PlugBug

The New MacBook’s USB-C Port

Brent

The new Apple MacBook has only one port: a single USB-C port. That’s an idiotically minimalist design, but that’s another discussion. Two things you need to buy: The PlugBug, $35 – this pops onto your power adapter and gives you a separate USB power plug good for simultaneously charging your…

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Steve Stedman

Interview with Steve Stedman about the Database Corruption Challenge

Brent

I’ve been watching Steve Stedman’s Database Corruption Challenge with glee. Steve (@SQLEMT) is running one of the toughest kinds of blog posts you can do: an ongoing series that involves a lot of prep, urgent timings, and dealing with plenty of contributions/questions/answers from a lively audience. That is seriously hard work. So…

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About Me, circa now

Changing My About-Me Slide

Brent

From about 2012 to 2014, this was my about-me slide at the start of a presentation: I’d show that and say, “I’m Brent Ozar, a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP. That just means I’ve made a lot of expensive mistakes, and now I try to help other people avoid those mistakes. I…

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Having a champagne moment

Five Things I Learned from Five Years of Blitzing

Brent

Five years ago this week, while presenting a session at the 24 Hours of PASS, I introduced the world to an easier way to check the health of their SQL Servers. I had no idea if anybody else would like it or find it useful. As I write this, I’m sipping…

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Where's Waldo?

The #MSIgnite 2015 Speaking Experience

Brent

Last week, I spoke at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago: I had an awesome time, and evidently the attendees did too – as I write this, I’m in the top 10 of 1000+ sessions overall. Microsoft does a couple of things different than other conferences I’ve attended, and if you go in knowing…

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Safe for work, for values of work

Dear Women in Technology, Here’s How to Be Inspired

Brent

Disclaimer: I’m a guy. Set that aside for a minute. Step 1: Decide to be mentally close to inspiring people. The people physically close to you aren’t necessarily your best inspiration, and you can’t always control them. Often, they’re asshats. The people mentally close to you, however, are totally up to…

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The company logo evolved to something we could actually trademark

How the Company-Startup Thing Worked Out For Me, Year 3

Brent

It’s time for my annual update on the wild ride. A brief recap of what’s happened so far: April 2011 – started the company. April 2012 – year one finished, but I didn’t blog about it right away. I wanted to get it into the rear view mirror for perspective before…

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Annotated

My Standing Desk: NextDesk Terra Pro Review

Brent

I work from home as a database consultant. For years, I’ve had two desks in my office – a normal sitting desk, and a standing desk over in the corner. Every now and then, when I was feeling ambitious, I’d disconnect my laptop, shuffle over to the standing desk, and…

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GoPro Hero4 as a web camera - same room, same lighting

How to Use a GoPro as a Web Camera in Skype

Brent

Even in 2015, $100 webcams still have pretty crappy video quality. They have tiny sensors that don’t pull in enough light. Here’s the output from a popular Logitech webcam: Ugh. Faded, bad colors. Instead, check out how a GoPro Hero4 looks as a webcam: Awww, yeah – what a difference….

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My blog is more like Little Goat's private dining room.

Is Your Blog Cheers or McDonald’s?

Brent

When you’re writing a blog post, stop for a moment to ask: Why is someone reading this blog post? Are they a regular reader who devours all of your posts, in order, and knows you and your style well? Are they walking into Cheers? Or are they hurriedly searching Google…

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