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Thoughts On Getting Promoted in Tech

Thoughts On Getting Promoted in Tech

I'm now at the point where I have over 15 years of full-time employment since I graduated college. Yikes! There are so many measures that can be used to judge the career growth I've had over that time, and I'm confident that by all of them, I am doing a pretty awesome job. But one piece of career growth that I've never gotten from any employer is a promotion. Allow me to define "promotion". In my mind, a promotion is where an employee earns a change in job title with commensurate increase in responsibility. I won't even say it has…
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How I Digitally Capture Videotapes

How I Digitally Capture Videotapes

For the past few years I have had an ongoing project to preserve all my family's old home movies. This has involved a deep dive into understanding videotapes, VCRs, and video capture technologies that I never thought I would do, but I feel it's necessary to get the highest quality copies of everything I can before these tapes and their contents degrade further. Every once in a while I get asked how I do this and what tools I use, and this time I decided I'm going to blog about it. So thank you, Kendal, for asking! What do you…
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Video and Questions from my EightKB session!

I was extremely fortunate to be able to present about data compression at the EightKB SQL Server internals conference last week. If you missed my talk in person, you can now view it, as well as the entire day, on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5BxRvY8sfQ&list=PLr9ab4Dj3Obtx-6v2Sxb-sExQJoEX1TJ2 I was able to answer many questions during the session, but there were a few still left after time ran out. I wanted to address them all, so here they are! With row compression, is the overhead in terms of latency noticeable? I'd argue it's not noticeable. Back when the feature was new in 2008 it was typically…
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What Is A SQL Server Big Data Cluster?

What Is A SQL Server Big Data Cluster?

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDCs) are a highly anticipated feature of SQL Server 2019, but what are they - and how can their capabilities best be leveraged? Let's dig a little deeper and find out. When SQL Server 2017 added support for Linux, the groundwork was laid for integrating SQL Server with Spark, HDFS, and other big data tools which are typically Linux-based. Big Data Clusters in SQL Server 2019 delivers on these integration possibilities and allows for both relational data and big data to be easily combined and analyzed. Big Data Clusters leverage enhancements to PolyBase in SQL…
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I’m a Microsoft Certified Trainer!

I’m a Microsoft Certified Trainer!

I'm very proud to announce that I am now a Microsoft Certified Trainer for 2020-2021! I have benefitted greatly from skilled trainers throughout my career, and am really excited to now be an official member of this group! I'm really looking forward to being a part of the MCT community, and have some big plans for the future now that I have earned this qualification. I would also like to thank John Deardurff for helping to guide me through the application process. What is an MCT? Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are both technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Requirements…
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