The End Of Tanking?

2017-09-29 0 Comments

NBA Draft Lottery

As you may have heard, the NBA Board of Governors approved a revision to the Lottery Format for 2019. Many reports on this activity are proclaiming the incentive to "tank" has been eradicated and that the tanking problem has been solved. This couldn't be farther from the truth.


Azure Virtual Machines: Initial Thoughts

2017-09-18 0 Comments

Last week was a weird one for me. For the first time in more than 25 years, I found myself unemployed. I was anticipating using my newfound abundance of free time to learn as much as I could while I continued searching for my next employment opportunity. But my plans got scuttled: as a Floridian, I found myself coping with the aftermath of hurricane Irma. I was fortunate to have no damage to my home. There was plenty of cleanup to be done around the house, however (mostly downed tree limbs). I was one of the lucky few that had power at home. Many local friends were not so lucky. Some of them came over for a hot shower, the glory of air conditioning, and a sympathetic ear. Schools were closed for the week and my young son was home.


Dipping My Toes In The Azure Pool

2017-09-15 0 Comments

Dave Mason SQL Server Azure Blob Storage

I've known about SQL Server's ability to backup a database to Microsoft Azure Blob Storage for some time. But until recently, I'd never tried it. This seemed like one of the easier ways to start learning about Microsoft Azure, so I decided to give it a try.


Passing The Torch At The End Of The Road

2017-09-05 0 Comments

Dave Mason SQL Server Documentation

This is my final week of employment with my current employer. I've decided to leave and begin my search for other opportunities. Now, as in the past, my final two weeks have been hectic. Numerous people have wanted my time for knowledge sharing in the hopes of having a smooth hand off to whoever ends up filling my shoes. Although my decision to leave came abruptly, I've been ready for the hand off for a long time. Let me explain.