Goals 2012

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Published on: February 8, 2012

As I have wanted to do each year, here is my goals post for 2012.  Last year I set out to do this very same thing but was very unsuccessful at completing the post.  Here is all I had written:


  • Family
  • Blogging
  • Build out my Virtual Environment


  • SSIS
  • SSRS
  • SSAS
  • Blogging
  • Writing (articles)
  • Community
  • Presentations


  • Certification
  • Books


  • Running
  • Exercise

This year, I will do much better.  As proof of that goal, this post will get published – one way or another.  Despite not having published an actual list of goals, I think I did fairly well with this list.  I wrote a few articles.  I was able to maintain a steady pace with my blog.  I completed my MCITP for both Admin and Dev tracks in 2008.  I became very familiar with SSRS and learned a substantial amount with SSIS.

So, as I set out to establish my goals, I decided to keep the list very short.

Professional Development

I will finish the MCITP for the BI track in 2008.  I plan to have this done by March 2012.

I will study for and take the MCM written and Lab exams for SQL 2008.  I will take more time to achieve this goal but will have it done by year end.

Continue writing.  I will continue to contribute articles for publication as well as write on my blog.  I hope to also do some writing professionally.


I have several rooms in the basement to finish.  I plan on finishing the family room and my office.


I will continue to volunteer at the UG level as well as at the PASS level.  I like volunteering with PASS and helping to achieve the greatness that is PASS Summit.

Despite some setbacks already, I will push forward and get a SQLSaturday event to happen in Las Vegas.

There you have it.  Nothing too elaborate.  I’m trying to keep the goals short and simple without overly complicated detail.  I think this year will be a successful year as well.

S3OLV – Get your Merge On

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Published on: February 7, 2012

We are rapidly closing in on the February meeting for S3OLV.  You might remember reading about the upcoming meeting here.

We are looking to have an excellent meeting this month.  We have had a good run on superb presentations, and Troy aims to keep us going in the right direction.

Troy will be teaching us how to use the Merge statement.  He will help us to learn how this statement can help improve our queries.

We will also continue our ugly code segment.  Bring your ugly code.  Send your ugly code to admin at s3olv dot com.  We are doing this segment in an effort to have the group help each other and learn from each other.  Honestly, it is also an effort to help drive up group interaction.

Here is the information for the meeting.

Date: February 9, 2012

Time: 6:30 PM Pacific

Virtual Meeting Info

Attendee URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/UserGroups/join?id=H3ZGRQ&role=attend

Meeting ID:  H3ZGRQ

Physical Meeting Info

M Staff Solutions & Training / 2620 Regatta Drive Suite 102 Las Vegas, NV 89128


Categories: Book Reviews, News, SSC
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Published on: February 7, 2012

Not too long ago, I blogged about a Book called Daemon.  Freedom is the sequel to Daemon.

I enjoyed reading this book.  The story continues from Daemon, but in a largely different direction.  I like the direction the book took, for the most part.  I was hoping that there would be more tech talk and not so much of the sci-fi tek.  I liked the sci-fi tek, I just thought it would have been more down to earth to keep it closer to reality.

Daemon was scarily real.  The exploits were real, the danger seemed real.  In Freedom, I felt it made a big reach.  When looking at both books together though, it seems like a natural progression.

I like the plot.  The story culminates with a confrontation at a compound in Texas.  I really thought that the confrontation was a huge let-down.  I really expected more conflict at that point.  Everything was mounting to that, but the ultimate goal was to demonstrate that the group of people from the darknet still could think for themselves.

In the end, it was a good story.  I would like to have some of the technology.  I must also admit that Freedom was harder to put down than Daemon for me.  I found myself rooting in favor of the Daemon.  I started rooting for the Daemon at the end of the first book.

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