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Accessibility in your PowerPoint slide deck

This post is part of the series I kicked off here. You can read my post about captions here. Let’s talk about slides! Many of us are familiar with producing slide decks for talks and conference sessions using PowerPoint (or Keynote or whatever the Google one is called this week), but just how much thought
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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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PASS Summit 2020 pre-con time

In 2018, I entered Speaker Idol at the PASS Summit, and because I forgot to start my timer I was disqualified for running over the five-minute limit (say “five-minute limit” fast ten times in a row). I also took part in promotion for a book my friend Melody spearheaded, where all proceeds went to charity.
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Join me (virtually) in Adelaide!

I will be presenting a session to the Adelaide SQL Server User Group on April 15th, 2020, and if you’re awake at that time (it’ll be 9pm on April 14th for me), you’re welcome to join in. You can register on EventBrite using the link https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/adelaide-data-analytics-user-group-with-randolph-west-tickets-101490246058. The topic is a “virtualized” variation of the session
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SQL Server Management Studio v17.0

Version numbers are confusing. SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), the client user interface by which most DBAs access SQL Server, was decoupled from the server product for SQL Server 2016. For the last 18 months or so, we have been receiving semi-regular updates to SSMS (which we can download from Microsoft, for free), which is
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How I prepared for my first ever SQLSaturday session

I presented for fifty minutes on 27 June 2015, for my first ever SQLSaturday talk. The amount of time I put into that presentation is easily 200 hours, not counting my experience as a college lecturer and high school teacher. Firstly, I had to write the software I presented on. Even until yesterday, three days
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