It’s common in tech spheres to separate coders from business people. Coders are the software developers who create solutions using computer programming code. Business people then use these solutions to create and operate business processes. But this distinction is blurrier than you might think—and only growing less clear as more jobs require data-driven decision-making. Millions … Continue reading Beyond Spreadsheets
Yes, spreadsheets are code. With me? No? Let me explain. First, let's talk about my definition of coding. I think coding is the act of writing logical instructions in plain text that can be interpreted by software to do something useful. I take a pretty wide view, admittedly. But I don't think I'm too far … Continue reading Are Spreadsheets Code?
I recently gave a talk, Harnessing the Power of AI, at the PwC Designed to Disrupt conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was my first speaking event as a Googler, so that was both exciting and a bit nerve-wracking. I think I did well though! Some of the things I talked about: Quantum Supremacy Google … Continue reading Talking in Front of People About AI
Well, it's been a little over a month since I joined Google. I feel like Keanu Reeves in the Matrix: I know kung fu. Not really, but I have learned a ton about Google. I took a Tech Immersion training class, I travelled to our gleaming Sunnyvale campus, I commuted on an infamous GBus (but in the wrong … Continue reading One Month at Google: I Know Kung Fu
I just completed my first week at Google. I joined Google Cloud's Office of the CTO (OCTO), our two-way innovation street connecting enterprise CTOs and CIOs with the magic of Google. I'm just beginning the journey, but so far, it's been pretty amazing. I've spent the last two years at Blackstone, working in the Blackstone Innovations … Continue reading First Week at Google
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at an event hosted by Bloomberg. It was fun! Here was the info about the event. Bloomberg Speaker Series: Artificial Intelligence in Finance Bloomberg invites you to join us for our 2nd Data Speaker Series Event. Our Speaker Series is a more … Continue reading Talking in Front of People About Data
so much depends upon a big excel workbook saved with linked data beside the sad analysts. Thanks to Mr. Robot, finance pros, and Not So Standard Deviations.
For about a year after college I worked as a dishwasher in the nicest restaurant in Charlottesville, VA, the C&O. I was a pretty bad dishwasher, honestly, because I was too detail-oriented and therefore slow. I had to make sure each dish was perfect! Generally a bad plan for a busy kitchen. I mostly worked … Continue reading C&O Potatoes
I've just spent four weeks using Windows at work, for the first time in about 6 years. Recently I've been working almost exclusively on Macs, with Linux for any deployed server processing. However, before that I spent about 10 years on Windows, mostly as a SQL database engineer and occasional .NET programmer. Before that, however, I … Continue reading One Month With Windows
Like many companies, mine uses an HTTP proxy to protect us from various security risks, such as malware, unintended data leaks, and the like. In general this is a great thing. I heard from one of our risk engineers that malware incidents went down substantially when they implemented this proxy. However, as a developer trying … Continue reading Fighting the Proxy