Heading to Salt Lake City this week for the SWUG meeting on Thursday. If you are in the area I hope you have the chance to stop by and say hello. I'll be there to talk data and databases and hand out some goodies. I haven't been to Salt Lake City in a few years, and I'm looking forward to being there again even if there is a chance of snow in the forecast.

 

As always, here's a handful of links from the intertubz I thought you might find interesting. Enjoy!

 

Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove

As someone who loves data, I find this data project to be the best thing since Charles Nelson Minard. Head over to https://usafacts.org/ and get started on finding answers to questions you didn't know you wanted to ask.

 

The New York Times to Replace Data Centers with Google Cloud, AWS

Eventually, we will hit a point where *not* having your data hosted by a cloud provider will make headlines.

 

Do You Want to be Judged on Intentions or Results?

Short but thought-provoking post. I learned a long time ago that no one cares about effort, they only care about results. But I didn't stop think about how I want to be judged, or how I could control the conversation.

 

Cybersecurity Startup Exposed Hospital Network Data in Demos

Whoops. I'm starting to understand why they didn't earn that contract.

 

Microsoft is Bringing AI and More To SQL Server 2017

In case you missed it, last week Microsoft announced the new features coming in SQL Server 2017. It would appear that Microsoft sees the future of data computing to include features that go beyond just traditional storage.

 

Windows and Office align feature release schedules to benefit customers

In another announcement, Microsoft announced fewer updates to their products. But what they are really announcing is the transition from traditional client software to subscription-based software for their core products such as Office and Windows.

 

Uber tried to fool Apple and got caught

If you were looking for another reason to dislike how Uber operates as a company, this is the link for you.

 

Took the family for a drive to the Berkshires last Friday and realized that my debugging skills are needed everywhere I go:

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