March 2009 - Posts


I would like to thank everyone that turned up on Saturday to make SQLBits IV the biggest SQLBits so far. We (the oganisers) have all been amazed by the turn out. We will be soon planning the next one and so if you attended we would appreciate it greatly if you will complete the feedback we will send out in the next few days. With it we can make the next one even better.

We are sorry for those wanting to watch online, due to a network problem beyond our control we coudn't stream most of the day. We did however record all the sessions and these will be available in about 5 weeks (mid May).

If you didn't attend then you might like to look at some of the pictures Brad has put on his blog 

 http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/aloha_dba/archive/2009/03/29/sqlbits-a-smashing-success.aspx

Once again thanks for attending and we look forward to seeing you at the next one.



On of the companies exhibiting at SQLBits is Mcgraw Hill .

They are offering 40% off books bought on the day.

So make sure you bring a big bag, with this off, the stuff we are giving you and all the prizes on offer you could have a lot to take home.



The schedule builder is now on the SQLBits site. http://www.sqlbits.com/schedulebuilder/

If you want to plan your day then this is for you.

Whilst you can print in Firefox we have an issue with printing in IE. One option is to do a screen grab using OneNote.



If you want to have internet access when attending SQLBits then you have to let us know by Wednesday morning. These have to be setup by the university in advance. There will be a £1 charge for this which you can pay when you turn up.

Following on from the mad Tweeting at the MVP summit i've (@simon_sabin) got a bit hooked on Twitter and it would be good to get people tweeting whilst at #SQLBits. If you are going to #SQLBits and you tweet, then post a comment or tweet me



I've just updated the details for the parking at SQLBits (http://www.sqlbits.com/information/Travel-Manchester.aspx). It will be first come first served. I've been told that if people park sensibly we will get 220 cars in the car park. So everyone should fit in. If you look at the location on live maps it looks like the car park is a building. I can assure you the building is no longer there which can be seen with the birdseye view (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=sxbgcmgtd27d&style=b&lvl=1&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=42616211&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1&cid=23F84F550F04B3D1!195)

I've also updated the SQLBits collection on live maps with walking routes and the location of the car park.

http://maps.live.com/?v=2&encType=1&cid=23F84F550F04B3D1!195

I've also added the route to the hotel car park. DO NOT try to go down Travis Street from London Road you need to come in from Fairfield street.