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Open Source

The Past, Present, and Future of Open Source

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Last week Christina Cardoza of SD Times published an excellent article about the first 20 years of open source. I was interviewed for the article, but natura...

The OpenStack identity crisis

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Does OpenStack have an identity crisis? I think it does, and solving it will help the project establish itself in the minds of infrastructure deciders.

Jump-start your career with open source skills

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Although attending college is not required for success in software development, college programs can provide a great deal of useful information in a relativ...

No, I will not “lighten up”

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Here’s a conversation I was in recently. It’s paraphrased and anonymized because I’m not here to name-n-shame.

Uploading a Video to Internet Archive

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I make no secret of the fact that OSCON is one of my favorite conferences. I try to speak at it whenever I can and do what I can to support its community. Wh...

Open Source Leadership Succession Plan?

1 minute read

I present at a lot of FOSS conferences and therefore have the chance to meet and speak with a lot of FOSS luminaries. These are inspiring people who’ve been ...

OSCON Portland, 2015

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Oh, my. My last OSCON trip report is only two posts back. It seems I’ve been rather a slacker on the blogging front. I’ll see what I can do to change that. I...

OSCON 2014

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Another year, another OSCON. Now that I’m approaching caught up, here’s a quick recap of that busy week.

Announcing the Perl Companies project

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A month or so ago Jeff Thalhammer and I were chatting Perl over burritos. We got to discussing how many companies were currently using Perl actively and wond...

Improving Perl’s New Programmer Outreach

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much demand for programmers or programming training. In an economy that’s still recovering from the recession, the remarkably...

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Uncategorized

Google, can we talk?

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The following is an edited screenshot of my Google Account profile:

Adding a Slack network to your znc IRC bouncer

2 minute read

Slack is taking the online world by storm. Most everyone I know in technology is a member of at least one Slack teams, and it’s not rare to find people who a...

Program Like a Pixar Story Artist

3 minute read

A friend recently tweeted a list of story basics from Pixar Story Artist Emma Coats. These basics are some of the story-writing guidelines Emma has learned f...

Rant: I Am Not a Cat Herder

1 minute read

It’s a no-brainer. It’ll happen. If I were the betting kind I’d lay good money on it. Any time I’m mingling at some social event (cocktail party, BBQ, confer...

Online Services I Find Worth Paying For

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While I appreciate getting something for free [1] as much as the next person, I’m also very willing to shell out cash for online services which I find both u...

It’s Called Marketing for a Reason

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Let’s do a little experiment. The next time you’re in a room full of techies, say something along the lines of, “Hey, how about that marketing department, eh...

It’s About Needs.

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I’ve been doing various bits of writing lately, both for my blogs and for other purposes. This morning I was sitting at a cafe, scrawling ideas in my notebo...

Unsuck Your Meeting

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Yeah, that’s right: your meetings suck. Don’t deny it. No, don’t you dare even try to deny it. Can you seriously look me in the eye and tell me that you enjo...

Watch this space

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Sixteen months ago I made the choice to stop posting to this blog as a way to reduce obligations on my time and free up some mental space for other personal ...

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Tech Management

3 ways to improve your hiring process

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The new year often brings the end to a lot of finance- or holiday-imposed hiring freezes and a rush to get the hiring process wheels back into motion.

Badass: Making Teams Awesome

3 minute read

I read Kathy Sierra’s BADASS: Making Users Awesome back in February and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. The premise of the book rang true i...

OSCON 2014

1 minute read

Another year, another OSCON. Now that I’m approaching caught up, here’s a quick recap of that busy week.

Dear Mister Independent Recruiter,

less than 1 minute read

Hello. I saw your resume on the web and am writing to see if you or anyone that you know who may be interested in the following position in $city. It i...

Stop Hoarding Knowledge

5 minute read

Imagine a manufacturer who starts up a production line knowing that each time a worker reached a certain point in the process she or he would have to walk ov...

Common Resume Mistakes

7 minute read

I’ve been hiring in the tech industry for the past ten years or so. In that time I’ve looked at hundreds—if not thousands—of resumes from people applying for...

Managers: It is NEVER OK to be a jerk

2 minute read

Earlier today I had a conversation with a friend. She had just been chewed out by her manager. It seems my friend had let a typo slip into some copy. Normall...

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Business

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Hiring

3 ways to improve your hiring process

5 minute read

The new year often brings the end to a lot of finance- or holiday-imposed hiring freezes and a rush to get the hiring process wheels back into motion.

Dear Mister Independent Recruiter,

less than 1 minute read

Hello. I saw your resume on the web and am writing to see if you or anyone that you know who may be interested in the following position in $city. It i...

Common Resume Mistakes

7 minute read

I’ve been hiring in the tech industry for the past ten years or so. In that time I’ve looked at hundreds—if not thousands—of resumes from people applying for...

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Perl

OSCON 2014

1 minute read

Another year, another OSCON. Now that I’m approaching caught up, here’s a quick recap of that busy week.

Announcing the Perl Companies project

1 minute read

A month or so ago Jeff Thalhammer and I were chatting Perl over burritos. We got to discussing how many companies were currently using Perl actively and wond...

Improving Perl’s New Programmer Outreach

4 minute read

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much demand for programmers or programming training. In an economy that’s still recovering from the recession, the remarkably...

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Community

Jump-start your career with open source skills

3 minute read

Although attending college is not required for success in software development, college programs can provide a great deal of useful information in a relativ...

No, I will not “lighten up”

1 minute read

Here’s a conversation I was in recently. It’s paraphrased and anonymized because I’m not here to name-n-shame.

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Personal

Thinking Outside the Big Green Box

2 minute read

In October I had the dubious honor of laying off my entire team (they’ve all found excellent new positions). At the time I was to have joined them in a workf...

I’m in the Market for a New Job

1 minute read

After over a year working on my own projects, I find I really miss leading and working with a team of good people. Working alone has its advantages but isn’t...

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Job Hunt

Organise your job hunt with Trello

8 minute read

Because I’ve moved on from previous job I have the legitimate pleasure to be speaking with a number of organisations about my next steps. At current count I...

Thinking Outside the Big Green Box

2 minute read

In October I had the dubious honor of laying off my entire team (they’ve all found excellent new positions). At the time I was to have joined them in a workf...

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Public Speaking

Advice for new speakers

10 minute read

After my speaker training workshop at /dev/world/2017 last week, one of the attendees approached me asking whether they could contact me with some more quest...

Public Speaking Resources

2 minute read

Had you told me 10 years ago that not only would I be on the open source/tech conference speaking circuit but that I would love it, I would’ve looked at you ...

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Book Review

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Software Development

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Marketing

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Learning

Ops/DevOps Learning Resources

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Last night I was speaking with a junior engineer who’s entering the job market. She’s had no trouble getting development internships (she has four of them un...

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Remote

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Career Development

Jump-start your career with open source skills

3 minute read

Although attending college is not required for success in software development, college programs can provide a great deal of useful information in a relativ...

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IRC

Using Slack with IRCCloud

1 minute read

A while back I wrote a guide on how to add a Slack team to your ZNC IRC bouncer. Soon afterward, I switched from using ZNC to IRCCloud. I’m consistently impr...

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Travel

My travel habits

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Over the years I’ve developed some habits that have made my travel life, while not easy, at least less unpleasant. As I complete my final trip for the year i...

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