Rogues Gallery

Carl Franklin was busy at TechEd. There’s a scary looking bunch of us in his rogues gallery.

Airline Baggage Handling

Once again, I’m sitting in Brisbane and my luggage is *somewhere*. After spending the last day trying to deal with the airline baggage folk, I’m struck by the unrealistic world in which they seem to live. I was on an Alaska flight from Seattle to LAX on Wednesday night, then connecting with a Qantas flight to Brisbane. Previously when I’ve had a bag missing, they already know it’s missing by the time you land and I’ve been handed a note that asks me to see the baggage services folk. This time, the Qantas people didn’t think my bag was missing … Continue reading Airline Baggage Handling

RD Program at TechEd

I can’t describe how much of an honour it has been this year to have joined the MSDN Regional Director program. This has really been brought home to me at TechEd where so many of the RDs are present. Getting to spend time with “older hands” in the RD program like Kim Tripp, Stephen Forte, Juval Lowy, Carl Franklin, Richard Campbell, Jackie Goldstein, John Alexander, Ken Spencer,  Barry Gervin, Scott Hanselman, Tim Huckaby, Dongbum Lee, Joe Homnick, Rocky Lhotka, Richard Hundhausen, Scott Golightly, Fernando Guerrero, Adam Cogan, Michele Leroux Bustamante (and many many more of the people I admire in the industry that … Continue reading RD Program at TechEd

Webcast from TechEd

I’ve had a few people asking about the session I did at TechEd in Boston earlier today. It is now available as an on-demand webcast at:


I will be delivering seminars on Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 in Melbourne (30 Jun), Brisbane (7 Jul), Sydney (14 Jul) and Canberra (21 Jul).  This is part of ReadiFridays. At our web site, we describe ReadiFridays as “a series of free half day events, that connect SME and Enterprise decision makers and managers with experts, resources and information that can help them stay competitive and maximize their technology.”  Go to to find out more and register.

Good luck Rocky & Joseph

It’s public news today that two of my colleagues are moving on. Rocky Heckman was an MVP in the developer security area and has drunk the Koolaide. He’s joining Microsoft in the next few weeks. Joseph Cooney is also moving on shortly. Both these guys are outstanding and talented individuals and have been great to work with. I hope their new endeavours work out well for them.

TechEd Boston – Speaker Training

I had the pleasure of spending an hour today with Richard Klees. Richard is the speaker trainer provided by Microsoft here at TechEd in Boston. All speakers had an option to sign up for a 1 on 1 session with Richard or for a group session. What amazes me is the number of speakers that don’t take advantage of the offer. Spending an hour with him 1 on 1 was pretty intense but I have no doubt he helps produce a much higher quality outcome for the event. Thanks Richard!

The Short Straw

A number of sessions at TechEd Boston have to draw the short straw. I got one of them 🙂 I’ll be presenting my “A SQL Server DBA’s Guide To CLR Integration” as DAT329 at 8:00AM Thursday June 15th. Yes, that’s 8AM in the morning. It’ll be good to see how many die-hard attendees there are. For locals, if you haven’t seen that session, it is one of the sessions selected for simulcast. So, if you tune in via the TechEd site, you’ll be able to see the session live at: 1:00AM June 16th (Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne time). So, the locals will need … Continue reading The Short Straw