Time-zone change less of an issue with SQL Server 2008

Today the clocks went forward in most parts of Australia. And in the UK, clocks went back. I spoke to my grandmother in the UK last night – my grandfather turned 83, but he wasn’t well enough to speak. And I imagine that in both locations, the fact that there was either an hour that … Continue reading Time-zone change less of an issue with SQL Server 2008

SyncLINQ

Paul Stovell is just too smart. About six weeks ago I heard a presentation of his at the Adelaide .Net User Group, and he mentioned that SyncLINQ was coming. A couple of weeks ago he sent me a movie that he’d put together, saying “Don’t blog about this yet, but…” Since then I’ve told a … Continue reading SyncLINQ

A tribute

It seems my hero may not last the day. Martyn Graham Farley, my grandfather. When I was a child, I thought he knew everything. As I grew up and realised that nobody knows everything, there was a part of me that considered that if anyone came close, it would be Grandpa. When I was a … Continue reading A tribute

The best way to pass a Microsoft certification exam

For a limited time only, Microsoft are giving you the chance to have a second shot at any IT professional, developer or Microsoft Dynamics exam. Brilliant! The way this works (and the way I encourage all my students to do this) is that if you register for this offer and then take an exam, you … Continue reading The best way to pass a Microsoft certification exam

SQL Down Under talks, and England wins

This weekend is getting better and better. With England winning in both the football and the rugby, my mood is pretty good anyway – despite having to give the first presentation of Sunday morning at the SQL Down Under Code Camp. The local TV channel sent cameras just after I finished, so I think I … Continue reading SQL Down Under talks, and England wins

SQL Code Camp concludes, plus poor Catherine Eibner

The SQL Down Under Code Camp finished this afternoon after a successful couple of days, but was marred by the news that Catherine Eibner, whose company sponsored the Influencers Party at TechEd AU this year, had shattered her wrist and was in hospital having surgery. Catherine is becoming a big supporter of the SQL Server … Continue reading SQL Code Camp concludes, plus poor Catherine Eibner

SQL Down Under Code Camp begins

Two days of intensive SQL Server training, thanks to experts from around Australia and Kevin Kline from the US. All the Australian SQL Server MVPs are coming (five here so far, two more coming soon). The coffee is great (thanks Peter), the company is great, and there are so many more people here (than last … Continue reading SQL Down Under Code Camp begins

User Group meeting with Christine Bishop

Yesterday we had Christine Bishop come to Adelaide. She’s the Product Marketing Manager for SQL Server and BI for Microsoft Australia. That makes her handy to know if you’re in the SQL space, and we had a nice crowd come along to the user group to meet her. One thing that made this meeting different … Continue reading User Group meeting with Christine Bishop

Free SQL training at events in the UK and Australia

…and I’m not even referring to the User Groups which run regularly. The ones I’m referring to are SQLBits and the SQL Down Under Code Camp. SQLBits was in the UK last weekend, and was a massive success. I would’ve loved to have been able to attend, but it’s a bit far to travel (I … Continue reading Free SQL training at events in the UK and Australia

MVP award renewed

I got a nice email this morning, telling me that my MVP status has been renewed for another year. Just went through the whole NDA process again, so that I can continue to be listed at https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/rob, and continue to use the MVP logo. I don’t know who is in the list of new MVPs … Continue reading MVP award renewed