AI-Powered Alt Text in PowerPoint

AI-Powered Alt Text in PowerPoint

I was working on a slide deck and did something I don't normally do - I added a photo. Usually the graphical content of my presentations involves diagrams or other vector art - I don't often have the need for actual photos. But this time I did, and I was really surprised to see that PowerPoint generated a text description of the photo and placed it in the alt text field. It also superimposed it on top of the image, which is how I discovered this was occurring to begin with. Well that's really neat. I don't know when this…
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Free Microsoft Icons for Blogging and Presentations

Free Microsoft Icons for Blogging and Presentations

When designing presentations or writing blog posts, I try to use good looking images whenever possible. When mentioning Microsoft technologies, quality copies of logos or icons are really nice to have, though not always easy to find. Image searches often provide results, but the legality of using images found via that method is questionable. Thankfully, Microsoft provides a collection of high quality images just for this purpose! Check out the Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon Set! This really is a great collection of symbols and icons, with many available in vector format as SVG. If you're not familiar…
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Presenting at SQL Saturday Portland Oregon!

I'm very proud to once again be speaking at SQL Saturday in Portland, Oregon, coming up on November 3! Portland is one of my favorite cities and has long been one of my favorite SQL Saturday events. It also a wonderful way to ease in to a great week at PASS Summit, and the start point of the SQLTrain, both of which I mentioned in my PASS Summit Tips! As always, Portland's organizers have a top-notch schedule lined up, with an awesome array of speakers. My presentation is entitled “Select Stars: A SQL DBA’s Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB”. I’ve been…
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Spice Up Your Linux Demos With PuTTY’s “Presenter Mode”

If you've done any amount of work in Linux from Windows, chances are pretty good you've used PuTTY at some point. PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator that supports a variety of protocols, including SSH. I've been using it since college and have always been very happy with it. It's free, it's tiny, and it just works. With the advent of SQL Server 2017 on Linux I find myself using it rather frequently once again, but this time around I'm not just using PuTTY for myself. Now I'm trying to take screenshots of it for slide decks, and…
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Presenting for PASS Security VC!

I'm very happy to be presenting for the PASS Security Virtual Chapter on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:00am Pacific! I'll be presenting my session entitled SQL Server Encryption Basics. This is an introductory-level session on the encryption capabilities of SQL Server, how they work, and when and where you may want or need to deploy them. High-profile attacks by hackers have made the news more and more the past few years, and your database is a prized target! Fortunately SQL Server offers many possible layers of protection, one of which is encryption. This session will cover SQL Server's encryption…
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