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.
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:
The Weekly Squeak - D&D and Teams with Karthik Nagarajan
Our first episode! 🥳
The Weekly Squeak - Robert Reeves of Liquibase
Robert Reeves joins me after a 2 year gap to discuss bringing DevOps practices to the database world. I also cover Zoom’s amazing quarter, the end of PhoneGap, the end of the Beatles, and the end of WW2 (in Japan).
The Weekly Squeak - Tanmai Gopal of Hasura - Instant GraphQL APIs for your data
I speak with Tanmai Gopal about Hasura, an open source and hosted platform that brings instant GraphQL APIs to your data. Also features my weekly round up of geeky news including the best game consoles ever, GPT-3, and more.
In this episode, Juan Lara from Google joins us for a lively discussion about documentation templates. Documentation templates refer to established patterns we follow for common documentation types, such as quickstarts, how-to guides, concepts, tutorials, reference, troubleshooting, release notes, FAQs, or other information types that have similar, predictable patterns. Templates can be helpful in orienting new writers, but they can also help ensure consistency among larger groups of experienced writers too. Our discussion in this episode ranges from observations about when templates are right for users versus writers, and how templates fit into an overall content strategy and information architecture. Beyond templates, your user’s goals and journeys will influence the shape of your help content.
The Weekly Squeak - Confluent Cloud with Dan Rosanova
In this episode I speak with Dan Rosanova from Confluent about Kafka, their cloud offering, and project Metamorphosis. I also cover news from the past week including Developer Experience 101, Google Docs as an act of resistance, news from the Linux Kernel, what happened next to the founder of Atari, and much more.
The Weekly Squeak - Detecting infections from X-Rays with Alexander Wong of COVID-Net
This is a focussed episode, where I interview Alexander Wong of COVID-Net and DarwinAI about an open-source project last week to improve COVID-19 screening using artificial intelligence (AI). In news I recommend another podcast you should listen to in this turbulent week.
Interchain, Tech privilege and inclusion with Tess Rinearson
This week I speak with Tess Rinearson about the Interchain foundation and her past thoughts on running inclusive hackathons, privilege, and much more. Also features news from Microsoft Build, Surveillance Capitalism, and the lost Sim games of Maxis.
In-memory computing with Dale Kim of Hazelcast
This week I speak about in-memory computing with Dale Kim of Hazelcast. I also look at the changing world of in-person trade shows, offices, and restaurants.
The Weekly Squeak - Kubernetes as a Service with Spectro Cloud
This week I speak with Spectro Cloud about their new Kubernetes as a service offering, and also take a look at operating system market share changes, Skype just isn’t cool, Apple’s T2 chip woes, gaming, and Stephen Wolfram’s theory of everything.
The Weekly Squeak - Scalable Graph databases with TigerGraph
In this episode I speak with Troy Murray of breaker.io, a decentralized ecosystem that empowers creators and delivers fans classic and original content. Also features news items on technology in a time of crisis, self-editing, the bans before musicians were famous, and much more!
This week I speak with Chris Longstaff of Mindtech about their curious plan to help machine learning by augmenting datasets with synthetic data.
In this episode, we chat with Eric Holscher, co-founder of both Read the Docs and Write the Docs, about the recent Salary Survey that the WTD group conducted. This survey was launched in Fall 2019, and the results published were recently published. The salary survey covers details such as types of employment, job titles, roles, length of time in role, work location, annual salary, salary breakdowns by state, additional benefits, satisfaction, reasons for dissastisfaction, organization type, respondent demographics, and more. In addition to exploring the survey, we also chat about tips for working from home, especially given that both Eric and Chris have been working remotely for many years.
In this episode I speak with Quinn Slack of Sourcegraph about the universal code search tool. Also features news on AmigaOS, awesome repos for developers, the truths of lockdown, meetup spins out of WeWork, and early internet streamers.
No links this week as I focus on an interview with Quentin Rhoads-Herrera of Critical Start where we talk about cyber security during a time of crisis.
In this episode I speak with Peter Suma of Applied Brain Research about Nengo, a complete brain maker that allows you to develop and run models with deep learning, online learning, static weights, simple linear neurons, complex spiking neurons, and everything in-between.
Also features content covering tools for working from home, two player games, a “Hello World” for the modern era, and much more!
In this episode I speak with Nick Millward of mGage about the past present and future of mobile engagement, especially RCS. I also cover the history of the URL, teaching an AI to play D&D, how to work from home, why Discord is bad, Brave is good, and so much more.
Episode 28 is a recording of a Berlin WTD meetup focused on UX writing processes, live streamed on March 9, 2020 at the Humanitec in Berlin. The meetup featured two speakers. Natasha Sarana, UX Writer at FlixMobility, talks about her company’s attempts to include UX Writing in their research routine. She shares the main challenges they faced so far and how they deal with them. The second speaker, Roger Sheen, information architect and freelance UX Writer, talks about how the UI copy process at Wire evolved as the product matured. He covers gathering and aligning copy from source code, moving it to dedicated strings files to facilitate version control and localization, and setting up collaboration workflows with developers and external partners.