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  • My Dell Precision 5510 is getting old

    I have had a few issues over the years with my Dell Precision 5510 notebook ( I bought the device specifically to do demos which required a VMs without access to the internet.  The machine has 32 GB of RAM, a 2 TB Samsung 970 NVMe, Amazing touch-screen display.  I had an issue last year […]

  • Configuring my new Surface Book 2 – random topic #2 – Removing Apps with PowerShell

    I’ve been a consumer of great blog posts, and sometimes, it doesn’t make sense to re-create the wheel (or the blog post).  I have been a silent fan of How To Geek blogs for some time.  I don’t know the author(s).  I don’t know their story… I just like their posts.  So when I see […]

  • Configuring my new Surface Book 2 – random topic #1 – User Accounts

    The life of an independent consultant as it relates to technology configuration can be murky at times. In a large organization, it’s usually quite rigid,  IT provisions you a machine (that you may, or many not, have a choices in selecting), that they have configured, they’ve established policies and procedures that help guide you to […]

  • FREE Power BI Resources

    This is just an assortment of learning resources for Power BI and associated technologies that I have found helpful. Power BI Guided Learning from Microsoft’s Power BI team Will brings you a huge video series and they’ve dropped it in YouTube to increase the exposure. Get started at  Guy in a Cube Adam & […]

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  • Six things to consider for #SQLSaturdayVancouver

    Six things to consider for #SQLSaturdayVancouver Register for the All-day Friday Power BI Pre-con Discount Offer – Save 10% with discount code! (Saturday is Free, Friday is paid) Further Details Register (make sure you use discount code SQLSAT) – Buy the Lunch – Invest in the lunch to feed your body while […]

  • Master Your Data for Power BI – SQLSaturday Vancouver Pre-Con Session

    One of the local Sponsors to SQLSaturday #635 – Vancouver, BC is Excelguru. Ken, founder of Excelguru, will be delivering a “Pre-Conference” session on Power BI!  Here are some of the details, and a link to further details and a registration page. Friday, August 25, 2017 The sad reality is that not all data we […]

  • SQLSaturday #635 – Vancouver, BC coming August 26th

    This Summer, Vancouver data professionals welcome the 5th iteration of the global phenomenon that is SQLSaturday! Critical Facts   what?   SQLSaturday #635 – Vancouver 2017 where?  UBC Robson Square Downtown Campus – Vancouver, BC when?   Saturday, August 26th, 2017 (All day! – Schedule coming soon) who?    500 attendees (it’s our goal!) – professionals who […]

  • Autumn is here – Let’s Connect, Share & Learn

    There are a number of exceptional events taking place close to home (Vancouver, BC, Canada) over the next few weeks… here are just 5 Data-centric events to excite the senses! New Era of Data Warehouse Design – with ColumnStore technology  (Free event) Operationalize Power BI  (Free event) PASS Summit 2016  (discount code provided!) Columnstore & […]

  • SQL Server 2016 General Availability and Community Launch event in Vancouver

    Well, on June 1st, Microsoft delivered a new version of its “Enterprise Class” Database, SQL Server.  Why should you upgrade?  There are so many reasons that I can think of, but likely you’ll be interested because… SQL Server Developer’s Edition is now FREE! … so why not take it for a spin… Need resources to get […]