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SQL Relay Notes and Queries

I wanted to something different for SQL Relay last week as this is a community driven event and I didn’t want to cover areas that the other experts on the Relay team would cover. This left some gaps and I have had several follow up questions via twitter and e-mail which I want to cover… Read more

SQL Relay

I am in the middle of SQL relay this week, but I just realised that you might like to have a copy of my Denali slide deck, which I have now posted to SkyDrive. You are welcome to have a look at it even if you couldn’t make one of the four venues I am… Read more

Do What You Love

“Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing.” -  Robert A. Heinlein, “To Sail Beyond The Sunset” I want to make two comments about that quote; firstly it pretty much sums up working at Microsoft, secondly that is on an e-mail signature of one… Read more


I reckon the IT Professionals working in education have some of the most demanding jobs in in the IT industry, they have to contend with all sorts of privacy and security problems, a multitude of software and with only one or two per school they need to be real Jacks (or Jills) of all trades. … Read more

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011

Like most IT professionals I usually avoid reading blogs with too much personal stuff in, so I try and avoid that in my own posts. But it is Christmas Eve so here’s your card ..     As this supposed to be a technical blog you might like to know that this is a tawny… Read more

Internet Safety for adults

I did an internet safety presentation to the association for retired police officers on Friday, and it still amazes me  how little my generation know about social media and the internet in general.  There are basically three camps when it comes to awareness of the dangers the internet poses to children..   and my mission… Read more

The (IT Professional) Apprentice

The old Catch 22 situation of not having experience nor having anyone who is wiling to provide that experience still exists today as it did when I stated work.  If I reverse that argument every company in the current economic climate could argue that there is no budget to train staff so we have to… Read more

Windows 7 the Presenter’s friend

I think it takes a lot of effort and courage to stand up in front of an audience  and give a presentation.  Adding a demo into this mix only makes this worse, and so the SQLBIts organisers setup a speaker training day at our offices yesterday ran by Guy Smith-Ferrier.  Part of this was getting… Read more

Sharepoint Saturday

User groups should be run and managed by Microsoft users, so I am really pleased to see SharePoint experts Tony Pounder, Brett Lonsdale and Mark Macrae , taking a lot of time and effort to run the first SharePoint Saturday in the UK. I have seen how successful SQLBIts has become and how it compliments… Read more

SQL Bits 7, York registration is now open

SQL Bits 7 – the wonders of SQL is now open for registration.  It’s in York University from 30th September to 2nd October. Why York? Because the organisers try and run some of these outside of the London area (so far Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff) so this time they are off to spread the SQL… Read more