This Space Is Closed — at least for now

(updated 14 October 2010 to include a pointer to my new SQL Server-related blog) Today I received the unhappy news that my current position at Microsoft has been eliminated, effective this Friday.  This was not entirely unexpected, but I find that the anticipation of a sad day does precious little to ease its arrival.  …

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New Career Campaign From Microsoft Learning

UPDATED 27 October 2009 with the correct expiration date for the E-Learning Collections discount (thanks, Lain!). Whether you are currently unemployed, looking for a promotion, or trying to become indispensible in your existing role, Microsoft has launched a new Career Campaign to provide learning paths and guidance to help you get trained for some of…

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The Pond’s Laws Home Page

This page will serve as a compendium of Pond’s Laws posts.  The individual posts which promulgate the laws may be found as follows: Pond’s First through Tenth LawsPond’s Eleventh LawPond’s Twelfth LawPond’s Thirteenth Law Pond’s Laws of System Design (or, How To Be A Competent Professional In An Irrational World) 1. This list is perpetually…

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Pond’s Laws Home Page Now Live

Thanks to yet another kick-in-the-pants from Jimmy May (did he play soccer as a youth?) the Pond’s Laws Home Page is now live.  Jimmy wanted to find all of Pond’s Laws in one place, and now he (and you) can. There’s also a link to the new page in the A Bit More From Me…

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Pond’s Twelfth Law: In Your Pursuit of Five Nines, Don’t Practice in Front of the CIO

After a long hiatus, Pond’s Laws of System Design (or, How to Be a Competent Professional in an Irrational World) returns.  Thanks to Jimmy May for a kick-in-the-pants on this topic several months ago; I hope he’ll understand why I just had to wait until right now to publish this post (the clue lies in…

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One Giant Leap for an Aspiring Geek: Congratulations, Jimmy May!

Forty years ago this past Monday, I sat in rapt yet bleary-eyed amazement as a flickering black-and-white picture showed me that people could do anything if they aspire to a shared dream and set their minds to working together to achieve it.  As an eight-year-old NASA fanboy, I took for granted that this remarkable effort…

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It’s Milestone Season!

June is definitely milestone season in this neck of the woods. Not only is today the third anniversary of my start with the ITOE Technology Architects group (the artists formerly known as the SQL CoE), but this past Sunday marked my tenth(!) anniversary as a full-time employee at Microsoft.  Throw in the end of school…

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Thank You, Chris and Jorge: Follow-Up to Chris Shaw’s SQL Quiz 4

Last week I was tagged by Jorge Segarra (a/k/a @SQLChicken) in a meme started by Chris Shaw, who asked a great question about leaders in one’s career.  In reflecting on my response, it occurred to me that there was only one of the people I listed who it was possible for me to be in…

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Chris Shaw’s SQL Quiz 4

UPDATED 25 April 2009 to fix the link to Jimmy’s blog As a consequence of my recent ascension to Twitterato-hood (follow me @sqltwit), I’ve made several new SQL friends over the last couple of weeks.  One of those is Jorge Segarra (a/k/a @SQLChicken in the Twitterverse), a SQL DBA and Systems administrator with University Community…

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What I Know Now: Ward’s Epistle to the N00bs

And I remember what she said to me How she swore that it never would end I remember how she held me, oh so tight Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then Bob Seger, Against the Wind All you need is love Love is all you need John Lennon and Paul McCartney,…

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