In the past I’ve wrote about status meetings and why you should avoid them.
But there are many cases, where you wish to have a meeting in order to: brainstorm, inform, decide etc’.
How can you make it more productive? Continue reading
Code without tests is bad code. Even if it’s looking clean and efficient. Without tests you can’t change it in a verifiable way.
You can’t know if your code is getting better or not.
It’s not a new idea.
But it’s amazing how many times developers will ‘cut’ corners or won’t implement tests because they are too busy to ship a new feature.
In many cases, it’s the opposite case, if you wish to move faster and safer – you need a good tests suite that give you the confidence that your changes didn’t break anything. You wish to have unit tests (wide coverage of functionality and running fast in an automated way), integration tests (a bit slower but still fast and in many cases, with mock data) and end to end tests (Yes, in many cases, in a real production environment). Continue reading
I have just finished this book “Weapons Of Math Destructions” by Cathy O’neil.
It’s an important book that deal with mathematical algorithms and models that control our modern life and where they threat to change many aspects of our social interactions. Think about cases like who is being selected to a certain collage and all the implications. She gives good stories and background to each example in the book.
To me, the bottom line is a call to developers, product managers, scientists (and anyone else who contribute to the creation of these systems) to take more responsibility when they building algorithms. I know it’s a real challenging aspect, as most people are not even aware to the tendencies that they got and influence their decisions. It’s also a call for the regulators to think and ask the hard questions about modern ‘AI‘ systems.
Overall, it’s a good book that is full with good stories and examples that drive her main points about the dark side of big data.
Give it a try.
You might like it as much as I did.
Next time you are driving to Tahoe you don’t need to open the phone, navigate to the browser and check if the road is closed (or not).
You can just ask the Google Assistant: “Hey Google, Talk To Highway 80 Conditions”.
You will get the most updated data about the road like in the example below:
Please ignore the text formatting (which I’ll improve in the near future) as it should be use as voice only while you are driving.
If you are using Telegram check this.
Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a friend about ways to improve your knowledge in different topics.
I suggested to him to leverage his long commute or runs to listen to audio books and podcasts. I have been doing it over the last 15 years and it’s a great way for me to utilize time better. Suddenly the long runs become interesting and time flies. So his next question was what are the podcasts I like and why.
Here are the top ones:
It was another amazing conference in Crested Butte – The Winter Tech Forum (or try the short version of its name).
It’s been over 11 years since I first came to learn about it. The quality of the people and the venue with the passion to hack and learn, make it an experience that is unique and amazing.
The first couple of days are composed of sessions and lighting talks at the evenings. But on the 3rd day, we have a hack day where people can go wild and build something fun.
This year, my hack was a Google Assistant App that tell you if it’s a pow day.
You can just say something like: “Ok Google, talk with Crested Butte Powder” and you will be able to ask it if it’s time to run for the mountain.
Of course, you can just say it to the Google Assistant…
May you have lots of powder days with sunny sky!
Last week, we had a big storm at Tahoe.
I thought it might be great if with one quick question (while you washing our face in the morning) you can learn if it’s a powder day.
After all, when there is a pow day, you should close the shop and run for the slopes, no?
If you are on a mobile device, click here to check it on the assistant, or just say “Hey Google, talk to Northstar pow day”.