Put a folding travel toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste in the outside pocket of your carryon. When the plane starts to descend, go into the bathroom and brush your teeth. You’ll feel much better instantly. Keep a couple of energy bars in the outside pockets too. Getting ready to pack an Eagle Creek compression bag While you’re in that outside packet, throw in a ziplock bag of FAA-approved-size mini-toiletries. Just leave one in every carryon and suitcase. Having it in the outside pocket means you can pull it out to get past checkpoint lanes fast without unpacking the whole suitcase. (Yes,…Read
Things are gonna go disastrously wrong. Sure, every presenter should bring their laptop, a wireless presenter remote, an array of video adapters, a stack of business cards, and so on. But that’s just assuming that things go right. Here’s what I carry to help reduce the carnage when things go awry: Slippery Elm throat coat lozenges. Speaking for an hour or more can burn your throat up, especially if you have to yell because the audio system isn’t working well. These things are like magic. I take one as a preventative measure when I start setting up my laptop, and I’ll…Read
Hmmm, who do I know in the old country? I’m going to SQLSaturday Israel on 3-4 April, 2016. If you’re organizing a European event and we can work it around those dates, I’d love to go to other events on the trip. I don’t charge appearance fees or anything like that, but I do need to teach a pre-con in order to offset my flight & hotel costs. If it makes your event registration process easier, I can run the registrations through our e-commerce platform, and just pay you your share as people register. If you have questions, email me at…Read
Dufl Bag Update 2020/07/24: Dufl declared bankruptcy and closed up shop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A little background about me first: I travel 1-2 times per month Most of my trips tend to be one week long (or longer) When I travel, I wear clothes I wouldn’t normally wear at home (like cashmere sweaters) A lot of the stuff I wear onsite should probably be dry cleaned I’m lazy Dufl sounded perfect for me. They ship you an empty suitcase, you fill it up with your business clothes, and send it back. Then, whenever you wanna go on a…Read
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: PlugBug The PlugBug, $35 – this pops onto your power adapter and gives you a separate USB power plug good for simultaneously charging your USB devices. It was designed for the larger MacBook power supplies, so it hangs off the edge of these smaller USB-C ones, but whatever. Still works great. USB to USB-C cable, $15 – lets you run or charge your MacBook off a USB battery charger, car charger, another laptop’s…Read
I’m heading out on a tour through Europe to speak at SQLRally Nordic and SQLBits London. Here’s what the schedule looks like: Weds, Feb 25 – fly out of Chicago to Frankfurt. Thurs – fly from Frankfort to Copenhagen. Fri-Sun – enjoy a weekend in Copenhagen and adjust to the jet lag. Mon – teach an all-day pre-conference class at SQLRally Nordic. Tues – teach a one-hour conference session. Weds AM – fly from Copenhagen to London, get to the conference hotel on the other side of town. Thursday – teach an all-day pre-conference class at SQLBits. Friday – teach a one-hour…Read
Clockwise from left, starting with the bag: What’s In My Laptop Bag Cote & Ciel Isar Rucksack – black melange, medium size for 13″ to 15″ laptops. It’s like a hobo bag for men – thin when you don’t need to carry much, but can balloon out to huge sizes to carry all kinds of stuff. Easily handles a couple of changes of clothes in addition to my laptop, iPad, and everything you see here. Review by Carryology. 40 Blinks Sleep Mask – the blue bra-looking thing is to be worn on your face during long flights. Yep, on your…Read
In the last year, I’ve bought and sold a handful of cameras. I keep trying to find exactly the right one for my needs, and I’m just not having much luck. Today, I’ll share my current moment of frustration. Sony DSC-HX200V: Built for Vacations Last year, I went on a couple of SQLCruises and I wanted a camera that was purpose-built for travelers. I looked for: Built-in GPS – to automatically tag my photo locations Really, really high-powered optical zoom (in this case, 30x) Bokeh mode to automatically defocus the background 1080p video recording Panorama shots to capture the amazing…Read
I love restaurant experiences – not just good food, but experiences – things we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. I’m fortunate enough to have two upcoming trips where I can share these experiences with others. Here’s a couple of trips coming up this fall that I’d love to share with you if you’re going to these conferences: Wylie Dufresne at Work SQLSaturday New York City August 4 – My second-favorite restaurant in the world is Wylie Dufresne’s WD-50. This Top Chef Masters contestant specializes in molecular gastronomy, the science of cooking food. No, not cooking – cooking as…Read
Every year, Microsoft invites thousands of IT professionals to its hometown turf, puts us up in nice hotels, and puts up with us, period. They conduct sessions led by Microsoft staff who let us in on upcoming stuff, and we complain about all the ways it won’t work. We throw things, we drink a lot, and somehow Microsoft grits its teeth and keeps bringing us back. Tim, Jeremiah, and Kendra at the MVP Summit Event at Safeco There’s really only four benefits to being an MVP: Free software A cool badge on your bio slide The MVP email distribution list…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.