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Black Friday Charity summary

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All through November this year, I have run a variation on Black Friday Sale, called Black Friday Charity. The idea was to take the discount I would have applied for Black Friday Sale, but instead of giving it as a discount, I would give it to charity. You can read all about it in this blog post. November is now over. That means that the Black Friday Charity period is over. Time to summarize the results. Total November sales When I started the Black Friday Charity drive, my hope was to raise at least a thousand dollars for the Leukemia…

When it rains, it pours

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) This is the seventh post in a series on my personal road from first signs of leukemia, through diagnosis and treatment, to, hopefully, full recovery. Click here to read all posts in this series. Second round of chemotherapy As I write this, I am back home. I was released from the hospital last week. At that time I was still recovering from the…

A long overdue update

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) This is the sixth post in a series on my personal road from first signs of leukemia, through diagnosis and treatment, to, hopefully, full recovery. Click here to read all posts in this series. My original plan to keep posting frequent updates has not worked out. It’s almost a month since the previous update. My plan for this post is to go through…

Black Friday Charity

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November last year, I ran a Black Friday Sale. As an experiment, not at all sure what to expect. I got to admit, I was pleasantly surprised and at that time I strongly considered making it a yearly tradition. But I changed my mind. I’ll still do something similar during November. It’ll be a kind of hybrid Black Friday Sale plus charity drive. I call it: “Black Friday Charity”. How will that work? For me as the seller, it’s the same as a normal Black Friday Sale: Any product that normally sells for a hundred bucks brings in only fifty…

The calm before the storm

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) This is the fifth post in a series on my personal road from first signs of leukemia, through diagnosis and treatment, to, hopefully, full recovery. Click here to read all posts in this series. I have fallen a bit behind with my writing. I started writing this on Monday, September 26th, and I hope to finish it on Tuesday, September 27th. But this…

First day in the hospital

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) This is the fourth post in a series on my personal road from first signs of leukemia, through diagnosis and treatment, to, hopefully, full recovery. Click here to read all posts in this series. I write this on Wednesday, September 21st. My third day as a hospitalized patient on chemotherapy. I was planning to write about the past three days but as I…

Last day at home

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) This is the third post in a series on my personal road from first signs of leukemia, through diagnosis and treatment, to, hopefully, full recovery. Click here to read all posts in this series. This post is about Sunday, September 18th. The day before my hospitalization, my last day at home in a long time. Just a typical last day before a prolonged…

A badly timed toothache

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) Earlier this week I shared with the community the sad news that I have been diagnosed with leukemia. This post is a follow-up on that one. First of all, thanks to all who responded to my blog and tweets about my health issue. I have received lots of responses: here, on twitter, by mail, and through several platforms. I cannot respond to all…

Involuntary break from speaking

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) I was recently forced to cancel two speaking engagements at the last minute – almost literally the last minute. I have also cancelled all upcoming conferences, and withdrawn submissions for events that had not finalized their session selection yet. And I will not submit to any events for the foreseeable future. This is not something I do lightly. I hate having to cancel…

T-SQL Tuesday #151 – Coding standards

Edition #151 of T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Mala Mahadevan (b|t), and her chosen topic is to write about coding standards. Or more specifically, T-SQL coding standards. Uhm … are you trying to tell me that there are other programming languages? 😉 The nice thing about standards … “The nice things about coding standards is that there are so many to choose from”. This quote, usually attributed to Andrew S. Tannenbaum, bears a lot of truth. There are indeed many standards. And the debates over which standard is better and which standard should be burned and buried can rage into…

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