Home for a week before heading to Orlando and SQL Live. This is my third event in five weeks, and it will be four events in seven weeks once I get to AWS re:Invent. That's a bit more travel than usual, but being at events is the best way to communicate with customers. I love talking data and collecting feedback. Discussing common issues and ways to solve them are some of my favorite things. Yeah, I'm weird.


As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


Microsoft says 40 percent of all VMs in Azure now are running Linux

Want to keep away the database administrators that should never be touching your servers? Run Linux. Without a GUI, they stay away. Problem solved.


Millions of Professional Drivers Will Be Replaced by Self-Driving Vehicles

An interesting factor that will help drive the development of autonomous vehicles. Often times we hear about robots taking our jobs, but in this case, robots are going to take the jobs we don’t want anyway.


As Amazon’s Alexa Turns Three, It’s Evolving Faster Than Ever

I broke down and purchased an Echo Dot, after having used one while on vacation recently. Ask Alexa to “open a box of cats." You’re welcome.


Three years in a row – Microsoft is a leader in the ODBMS Magic Quadrant

Just in case you didn’t know who made the best data platform on the planet.


Microsoft presenter downloads Chrome after Edge fails

Don’t judge. We've all been there.


There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence

A bit long, but well worth the time. As I was reading this I was thinking about the fire alarm for those of us discussing things like autonomous databases and the future of systems and database administration.


Security and privacy, startups, and the Internet of Things: some thoughts

Also a bit long, but worth the time. Some interesting insights into the why and how we might have gotten ourselves into the data security and privacy mess we are in today. SPOILER ALERT: It’s money.


One good thing about visiting Seattle is that I get to stop by the grave of Microsoft Bob: