Tech interviews, too much homework, and the motherhood question

There’s a fascinating discussion around technical interviews recently; would both candidate experience and hiring signal be improved by revising the current round of (basically Google-inspired) non-runnable algorithm-centric coding examples completed under time pressure? I’ve been following Thomas Ptacek’s tweets about it for a few months, for example: “We could have you write and test code like a normal person, but instead we interview you based on something utterly unlike coding”. — Thomas H. Ptacek (@tqbf) March 28, 2016 @gayle @edropple Yes, I DEFINITELY think no interview better than algorithm interview. — Thomas H. Ptacek (@tqbf) March 9, 2015 Then last … Continue reading Tech interviews, too much homework, and the motherhood question

Facts to definitely give when advertising your event, an incomplete list

The year. Otherwise your event for the 18th April might be in a few weeks, or it may be a stale webpage from your very successful and very over event in 2004. The weekday. Otherwise I can’t intersect your event’s day and my (ridiculously complicated) personal calendar in my head and figure out if this is a Tuesday probably-I-could-swing-it event or a Wednesday nope-I’ll-be-in-Melbourne event without authenticating to some device and opening my calendar navigating to the day and… SQUIRREL. If you are kind-hearted, you could add a few of very very many pieces of information suggested in the AdaCamp … Continue reading Facts to definitely give when advertising your event, an incomplete list

Remembering Telsa Gwynne

Telsa Gwynne, whom I knew through my time in the LinuxChix community between 2000 and around 2007, died this week: Last night my friend Telsa Gwynne died, after a long battle with cancer. Beloved of many in the Open Source community, we shall all miss her — Alec Muffett (@AlecMuffett) November 3, 2015 Telsa is the direct inspiration for the entire 15 years of content on this website, especially the personal diary. Before joining LinuxChix, I first knew Telsa through her online diary (its archival title, “This was a diary, once”, is painful to read now), which I heard about … Continue reading Remembering Telsa Gwynne

Blogging for Geek Feminism, a short history

With yesterday’s release of Spam All the Links, I’ve finished my long awaited project of departing the Geek Feminism blog. I was involved in the blog on, if not from the first day of its existence, at least from the first week of it. My involvement in the blog was huge, and comprises among other things: over 200 posts to the blog founding and for a long time running the Ask a Geek Feminist, Wednesday Geek Woman and Cookie of the Week series doing a linkspam post by myself multiple times a week for about a year recruiting the initial … Continue reading Blogging for Geek Feminism, a short history