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Thomas LaRock
Works at SolarWinds
Attended Washington State University
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Candied #bacon truffle for #Easter dessert.
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Dessert at the @SaltySow in Austin was Bananas Foster beignets. With #bacon. Because reasons.
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Over the years I have come across various acts of bullying online. This picture says it all: if you see something, say something. By staying silent you are allowing the bullying to get stronger over time. 

I also find it amusing that when you bring up the topic of bullying that the same folks who exhibit bullying behavior the most will come out of the woodwork to criticize you for mentioning the topic. 

http://thisisindexed.com/2016/01/passivity-aggression/ 
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This is the only situation where "see something say something" doesn't make me feel like a walking security camera.
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I promised my kids that Santa would take them for a ride in his sleigh. #Xmas #jeep 
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Chicken and waffles at the Hash House a Go Go in Orlando. Yes, that's bacon inside the waffles. 
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Honestly even the idea of this combo made me a bit queasy...
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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I'm celebrating with some coffee and doughnut holes fried in duck fat and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar from @duckfatofficial #canada 
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It's March! That means the taco of the month at Torchy's in Austin is the Roscoe: Chicken and waffle with bacon and egg in a flour tortilla. I've put a mix of Diablo sauce and maple syrup on top. 
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I would love to try this.
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Parallel processing explained. 
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I promised my kids that Santa would take them for a ride in his sleigh. #Xmas #jeep 
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Pork belly starter at the Rooster Co., Newington CT
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That looks delicious
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My latest article over at Network Computing went live today. 
Hands-on experience will help you learn an IT skill, but adapting that concept to other platforms or subject areas deepens knowledge even further.
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Introduction
Some suggested circles you can put me in:
  • Database professionals.
  • Technology enthusiasts.
  • SQL Server.
  • Microsoft.
  • Technical evangelists.
  • Bacon lovers.
  • Geeks.
  • Social media.
  • Bloggers (especially geeky or tech).
  • Connectors.
  • iPhone enthusiasts.
  • Weird dudes.
Currently I am a Head Geek for SolarWinds, makers of the Database Performance Analyzer database monitoring tool for SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, and DB2. This role allows for me to work with a variety of customers to help solve questions regarding database performance tuning and virtualization.

I am also a Microsoft Certified Master, a SQL Server MVP, a VMWare vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. I have over 15 years experience in the IT industry in various roles such as programmer, developer, analyst, and database administration.

I am the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA. The book is designed to give a junior to mid-level DBA a better understanding of what skills are needed in order to survive (and thrive) in their career. Additionally, I have participated in the technical review of several other books.

I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server, an independent, not-for-profit association, dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community member.

You can find my blog at http://thomaslarock.com
Education
  • Washington State University
    MS, Mathematics
  • Merrimack College
    BA, Mathematics
Work
Occupation
Head Geek, Technical Evangelist, Senior Database Administrator, DBA, Marketing, Writing
Employment
  • SolarWinds
    Head Geek, 2013 - present
  • Confio Software
    Technical Evangelist, 2010 - 2013
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Gender
Male
Other names
SQLRockstar