Podcasts - page 2

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.

Raj Dutt of Grafana, Brave, WeWork, and Football manager

In this episode I speak with Raj Dutt of Grafana. I also cover the rise of the Brave browser, keep an eye on Softbank, question Apple’s design, look at the new tabletop game, Tapestry, investigate the issues with coworking, and much more!

A fantasy Greek perfect for your eyes

Fresh back from Tekom’s TCWorld event, Chris covers the difference between different types of tech writers, fantasy maps, running D&D campaigns with inconsistent players, is dark mode a myth, and why do so many cultures think Greek is so complicated?


In this episode I cover the WeWork/Meetup/Softbank world domination saga, the sad state of affairs of online journalism, and has Apple had enough of Electron?

The Apache Software Foundation, UNIX at 50 and the story of a floating hotel

In this episode I speak with David Nalley of the Apache Software Foundation about their roles in the projects they work with. Also features how an Australian floating hotel ended up in North Korea, D&D with sign language, long distance flights, and Happy birthday UNIX.

WTD Episode 25 - Researching how developers use API docs, with Andrew Head

In episode 25, we talk with Andrew Head, Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, about his research on how developers use API documentation. Specifically, we focused on a recent article he co-authored titled When Not to Comment: Questions and Tradeoffs with API Documentation for C++ Projects. During the podcast, we chat about the following: where developers look for information, how developers manage information in Google’s unique billion-line code base, when it’s appropriate to just let developers read the code directly versus creating documentation, what kind of information developers look for in API documentation, the relevance of document generators such as Doxygen, and more. Andrew also talked about some projects he’s working on to build interactive tools for developers to share code expertise.

Leemon Baird of Hedera Hashgraph, Wendys Horror, and GNU Start

In this episode I speak with Dr. Leemon Baird of Hedera Hashgraph about their DLT (not a Blockchain), plus the Saga of Richard Stallman continues, the history of Call of Cthulhu, and Wendys releases a RPG…

The Vermont Remote Workers Grant, Docker, Boeing, ICE and Thomas Jefferson

In this episode I speak with Commissioner Goldstein of the Vermont State Government about the policy of paying remote workers to relocate to the state. I also cover Docker, the tech backlash against ICE, the Boeing 737 Max, and Thomas Jefferson’s Bible.

The nerd legacy

In this episode I cover the resignation of Richard Stallman, historic installation windows, Apple and “sherlocking”, COBOL, and the future of development.

WTD Episode 24 - Conference chatter and the Australian scene, with Swapnil Ogale

In this episode, we’re joined by the Write the Docs Australia initiator Swapnil Ogale. We talk about conference wind-downs and ramp-ups, highlights from the just-finished WTD Prague conference, speakers announced for upcoming Write the Docs Australia conference, the Good Docs Project, the tech writing scene in Australia, and more.

Xinshu Dong of RockX, Unix, the history of commuting and words

In this episode I speak with Xinshu Dong of RockX about his new blockchain-based digital assets platform. Also features stories on the impact of our cities on commuting, products for the elderly, the power of words, the history of Unix and more.

Sky Guo of Cypherium, loss in the age of the cloud and fantasy islands

In this episode I speak with Sky Guo of Cypherium, cover data loss in the era of digital memories, fantasy islands, the history of JQuery, and when crowdfunding goes wrong.

WTD Episode 23 - How to write inclusive tech documentation, by Lucie Le Naour

In this episode, rather than the usual roundtable discussion, we provide a recording of a WTD Berlin presentation by Lucie Le Naour on how to write inclusive tech documentation. Inclusive documentation takes into account all users, regardless of their gender, culture, or abilities. It uses language that treats different types of people fairly and equally, acknowledging that the words you choose matter in the connotations and attitudes they convey. This presentation was recorded on August 19, 2019 in Berlin.

Product Hunt award winner Krisp.ai, Ctrl+Alt+Del and HarmonyOS

In this episode I speak with Davit Baghdasaryan of Krisp.ai about their small Windows, macOS and (soon) iOS application that removes background noise from online conversations. Also features news on Huawei’s new OS, the history of Ctrl+Alt+del, moderating hacker news and more.

Putting Blockchain in hotel rooms with Réda Berrehili of the Ki Foundation

In this episode I speak with Réda Berrehili of the Ki Foundation about their plans to put blockchain-powered assistants into hotel rooms. I also cover the Linux desktop wars are over, the Nintendo power glove, and those pesky under water cables giving us all the internet we need (most of the time).

Quantum Jerks - Brilliant Puppies, Pompeii, and what's so good about Medium?

In this Weekly Squeak I cover Quantum computing, removing brilliant jerks, the problems with Medium, the problems with office perks, arguments over Pompeii and more!

WTD Episode 22 - Managing multiple doc projects across Git repositories, with Giles Gaskell

In episode 22, Giles Gaskell from Squiz in Australia joins us to talk about managing multiple doc projects across Git repositories through Antora. Giles explains how to establish processes such that updating documentation becomes part of the definition of done, how to manage build process across multiple Gitlab repositories, strategies for distributing doc work across engineers through templates, how to scale workloads when you’re the lone technical writer in the company, times when dogfooding your own product for docs makes sense and when it does not, pros and cons of Asciidoc versus Markdown, and more docs-as-code topics.

A guide to computing history with Sinclair Target of two-bit history

In this first episode of The Enthusiastic amateur I speak with Sinclair Target of the two-bit history blog telling you some of what you need to know about computing history.

Apache Spark with Jean Georges Perrin, Twine, Alexa and the NHS

In this episode I speak with Jean Georges Perrin about his forthcoming book “Spark in Action”, where we cover Apache Spark, writing books, and why many are wrong about IBM. I also cover Twine, Open Source and Alexa and the UK’s health service.

IOST Blockchain, downplaying air travel, computer sound design and JPEG joy

In this episode I speak with some of the team behind the IOST Blockchain project, cover recent Zoom woes, wonder if air travel is all that’s it’s hyped to be, dig into JPEGs, and so much more!

Marco Palladino of Kong, Sugar, Sobriety and Vegetarian Tech

I speak with Marco Palladino of Kong about their API gateway, microservice mesh and smart docs generation.

The state of mobile networks with OpenSignal

In this episode I speak with Ian Fogg of OpenSignal about our current 4G network, and the future 5G one. Also featured is D&D for product teams, educating on the history of the British Empire, Visual Basic, Project Catalyst, Libra, escaping the smart city and more!

KubeCon - Solo.io, Digital Ocean and Atlassian

In part 2 of interviews from KubeCon, I speak with the following people about developments in the world of Kubernetes:

KubeCon - IBM, Canonical and Rancher

In part 1 of interviews from KubeCon, I speak with the following people about developments in the world of Kubernetes:

Mark Marron of Bosque, Microsoft's new programming language

I speak with Mark Marron of Microsoft about their new language that is simple, obvious, and easy to reason about for both humans and machines.

Matt Billman of Netlify, game playing AI, and Sim City hell

In this episode Chris speaks with Matt Billman of Netlify, creating general game playing AI, browser wars past and present, and more!