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A weekly podcast covering the latest essential UK technology news and how it impacts our teams. Hosted by Sanjay Purswani, Neil Studd and Gwen Diagram.

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A weekly podcast covering the latest essential UK technology news and how it impacts our teams. Hosted by Sanjay Purswani, Neil Studd and Gwen Diagram.

    Season 2 wrap-up, going on hiatus!

    Season 2 wrap-up, going on hiatus!

    Hello dear audience!  In the wrap-up to a shorter season 2 we explain what's been going on and why we haven't been able to meet up and record as frequently.  We're going on hiatus for a while and hope to be back later in the year!


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    • 9 min
    Thinking about quitting Tech?

    Thinking about quitting Tech?

    Ever had one of those days, weeks or years? Have you thought, even briefly, about giving up the tech life and pursuing another career dream? Spurred on by a recent Reddit discussion, Sanj, Gwen and Neil look into the reasons why people might occasionally be tempted, and share their own half-baked alternate career plans. Learn which of your hosts was once a trainee electrician, who'd love to be a mile-high dentist, who took a crash-course in pub ownership, and who just wants to be paid to be on the beach.

    In the stand-up, everyone's still hiring, everyone's waiting for shiny new toys to arrive, and two of our crew go cold turkey on caffeine (one more deliberately than the other). 

    TIMESTAMPS:

    00:00 Start
    01:06 The Stand-Up
    08:58 This Week's Epic
    24:45 The Wash-Up

    LINKS DISCUSSED THIS WEEK:

    Kia EV6

    Sticker Mule

    Reddit: Anyone else feel the constant urge to leave the field and become a plumber/electrician/brickie?

    Lisa Crispin: I'm independent!

    Touchstone

    The Guardian: 'Relentless calls and constant abuse': why Britain's vets are in crisis


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    • 25 min
    Not Asking For Pay Rises?

    Not Asking For Pay Rises?

    With inflation skyrocketing and energy bills about to go through the roof, the governer of the Bank of England has this week warned against workers asking for substantial pay rises, asking everybody to deal with the "pain" of the rising cost-of-living, whilst simultaneously taking home over £500,000 a year. We get deep into when and how we should ask for a pay rise, whether cost-of-living increases should be a given, how companies can better support employees during tough financial times, and Sanj declares some strong feelings which may lead to our Patreon earnings being diverted into legal fees.

    In the wonderful world of our stand-up section, we've got busy hiring times, scary talks, Xbox dev kits and EV research. Plus, the world's shortest news quiz! 

    TIMESTAMPS:

    00:00 Start
    01:16 The Stand-Up
    08:20 This Week's Epic
    23:26 The Wash-Up

    LINKS DISCUSSED THIS WEEK:

    Lara Hogan - Resilient Management

    Humans Plus Tech podcast

    Ecologi

    TechTree

    YouTube: Uncharted movie trailer

    BBC News: Charles met Queen two days before testing positive

    BBC News: Don't ask for a big pay rise, warns Bank of England boss

    Money Saving Expert: What is the Energy Price Cap?

    The Guardian: Bank of England boss urged to shadow care worker for a day amid low pay row

    The Guardian: The definition of levelling down: the Bank of England calling for wage 'restraint'

    Bloomberg: Boris Johnson Rebukes Bank of England’s Bailey Over Wages Remark

    LinkedIn: CEO of RSL Renewables covering staff energy bills


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    • 24 min
    Handling Incidents and Outages

    Handling Incidents and Outages

    What do we tell people when things go wrong in our organisations? This week, there have been a couple of write-ups of recent high-profile outages at Roblox and Mozilla, which - when paired with the well-documented outage at Facebook that we discussed last season - gives us a fascinating glimpse into other companies' incident processes, on-call rotas and war rooms. Sanj, Gwen and Neil share their surprising love of being knee-deep in an incident, bringing some of their own recent experiences to the podcast.

    In our workplace updates, there's lots of hiring, lots of shipping new features, everybody tries to coax Sanj into management, and Neil totally isn't doing any money laundering.

    TIMESTAMPS:

    00:00 Start
    01:28 The Stand-Up
    06:48 Social Engineering
    08:25 This Week's Epic
    25:44 The Wash-Up

    LINKS DISCUSSED THIS WEEK: 

    Elucidat careers page

    YouTube: Ozark Season 1 Trailer

    LeadDev

    Glean careers page

    Greg McKeown - Effortless

    Facebook Engineering: Update about the October 4th outage

    Roblox Return to Service 10/28-10/31 2021

    Mozilla Hacks: Retrospective and Technical Details on the recent Firefox Outage

    Vox: Pokémon Go launched in 26 countries, and then its servers crashed

    Down Detector

    Down For Everyone Or Just Me


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    • 26 min
    Building Behaviours Over Setting Goals

    Building Behaviours Over Setting Goals

    It's that time of year where everybody's talking about goal-setting, but are goals the correct form of measurement? This week, the TTW crew are talking about goals and habits, and their experiences with how effective they are at modifying behaviours. Naturally, this leads to a number of conversational rabbit-holes (even in our new shortened format), so expect to hear tales of driving lessons, toothbrush etiquette and Ted Lasso.

    Plus we give our weekly workplace updates, which includes conference chat, one of the biggest first-world problems ever, and praise for one of Neil's favourite TV shows.

    TIMESTAMPS:

    00:00 Start
    01:23 The Stand-Up
    06:57 This Week's Epic
    23:33 The Wash-Up

    LINKS DISCUSSED THIS WEEK: 

    The Independent: Storm Malik: Met Office issues severe weather warning for Scotland and northern England

    Agile on the Beach

    LeadDev Together

    YouTube: Parasite Trailer

    YouTube: Mr Robot Season 1 Trailer

    IGN: Steam Deck Gets an Official Release Date, First Units to Ship in February

    Sticker Mule

    FS Blog: Habits vs Goals

    YouTube: Conquer Driving: Why smart goals don't work on driving lessons

    GoodToKnow: Can you exercise with Covid?

    Shawn Achor: The Happiness Advantage

    TED Talks: Shawn Achor - The happy secret to better work

    Freedom

    Netflix: The Social Dilemma

    The Times: Outcry over energy-sucking Facebook data centre that threatens Dutch green targets

    Get Money Rich: Robert Kiyosaki's "Pay Yourself First" idea

    MindTools: Daniel Pink's Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose Framework

    Entrepeneurial Operating System (EOS)

    James Clear: How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science)

    YouTube: Ted Lasso Season 1 Trailer


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    • 24 min
    When Open Source Goes Wrong

    When Open Source Goes Wrong

    We're back for our second season! We're starting off with a dicussion about how we use open source software in our workplaces, after a couple of  major recent scares and outages. How do you keep track of what you're incorporating into your software, and how can we make sure that authors are rewarded for their efforts?

    Plus, we update you on everything that's happened over our Christmas break: find out who caught COVID, who completed Red Dead Redemption 2, who's been won over by Microsoft Teams, and who's been donating to Wikipedia.

    TIMESTAMPS:

    00:00 Start
    01:11 The Stand-Up
    11:00 This Week's Epic
    25:20 The Wash-Up

    LINKS DISCUSSED THIS WEEK: 

    Martin Fowler: Strangler Pattern

    Google Support: Pixel 6 Pro rattling noise from camera

    Entrepreneurial Operating System

    Scaling Leaders

    Herman Miller

    TechCrunch: Open source developers, who work for free, are discovering they have power

    Reddit: Author of Faker.js deletes the entire repo 

    Lawfare: What's the Deal with the Log4Shell Security Nightmare?

    The Register: Open source isn't the security problem – misusing it is

    Buy Me A Coffee

    GitHub: Danny Dainton - Newman Reporter HTMLExtra

    Tech Times: Developer Gets Suspended After Intentionally Sabotaging GitHub and Other Open-Source Libraries

    NBC New York: New Details in Case of Man Charged After NYC Fire, Potential Bomb-Making Materials Found

    Google AMP


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    • 26 min

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