Shop Talk: 2021-07-19

The Recording

The Panelists

  • Kevin Feasel
  • Mala Mahadevan
  • Mike Chrestensen

Notes: Questions and Topics

SQL Server Version Support

We started off tonight by mentioning that SQL Server 2016 ended mainstream support on July 13th and now has entered extended support. SQL Server 2012 leaves extended support in July of 2022. We also talked a little bit about what this means.

On the other side of support, we talked about a couple of surveys from Brent Ozar and Steve Stedman, respectively, which look at who (among their user bases) is using which version of SQL Server. I also go into some detail about what I mean when I say that the population surveyed may not be the same as the broader population of SQL Server installs.

Print Spoolers? We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Print Spoolers!

It has not been a good month for print spooling on Windows.

Reinforcement Learning and Pong

Andrej Karpathy has a great post from a few years back about reinforcement learning. The last segment of the program tonight covered some minor updates I’ve made to the code, as well as a demonstration of a model I trained over the course of a weekend.

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