It’s been a while since I did one of these, and I’m going to kind of cheat. These aren’t my bookmarks for the week – they’re actually short things I’ve been meaning to blog about, but haven’t had the time. Might as well lob them out now or forever hold my peace. My excuse for not writing more often is that I went on a cruise last week with Mom and had a great time.
PASS Summit Evaluations Out – the speaker feedback results are in, and I got #8 in the top 10 sessions overall! Yay, me! My session on social networking with Jason Massie got 5th overall in the Professional Development track too. Allen Kinsel blogged about the data, and you can read the results here. Big congratulations to all of the presenters who scored on these reports, and for those of you who didn’t, you’re still winners in my book. It takes huge guts to stand up on stage and deliver your presentations. Keep in mind that your fellow database professionals are paying to hear you speak – that’s the ultimate evaluation.
Denis Gobo interviewed me about the book – and about the authoring process in general. Read the interview at his blog.
EWeek published an article of mine – about how to develop a good database backup and recovery strategy.
StackOverflow is building an API – if you want to interact with StackOverflow, ServerFault, and SuperUser via programming APIs, now’s your chance to get your voice heard.
Lots of Azure buzz – Azure goes commercially live next month, and there’s a lot of good articles and videos coming out. OakLeaf Systems does a fantastic job of recapping the most recent activity, as evidenced by their most recent cloud recap. If you like that kind of info, I highly recommend their blog. They did a great analysis on the Azure SLA/NDA problem.
Windows Azure lessons learned at Quest – we’re building an on-demand version of our apps hosted in the cloud. Quest cloud guru Dmitry Sotnikov did an interview with Channel9 about the lessons we’ve learned.
I upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.9 – and yes, you care, because one of the features in 2.9 is the ability to embed videos easier, and the videos even show up in RSS feeds. Brace yourself – I have big, big plans for this, and no, they don’t all involve videos of Vince Offer and Ken Block.
There’s a plague of plagiarism going around – somebody else is ripping off my material along with other prominent bloggers’ stuff. Todd McDermid talked about the incident, Denny Cherry responded to Todd, and Jorge Segarra used my words to illustrate the point. After reading Todd’s article, I’m rethinking my reaction, and I’m trying to relate it to real-world examples of tangible thefts.
In my travels, I visit a few museums, and they all have different policies on taking pictures. Sometimes you’re not allowed to use tripods, but you can use a point & shoot camera. Sometimes you can use any camera or tripod, but you have to pay a fee. Sometimes it’s a free-for-all. I try to ask the museum when I enter, but people don’t always understand the question, especially in foreign countries where the only words I can speak involve beer or bathrooms.
I’ve learned over time that whenever I try to take a picture in a museum, I should go nice and slow, making it clear that the nearest guard sees what I’m about to do long before I set up the shot. I can see how the guard is going to react, and then I know for sure whether or not it’s okay. That informal interaction tells me what’s okay – and what’s not okay.
It’s hard to do that in blogs. I think there’s people out there who think they’re not doing any harm by taking a picture of my work and hosting it elsewhere. I talked about why it’s wrong in my post More Thoughts on Blog Plagiarism, but copy/pasters don’t read my archives. It really pains me to do this, but what I’m going to do is add a footer in my RSS feed saying something like this:
“Before you copy my work, please read this article. Readers – if you’re reading this anywhere other than BrentOzar.com, email me at BrentO@BrentOzar.com. If your tip results in me finding an unauthorized copy of my work, I’ll give you a $20 Amazon gift card.”
I really, really hate doing that, but people keep right on plagiarizing my work. If anybody else has better ideas, I’d love to hear ‘em.
Update 1/15 – David Stein wrote a funny post about the plagiarism.