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  • Help Me Help You Fix That

    If you've been redirected here because you posted on a forum, or asked a question in an e-mail, the person wanted you to know how to get help quickly from a group of folks who are willing to do so - but whose time is valuable. You need to put a little effort into the question first to get others to assist. This is how to do that. It will only take ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on June 10, 2013
  • Conducting Effective Web Meetings

    There are several forms of corporate communication. From immediate, rich communications like phones and IM messaging to historical transactions like e-mail, there are a lot of ways to get information to one or more people. From time to time, it's even useful to have a meeting. (This is where a witty picture of a guy sleeping in a meeting goes. I ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 18, 2012
  • Session Evaluations

    I do a lot of public speaking. I write, teach, present and communicate at many levels. I love to do those things. And I love to get better at them. And one of the ways you get better at something is to get feedback on how you did. That being said, I have to confess that I really despise the “evaluations” I get at most venues. From ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on June 15, 2011
  • Computer books are dead. Well, some of them, anyway.

    I read a lot. I mean a LOT. It seems that computer professionals have much in common with medical professionals – we have to read in order to stay on top of our game. For me, this used to mean web sites, magazines, and other print medium, and of course lots of books. I’ve even written several computer books myself and had them published. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 10, 2011
  • iPad Update and Answering Ray Ozzie

    This is an odd post – I’ll say that from the outset. It really combines two topics, and both have to do with the cloud, at least a little.   Some time ago I posted that I bought an iPad to demonstrate a cloud application. True, anything that runs a web browser is “cloud-ready” – Azure is a platform, and any web ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on October 26, 2010
  • Who out there writes perfect code?

    Recently I've been working with a lot of code, TSQL, .NET, report design, etc. that has just made me scratch my head and say to myself ''what were you thinking''. Well, after reviewing my own work in the last five years, I feel like a schmuck. The farther back I go through the thing I've done, the more I think ''who wrote this mess'' - with at ...
    Posted to James Luetkehoelter (Weblog) by James Luetkehoelter on June 21, 2010
  • It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice

    I’ve been a little “preachy” lately, telling you that you should let people finish their sentences, and always check a problem out before you tell a user that their issue is “impossible”. Well, I’ll round that out with one more tip today. Keep in mind that all of these things are actions I’ve been guilty of, hopefully in the past. I’m kind of a ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on June 16, 2010
  • I think I’ve finally made it in life. I have a Bobblehead.

    I have no idea why the Marketing group at Microsoft made me into a Bobblehead. Other than this is awesome! I think I’ll call him “Lil Buck”.    
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 27, 2010
  • What 5 things should SQL Server get rid of?

    I’ve been “tagged” by my friend Paul Randal. It’s a high-tech way of making someone else do what you want, but since it’s Paul, well, I guess I’m OK with that. He’s asked in his recent blog entry “What five things would you get rid of in SQL Server if you were in charge?” This is, of course, a delicate issue. After all, I work at Microsoft, so ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 12, 2010
  • Agile isn’t always Agile

    I want to make a disclaimer before I dive into this topic – At Microsoft we use all kinds of development methodologies, and I’ve worked in lots of other shops using lots of methodologies. This is one of those “religious” topics like which programming language or database is best, and is bound to generate some heat. But this isn’t pointed towards ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 12, 2010
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