From Ruby apps to large-scale distributed systems: navigating technology as a self-taught outsider

This is a written version of a talk I gave at the Ada Lovelace Day mini-conference in Oslo, on October 9 2019. A fantastic event by the way, with lots of amazing technologists from different IT fields. You’ll find the full slides here, and the recording here. A curious child from cosmonaut to literary critic […]

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Ethics in software development

This is the written down talk I gave at TIAD.io on October 4th 2016. Slides can be found here. If you’re watching the TV series “Silicon Valley”, you might remember the signature gag from season one, shot at a real TechCrunch Disrupt event. Each of the presenting teams claimed they are making the world a […]

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Why I publish my talks in written form

some people prefer reading to watching videos (time, Internet connection, personal preferences) people with hearing impairments exist not everyone is a native English speaker and it might make it easier for them to follow some people speak with strong accents, mumble (both natives and non-natives) and you might just not understand everything with the rising […]

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DevOps and sharing

This is a written version of a talk I gave at DevOps Days Kiel. You can find the slides here. My computer failed me during the presentation and hung up on Libre Office, so I had to go the first 5 minutes without slides. Pro tip: keep your speaker notes on a different device than […]

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A case against showmanship

This is a written version of a talk I gave at eurucamp 2015. Slides from the talk can be found here. Marta, why do you hate fun? A couple months ago, I took part in a conversation about inappropriate content in presentation slides. The discussion was whether to modify a user group’s Code of Conduct […]

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Codes of Conduct, and stuff

This blog post originally appeared on my other blog, but I decided to move it here to keep all my IT blog posts in one place. I had a very interesting conversation with Florian Gilcher a couple weeks ago. Florian – one of the eurucamp organizers – shared his experiences on how hard it gets […]

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