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Taking time to be thankful

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Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. My family has decided not to celebrate in the “traditional” way this year. I just couldn’t reconcile the origins of Thanksgiving with the increasing escalation of violence against the Lakota and Dakota water … Continue reading

Tech news roundup, week ending Nov 19, 2016

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Another week, another round-up. It’s getting hard to stay caught up! I have a request this week: if your official title is DevOps engineer, I’d like to talk to you, potentially for a future blog post. Email me! Here’s what … Continue reading

Talk to each other

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We have to talk about the election. One of the first and probably the most interesting conversations I had about the election was with my children. I told them that things *are* better than they were when I was a … Continue reading

On sexist behavior and being a community

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By this time, I’m sure you’ve seen it. I also know that some of you are sick of talking about it. But, if we want things to get better, we have to have action. Yes, I’m talking about the picture … Continue reading

New ATX Women in Tech meetup, come wine and whine!

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This Wednesday (April 27) during the OpenStack Summit, Carla Crull (of Rackspace) and I will be hosting the inaugural Austin Women in Tech’s Wine and Whine event. This isn’t an OpensStack event, this is an event for women who work … Continue reading

Achievement unlocked: I’ve been named to the EMC Elect 2016

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I started my technical community building journey when I worked at EMC. I worked in the Ed Services organization building training courses and certification tests, and then I started running the Proven Professional community (and helped start the social media … Continue reading

What enterprise tech can learn from “Mean Girls”

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You may have seen me refer to a certain company on Twitter as the Mean Girls of the datacenter. It’s not my term, someone just dared me to tweet it. The sentiment of the phrase is interesting, and a repeat of a pattern … Continue reading

Blogging basics, with a focus on B2B technical blogging

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I loved this very practical post by Gina Schreck that gives basic advice to new bloggers. The post seemed to be aimed more at people who blog for consumer products, so I thought I’d take a crack at tailoring this great … Continue reading

The importance of community, revisited

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Last night I was honored to be part of the birthday extravaganza on the new-ish podcast Current Status. Last night’s podcast was a great celebration of how tech has changed since we were younger, and I talked about something for … Continue reading