I currently take part in two podcasts, find more details and subscription information for each below.
The Weekly Squeak
A weekly round of articles and other items that captured my attention, often with an interview. Episodes are posted below and you can find more subscription options on the podcast website.
Write the Docs
Covering the latest in tech writing, with a guest and discussion topic every episode. Episodes are posted below, and find more subscription options on the podcast website.
The Weekly Squeak - Apollo GraphQL with Geoff Schmidt
This issue I speak with Geoff Schmidt of Apollo about their GraphQL offerings. I also cover general AI, decades old technology bets, is it wise to remove WhatsApp, and much more.
Rebecca, Chris, and Jason are joined by Michael Hopwood to consider Romans painting swords, Egyptian detectives, and far flung journalists trying to find a story. Will the games we create be total nonsense, or race to the top of the hotness lists?
One of the most challenging and frustrating things about being a tech writer is managing screenshots in your product documentation. How many times have you needed to take complex screenshots of your product and meticulously marked them up with callouts only to be told that a field has changed and you need to do everything again? It’s so frustrating and demoralizing as a writer because it feels like wasted effort. What if there was a way to create screenshots that could withstand the rapid iterations of a product under development while still conveying valuable meaning to your readers. Today we’re joined by Anton Bollen from TechSmith who explains how we can do this using low-detail screenshots, aka simplified user interfaces, that let you focus your users’ attention on just the bits of the interface that matter.
The Weekly Squeak - Updates from the Ukrainian Startup scene with Stepan Veselovskyi
I speak with Stepan Veselovskyi, the CEO at Lviv IT Cluster about what’s been happening in the Ukraine tech and startup scene since my last visit. I also cover JetBrains, Google, WhatsApp, and… The Amiga.
Nvidia Jetson with Amit Goel
This week, I speak with Amit Goel, Director of Product Management for Embedded AI Platforms at NVIDIA about the Jetson platform. I also cover the M1 (again), Discord, the Romans, and the Archers… xx Chinch
The Weekly Squeak - Algolia search with Julien Lemoine
In this episode I cover the new Algolia integration with Netlify and look at the rapid growth of interest in their search solution. Also features news on Fuscia OS, taking Google offline, GPT-3, and much more!
The Weekly Squeak - Ubuntu on Lenovo with Mark Pearson and Martin Wimpress
In this Weekly Squeak I speak with Mark and Martin and cover how the two teams worked together to make Ubuntu shine on Lenovo machines. Also features content on Slack acquisition, M1 on AWS, Garbage language, and much more…
This episode has the following 2 stories:
The Weekly Squeak - Software error tracking with Brian Rue of Rollbar
This week I speak with Brian Rue of Rollbar, The Continuous Code Improvement Platform. No links… Because apparently, I didn’t read anything…
Rebecca and Chris are joined by Cornelius and Pawel of Nemesis games to escape from a Dragon eating the world and win superiority in the farm yard. Will the games we create be total nonsense, or race to the top of the hotness lists?
The Weekly Squeak - Headless CMS with Aurélien Georget of Strapi
The Weekly Squeak - Code Review in your IDE with Codestream
In this episode I speak with Peter Pezaris of Codestream about their IDE plugin that allows you to integrate code review, pull and merge requests, and issue trackers directly where you work.
The Weekly Squeak - Kubernetes observability with Pixie
This week I speak with the cofounders of Pixie labs, that helps you instantly troubleshoot your applications on Kubernetes. I also cover immutable operating systems, the ISS, real world quantum computing, the Lord of the Rings that never was, and more…
The Weekly Squeak - Graph and AI with Gaurav Deshpande
I have Gaurav Deshpande of TigerGraph back to talk about their recent conference covering the intersection of Graph and AI. I also cover Berlin airports, sci-fi recommendations, and bizarre operating systems.
Many tech writers are familiar with using AsciiDoc for documentation, but did you know that you can also create fiction and non-fiction books with AsciiDoc, publishing to popular digital formats such as EPUB or PDF, along with HTML? In this episode of the Write the Docs podcast, we chat with Mehmed Pasic from Manning Publications about self-publishing, AsciiDoc, collaborative workflows between authors and editors, trends in book publishing, the most popular devices for consuming content, book versus video formats for technical content, and more.
The Weekly Squeak - Automating everything with Linden Tibbets of IFTTT
In this episode I speak with Linden Tibbets of IFTTT about the past, present, and future of their automation platform. I also look at the history of markdown, and legal frameworks for AI.
The Weekly Squeak - The present and future of Jamstack with Matt Biilmann
This weekly squeak I talk with Matt Biilmann of Netlify about their recent announcements and the future of Jamstack presented at their recent Jamstackconf. I also cover the ownership of Berlin startups, crypto hype, the history of search, new zoom integrations, and much more.
This episode has the following 2 stories:
The Weekly Squeak - IoT trends and the future of conferences with Cate Lawrence
In this Weekly Squeak I have my old cohost back to discuss recent trends in IoT and her visit to IFA in Berlin, will the hybrid format be the future of conferences in the medium term?
Rebecca, Jason, and Chris try to encourage cats in space to give opinions and senators in heaven are selling meeples. Will the games we create be total nonsense, or race to the top of the hotness lists?
The Weekly Squeak - Scaling MySQL with PlanetScale
In this episode of the Weekly Squeak I speak with Jiten Vaidya and Sugu Sougoumarane of Planet Scale, a solution for scaling MySQL on Kubernetes. I also cover Mozilla, returning to the office, Canonical, and can open source be bought?
The Weekly Squeak - Infrastructure as code with Pulumi
In this episode I speak with Christian Nunciato, author of Pulumi in Action from Manning.
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WTD Episode 31 - Strategies for site search, with Peter Levan
So many documentation websites rely on search as part of their information architecture. But what do you actually need to consider if you want to make your site search return answers for users in relevant, efficient ways? Join Peter Levan from Funnelback with regular guests Chris, Jared, and Tom for a talk all about making search work well on your site. Some of the questions discussed include: Why can’t you just let Google do the searching and indexing for you? Do you need to pay big money to get a site search tool? How do you make your docs site talk robot?
The Weekly Squeak - API-first content management with Contentful
In this episode I speak with Paolo Negri about their API-first content platform. Also features the story of Bullfrog, history books for roleplayers, judging an open source project, and more.
Stories about people episode 1
This episode has the following 4 stories: