48 episodes

Being on-call in a tech team can lead to some interesting stories. On this podcast we'll talk to a variety of people from the world of technology, discuss their experiences in on-call and find out some nightmares they survived.

Hosted by Jay Gordon - Twitter @jaydestro

On-Call Nightmares Podcast Jay Gordon

    • Technology
    • 4.0 • 11 Ratings

Being on-call in a tech team can lead to some interesting stories. On this podcast we'll talk to a variety of people from the world of technology, discuss their experiences in on-call and find out some nightmares they survived.

Hosted by Jay Gordon - Twitter @jaydestro

    On-Call Nightmares: Back in a New York Groove

    On-Call Nightmares: Back in a New York Groove

    Hey friends, it's been a while. I haven't been on-call, but I have been working on meeting tons of new people for new content for this podcast.

    I can't do it alone though. Would you like to be on the podcast?

    Reach out!

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OnCallNightmare
    Email: oncallnightmares@gmail.com

    The commitment for your story is under 35 minutes and you'll have a lasting testimony of your experience on-call.

    • 1 min
    Episode 46 - Year in Review with Corey Quinn of The Duckbill Group

    Episode 46 - Year in Review with Corey Quinn of The Duckbill Group

    Well 2019 is just about done, that means one more podcast. This time I break format a bit and welcome on Corey Quinn. Corey and I take a look at how he founded the company and how they help people save money on their AWS bills. Then Corey and I take a dive into some of the topics that impacted the cloud in 2019. A fun conversation to end 2019!

    Corey is the Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group. Corey specializes in helping companies improve their AWS bills by making them smaller and less horrifying; hosts the Screaming in the Cloud and AWS Morning Brief podcasts; and curates Last Week in AWS, a weekly newsletter summarizing the latest in AWS news, blogs, and tools, sprinkled with snark.


    • 36 min
    Episode 45 - Kelsey Hightower - Google

    Episode 45 - Kelsey Hightower - Google

    It's the One Year Anniversary of On-Call Nightmares. When I set out to start this podcast, there were a few people on a list that i just felt I needed to speak to. I finally checked off the first name I had on the list. Episode 45 is a conversation with Google Principal Developer Advocate, Kelsey Hightower.

    Kelsey Hightower is a Technologist working at Google while learning in public.


    • 34 min
    Episode 44 - Silvia Botros - Twilio

    Episode 44 - Silvia Botros - Twilio

    This week I chat with Silvia Botros also known as the @dbsmasher from Twitter. I learn about her experiences on-call for databases, motherhood and an affinity for breaking things. An awesome conversation with an incredible person.

    Silvia Botros is a Sr Principal Engineer at Twilio. She focuses on ways to break databases but is also talented at finding bugs in all your software. Whether she helped build it or not. When she is not helping Twilio Sendgrid send billions of emails a day, she is busy training her little replicas on also breaking computers and trolling her friends on Twitter.


    • 34 min
    Episode 43 - Damon Edwards - Rundeck

    Episode 43 - Damon Edwards - Rundeck

    One of the best parts of attending DOES 2019 in Las Vegas was meeting so many of the leaders and innovators from the world of DevOps. Damon Edwards's work is extremely well known in the DevOps field and I was lucky enough to discuss his history during this interview.

    Damon Edwards is a Co-Founder of Rundeck Inc., the makers of Rundeck, the popular open source Operations Management Platform. Damon has spent over 15 years working with both the technology and business ends of IT Operations and is noted for being a leader in porting Lean and cutting-edge DevOps techniques to large-scale enterprise organizations. Damon is a frequent conference speaker and writer who focuses on DevOps, SRE, and Operations improvement topics. Damon is active in the international DevOps community, a co-host of the DevOps Cafe podcast, and a content chair for Gene Kim’s DevOps Enterprise Summit.


    • 30 min
    Episode 42 - John Willis - Red Hat

    Episode 42 - John Willis - Red Hat

    The number 42 has a huge meaning for baseball fans. Jackie Robinson wore 42, Mariano Rivera wore 42 and now one of the greatest in DevOps, John Willis wears the On-Call Nightmares podcast episode #42! Learn from John's past, his present and his future at Red Hat. We got together at the 2019 DevOps Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas to chat about all things DevOps and a lil Yankees baseball (not much). By far one of the most important episodes of the podcast yet.

    John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 35 years. Currently he is part of Red Hat's Global Transformation Office which will be focused on accelerating our customers digital visions while bringing holistic change across their technological AND social systems.

    He was formerly Director of Ecosystem Development at Docker. Prior to Docker, Willis was the VP of Solutions for Socketplane (sold to Docker) and Enstratius (sold to Dell). Prior to to Socketplane and Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Training and Services at Opscode, where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award-winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

The Drewsk ,

Great Start!

This podcast is starting out well, I think the topic is really interesting as these are the type of stories I would share with other sysadmins while enjoying some beers.

No matter your scale, if you’ve been on call you’ve lived these nightmares!

Cole in MA ,

Must listen for any Dev or Ops pro

I'm listening to the whole back catalog now. A great premise combined with terrific guests/interviews. Each episode brings back so many memories of on-call experiences I've had throughout the years. I've always found that you really learn the most from your mistakes and experiences, hearing these stories of other people's on-call experiences (and how they corrected / made things better / etc) is the next best thing.

SocialCoast ,

The Net Meets Jack Ryan

As a college student at the University of Michigan in the mid 90’s I was enthralled with my computer science degree. I barely went out and really soaked up the knowledge my professors were so generous to share. As a professional nearly 30 years later, I’m still in love with being a sysadmin. Maybe it was Sandy Bullock in The Net that made my love affair with the internet so strong but whatever it was, the passion is still there. On Call Nightmares completely captures what it takes to be in DevOps or SysAdmin and why we are so special. I feel like a hundred bucks every time a new epi comes out. The host is cordial and affable but the guest steal the show. So far my favorite was episode 3, Chris Short. There were parts of this one that felt like I was watching AMAZON PRIMES, JACK RYAN. I’m so happy to have a new show help pass the time while I commute on my bike to work.

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