How I Work – Using OneNote For My Daily Task List

It's not overstating things to say that I use Microsoft OneNote in every part of my life. I use it to create and track projects at work; categorize, list and annotate the technologies I work with; share information with my family (from groceries to the punch-down list my wife uses when she flips houses, to … Continue reading How I Work – Using OneNote For My Daily Task List

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A Speaker’s Workshop in 35 Minutes

Well, not the *whole* workshop. That's a full-day long, with individualized attention and exercises. I condensed that into 35 minutes - and decided to make it free to everyone. If you check my LinkedIn profile, you'll see my "Job Title" section below my name reads "Smarter People are Better People". If you know more about, … Continue reading A Speaker’s Workshop in 35 Minutes

Buck Woody is Returning to SQL Server

I started at Microsoft in 2006 - in the SQL Server team. I've been a DBA/Developer/BI dev since 1981, on systems from mainframes to HP VAX Clusters, Solaris systems, and more. I worked as a Program Manager (someone who owns a feature within a product at MSFT) for the management tools - SQL Server Management … Continue reading Buck Woody is Returning to SQL Server

Syllabuck: Ignite 2018 Conference

(A "Syllabuck" is like a Syllabus, but more like that second definition, and certainly more random) I recently attended, presented, worked and did interviews at the Microsoft Ignite 2018 Conference in Orlando. If you have never been, you should go sometime. 30,000 people, 2.1 million square feet of space, and ten+ miles of walking per … Continue reading Syllabuck: Ignite 2018 Conference

Simplifying (?) Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is a vastly complicated topic. It's not just that it has a lot of components (because it does) it's because it isn't really a single topic. It's a surprisingly old field of study that has morphed and changed over the years. I worked with "AI Systems" in the 1970's - and even then … Continue reading Simplifying (?) Artificial Intelligence

The “Field Notebook” for Data Science

(Complete Table of Contents here: http://aka.ms/backyarddatascience) I mentioned in my previous post that I'm learning to work as an "Amateur Data Scientist", and I'm sharing my learning here on this site. I'm formatting my entries as a series of Field Notes, in the (more or less) formal sense. I'm taking the information I have found … Continue reading The “Field Notebook” for Data Science

I am Data Science, and you can too! (or, Buck is Back)

(Complete Table of Contents here: http://aka.ms/backyarddatascience) My Progression and My Passion I’ve been working in Information Technology for about 30 years. I started here at Microsoft a few years ago working on SQL Server in the Product Team, then went into the field as a technical professional on SQL Server, and when Microsoft Azure - … Continue reading I am Data Science, and you can too! (or, Buck is Back)