Enriching Your Life

As I was looking to build career goals for the new year, I think mostly about technical topics. That makes sense, given my focus and job, but I ran across an interesting thread on Hacker News that asked about skills to work on in 2020, and not necessarily technical ones. I did find it interesting that one of the first comments was self improvement, and quite a few comments on cooking, both as a skill to learn and a way to safe money....

Daily Coping 26 May 2020

I’ve started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. Today’s tip is to share an inspiring quote with others to give them a boost. I love quotes. One of the things I’ve been doing across the last year is not to just wish someone a Happy Birthday online, but find a quote that I think...

Building Better Software for Everyone

When I first started to use the Internet, everything was text. We used Archie and Gopher, crawling through Usenet lists, with most everything in text format. When the WWW gained popularity with Netscape and visual browsing, this was just a new way of getting information for me. It made sense, and seemed easy. These days, using the WWW is something many of us do without a second thought, browsing on mobile devices as well as large...

A Byte of Redgate–Bonus Queso Recipe

As part of the Community Circle effort at Redgate, we’ve released a cookbook: A Byte of Redgate. You can read about the story in this blog, and it was a fun project. Andy Warren had the idea and I suggested it for us since Redgate has a baking club, a cake club, a cooking club, and probably more.  We even have a real cookbook author, Dave Rook. You can download the free book (pdf/epub), and it includes a guacamole recipe from me....

The Build Book of News

Every year Microsoft has held the Build conference for developers. I’ve been lucky enough to go a few times, and I was hoping to get the chance to attend again. With the pandemic, the entire event went virtual, and was held across 48 continuous hours. I was slightly disappointed as a few sessions I wanted to see were early in the morning or late at night, but I am sure most of these will be available on demand later, so I can watch...

Daily Coping 22 May 2020

I’ve started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. Today’s tip is to reflect on what makes you feel really valued and appreciated. That’s an interesting thought. This reminds me of the Five Love Languages that help us learn to get along with others. What ways do I feel...

Daily Coping 19 May 2020

I’ve started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. Today’s tip is take a positive action to help in your local community. This is an interesting one. What can you do in your community? You can help someone, or try to help a lot of people. It’s could be a lot of work, or a little...

The Challenge of Chat

I’ve followed 37 Signals (now Basecamp) and Jason Fried for years. I think they’ve built an amazing company and have a philosophy on business and life I admire. They’ve written books, and they blog often. Recently I saw a post on chat, which is something that I’ve struggled with at times. Even before this work-at-home-at-scale experiment we’re all living, the challenges of everyone reaching out have weighed on my...