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Stephanie Locke

Steph Locke wants to live in a world where everyone she encounters enjoys their jobs and is awesome. Since she's gifted with the inability to be daunted by a task, she's using her unbounded perkiness to bring awesomeness to the people. Living the dream as a data scientist, Steph spends her days getting value out of data and engineering solutions. When she’s not doing exceedingly fun stuff during the day, you can probably find her doing exceedingly fun stuff at a community event.  She runs three user groups in Cardiff and supports a number of others. As well as enjoying helping increase awesomeness locally, she's also tackling the task nationally! A veteran organiser of SQL Relay, Steph runs the Cardiff event growing it year on year, and has taken stints running the marketing, sponsorship and the whole conference to help bring more knowledge to the masses. She's now also helping to grow the R community with the development of satRdays. If it's not an event she's organised, then she's at someone else's event where they've been crazy enough to let her talk or help out at. EARL, SQLBits, SQL Relay and SQL Saturday organisers have all let Steph speak and help out, and most recently she was made a Microsoft Data Platform MVP recognising her gift of the gab and willingness to help out. 
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My PASS #Summit2016 submissions feedback 23 Jun 2016
I really liked the way Brent showed us his feedback received and since mimicry is the best form of flattery, I thought I’d go ahead and do it too! I didn’t get any accepted abstracts, and I’m actually grateful. The recent stresses to do with the PASS dramas aside, I would have had ...

Use your .Rprofile to give you important notifications 23 Jun 2016
In R, we can use a file called .Rprofile to do things in R based on a number of triggers. One thing I’ve done is give myself a DIY notification of how many data breaches I’ve been involved in! First of all, you need a file called .Rprofile that’s stored in your working directory. ...

Azure Storage Accounts – Resource Groups matter to PowerShell! 10 Jun 2016
I’m sure that all my PoSh friends out there, who use Azure and PowerShell all the time probably know this already but I thought I’d share a little snippet of hard-won knowledge. When you put an Azure Storage Account into a Resource Group, you can no longer use the default Azure.Storage ...

HIBPwned on CRAN 09 Jun 2016
Part of my (slowly) working pipeline of coding projects has been an R package that wraps the fantastic HaveIBeenPwned.com API. If you’re not already familiar with HaveIBeenPwned, rectify the situation, NOW! Don’t worry about continuing to read the rest of the post; getting yourself ...

Recent presentations 01 Jun 2016
The last month or so has been a whirlwind of awesomeness with a veritable bevvy of user group and conference talks on my part! I thought I would share the materials with you and provide some brief thoughts on how each presentation went. Sessions SQL Saturday Exeter : Stats 101 London Business ...