Category Archives: what I do

Paris, November 2014

I was in Paris for work. Many things happened that week. You might also like: KLM Makes Up, and Other Airline Experiences Airline Usability KLM Tries Harder… But Fails Dancing Horses: The Lipizzaner Stallions

I was in Paris for work. Many things happened that week.

Marketing Your Tech Talent (at OSCON)

In early 2013, I submitted a talk to OSCON entitled “Marketing Your Tech Talent.” It was turned down, but soon after I was honored to have it accepted for Monktoberfest, where it was well received. I was amused and flattered that, as soon as I finished the talk, Laurel Ruma jumped up to congratulate me – Read More…

In early 2013, I submitted a talk to OSCON entitled “Marketing Your Tech Talent.” It was turned down, but soon after I was honored to have it accepted for Monktoberfest, where it was well received. I was amused and flattered that, as soon as I finished the talk, Laurel Ruma jumped up to congratulate me – and suggest that I submit it for OSCON. So I did, it was accepted, and I delivered the talk at OSCON 2014.

The Monktoberfest version was aimed more at tech marketing departments or individuals who need persuading that letting technical staff speak for themselves is a great way to market technical products. For the OSCON version, I spoke directly to the techies themselves, encouraging them to market themselves and their talents because “there’s no IMDB for geeks – you are responsible for your career.” The video here was done by OSCON; they don’t share all OSCON talks on their YouTube channel (they’d like you to pay for a viewing package to see them all), but they do allow individual speakers to share them ourselves.

The slides for both (in notes and non-notes versions), as well as other talks of mine, are available on SlideShare.

Both conferences are fun to attend, great ways to learn a lot on many topics, and meet interesting people. As a speaker or attendee, I recommend both.

OSCON 2014: Marketing Your Tech Talent

Marketing Your Tech Talent – OSCON 2014 – without speaker notes from deirdrestraughan This version of this talk was aimed at technical people who need to market themselves and their talents, for the benefit of themselves and their companies. The version aimed at marketing organizations who need to understand why this is a good idea Read More…

This version of this talk was aimed at technical people who need to market themselves and their talents, for the benefit of themselves and their companies. The version aimed at marketing organizations who need to understand why this is a good idea is here.

Download the slide deck with speaker notes here.

me and Jason, June 2014

The Place for Me

On June 16, I became an employee of Ericsson, the Swedish telecom multinational, following Jason Hoffman (above), the founder who had originally hired me into Joyent in late 2010, and was until last September the CTO and my direct boss there. You might also like: My Career Evolution from Tech Writer to… Many Things Toxic Things I Once Read More…

On June 16, I became an employee of Ericsson, the Swedish telecom multinational, following Jason Hoffman (above), the founder who had originally hired me into Joyent in late 2010, and was until last September the CTO and my direct boss there.

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Metrics Workshop at LISA13

At USENIX LISA`13, Brendan Gregg led a Metrics Workshop, along with Narayan Desai, Kent Skaar, Theo Schlossnagle, and Caskey Dickson. “This was an opportunity for many industry professionals to discuss problems with performance metrics and monitoring, and to propose and discuss solutions.” More details from Brendan here. I filmed the day, above is a playlist of Read More…

At USENIX LISA`13, Brendan Gregg led a Metrics Workshop, along with Narayan Desai, Kent Skaar, Theo Schlossnagle, and Caskey Dickson. “This was an opportunity for many industry professionals to discuss problems with performance metrics and monitoring, and to propose and discuss solutions.” More details from Brendan here.

I filmed the day, above is a playlist of all the resulting videos.