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Accessibility after the fact: closed captions for videos

My user group, the Calgary Data User Group, has been recording videos since April of this year, so at the time of this writing we have just two videos on our YouTube channel. As one of the Azure Data Tech Groups we have access to Microsoft Teams, and in there we can display live captions during
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Azure Data

On accessibility in our community

Today I want to write about the community that brought us all together. The community that got this very website on your radar. The community that got many of us spending lunch breaks, evenings and weekends learning about the Microsoft Data Platform at free local events. This community has had various organizations steering its direction
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Calgary Data User Group

Calgary Data User Group with Deborah Melkin and Andy Yun

Next week on Wednesday is the Calgary Data User Group’s second event for 2021, and the second event as a member of Microsoft’s new Azure Data Community. Since last year February we have been offering two sessions per event, with the opportunity for a lightning session (15 minutes) as well as the regular-length session (60
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Azure Data

What is a community advisory board anyway?

For those of us who have been involved in the Microsoft Data Platform community for a few years, the events of the last few months have been dramatic, culminating in the end of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), which closed down in January 2021. As I wrote previously, this left local user groups
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Azure Data

Welcome to the Azure Data Community, empowered by Microsoft

After the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) unceremoniously closed down in January this year and its video library & brand names were bought by Red Gate Software Ltd, it left the SQL Server Family (#SQLFamily) in a quandary. On the one hand, the big PASS Summit will be revived and all archive videos will be
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Professionalism in the age of COVID-19

Some years ago, I wrote about what it means to be “professional” (and that it doesn’t mean having to wear a suit and tie). Recently a conversation broke out on Twitter about what it means in the information security (InfoSec) field. The vast majority of InfoSec people in the conversation railed against the premise that
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T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #009: Beach Time

(If you’d like to read my other T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective posts, click here.) In August 2010, Jason Brimhall (blog | Twitter) invited us to discuss preparing for vacations: “Write about what you have done to be able to get a break from the job. Beach time is usually vacation time, but is really anything that
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It’s 2021, so why are you reading this?

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re straight, white, male, and English-speaking. There’s also a high likelihood that you live in the United States. The technology industry seems to be thick with this stereotype, but as I mentioned in a series of posts about gatekeeping, if we only listen to (or read) white
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