Author: Edwin M Sarmiento

The Practice of Navia Aut Caput

The first manned flight. The naming of Portland, Oregon. A foot ball game. All three have one thing in common: a coin toss – the practice of throwing a coin in the air to make a decision based on an outcome – either heads or tails. It’s interesting to see how this has become common practice in […]

PASS Summit and The Value Of Building A Community

Photo courtesy of Sheryl’s Boys I’m a community person. I’ve built my career around the value of communities. It all started when I was in high school and wanted to raise funds that will help the student community by improving our sports facility. We wanted to host a dance party within the school premises and […]

The Real Secret to Successfully Upgrade SQL Server Databases

Given Microsoft’s recent announcement of SQL Server 2017 general availability, you somehow get an idea of the frequency of releases for future SQL Server versions. This translates to more database upgrade and migration work that SQL Server DBAs have to do. However, keeping up with the latest and greatest version is not practical from a […]

That Intimidating Sound

Listen to the following audio clips and tell me the first thing that comes to mind (post it in the Comments section) Audio clip #1 (courtesy of Mike Koenig)   Audio clip #2   Audio clip #3 (courtesy of Mike Koenig)   Audio clip #4 (courtesy of Grant Evans)   There’s something about sounds that trigger emotions […]

The 7Ps of Success That No One Likes To Talk About

The day was about to end. My right leg was shaking as I wrapped up the training class that I was teaching. I was trying hard to avoid looking at my leg. I’ve been feeling the throbbing pain for the past three days and my leg has swollen to a point where I don’t even […]