SQL Server with Mr. Denny


October 2, 2012  2:37 PM

The Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik needs to actually provide what they offer

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

So for the last couple of weeks Kris and I have had the pleasure of being in Croatia, first for a SQL Conference second to spend a few days on vacation for our 13th Wedding Anniversary.

The SQL conference in Zagreb was great, I don’t have a single complaint about the hotel, the conference, the organizers, etc.

What I’d like to bitch about today is the hotel which we were supposed to stay in for 4 nights in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  The hotel that we were at was the Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik which is right on the beach in Dubrovnik.  In case the link stops working, or is changed here’s what was listed on the website which I booked through.  The hotels actual website shows the exact same description, so I’ve only included a screenshot of one I used to book.

Now as I read this when I booked a room I could expect a room with a stunning vistas (which I assumed mearons a view) of the island of Lokrum and Old Town.  A quick look at Google Maps (below) tells me that for all 158 rooms to have this view, they all have to face the water.  You can easily enough see the hotel (the red mark on the right of the map) with the island to the south and the city to the west.  However when we were shown to our room it wasn’t on the south side of the building.  IT was instead on the north side of the building facing away from the island and old city.

So I did was everyone would do I asked for a room which I paid for and which faced the water (at this point I would have taken anything which pointed towards the water, read further down for a look at the “view” which we had).  The room which we had, which was the only room on our side of the building on our floor had instead of a large picture window and balcony had a window which was about 3 foot by 3 foot (about 1 meter by 1 meter).

Just by looking at the room it was clear that this room used to be a storage room.  Not exactly the 5 star hotel room which I had booked.  Sadly by the time we arrived at the hotel it was already about 10pm, so it was to late to do much about the problem.  We slept in a little the next day, and spent quite a while speaking with the hotel staff trying to get another room, any other room.  The only answer that we got was that they were totally full and that they didn’t have another room to move us to.

I eventually got totally pissed off and started looking for other hotel rooms in the city, thinking that if I booked another room and told them I was checking out early they might actually be willing to help me continue to pay them money.  Instead when I told them that we’d be checking out early and why, they still couldn’t do anything for us.  Apparently some rich jack ass showed up needing more rooms than he actually reserved so someone is his party got our room and we got screwed.

Now as you read on the website above, we were expecting a new of the water, the island and the old city.  Instead, we got this.

 

Not exactly the view that I was expecting, at all.  Needless to say that this was the end of my patience.  Now if you are thinking that I was just guessing as to what the view should have been, here’s the picture that was posted on the hotel’s website.  Given that I was booking a normal room, and this was from the webpage for the normal room I expected something similar to this.

Thankfully there’s also a Hilton in town.  It isn’t right on the water like this hotel was, but I was able to book a room there for the last two nights (we burned the entire day after check in fighting with the hotel and looking for another room).  I informed the hotel that I was moving there last minute because the current hotel that we were in wasn’t acceptable and why.  The Hilton was king enough to give us a room with this view.

 

This was a little more along the lines of what we were looking for.  The old city and a view of the ocean.  Pretty much exactly what the doctor ordered.

After all this would I go back to Dubrovnik again?  Absolutely.  Would I ever bother trying to stay at the Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik again?  Nope, never.  Assuming that I’m lucky enough to spend time in Dubrovnik again, I’ll be booking my room at the Hilton again.  While it’s a little further away the room was so much better it’s just amazing, and the staff was more helpful (the concierge at the Hilton went out of his way to ensure that we had excursions to do on each of the three days we were there, including the afternoon after we  had checked out even offering us the showers in the spa if needed after we had checked out).

P.S. Incase you think that I wrote this while I was still there and pissed, I didn’t.  I sat on this for 4 days, not writing this up until I got back to the states.  If I had written this while still at the Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik like I wanted to, you probably wouldn’t be able to read this at work without getting fired.

September 28, 2012  5:04 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 28, 2012

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Denny


September 26, 2012  7:00 PM

The 2012 Dynamic Database Project Award

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

SearchOracle.com and SearchSQLServer.com are teaming up to select three finalists and one winner of the 2012 Dynamic Database Project Award; and I’m going to be one of the judges.

To enter review the Dynamic Database Project Award webpage, download the entry form, fill it out and submit it.

The three finalists will have their projects featured on SearchSQLServer.com or SearchOracle.com; and the one winner will receive a brand new Apple iPad.  (See the award webpage for full details.)

Thanks,

Denny


September 21, 2012  5:21 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 21, 2012

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Denny


September 17, 2012  2:00 PM

SQL Saturday 157 Slide Decks and Sample Code

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

This last weekend we had our most recent SQL Saturday in San Diego, CA.  This was SQL Saturday 157 and it was a huge success.  Making this SQL Saturday even better than most was the fact that the SQL PASS Board of Directors had their quarterly meeting the days before so most of the board was able to attend the SQL Saturday as well in addition to all the local speakers and a few out of town speakers who were able to fly in.

I presented two sessions at this years SQL Saturday San Diego, and you can find the slide decks and the sample code for those two sessions below (including the slides which I didn’t get to).

SQL Server Partitioning From The Group Up

Table indexing for the .NET Developer

Even though the weather wasn’t quite what we were expecting (it’s supposed to be 80 this time of year, not 105) I still had a great time with everyone and I can’t wait to see everyone at the SQL PASS Summit in just a few short weeks.

Denny


September 14, 2012  5:23 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 14, 2012

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Denny


September 12, 2012  2:00 PM

When clustering guests, host them on different LUNs

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

When building virtual clusters under any HyperVisor you need to make sure that all the nodes of the cluster are being hosted on different LUNs on the hosts. If you build the VMs on the same LUN and that LUN fails for some reason then both of the nodes of the cluster will be down, and the whole point of clustering will have been lost.

While this hopefully goes without saying, it’s just another thing that needs to be thought about when building virtual SQL Server clusters.

Denny


September 10, 2012  5:41 PM

SQL Saturday 147 Slide Decks

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

I had the pleasure of speaking at SQL Saturday 147 in Recife, Brazil about 2 weeks ago.  I just realized that I never got my slide decks for my sessions uploaded.

I gave 3 sessions that weekend.

Table indexing for the .NET Developer

Reading the SQL Server Execution Plan

Where should I be encrypting my data

If you attended one of my sessions and you wanted a copy of the slide deck, here you go.

Denny

Update 9/10/2012 11:43am (Pacific Time): It appears that GoDaddy is under attack by Anonymous which has taken many sites offline (including my mrdenny.com site which is where those links above point to).  So for now those links won’t be working.  Once GoDaddy gets this all fixed (or I get fed up and move my site to another hosting provider) the links will start working again.


September 7, 2012  5:05 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 07, 2012

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Denny


September 6, 2012  11:41 PM

New Podcast called People Talking Tech

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

So in all my free time (that 7 minutes a week that I wasn’t already using for something) I’ve decided that I needed to try something new.  I’ve put together a new podcast called People Talking Tech (www.peopletalkingtech.com) where myself and whoever I can sucker into joining me is kind enough to join me will talk about something technical for your education, enjoyment, disgust, or whatever.

The pod cast episodes will be coming out Tuesday mornings (Pacific Time).  Once I get the first ones out I’ll be working on getting it submitted to iTunes so that you can pick it up there on your favorite fruity device.

The topics will vary depending on who my victim guest is that week.  We could be talking about Windows, SQL Server, Xbox, Surface, .NET, etc. or pretty much anything else that comes to mind.

These are totally un-scripted and for the most part un-edited.  Some come check them out.  I promise mild entertainment at the least. :)

While the site went live today the first episode will go live on September 11th.  My first guest is Karen Lopez.  You can find out a bit more about the show over on the People Talking Tech website (www.peopletalkingtech.com).

Denny


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