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In this episode Chris covers links of the week including ancient relics, and toys old and new. Also features an interview with Simon Harman, the project lead at Loki, a decentralised privacy network.

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Jessica Parsons, a documentation engineer from Netlify, joins us for Episode 19 of the WTD Podcast. Jess recently conducted a Static Site Generator workshop at the Australian Write the Docs conference at Melbourne. It was really excellent, and we’ve been meaning to get Jess on the show for a while to talk shop. In this episode, Jess illuminates the world of static site generators, comparing and contrasting Hugo, Jekyll, Sphinx, Gatsby, and others. Discussions focus on considerations for choosing a static site generator, and how to manage the content they consume, from APIs to Git-tracked markdown files. Headless CMS options like API-driven Strapi and Git-wrapper Netlify CMS make an appearance.

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Emulate History

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In this short episode I look at computing history, privacy vs usability and more.

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In this episode I speak with Monique Morrow about creating technology that people actually need. Also featured the death of RSS, is Bitcoin the new Oil, robots that can read instructions, did we miss alien contact, and much more…

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In this first episode for 2019, Chris covers EU funding for open source, EU cyber security, accessibility, open source controversies and the apocalypse.

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Cate and Chris speak to the infamous Ben Goertzel of SingularityNET and Hanson Robotics at Web Summit about Sophia the robot, SingularityNET, AI on the Blockchain, distributed computing, managing data state and so much more.

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Cate and Chris speak with Kolton Andrus of Gremlin, about Chaos Engineering, ensuring reliability at scale and the plans the company has over the next few months.

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Chris speaks with Robert Chu of Embleema, a company looking to help (US) patients monetise their health data.

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            In episode 18 of the Write the Docs podcast, we discuss the recent Write the Docs Australia 2018 conference held in Melbourne. Jared was an emcee at the event and shares his inside perspective about what made the event so successful. We dive deep into the unconference format, how to instill the Write the Docs brand into the conference experience, how super volunteers can avoid burnout, what sessions stood out, and more. Also, Chris confesses that he has attended about 40 conferences this year, and explains a few reasons why.

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Chris and Cate recently attended 5GTechritory in Riga, Latvia to discover what business and government leaders are doing with 5G and what it will mean to us.

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Live from a Lisbon hotel, Cate and Chris discuss the recent sexual harassment stories from Google and dig into the story and what aspects of tech and startup culture might have exacerbated the incidents.

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Chris speaks with Anatoliy Lytovchenko of Eleks at the recent IT Arena in Ukraine about real world Blockchain use cases he worked on with his clients.

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In this Write the Docs podcast episode, we chat with Mark Baker about structured writing, specifically focusing on his new book Structured Writing: Rhetoric and Process. After introducing and defining structured writing, Mark explains the four domains you can add structure: media, document, subject, and management domains. He explains the advantages of working with structure in the subject domain, and why mixing structure across subject and document domains can be inefficient. We also chat about how structured writing connects with SEO and microformats on the semantic web, the limits of structure in Markdown formats, how to implement structure in linking, and more.

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Chris speaks with Emil Wagner of æternity, who aim to make blockchains more usable for developers and end users.

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Cate and Chris speak with eBlocker (IoT security), Snips (Voice Assistant software and hardware) and Conrad Connect (Smart Home platform) at this years IFA in Berlin.

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IFAlicious

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Chris and Cate talk about the European consumer electronics fair IFA. Expect dancing robots.

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            This episode focuses mainly on testing tools. Last month, some rockstar WTD community members spent a few days at the Pronovix offices in Szeged, Hungary, trying to create a series of open-source testing tools. Specifically, they wanted to create a ‘create a container deployable solution that can automatically check docs’. In more blunt terms, a kind of open-source Grammarly, but integrated into deploys and repositories and focused on tech docs. Host Chris Ward and our podcast guest Anett Pozsar from Szeged (pron. Seg-jed) Hungary also participated in the Test-the-Docs hackathon. Anett recently started in her role as a technical writer, so in this episode we also chat about what it's like starting out as a new technical writer. Finally, we transition from testing tools and linters to templates. Structure and templates can be especially helpful for guiding engineers in writing docs.

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There’s a high chance that if you have attended an event in a city in recent years, it was arranged through meetup.com. The site now has over 32 million members, over a quarter of a million meetup groups and over half a million meetups happening in 182 countries every month.

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Chris speaks with Rachel Brochado about Eyeo and their products, Adblock Plus, Flattr, and the Acceptable Ads program. We also discuss the future of funding creative activities.

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Chris speaks with Stefan Thomas, ex CTO of ripple about his past and new projects. Also,​ featured is the Malta blockchain summit, happening in November.

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We speak with Donatas Malinauskas of deeper, a smart device for anglers to find the fish they are looking for.

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In this episode Cate and Chris discuss more of their recent trip to Lithuania. This time about Telesoftas, an innovation house with an enigmatic leader, and their general impressions of the country and it’s startup scene.

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After a short summer break, we’ve returned to the WTD podcast and taken up our mics again to talk about important doc issues. In this episode, we first chat about assumptions we have regarding our users and the value of doing user research. Basing the discussion on Jen Lambourne’s talk at WTD Portland 2018, we talk about ways to capture the user perspective and limitations/workarounds for user research within the corporate domain. Next, we chat about an article by Emily January Petersen on the Make-It-Pretty Philosophy, where the roles of tech writers are reduced to grammar and style editing only, without more substantive updates and revisions to content. Finally, we talk about Tom’s research project on healing the academic/practitioner divide and how he hopes his conversation posts will bring both sides more closely together.

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Chris speaks with URBAN-X’s Managing Director Micah Kotch to speak about the startups they fund, and to Rachel Ginsberg about the Frankenstein AI project that challenges how we interact with AI, and how they interact with us.

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Chris speaks with Amanda Gutterman of Consensys and Thomas Schouten of Lisk about their projects and how to market something as complex as Blockchain.

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We begin our series of interviews from our recent trip to Lithuania. First a coding school for children and the trade association for ICT. Thanks to telesoftas for sponsoring the trip.

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Chris speaks with the venerable Stephen Wolfram about his career, company and the future of how we process data into something meaningful.

Chris speaks with the leads of two open source software foundations, Kris Borchers of the JavaScript Foundation, and Brian Behlendorf of the Hyperledge foundation at Collision conf. In the episode we speak about the progress of the foundations and open source software more broadly.

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Chris speaks with Sean Suchter of Pepperdata and Robert Reeves of Datical about the future of DevOp and deployment for Big Data applications.

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A fast train to the world

In this episode Cate and Chris discuss their extensive travels, public transport, the first victims of GDPR, should we be worried about China and more.

Marty the Robot and Robotical

Chris and Cate speak with Myles from Robotical about their all-singing-all-dancing Marty the robot for education.

In this episode Cate discuss ChromeOS, Robots, GDPR, Bromads, games, and is Ready Player One really not a work of fiction, but a manifesto of what’s wrong with the Tech Industry. 🤔

Zilliqa - High throughput Blockchain

In this episode Chris speaks with Xinshu Dong of Zilliqa about their ideas on how to implement a high throughput blockchain output.

Artificial Millenial Intelligence

In this episode, Cate and Chris talk about AI and the human machine era, the end of the 8 hour work day, when crypto conferences go wrong and more…

Putting your brain in control - With Max Newton of BrainCo

Chris speaks with Max Newton of BrainCo about how their brain-interfacing devices help people focus better.

Open Source Deep Learning with Skymind - Chris Nicholson

Chris interviews Chris Nicholson, the CEO of Open Source Deep Learning platform, Skymind.

The World's First Emotional Processing Unit

Do We Need the World’s First Emotional Processing Unit?

The Center for Social Media Responsibility

Chris speaks with Garlin Gilchrist II and Aviv Ovadya at the Center for Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan about their mission.

WTD Episode 14 - Humanizing your documentation

In this episode, we chat with Carolyn Stransky, a journalist and JavaScript developer living in Berlin, about ways to humanize documentation. We discuss dilemmas with transparency in docs (the balance between honesty and negativity), ways to avoid gendered language (including whether to correct workplace misuse of ‘he’), strategies for achieving plain language and clarity (such as by reading your content out loud), the term ‘user’ and alternatives, how to develop empathy for your audience, why terms like ‘simple’ and ‘easy’ are problematic (even in Marketing), tools for identifying insensitivity and complexity in docs (Hemingway, Alex), what makes content sound truly human, and more.

SWSW, social credit, and the right to be forgotten

In our latest episode, Chris reports back from SXSW and we talk about interesting articles from the week including the creation of the internet, China’s efforts at social credit, the ‘right to be forgotten’ and more.

Creative Industries on the Blockchain - Zach LeBeau of SingularDTV

Chris speaks with Zach LeBeau of SingularDTV at SXSW about their ambitious plans to bring music and video production, distribution, rights management and monetisation to the Blockchain.

Mobile World Congress 2018

Chris and Cate attend Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona along with side events. Whilst battling crowds, rain and snow, we interviewed stallholders and attendees as well as writing articles about the least news and tech. 5G was hot, competing standards and copy cat technology all make their presence known.

Red Hat acquires CoreOS, an interview with Brian Gracely

Chris speaks with Brian Gracely, director, OpenShift product strategy about the container space more generally and how the acquisition might fit into it.

Aiva - The Ai that composes music

We speak with Pierre Barreau, CEO of Aiva who’s AI has helped compose music for presentations, games, concerts, and even has its own album.

The Big Data Bikocalypse

In this episode Cate and Chris discuss the birthday of open source, big data, transportation and how to conduct yourself at networking events.

Decentralised exchanges and AirSwap

Chris speaks with Sam Tabar, strategist at AirSwap about trading cryptocurrencies on decentralised exchanges and how we can solve the problems of VC backed startups.

Optimize your cloud native infrastructure with Replex.io

Chris speaks with the three founders of replex.io who aim to help you identify inefficiencies at every level of a stack, from discrete hardware components all the way up to a holistic picture of your overall architecture.

Nuraphone - Best of Innovation award at CES 2018

Fresh from their Best of Innovation at CES Innovation Awards, we finally publish an interview with Nuraphone when Chris visited their office in Melbourne in December to discuss their unique headphones, and running a startup in Australia.

WTD Episode 13 - Postman for API development and docs — Interview with Postman Founder

In this episode, we chat with Abhinav Asthana (founder and CEO of Postman) to explore how Postman, a REST client, can be used to create, collaborate, and publish API documentation. If you work with API documentation, you’ve probably used Postman to make and test API requests. But you can do also a lot more with Postman. You can embed Run in Postman buttons that contain collections of requests that users can load in their own Postman clients (perfect for getting started tutorials). You can collaborate with engineers on the requests and documentation by syncing collections across a team account. And with just a few clicks, you can also publish and host your documentation through Postman, complete with code samples in multiple programming languages. Check out Postman’s API Network to see many ways different companies use Postman in their documentation.

CES 2018 - The woeful and the wonderful

In this episode Cate and Chris tackle CES, a crazy show of more than 4,500 exhibitors spread over 11 official venues. It’s an exercise in stamina as you traverse the crowds trying to find the gems among the generic. There’s a lot more ‘nice to have’ than ‘need it now’ devices. But every year a few things stand out, but not always for the right reasons.

Daniel G. Siegel - the bullet hole misconception

Chris speaks with Daniel G. Siegel about his talk “the bullet hole misconception” covering topics such as how developers should challenge themselves and preconceptions.

Chris and Cate recount the year that was, look forward to 2018 and discuss the recent CCC in Leipzig.

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Chris hosts a panel at the recent Berlin Blockchain day with three blockchain luminaries: Dmitry Meshkov, Alexander Chepurnoy, Vlad Zamfir and Alexander Ivanov.

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Chris interviews Dubai startup Wrappup about their meeting AI bot and running a startup in Dubai.

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WTD Episode 12 - Founding ideas behind Write the Docs

In this episode, we chat with Eric Holscher (WTD cofounder) and Mikey Ariel (WTD Europe organizer) about the Write the Docs community itself, including origins, founding ideas, goals, challenges, trends, and roadmaps for the community. We dive specifically into idea of diversity of roles (and the term ‘documentarian’), the way open source principles inform the community’s core values, balancing individual freedom to contribute on one’s own terms with the expectations of the WTD experience, and more.

Chris speaks with CircleCI CTO Rob Zuber about creating a continuous integration platform that gets out of the way of developers and just lets them work, test, build and deploy.

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Love in the time of artificial intelligence

In this episode Cate and Chris tackle the rise of cryptocurrencies, love (past and present) in the time of artificial intelligence, the prevalence of software bugs, net neutrality from a non-American perspective, and more.

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In this episode Cate and Chris tackle the rise of cryptocurrencies, love (past and present) in the time of artificial intelligence, the prevalence of software bugs, net neutrality from a non-American perspective, and more.

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Chris speaks with Tanveer Saifee of Thingworx about creating interactive AR tools that help workers in modern industry understand and analyse the machinery and processes around them.

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WTD Episode 11 - Combining Forces for Documentation Sources -- Exploring the Mozilla Developer Network's Web Docs project

In this episode of the Write the Docs podcast, we chat with Kadir Topal, product manager for Mozilla Developer Network Web Docs project, about how they manage this large body of documentation for web developers. The MDN project provides standards-based documentation around web development topics (for example, HTML, CSS, and JS) intended for web developers, with the goal of producing consistent experiences for users across browsers. Kadir gives us an inside look into the challenges, goals, and roadmap of this project.

Chris speaks with Johannes Schickling of Graphcool, The GraphQL Backend Framework. The interview covers their love of GraphQL, community and how they try to help developers understand and use the API framework.

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Coders are King

Coders are King

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In this episode Cate and Chris tackle some difficult topics such as the backlash against tech, does the status quo even want to change, diversity, the naivety of engineers and much more.

Are Coders King?

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In this episode Cate and Chris tackle some difficult topics such as the backlash against tech, does the status quo even want to change, diversity, the naivety of engineers and much more.

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What can musicians and programmers learn from each other? A conversation with Ryan Blunden

Chris speaks with Ryan Blunden about what programmers and musicians can learn from each other, the affects of music on coding, what genres might be what programming language, computer generated music and much more.

Chris speaks with Ryan Blunden about what programmers and musicians can learn from each other, the affects of music on coding, what genres might be what programming language, computer generated music and much more.

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The Ukrainian Startup scene with Anastasia Sleptsova

As part of a forthcoming article on the Ukrainian tech/startup scene, I interview Anastasia Sleptsova Head of Ecosystem Partnerships at UNIT.City.

As part of a forthcoming article on the Ukrainian tech/startup scene, I interview Anastasia Sleptsova Head of Ecosystem Partnerships at UNIT.City.

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Robots are appearing everywhere in our lives and workplaces, but how does a developer actually program one?

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To those of us addicted to our smartphones, the myriad of applications we can install and what we can achieve (or time waste) with them is astounding.

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The Ethics of Tech

The Ethics of Tech

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

            In this episode, we talk about what's going on in our lives as documentarians and product owners. Chris talks about challenges in collaborating with reviewers in efficient ways. Google Docs works great for gathering comments, but it isn't so good for storing source code in a manageable format. Also, it seems that every company/client has their own preferred toolchain around reviews, and it's hard to know the best approach to take. Jared talks about the ebbs and flows of managing products in the gambling space, and the challenges around benchmarking, performance testing, and uptime demands for the products he manages, especially during the Melbourne Cup. Tom is excited about the docs-as-code milestone reached at his work, where his team can now build and deploy Jekyll directly from the server through commits to an internal git repo. This publishing efficiency allowed their team to get rid of an old, archaic CMS publishing process that was slowing writers down.

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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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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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Chris spoke with Dustin Kirkland, VP of product development and Jamie Bennett, VP of Devices and IoT Engineering at Canonical to understand more the strategy behind Ubuntu Core and Snaps.

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Chris interviews Thierry Carrez, release manager for the OpenStack project about how he coordinates a large amount of contributors to the project, balancing diverse commercial and cultural differences whilst still maintaining a regular release cycle.

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Chris and Cate interview numerous people from IFA and Startup Night Berlin 2017.

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

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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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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Dataiku Interview

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Dataiku Interview by Gregarious Mammal

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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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WTD Episode 9 - Chatbots in Documentation

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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Chris speaks with Mark Brocato of Sencha about their new cross platform data-driven components for the React framework, and how the company made JavaScript more advanced years before anyone else.

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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

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

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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            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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I spoke with Robert Reeves, CTO and Co-founder of Datical, a company that aims to remove the pain that database administrators (DBAs) experience on a regular basis attempting to make changes to database heavy applications.

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Big Data analysis generally involves piping large data sets into processing systems such as Apache Spark and Hadoop, walking away for a very long coffee and returning later to a hopefully successful result. The DevOps and continuous build ecosystem has long employed linters, code analyzers and application profilers to discern potential trouble and optimization points in code, and Pepperdata want to bring that practice to the Big Data world.

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Generation what now?

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.

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

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NGINX is one of the most popular web servers on the internet. Just a shade behind the market leader it emerged roughly ten years ago to provide an alternative to the venerable Apache, designed to suit modern traffic demands better and more appropriately.

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There’s a high chance that if you have attended an event in a city in recent years, it was arranged through meetup.com. The site now has over 32 million members, over a quarter of a million meetup groups and over half a million meetups happening in 182 countries every month.

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Chris speaks to Yael Eisenstat about technology, how it can divide society into tribal bubbles and what we or tech companies can and should do about it.

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Chris speaks to Jeff Luszcz about how Flexera aims to make software that relies on open source components more secure, compliant and sustainable.

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Chris and Cate speak to Liviu Babitz from Cyborgs Nest about the past, present and future of Cyborgs.

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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

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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            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 Pawal 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

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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