Tips on Working With Diverse Teams: Conversation Style

Posted by banane on May 27th, 2013 — in diversity, technology

Look how many women are at Google I/O – this is my world. Let’s change it. I was recently on a call with a developer (woman), and a colleague who was her supervisor (male). This colleague is *very* well-intentioned and the last thing he wanted was to alienate, silence, diminish, humiliate, or shame the developer. […]

Startups Silicon Valley Reviews In No Particular Order: Women in Silicon Valley

Posted by banane on January 21st, 2013 — in local color, startup silicon valley, technology

Ed: Second in the series, see Dwight for earlier one. My reviews of Bravo’s Startup Silicon Valley What I learned from Bravo’s Startup Silicon Valley about Women in the Valley I could write a detailed diatribe/analysis of the reality series in contrast to my life as a woman engineer in the city I’ve lived in […]

Start-Ups Silicon Valley Reviews in No Particular Order: Dwight

Posted by banane on January 20th, 2013 — in local color, startup silicon valley, technology

Dwight is the engineer formerly from Google who is the archetype: young, white, male, nice, and smart. His Achilles’ heel and dramatic tension would either be his inability to admit his undying love for his friend Kim OR his intermittent abusive social drinking that leaves him blacked out and wondering what the f**k he did the night before

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Posted by banane on October 16th, 2012 — in feminism, technology

I’m sitting here at work kinda slammed and sick, but hey, it’s ALD, and that’s kinda cool. At work, we were talking about Ada Lovelace – interesting because we are in fashion, and her first application was making jacquard. I love that fact. In thinking about Ada with this coworker, I realized that she is […]

Why non-native mobile frameworks suck

Posted by banane on September 18th, 2012 — in android dev, iphone dev, ruby on rails, technology

Hm. Opinionated a little? A couple of times, folks ask me: do you know X? And I say, why, no I don’t. I do know the language that X avoids. X is: Objective-C, Java, etc. the list goes on. Tonight at a study group, a friend who had just learned Objective-C agreed with me (I […]

Demo Gods Were Not With Us… #iosDevCamp

Posted by banane on July 23rd, 2012 — in iphone dev, technology

My hackfest-programming-partner Stacie Hibino and I submitted ChickenDance to the 2012 iOSDevCamp Hackfest. We were in the first batch called up to demo, and had various network issues that resulted in the much competed for prize: “Best App with Demo Fail.” I had been holding out for a “Had Most Fun Making App” award, but […]

Mayer & the Glass Cliff

Posted by banane on July 16th, 2012 — in feminism, technology

The New York Times just announced: Marissa Mayer took the position as Yahoo’s CEO a few minutes ago. She has broken through the glass ceiling at Google only to encounter the “glass cliff”: via Wikipedia/Univ. of Exeter: A glass cliff is a term coined by Prof Michelle Ryan and Prof Alex Haslam of University of […]

Important Failures

Posted by banane on July 12th, 2012 — in technology

I really like attending conference talks on how people screwed up. Not just to laugh at their mistakes, but to learn from them. It’s important to fail, and so many people are afraid of admitting it, for various reasons. Thing is, if they failed at something awesome– a new gaming console, a cure for cancer, […]

Testing? For iPhone? Mooooo….*

Posted by banane on July 10th, 2012 — in iphone dev, technology

I wrote a blog post about Cedar way back in the day. Now, Xcode ships with OCUnit. I’ll go through a basic way of adding tests to an existing project, as that’s a very common task, and not very well documented thus far. Props to the following blog posts- I’m consolidating their advice basically in […]

The Imposter Syndrome and Knowing What You Don’t Know

Posted by banane on July 3rd, 2012 — in feminism, technology

I really have never thought I had Imposter Syndrome. I’m not a shrinking violet, I tend to talk pretty authoritatively, I’m confident, like to speak in public, etc. Yet, I joined a mailing list for women-techs and during discussions this term came up. I looked it up, and started locating this behavior in a few […]