wednesday, December 9th.  The topic is making music with SQL Server and Powershell.  Because this is a lightning talk, there will be no slides available. Then,…

Desert Island Games

I recently got into a discussion regarding video games. Suppose you're on a desert island. You don't have to worry about food, shelter, electricity, or anything, but you will be all alone. What ten video games will you bring with you? Here's my list: Shining Force 2.  The best tactical RPG ever, and a game…