TG #40.1: Relevance

September 25, 2017 – 2:30 am by Pat

In our first attempt at using a short “eplet” format, Craig and Pat briefly discuss a couple of techniques for technology workers to use in staying relevant in a fast-moving field.


TG #40: Abstraction

July 11, 2017 – 2:30 am by Pat

This week’s episode has us discussing the use of abstraction in engineering and in pet management.

Lamest News of the Week

The serious story: Hobby Lobby reaches settlement on importing Biblical artifacts. http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/05/us/hobby-lobby-ancient-artifacts-trnd/index.html

The lame part: The actual name of the court case! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7iIRjahNvNcclpUZXdDaU83eE0/view

Abstraction

Some real reference for further reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstraction_(software_engineering)

  • Abstraction is the art of simplifying a system, so that rather than needing to understand HOW something works, you only need to understand how to interact with a system.
  • Why is it important? It allows you to deal with a problems in a more componentized way.
  • A good gauge for abstraction is when you create something, do you just “ask it questions” without fear that it will do something unexpected

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TG #39: Machine Learning

June 19, 2017 – 2:35 am by Pat

This time on Tweak and Geek, we discuss the emerging computing trend of Machine Learning, what it is and means, and whether Skynet is sending a Terminator back in time to murder your parents.

Lamest News of the Week

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-belgium-primeminister-ear-idUSKBN18Q1FM

Machine Learning?

https://xkcd.com/1838/

This media has nothing to do with the podcast story but Craig put it in the show notes while we were recording

This dongle looks like a scorpion

This dongle looks like a scorpion


TG #38: We’re Back

June 12, 2017 – 2:35 am by Pat

Craig and Pat have returned from a seven-year hiatus to assault your ears with geekery again! In this episode, we talk a bit about what Software Engineering is like as a field, and address questions from Quora like “Can anyone do this?” and “Do we get overpaid?” (Spoiler: No and No.)

Lamest News of the Week

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Buckethead

Software Engineering

https://www.quora.com/Can-anyone-learn-how-to-code

https://www.quora.com/Am-I-wrong-to-think-that-programmers-are-overpaid


TG #37: 2009 Predictions Reviewed

February 16, 2010 – 5:41 pm by Pat

In this episode of Tweak and Geek, we recap our 2009 predictions… at great length! We’ll also try to convince you to eat maggots. Sure, we might have said it was Episode 36 in the intro, but you trust us on the maggots anyway, right?


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TG #36: Blue-collar vs White-collar

December 15, 2009 – 2:00 am by Pat

On this Tweak and Geek, we debate the relative merits of coming to the software profession in different ways.


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TG #35: Quantum Gravity

December 1, 2009 – 5:00 am by Pat

This week’s Tweak and Geek has Craig, Pat, and Mike exploring new evidence about the intricacies of quantum gravity. Whoa, that’s heavy! HA HA HA! Oh, and we cover lame news, too.


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TG #34.5: Thanksgiving Special

November 25, 2009 – 1:57 pm by Pat

In this holiday episode, Mike, Craig, and Pat talk about a few things we’re thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!


TG #34: Windows 7 is Here

November 17, 2009 – 5:00 am by Pat

Time for the latest in Microsoft’s offerings to Operating Systems everywhere.


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TG #33: Halloween Spooktacular

October 29, 2009 – 11:23 am by Pat

On this very special episode of Tweak and Geek, Craig tries his level best to SCARE you!


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