Seventeen years ago today, I was fortunate enough to survive the worst terrorist attack in US History, when terrorists hijacked commercial airlines and turned them into weapons. The world has never been the same. In case you did not already now, I had a very close call that fateful Tuesday morning in New York.

Though the world has arguably gotten worse in this regard (acts of terrorism are commonplace now in Europe), my life has steadily improved. Each year the anniversary gets easier and more difficult.

Over the years, I’ve had people tell me that “it was just one day” and “I should get over it.” I have exorcised many of these people from my life. Additionally, I would like to point out, while the actual day of September 11, 2001 was horrific, the year following it was far worse.

In any case, given the recent drama over a certain sneaker ad, I encourage you to think about your life and your purpose on larger, more meaningful terms.



Gaurav Malhotra joins Scott Hanselman to discuss the Azure Data Factory visual tools, which enable you to iteratively create, configure, test, deploy, and monitor data integration pipelines. We took into account your feedback to enable functional, performance, and security improvements to the visual tools.

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In this episode, Frank and Andy chat with Stu Ainsworth about service reliability in a chaotic world. Press the play button below to listen here or visit the show page at


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Notable Quotes

Postmortem: VSTS 4 September 2018 (02:00)
Stuart Ainsworth on Twitter: @CodeGumbo (05:30)
Reliability: Expectations vs. Solutions (06:00)
“Canada is another country.” (11:00)
Serendipitous” (11:55)
TV references: MacGyver and The A-Team (13:40)
Chaos Monkey (00:00)
Brent‘s book review of Database Reliability Engineering (15:00)
Andy cannot count 9’s… (19:15)
The shifting node for “big data.” (23:30)
Service Level Objective (25:00)
The Black Swan (Audible) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) (28:00)
Frank’s 9/11 Experience (30:00)
Culture is prime. (35:00)
The hard part is figuring out, “What is the problem we’re trying to solve?” (35:45)
DTU (36:50)
Things are changing. Some folks are threatened (40:30)
Stu works for Jack Henry. (41:40)
Risk cannot be removed by technology. (43:30)
“… it’s kinda like an old girlfriend…” – Stuart Ainsworth (44:30)
Road trips! (47:30)
“We are living in interesting times.” (49:00)
Hoschton, Georgia (50:25)
Stu likes the book Accelerate (52:40)
Find out more about Stu at! (53:45)
Learn more about Azure DataFest by following @AzureDataFest on Twitter! (54:00)

On Friday, the first ever Azure AI Fest was held in Reston, VA.  Data Driven streamed the keynote presentation live and was a sponsor.

So, enjoy the audio of the keynote address by Ashish Jaiman, a former colleague and manager, who now works in the Democracy and Cybersecurity team at Microsoft.
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If you prefer to watch the event, including some of our special effects laden pre-roll, then click on the play icon below. Jump to the ten minute mark to see the event.


Corey Sanders, Corporate VP – Microsoft Azure Compute team sat down with Dan Rosanova, Principal PM responsible for Azure messaging services. Dan shares some new functionality around Event Hubs with Kafka compatibility.

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If you’ve not heard the news, the first ever Azure AI Fest is happening in Reston this Friday and we are super excited to announce that Data Driven will be the official media sponsor. As such, we’ll be live streaming the keynote on our Facebook page.

Yesterday, I recorded a data point at the Frank’s World Monument in Germantown, MD. (It’s not actually called that, but I can dream.)

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The vent is real. The sign is not. ;)


Microsoft and Apple- both these tech giants brought computers to the fingertips of people all around the world. Both got their start around the same time and both became iconic worldwide brands in a short period of time. Both diversified in different directions yet still competed fiercely for market share.

Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft. So, while I do have a personal opinion, I thought this was an interesting fresh look at the age old question: Mac or PC. 🙂