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A patchwork of rambelings of a Database Administrator
Hack NEO was a two day event June 1st and 2nd as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The event consisted of two Data Challenges using open data. The two challenges were map the Summit County Metro Parks and a project working with Census data to aid with planning.
I was involved with the group that was working on modifying the Cuyahoga County Metro Pack GIS application. While other worked with the bits to get a version of the application running. A small team of us used the Quantum GIS (w) to map entry points for various trails and use areas in Summit County.
It was great to see the energy of everyone who was involved with the event.
At the Detroit SQL Saturday last week I was going to attempt something new. I had handed index cards and asked everyone to write an example of what they would like to see PowerShell do. Bellow is an example of one of the index cards that I had collected. The the idea was good in theory. However, I will be pulling it from my next presentation.
Last year was a year of transformation for me. I decided to get more involved and got hooked on the feeling. It started innocently enough, I volunteered to help with SQL Saturday in Columbus. It didn’t take much at all. I checked the checkbox when I registered that I wanted to be a volunteer. One thing lead to another until it was Saturday morning and I ended up helping at the registration desk for the event. It didn’t seem like a big step at the time. However, by the end of the year I would realize that change begins with these smallest steps.
I am a self described introvert. Anyone who knows me would use the word shy to describe me.
This leads me to my next small step of 2012. The Ohio North SQL Server User Group was planning to have a SQL Saturday in Cleveland. After my experience in Columbus, I knew I had to get more involved in helping with the event. So I volunteered and went to the planning meetings for the event. Also, there was a call for speakers for the event. Allen White (blog | @SQLRunr ) in the President of the Ohio North SQL User Group and anyone who has ever heard him speaks knows that he always says, “Each and every one of you have something that you can share…”. Based on this I decided to submit an abstract on Master Data. It was a topic of interest to me and I thought others would be interested in it also.
Even though I was not select to speak at the Cleveland SQL Saturday. The team asked if I would give my presentation at the user group meeting that month. Well the user group meeting approached and I had my slide deck ready to present. My heart was beating and my palms were sweaty. I can tell you now it does not matter if it is 20 or 40 people. For myself personally, the fear is the same. In the end, my slide deck was short and topic needed to be reworked. However, I survived and I learned from the experience.
Well the day came for the Cleveland SQL Saturday. Due to a small glitches of planning the facility I ended up playing Carlton the door man for a few hours. It didn’t matter I still had an amazing time. What made it amazing was that I was part of something that was helping others. Those I spoke to during the event was having fun and becoming revitalized by learning about SQL Server.
These small steps help me to also help and present at the Akron Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professional’s chapter meeting and SQL Saturdays in Pittsburgh and Washington DC. In addition, I will be sitting on the Board of Directors for the Akron Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
As I look to 2013 I look to get more involved to help others in the IT community. I am currently planning on either helping or presenting at 6 SQL Saturday in 2013. The Akron Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals are celebrating their 60th anniversary and will be helping to celebrate and grow the group. Finally, I will post more here. My goal will be to post one new post every other week.
Happy New Year from my family to yours.
It was a day of first on Saturday. It was the first time I presented at a SQL Saturday ( http://sqlsaturday.com/ ) and it was the first time the Pittsburgh User Group ( http://pitssug.sqlpass.org/Home.aspx ) organized a SQL Saturday ( http://sqlsaturday.com/171/eventhome.aspx ). It was an amazing event for their fist time and I took many notes for things that we need to do when the Ohio North User Group ( http://www.ohionorthsqlserverug.org/ ) does a SQL Saturday again.
This is a first for me and I am extremely excited. Back in August was the first time I ever gave a presentation to a group of my peers. It was a great learning experience. This month I will get a chance to do it a few more times.
We’re off to see the SAN Man, The Wonderful SAN Man of Storage
We hear he is the admin of admins, if ever an admin there was
If ever, oh ever a admin there was, The SAN Man of Storage is one because
Because, because, because because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does
We’re off to see the SAN Man. The Wonderful SAN Man of Storage
The following is a quick script I generated that allows me to do a simple health check of systems. The idea behind it was that I wanted a script that I could execute after patching systems to make sure that the systems where available and all services where running. After creating the script though I found it was a great way for me to do an early morning health check of systems. I do this by executing the script via a windows schedule task. The result of the script is them sent to me via email.