I Didn't Even Know That That's What That Was

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1105 NPR had a great story on Morning Edition about the history of the Vocoder. A new book has been written that describes its origin, it’s eventual adaptation into a musical instrument, and it’s current use, influence, and overall legacy. I was fascinated – I didn’t even know that that’s what that sound was.

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How to annoy your audience

Things to not do during a presentation: If you are using a web conferencing/presentation tool that supports the upload and display of PowerPoint decks, take advantage of it. Your end users will get a signifigantly better experience than you just sharing your desktop and running PowerPoint on it. Most of these tools understand and can…

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Why User Testing Is So Important

I recently placed an order with a company for something my wife and I had been discussing quite a bit. We were quite excited to finally order this particular item. I was duly impressed when, about an hour after I placed my order, I actually received an automated phone call from the company informing me…

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My Favorite Interview Question

I’ve given plenty of interviews in my day. Almost all of them have been for highly technical positions; typically software development. Of all the interview questions I’ve ever asked, this one is my absolute favorite:  “Write a function that can take the derivative of a single variable polynomial of any order. Perform this operation using…

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You Never Know What You Don't

I was once asked by a colleage at a previous employer what skills would be required to implement and maintain a piece of software we sold. After thinking about this a bit, I wrote back with three points: Software Development Experience Motivation Interest The answer I received in reply isn’t fit to print. A well…

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