How to cancel a conference

A few years back I wrote a post titled "So you want to hold a Codecamp?". Looking back at the post, it's still a decent one with foundational steps on going about conducting a free one-day conference. However, that post painted the rosy side of the picture aka how to hold a conference. But what… Continue reading How to cancel a conference

On remote work and time zones

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a client on the opposite coast. However, this presented its own set of challenges, the primary one being dealing with time zones. So, I naturally learned to adjust my communication to factor in time zones since it would be embarrassing for me to schedule a 2pm call… Continue reading On remote work and time zones

My speaker feedback parsing system

I got some feedback from a couple of recent conference talks. Not all of it was positive or even useful but I like to get constructive feedback even if it is negative. https://twitter.com/_s_hari/status/1218702254724866048 But reading the responses to @laurieontech's tweet (the one I responded to above), I also realized that other speakers struggle with parsing… Continue reading My speaker feedback parsing system

What I learned from a troll

Last year when we hosted the Orlando edition of Global Azure Bootcamp, we also decided to try our luck with live streaming on Twitch. Unfortunately, the first (and only) interaction during that stream was a troll. https://twitter.com/_s_hari/status/1122147322404720640 The one thing I did well (at least I think I did well) was to be kind but… Continue reading What I learned from a troll

My CodePaLOUsa 2019 recap

I was selected to speak at CodePaLOUsa 2019 for 2 talks: A gentle intro to Cosmos DB for the ASP.NET/SQL Server developer SQL is not an excuse to avoid DevOps Since both of these talks were scheduled for Friday 23rd August, the final day of the conference and I was wrapping up a project, I… Continue reading My CodePaLOUsa 2019 recap

How I setup our user group Twitch streaming for under $200

When I was in Redmond (March 2019) for the Microsoft MVP Summit, I was invited to be on Jeff Fritz's Twitch Stream where we discussed online and offline communities. One of my major takeaways from that discussion was to not restrict our tech communities to in-person only. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va0HJzGftBk With that in mind, I decided to… Continue reading How I setup our user group Twitch streaming for under $200

Awarded Microsoft MVP Award in Azure for 2019-20

I got the confirmation this morning that I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award for 2019-20, my fourth. It's a honor and privilege to be re-awarded this prestigious honor. My area of focus is Microsoft Azure. Congrats to all the new and renewed MVPs. If you were not renewed or left for other reasons, my… Continue reading Awarded Microsoft MVP Award in Azure for 2019-20