Podcasts

Our podcast is a regular ramble that covers technology, robots, coding, IoT, current affairs, travels, writing and so much more.

  • The Ethics of Tech
    On 10 Oct 2017, Cate & Chris 10 Oct 2017

    The Ethics of Tech

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    This week Cate and Chris discuss smarter ways to hire developers, ethics in tech and more.

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  • WTD Episode 10 - What's going on in our lives as documentarians and product owners
    In this episode, we talk about what’s going on in our lives as documentarians and product owners.

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  • IFA, IoT night, Armenian startups and Startup night - The Berlin week that was
    On 22 Sep 2017, Cate & Chris 22 Sep 2017

    IFA, IoT night, Armenian startups and Startup night - The Berlin week that was

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    Chris and Cate recount one crazy week in Berlin covering IFA, the France vs Germany IoT battle, Armenian startups and the long night of Startups.

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  • WTD Episode 9 - Chatbots in Documentation
    On 19 Sep 2017, Chris wrote

    WTD Episode 9 - Chatbots in Documentation

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    In this episode, we’re joined by Ellis Pratt from Cherryleaf to talk about chatbots in documentation. What are chatbots, and how can you incorporate them in your docs to enhance the user experience? Are chatbots the next evolution of wizards? What are some examples of successful chatbots? How does one get started using chatbots in documentation? Are there chatbot services you can leverage inexpensively to try them out? These are some of the questions explored in this podcast.

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  • Tech in Board Games, an Interview with Ben Maddox
    On 06 Sep 2017, Chris wrote

    Tech in Board Games, an Interview with Ben Maddox

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    Chris speaks with Ben Maddox of the Perfect Information podcast to talk about the past, present and future of technology in Board Games.

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  • Love, life, leisure and technology
    On 31 Aug 2017, Cate & Chris 31 Aug 2017

    Love, life, leisure and technology

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    This week Cate and Chris discuss the intersections of journalism, immortality, music, romance and government with technology.

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  • WTD Episode 8 - Stack Overflow's Documentation Failure and Open Source Challenges
    In this episode, we’re joined by Beth Aitman to talk about what happened with the Stack Overflow Documentation Beta. What did Stack Overflow try to do with documentation, and why did they abandon the effort? Why did their effort to crowdsource docs fail but succeed so well with forums and niche content? Additionally, we discuss the difficulties of creating good documentation with open source projects. A recent survey found that incomplete or outdated documentation is the number one issue with open source projects. Why? What makes it so difficult to create documentation on an open source project?

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  • Generation what now?
    On 15 Aug 2017, Cate & Chris 15 Aug 2017

    Generation what now?

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    This week Cate and Chris discuss how smart phones are destroying a generation, cybersecurity, documentation, tech diversity and more.

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  • On 05 Jul 2017, Cate & Chris 05 Jul 2017

    The Missing Link(s)

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    Cate and Chris discuss the latest news, tech developments, and events from the past couple of days. Including Chat Bots, Ethereum, Petya and Cats writing Physics papers.

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  • WTD Episode 7 - Let the robots do the work
    On 03 Jul 2017, Chris wrote

    WTD Episode 7 - Let the robots do the work

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    In this podcast, we first explore the flourishing community of technical writers in Poland, discussing why the tech writing scene in Krakow is taking off so quickly and what trends this young tech writing community is embracing. We’re joined by special guest Pawel Kowaluk, a Polish tech writer who runs SOAP (a tech comm conference based in Poland). We also talk about automation and robot takeovers of tech writing jobs. How are machine-assisted technologies enhancing or displacing technical writers and their work? Given the increase in automation, is tool expertise becoming more or less essential to thrive as a technical writer?

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  • How do techies and creatives learn best with Jessica Lovegood
    On 19 Jun 2017, Cate & Chris 19 Jun 2017

    How do techies and creatives learn best with Jessica Lovegood

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    In this episode Cate and Chris talk with Jessica Lovegood, a UX designer with a passion for understanding how people in the tech industry learn.

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  • WTD Episode 6 - Metadata and UI copy
    On 06 Jun 2017, Chris wrote

    WTD Episode 6 - Metadata and UI copy

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    In this episode, we explore the role of metadata in documentation and how it can be used to classify topics and assist in the discoverability of information. We’re joined by special guest Eva Jackolis who explains a strategy for metadata used in German mechanical engineering documentation. We also discuss involving tech writers in UX copy and the challenges inherent in influencing UI copy, product naming, and working with UX designers and product teams.

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  • Europe unites, startup homogeneity and getting older in tech
    On 16 May 2017, Cate & Chris 16 May 2017

    Europe unites, startup homogeneity and getting older in tech

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    In this episode Cate and Chris discuss European startups salesman uniting, startup homogeneity and getting older in tech.

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  • Matthew Setter - ownCloud, PHP, Technical Writing and more
    On 16 May 2017, Cate & Chris 16 May 2017

    Matthew Setter - ownCloud, PHP, Technical Writing and more

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    In this episode Cate and Chris speak with Matthew Setter about ownCloud, PHP, Technical Writing and more.

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  • OverOps interview, The future of online learning, ex-military in tech and much more

    In this episode Cate and Chris speak with Tal Weiss from OverOps, discuss the future of education, ex-military in tech, standing desks and more.

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  • WTD Episode 5: Where do we belong?
    On 30 Apr 2017, Chris wrote

    WTD Episode 5: Where do we belong?

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    In this episode, we explore where technical writers belong in an organization. Is tech comm best placed within engineering, marketing, product management, or another group? We also talk about strategies for doc navigation, in particular, the merits of inline links and/or sidebar navigation, using a post from Every Page Is Page One as a starting point. Are hierarchical sidebar menus still useful, or are they a relic of the past? Finally, we provide details about the upcoming Write the Docs conference in Portland, and Chris mentions his new book on responsive design. 

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  • The Future of Work, Interview with Postman, and Skilled Migrants
    On 25 Apr 2017, Cate & Chris 25 Apr 2017

    The Future of Work, Interview with Postman, and Skilled Migrants

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    In this episode Cate and Chris speak with Abhinav Asthana from Postman, discuss the future of work, and skilled migrant visas.

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  • What exactly is BioHacking?
    On 19 Apr 2017, Cate & Chris 19 Apr 2017

    What exactly is BioHacking?

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    In this episode Cate and Chris speak with Paul Lauener from BioMonkey about BioHacking to improve your physical and mental self and what (if anything) it has to do with embedding microchips in your body.

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  • Logz.io, Tech in Israel, Robots for Seniors and is the Laptop dead?
    On 11 Apr 2017, Cate & Chris 11 Apr 2017

    Logz.io, Tech in Israel, Robots for Seniors and is the Laptop dead?

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    In this episode Chris and Cate interview Asaf from Logz.io, discuss the Israeli tech scene, robots for seniors and the death of the laptop.

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  • Blockchain, music and tech cooperatives with Resonate
    Chris talks with Peter Harris from Resonate about music streaming on the blockchain, tech cooperatives and much more.

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  • Chris and Cate do MWC
    On 06 Mar 2017, Cate & Chris 06 Mar 2017

    Chris and Cate do MWC

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    In this episode Chris and Cate attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and discuss smart city tech, security, robots, and machine learning.

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  • WTD Episode 4: Continuous Integration and Docs like Code

    In this episode, we talk about continuous integration strategies for docs (for style, screenshots, and REST calls). We also dive into discussions around docs as code, including how encourage developer collaboration, how to stay informed about code updates developers make, and more.

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  • On 15 Feb 2017, Cate & Chris 15 Feb 2017

    Failure, diabetes wearables, lady problems and potatoes

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    In this episode Chris and Cate discuss 2016 and look forward (maybe) to 2017.

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  • On 02 Feb 2017, Chris wrote

    The Bark, 2nd February 2017

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    On being deaf, ancient programming languages, warrior monks and passport to Paris.

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  • Wtd Episode 3 - Technical writing trends for 2017
    On 25 Jan 2017, Chris wrote

    Wtd Episode 3 - Technical writing trends for 2017

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    In this episode, we discuss top technical writing trends for 2017. Chris discusses how more technical writers are interacting with support groups, and even being embedded within support departments. Jared discusses how docs are being planned for earlier in development cycles, as more product managers are seeing the value of docs. Tom talks about how more technical writers are treating documentation as code, and the challenges inherent in developer tools and workflows.

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