So last night I thought I started off in the first session of 24 hours of PASS with Paul and Louis, and I had originally picked 5 sessions that I was going to attend and I originally planned to stick with that. However, Tom LaRock (twitter/blog) decided that he was going to do all 24 sessions and to prove it he, he stayed live on uStream where he invited you to interact with him. So I jumped on the session and then jumped onto uStream to see what Tom had going. At first it was a bit chaotic trying to be on uStream with Tom, and watch the sessions. It took a couple of sessions but by number 3 with Kevin Kline it was really working out pretty good. Since Tom was staying up, I decided to jump on board and do the same, though I would have to miss at least 2 hours of sessions during my morning and afternoon commute, but that should be about it.
Boy was I wrong about that. It turns out that Tom can yawn louder than a lion can roar, and since my office is adjacent to my sons room where he was asleep in his crib I somewhere in the middle of Brad McGehee’s session on SQLDiag, Tom let out a massive Zeus Yawn that woke my son up despite having the door closed to his room. Luckily he didn’t stir long and I got to continue with the session. However, at 2am it was time to feed him his midnight feeding so I took care of that since I was up, only instead of just being awake enough to eat, he really woke up somewhere around 2:30 and I got some great one on one time with my 3 month. He actually stayed bright eyed through Jacob Sebastian’s session on SET Based Queries, and Thomas Grohser’s session on Mirroring, but was fading again by Greg Low’s session on Spatial Data, so I moved out my office to the living room where the papasan swing is.
Once he was asleep I took the time to get ready for work which caused me to miss the last half of Greg’s session, and the first part of Gail Shaw’s session on Indexing. At this point I had to leave my house for the morning commute to the office and missed Simon Sabin’s Reporting Services session and the beginning of Grant Fritchey’s session on Query Performance tuning. I spent my day in the office with Live Meeting on one screen, a bunch of other work windows on the other, and listened/tweeted about each session as they occurred, ending half way into Kalen’s session on SIMPLE Recovery, at which time I had to leave my office to get my son from daycare and head to the house. My commute home was way better than on my way to the office and I made it home just as Kalen finished and Don Kiley began and was able to watch the remaining sessions.
So while I was up just at 40 hrs straight, I still didn’t quite get the 24 hours of PASS. Would I do it again, yes, but only if Tom or someone else is up Live as well. I don’t think I would have done it otherwise.
Was Tom’s live stream useful? I’d say yes, after the first session or two worked the kinks out. It actually accomplished what PASS was about, people helping people. Just like at Summit, there were side bars, conversations between sessions and the general passing of information about SQL Server between members of the community. Sure there were off topic comments about whether or not someone would cover a specific point, and funny faces when speakers made statements that sounded odd, but overall I think it was a useful tool. Perhaps PASS would consider having virtual round tables during the next 24 hours of pass with Live Feeds to draw the community together into groups. I think it definitely has potential and would be good for helping people extend their social and community networks.