On “Why Empowerment”

A twitter link to an NY Mag article on why “Events for ‘Powerful Women’ Don’t Empower Anyone” has caught my eye, and so I thought I’d answer the question. First. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is *not* a bunch of rich, powerful women getting together to congratulate each other on being rich,…

GoDaddy: Redemption and Branding

Sooooo, as the internet is aware, notorious “misogyny sells” company Go Daddy was a platinum sponsor of this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Go Daddy has a long history of misogynist ad campaigns and a notorious dismissal of any critiques of said campaigns. It seemed an unlikely partnership, and caught me completely…

#GHC14 Our scavenger hunt

Jacqueline and Kim were talking over scavenger hunt ideas and I had to jump on that. Here’s the list we came up with in the end. I’m posting it here so we can post our finds. It turns out I have the short-term memory of a (metaphorical) goldfish, so writing some of my finds down…

#GHC14: Web Services – when to refactor

Or possibly “why to use a services-based system rather than monolithic” Or rather “strategies for rewriting legacy code”. Anna’s version: how do I stop myself from refactoring unnecessarily; look how long these major companies put it off. Oh, good point. The particular problem with web services is that people are *using* the service. So move…