Tuesday, February 17
Wil Wheaton’s Radio Free Burrito is back on the air, and it always gets me in a creative frame of mind. Thus, the (nearly) year long blog, where I will write
regularly whenever I remember to. I’ve set this to auto-publish on December 17, 2015.
Today’s project is a personal one, ish. I grabbed a script off of TechNet and modified it to pull the sizes of ALL files on my hard drive into SQL Server, where I can group by either extension or root path (e.g., C:\temp\) to see WHERE THE HELL ALL MY FREE SPACE HAS GONE. Seriously, 220GB all eaten up and I can’t find out where it’s gone. (Answer: Everywhere. But I did make some space by archiving off videos and pictures, and deleting duplicate files and old applications.)
Just past: SQL Saturday Austin and Albuquerque, and Allan Hirt in studio for DBAs@Midnight. Upcoming: SQLBits in London.
Friday, March 6
We’re at SQLBits in London. Our precon went well, or so we keep hearing. We have one regular session down, and two more to go. It’s been a wonderful time so far, and we’re really looking forward to speaking in Cardiff and Exeter user groups next week.
If you’re in London, required eating includes: fish and chips, beef and ale pie, mushy peas, and a good curry.
Wednesday, May 20
We’re in “finals week” for the Minion Backup release (technically, finals week is 2 weeks long). And I’m enjoying the guts out of this process, but we’re just so BUSY. I’m taking a break, in fact, from finishing what is surely going to be a 130 page product document, in order to write a blog post about this awesome feature I just documented.
In the last couple of months, we’ve released Minion Enterprise, started our new company MinionWare (our designer is working up a logo idea right now, and it’s fantastic!), been down to Houston for a UG meeting. Our boys have fallen in love with Doctor Who (the show, not the guy), and the daughter’s made honor roll. And, it’s apparently monsoon season here in Texas.
Now, back to it!
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Busy times. Minion Backup 1.0 is out on our new MinionWare website. One or both of us (sometimes with kids) have been to Baton Rouge user group, Oklahoma City user group, SQL Saturday New York, and SQL Saturday Houston. All good times. The daughter wants to take her driving test, and we’re just trying to find the time.
We’ve got a booth reserved at the PASS Summit, and just found out that we’re going to give our Enterprise Scripting precon at the Summit too! Verra verra cool.
And it’s monsoon season again. The cooler air is wonderful, though those with flooding issues might not appreciate it so much.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Man, I WISH it were monsoon season right now. We get a break on Thursday; it’ll be overcast and only 99F (37C)! This is quite a contrast to our lovely Seattle vacation earlier this month. I ran the #SQLLongRun route while I was there. Hilly, but lovely.
We released Minion Enterprise 2.1 last week. It’s got the AD expansion in, and the index research module, and so much more. And we really improved the testing process this time around. I kind of wish we had another release sometimes soon; I enjoyed updating the test harness that much.
Next up, SQL Saturday Baton Rouge (with precon), and eventually the start of DBAs@Midnight again.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Well. We’re back on the air with DBAs@Midnight (season 7, wow), and I’m in love with the new, sitcom-style intro. And unrelatedly, my old laptop died and I had to get a new one. Stop smirking…I liked my old laptop. This new yoga is okay, but it’s got graphics issues, and they TOOK AWAY THE FUNCTION KEYS off of the keyboard. Seriously, Lenovo, what is your problem?
And yesterday we took our youngest Junior MidnightDBA out to San Diego for our first SQL Saturday as a vendor. That was kind of fun! We talked to a lot of people, and gave away a Kindle Fire 6. Then we took the kid swimming and hanging out at Balboa park.
Next up is my half marathon, which is nearly overshadowed with how excited I am to start training for the Dallas marathon. And of course, preparing for PASS Summit in five weeks. Who, me? Busy?
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Gah…3 weeks till PASS….too much to do…gah…
On the plus side, our Halloween costumes are all sorted. The boys are being monsters from Doctor Who, and I’m River Song!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Well that month and a half went fast. We were sponsors and exhibitors and speakers at PASS Summit, and the precon went really well. We got home just in time for trick-or-treating. The airline lost one piece of luggage and then found it.
More recently, we saw The Martian (amazing), and we took a day to binge-watch the new Netflix series Jessica Jones (by Marvel); not family friendly, but simply dark and amazing. And, I watched the final movie of the Hunger Games series. They did pretty well, but the books will of course be my go-to for the story.
This week’s topic is PASS’s reminder of the anti-harassment policy. There has been much discussion and blogging.
The Dallas Marathon is 3 weeks away, and I’m so not ready for it. I had a muscle strain several weeks ago that messed up my training schedule. It’s okay, I’ll finish in about the same (or slightly less) time as last year – slow, but doable.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Sometime today I need to make a couple of pie crusts, and prepare the Parker House Rolls stuff.
Monday, December 14, 2015
I ran (well, ran/walked) the Dallas Marathon yesterday. It went pretty well, though even slower than last year. Next year I’ll try maybe not injuring myself, so that I can finish training. Yeah.
It’s been a busy year, by the look of this blog. We traveled a lot, and worked on Minion a lot, and ate pretty well. (Thanksgiving was absolutely the bomb.) Sean and I both had exercise related injuries – he was on crutches for part of the Summit – but everybody managed to stay out of the hospital, so there’s a win.
Next year is shaping up to look a good deal like 2015: lots of travel, lots of Minion work, lots of good food. Busy times. Maybe we’ll lay off a little bit for a couple of weeks over the holidays…you know, as a rest.