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March 19, 2012

Why I Stopped Telling Young Girls to Go Into Engineering

Woman in Tech — Why I Stopped Telling Young Girls to Go Into Engineering
Here’s the thing — I love my job. I love what I do and I do feel that I’ve found my calling in some sense, but I am profoundly unhappy socially. I work in an all male environment that is entirely focused on the technology. They are all brilliant and I love them all dearly. No one has ever meant me harm, but almost on a daily basis I have to deal with some situation that just wouldn’t happen if I wasn’t a woman. Examples are many and include anything from awkward social situations (me working closely with a male coworker = instant gossip in the office) to heated arguments (in which I would try to articulatly explain my point while the other party would claim I don’t know what I am talking about) to blatant trust issues (that had no logical backing) to quota-filling invitations to conferences (I am a frequent speaker at events on the merit of my work, but will not do quota filling appearances.) I can continue, but I’ll stop for now. Those all deserve their own writings. The main problem is the lack of diversity of thought that I deal with constantly. Perhaps because I am a polymath, a person with a variety of interests, or perhaps because I am by nature a social being who needs to derive inspiration from things outside of tech as well, but I often find that I cannot bend my coworkers to step outside of tech. I don’t like to go to tech only conferences because I get bored - I can read a tutorial in 10 minutes, I don’t need to sit for an hour and watch a talk about it. You say that those conferences are to hang out with people? Well, I also don’t need to spend 3 days in bars talking about tech. What about the rest of the world? What about culture? What about our personal lives and our pursuits outside of work? Don’t get me wrong, I was a workaholic before it was hip, but I can’t connect through my work alone. There is no humanity in it. What inspires me to do my best work is the need of others, the real problems that I get to solve through the power of my creativity and coding. When I write the right code and connect the dots for someone, that’s success.

Ads and GPS are killing your phone's battery

Free apps eat up your phone battery just sending ads - tech - 18 March 2012 - New Scientist
STRUGGLING to make your smartphone battery last the whole day? Paying for your apps might help. Up to 75 per cent of the energy used by free versions of Android apps is spent serving up ads or tracking and uploading user data: running just one app could drain your battery in around 90 minutes. Abhinav Pathak, a computer scientist at Purdue University, Indiana, and colleagues made the discovery after developing software to analyse apps' energy usage. When they looked at popular apps such as Angry Birds, Free Chess and NYTimes they found that only 10 to 30 per cent of the energy was spent powering the app's core function. For example, in Angry Birds only 20 per cent is used to display and run the game, while 45 per cent is spent finding and uploading the user's location with GPS then downloading location-appropriate ads over a 3G connection. The 3G connection stays open for around 10 seconds, even if data transmission is complete, and this "tail energy" consumes another 28 per cent of the app's energy.

March 15, 2012

Shocker: Second Life is extremely profitable

I am surprised. Whenever the topic comes up amongst game people the general thought is that it's dead and someone just needs to pull the plug. But it still has over a million active monthly users and makes big profits. I still log in to SL a few times a year, just to see what's new in there. It really is a fascinatingly weird place. The thing I find most intriguing is how parts of it have become a sort of living fanfic engine, where people who are super into a certain thing (Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica, Mass Effect, whatever) create a whole world in which to act out their own stories and dramas. Linden Lab's Second Life "extremely profitable," company looking to expand | Massively
"I was taken aback by just how big Second Life was," Humble says. "To be honest, it had fallen off my radar until I got the call offering me the position. And I looked at their numbers; this is a world that has got 1 million people logging in every month, generating well in excess of $75 million a year -- it's extremely profitable."

March 13, 2012

How To: Dress like Amy Pond

I'm surprised this isn't an official thing that tv shows do. They are clearly desperate for money (have you seen how obnoxious tech placement has gotten in tv shows?). This would be a great way to promote conscious style and make some endorsement bucks on the side. Plus, I could dress like Castle. And that would be fun. Amy Pond outfits. - Polyvore