12 episodes

Ash and Ian talk about interesting Things from the tech industry that are on their minds.

What A Lot Of Things Ian Smith & Ash Winter

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Ash and Ian talk about interesting Things from the tech industry that are on their minds.

    Episode Twelve – AI Haters and The Game That Was Too Good

    Episode Twelve – AI Haters and The Game That Was Too Good

    This episode of the podcast features Ian and Ash in a humour-filled comeback, diving into the fascinating world of generative AI and the impact of Baldur's Gate 3 on the gaming industry. They explore the nuances and controversies surrounding AI, from its potential to enhance creativity to the ethical concerns and the skepticism it faces. The discussion also highlights the importance of corporate culture in producing quality work, as exemplified by Larian Studios' success with Baldur's Gate 3. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, gaming, and creativity, offering insightful and engaging perspectives on contemporary digital phenomena.
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    A Wizard is never lateGartner Hype Cycle Research MethodologyAnthropic, their product,Claude, and their Constitutional AI research.The Turing testReinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF)Other AI platforms mentioned: ChatGPT, Gemini, CopilotAI image generation: Midjourney, DALL·ENew York Times: Bing’s AI Chat: I Want To Be AliveIBM watsonxIA WriterHemingwayDungeons and DragonsStardew ValleySkull and BonesLarian Studios and Baldur’s Gate 3Cyberpunk 2077SendmailLoot boxesWhat A Lot Of Things – LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode Eleven – Testers vs Toxic Culture and Personal Knowledge Management

    Episode Eleven – Testers vs Toxic Culture and Personal Knowledge Management

    Ian and Ash talk about those pesky testers forming communities and taking on toxic cultures, plus forming a dilapidated mind shack using personal knowledge management tools like Obsidian.
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    Zettelkasten - Slip Box not SlipKnot More Zettelkasten Obsidian Home Page Ian's Thoughts on Obsidian Testers walkout after layoffs in the QA Team Raven testers form a union NFT grifters have terrible culture - not causation yet, but the correlation is hard to ignore.

    • 50 min
    Episode Ten – Metrics and Scrum Bashing

    Episode Ten – Metrics and Scrum Bashing

    Ian and Ash talk about the (mis)use of metrics, including the big four and happiness indices plus how proud Ash was of his Certified Scrum Master qualification but now bashes Scrum with everyone else.
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    Here I Belong by Matt HartleyDouglas Adams: How to stop worrying and learn to love the InternetRFC 821 - Simple Mail Transport Protocol (not RFC 822, as Ian thought, which is closely related being about the format of the files containing the messages that get transmitted over SMTP). Still, not the perfect accompaniment to a discussion about Ian’s rightness.Myth: If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It DORA (Google DevOps Research & Assessment (Team)) MetricsHow to measure developer productivity - and how not to by Isaac SacolickScrums Allegiance WebsiteI've sold agile to to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North HaverbrookOwl asking Winnie the Pooh to leave his house for saying Agile Scrum

    • 49 min
    Episode Nine – The Great Post Office Scandal and Moxie Marlinspike's Web3 Article

    Episode Nine – The Great Post Office Scandal and Moxie Marlinspike's Web3 Article

    Ian and Ash talk about the high price of software without ethics in The Great Post Office Scandal and dive into Moxie Marlinspike's first impressions of web3 (lowercase w, no .0)

    • 53 min
    Episode Eight – The Metaverse and You Build It You Run It

    Episode Eight – The Metaverse and You Build It You Run It

    Ian and Ash talk about Mark Zuckerberg’s pivot towards the Metaverse and discuss what the industry catch-phrase “You build it, you run it” means in real life.

    • 53 min
    Episode Seven – Other Development Team Roles and Apple's Child Safety Measures

    Episode Seven – Other Development Team Roles and Apple's Child Safety Measures

    Ash and Ian give some love to those other development team roles - the ones that save you from wasting loads of time on hippos - and then they try to decide how much outrage is appropriate for Apple's proposed Child Safety measures which have, since the recording was made, been postponed.

    • 55 min

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