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The world has changed. So must the tech interview process.

I want to declare that the Google style technical interview or tech screen is dead. This is not specific to Google. Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and other companies still use this technique. I declare that this technical interview technique is flawed and outdated. The world has changed. The global pandemic has changed the world of technology companies forever. I encourage companies still using this technique to get with the times.

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I have been on both sides of the interview table. I attended countless interviews with companies over the years. I have interviewed with Amazon on occasion. They still keep wanting me…


The Facebook Dilemma

Technology is maturing. One could say it’s aging. The world is growing up. The world is changing. Years ago, the precursor to social media was the BBS — Bulletin Board System. Dialup modems were the norm. Then came the internet. Myspace. Twitter. Facebook. Times changed. Now, in 2020, the average user of “the book of faces” is over 35. The younger generation is moving in droves to Tiktok. Facebook is striving to stay relevant as it ages.

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It pains me to say it. I have 25 years experience as a software developer. My resume used to say 10+ years of…


A look at Using Windows System for Linux for Linux and Docker Development

You know how this goes. The IT guy walks into the room full of Linux developers. He declares all desktop systems will run Windows. At that moment, the IT guy gets the look of death from the Linux developers. They look like they want to make the IT guy walk the plank. The IT guy utters a promise of a shiny new laptop for everyone…if they convert their Linux desktops to Windows. In most development shops, the software development team has a love/hate relationship with the IT…


State of the MicroPython Nation

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In the Beginning…

It all started innocently enough. I bought a Sipeed Maixdruino board to toy with. The idea was to take the Raspberry PI W I used for my solar powered camera project migrate it to this new board. The Raspberry PI W had proven itself unreliable and power hungry, and I questioned the need for a full Linux OS to run the one simple python script that ran everything. The Maixdruino, from Sipeed, came stock with the MaixPy MicroPython firmware. With some experimentation with the MaixPy sample scripts, it wasn’t long before I was processing images…


Leaving my mark on the new Velodrome in Milton, ON

Ever wonder what you would be thinking if you were heading for a wall at 40km/h while riding a bicycle? Would you be thinking of your family? Would you be thinking of the possible hospital stay? How did I get here? What if you didn’t have time for any of that?

Scene of the crime: Glass wall into which I rode

It was February 2015 and that is the situation I found myself in. I’d been racing on the track for some time in London, ON at the Forest City Velodrome, and in Detroit at the Bloomer Park Velodrome. I…


The Trend of Moving to AI to the Edge — Are you ready?

Back in the 80’s when I started my first job out of college, the electronics company for which I worked had a ADS Mentor mini-computer. Programmed in it’s own scripting language, it was a privilege to get a “programmers” port at 19200bps. Most of us were stuck on 9600bps. We shared serial connections to dump terminals on the system. The companies data inventory and customer work order system, basically anything data intensive, was housed on this system. This was still the early days of PC’s when MSDOS…


Getting Started with IOT

It all started when I bought a house in April 2018. I had been living in rentals for some time, and finally, the stars alined, and I managed to invest in a property. This lead to a resurgence in my interested in electronics. I was the kid in high school that built a talking clock from Radio Electronics (1982 to be exact), rebuilt his Tandy Color Computer, and spoke 6809 assembly language before C building a Digital Darkroom timer in college based from scratch based on that processor. I had graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology for Electronics Technology before…


The Day That Changed My Life

As I turn my head to look up, I wondered how I had come to be lying on the ground. Just a moment ago, I was sprinting for the finish line at the Midweek Criterium — a weekly bike race in Mississauga, ON, Canada. Everything had happened so fast. I looked back and saw my bike some 20 feet behind me. I was travelling 40km/h in the final sprint a few seconds before. I had crossed the finish line, but the bike had not. Another rider rode by slowly — looking like he just picked himself off the ground. While…


Originally Published: 27 January 2016 on hackcycling.ca (my cycling blog)

Since this review was written, the indoor training landscape has changed a lot. Computrainer is now dead (he says with a sigh of relief), but the units are still kicking around on the used market. Zwift has taken over for the most part, and Trainer Road was introduced which gives the home user many different options. Perfpro Studio, for the longest time, was the only other solution for training indoors in a studio environment. …


The short film “Plurality” on the Dust YouTube channel starts with the line: “It’s been two years since the Bentham Grid went online…” and proceeds to describe a world some four years from now, where social media has developed into the “Grid”. Your DNA is used everywhere to identify you for your every convenience. Need to buy something? Tap your hand on a display. Need to know where someone is? Just ask the Grid. All door handles, displays, railings are all connected. Crime is now non-existant because everyone knows where everyone is and has been. It is not possible to…

Mark Buckaway

Mark is a software developer by trade, wannaby pyschologist and pro-mountain biker, and hopes to win the lottery to fund his startup.

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