Jean Yang has a better way to catch breaking changes. She's been considering software verification, programming language design, type-systems, and type-safety for many years. She understands how to automatically enforce information flow policies and has now turned her eye towards founding Akita Software. They promise to make your APIs and Services easier to understand, map, manage, and maintain.
April Christina Curley is a Diversity Specialist and Educator who recently left Google where she focused on increasing hires from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). We talk about the problems of hiring in tech, the challenges faced by underrepresented groups, what companies need to focus on to retain top talent, and her thoughts talent that remains untapped by tech.
In this special episode of Hanselminutes, Scott shares a discussion with Jim McKelvey, a glassblower and also the co-founder of Square! This conversation was previously published as a episode of Microsoft's internal interview series "Outside In." Jim's team and our friends at Microsoft have encouraged us to share the episode where we discuss innovation and entrepreneurship.
Nicholas Hunt-Walker loves the stars. So much so that he got a Master's degree in Astronomy...and now works as a Software Engineer! How did that happen? Nicholas shares his passionate path to software, both front-end and back-end programming and how solving problems with software was a family affair.
It's 2021 and Scott's sons were asked to buy TI-83 calculators for their classes. Are there truly no better choices? Romain Goyet asked the same question...and did something about it. Numworks is the graphing calculator that makes everyone a math person. Open Source through and through, powerful, color, AND is allowed on major tests like the SAT, AP, PSAT and other College Board tests. It also runs a Python shell! How can such a wonderful thing exist? Scott finds out this week.
George Li is a photographer, TikToker, and is currently working on the MiTEE 2 satellite platform at the University of Michigan with NASA and JPL. As an R&D member of the Communications subteam, we is currently developing a microwave communications power splitter system for the MiTEE 2 Satellite platform. Today he talks to Scott about all things CubeSat!
Let's move beyond buzzwords and talk about observability and DevOps in large systems. Observability is the ability to measure the internal state of a system only by its outputs, but often those outputs are hundreds of log files spread across dozens of systems. The cloud has only made these large systems harder to understand and manage. Scott talks to New Relic's Tori Wieldt about the benefits of formalizing how you think about distributed systems and the tools available to make things easier.
Lisette is a remote-working German-born American living in the Netherlands who is totally jazzed by the fact that it’s possible to work from anywhere. In fact, it’s not just possible; it’s completely, productively workable—if you do it right. She talks to Scott about remote work before, during, and after the pandemic!
Johanna Rothman has been in software and management for many years and she's taken what she knows about managing teams and put it into a great three-volume set "Modern Management Made Easy." She covers not just managing organizations, managing teams, but also managing yourself. Scott talks to Johanna about the trials and tribulations of management and how Johanna's insights can help.
Double NAT? Triple NAT? Opening Ports, punching holes in firewalls, it's all so complex, right? Does it have to be? Scott talks to Tailscale's Avery Pennarun and asks "can networking be simple?" Avery and his team believes it can with a new take on networking. Personal mesh-style VPNs with tech like WireGuard over a faster, leaner, cleaner, and simpler way to share your network with your team.