Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Good Riddance 2013 – Love, Health & Happiness for 2014!

    I actually had to look up “Riddance” for this one. good riddance phrase of riddance said to express relief at being free of a troublesome or unwanted person or thing. Sure, I’ve used the term before, but I wasn’t too sure how to spell it correctly.  Seeing it in correctly spelt, it all made sense to […]

  • Rebuilding my machine with Windows 8.1

    Start Time: 8:25 PM Pacific Time  (remember I am stopping to two finger type this blog 🙂 Downloaded Windows 8.1 Downloaded and Installed “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” from CodePlex Created Windows 8.1 x64 Bootable USB on 8GB OCZ Rally2 Slide Samsung Pro 512GB SSD into my Lenovo x230T (replacing my Samsung Pro 256GB SSD) Booted to USB […]

  • Constantly Paving New Roads

    Heraclitus of Ephesus, is the Greek philosopher know for the quote “Nothing endures but change,”   I bought my Lenovo Thinkpad fully aware of Heraclitus’ lesson.  I looked at “required” features,  “nice to have” features as came to a solution that I believed would meet my short and likely medium term needs.  I suspect it […]

  • DevTeach Vancouver’s “Call for Speakers” deadline is fast approaching!

    Why not submit to present at DevTeach Vancouver 2013? With less than 7 days to go, You’d best set some time aside for developing some presentation abstracts and a speaker bio.  Yes, the “Call for Speaker” went out over almost a month ago, and you have procrastinated long enough!  Take some time, brainstorm some topics, […]

  • Hekaton is Microsoft’s In-Memory OLTP solution coming to SQL Server 2014

    With all of the announcements as of late in Microsoft’s Data Platform space, it can be challenging to keep up with the barrage of new information coming down the pike.  It seems thought In-Memory OLTP has piqued the interest of many data professionals.  With recent announcements regarding SQL14 at TechEd North America, the deluge begins. […]

  • PASS keeps things fresh with BACon: It ain’t yer grand-pappy’s PASS conference

    Times, they are a-changin’ We were warned of this back when SQL Server 7.0 launched.  We were told that the technology was so great that we wouldn’t need DBAs anymore; the database was self-tuning.  I know, we all chuckled at this and moved on, but not without at bit of damage control as we explained to […]

  • Microsoft Canada wants to hear from YOU!

    Download Trials / Learn / Provide Feedback We often work with Anthony, Pierre and Mitch, the evangelists from the IT Pro team at Microsoft Canada.  They asked us to share this important message with you. The team at Microsoft Canada is focused on ensuring that they help set you up for success by providing the […]

  • How do you measure the success of a SQLSaturday?

    I am a man of data.  I employ the scientific method.  I use metrics and build dashboards. I guess I could measure it by attendees, by the number of speakers who submitted.  Perhaps, I could measure the Social Media buzz or how well I managed my budget, or how many repeat attendees.  These all tell […]

  • The Speakers of #SQLSat198 – Take a bow!

  • Vancouver to host its 3rd SQLSaturday!

    On February 16th, Metro Vancouver will play host to its 3rd annual SQLSaturday.  This will be the 198th SQLSaturday held on the planet.  It will take place on the Burnaby Campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Sometimes, Timing is Everything This will be the second time that Metro Vancouver has the honors […]

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