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  • Writing and Delivering a Successful Full-Day Technology Seminar

    I was recently chatting with the current President of PASS, Thomas LaRock (Twitter | Blog), and Pieter Vanhove (Twitter | Blog), a prominent SQL Server consultant and expert in Belgium, about how I go about building and presenting a full-day technical seminar. In the SQL Server world, we tend to call these ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 6, 2014
  • What Does a Good Mentor Do for You?

    These would be good mentors - me plus Adam Machanic, and Klaus AschenbrennerNot long ago, John Sansom (Twitter | Blog) kicked off a SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by asking 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question:''If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 13, 2014
  • My Advice About Growing as an IT and Data Professional

    First off, I should apologize for not blogging in quite a while. I've been traveling extensively and, because traveling can be so exhausting, I usually have to queue up blog posts to hit while I'm traveling in order to remain active while on the road.  I didn't do that for these most recent trips.  And, as you can see, there's quite a ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 15, 2013
  • Demo Mastery for the Technology Evangelist

    In the same way that the finest presentations involve much more than the simple relaying of information, the finest software demos are much more than just presenting features.  REMEMBER: The goal of a demo is to INSPIRE the audience to use the software/technology, not to teach them every nuance of software/technology.I've ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 15, 2013
  • Innovation and Invention: Whose Method is Best?

    My Favorite Magazine There are a lot of reasons why I love The Economist magazine and pay over $100 per year for a subscription. First of all, it summarizes all of its news articles, big and small, in the first 4-5 pages of the magazine. Don't have time to read the entire issue? No problem, how does 20 minutes work for you? Second, it ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 22, 2011
  • Want Spy Novel Twists in a True IT Journalism Story? Read this...

    David Straithairn as the great Edward R. Murrow in the 2005 film ''Good Night and Good Luck''Journalists are important.  In my opinion, they're very important. The best journalists, like Old Testament prophets, speak truth to power and reveal the ugly dirt behind the pretty and public veneer of society.  Their very presence foils ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 23, 2010
  • What Three Events Brought You Here?

    Whiners and Whingers Get Wedgies Yes, I deserve a Wedgie There I was, just a couple weeks back, whining that I wasn't getting tagged by friends when a new meme comes out.  Sure enough, when my friend, Paul Randal (blog | twitter), starts a new meme with me as one of the first handful of people tagged, it's taken me a full ten days to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 27, 2010
  • [OT] When Does Media Content -Truly- Become Public Domain?

    I've always been intrigued by our process for allowing creative content, such as songs or movies, to become public domain. A common usage for public domain might be to create a short family video and, seeking a peppy and familiar piece of background music, you settle on ''The Entertainer'', by Scott Joplin. (If you've never heard of it, listen ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 20, 2010
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