Screaming in the Cloud

Insightful conversation. Less snark.

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Every Wednesday, listen to host Corey Quinn interview domain experts in the world of Cloud Computing discuss AWS, GCP, Azure, Oracle Cloud, and why businesses are coming to think about the Cloud.
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The Inevitability of Quantum Computing with Dr. Sarah Kaiser
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02.04.2021
33 Minutes
Dr. Sarah Kaiser is a quantum technologist with a PhD in physics and, more specifically, quantum information. She’s also a technical staff member and quantum community lead at Unitary Fund. Over the years, Sarah has worked as a research engineer at Pensar Development, a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University, a fellow at the University of Waterloo, and a junior kernel developer at Wolfram Research, among other positions. She’s also the author of kids books, including Neural Networks for Babies, and has a book for grown-ups due in April 2021: Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q#: A Hands-on Approach. Join Corey and Sarah for a discussion about the ins and outs of quantum computing and how the field is still budding. They talk about the ethics of quantum computing, the similarities between the hype behind machine learning and quantum computing, when Sarah believes quantum computing will become a technical inevitability, why Sarah wouldn’t know what to do with a quantum computer today, how quantum computing is truly an interdisciplinary field and the various kinds of people you’d need to build a quantum computer, the prerequisites Sarah believes are required to get into the field of quantum computing, and more.
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Learning to Code in a Foreign Language with Caroline Carter
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02.02.2021
33 Minutes
Caroline Carter is an account executive at The Duckbill Group, having joined the team in July 2019. Prior to this position, she was an enterprise account executive at CB Insights, a senior account executive at Square, a client operations associate at BlackRock, and an account manager at Savoir Faire Paris, among other positions. She also worked as an English-speaking teaching assistant in Paris for a year. Join Corey and Caroline as they talk about what it was like for Caroline to learn Ruby on Rails in France, how Corey and Caroline met and how their relationship has evolved over the years, how there’s a whole society of people who hate their jobs yet stick with them for years and why Caroline never wanted to be part of it, why Caroline believes you should take job interviews regularly—even if you love your current job, why Corey thinks a successful mentorship depends more on the protege than the mentor, how everyone is doing sales even if they don’t realize it, the difference between working in enterprise sales and working for a startup, and more.
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Reconnecting with an Old Boss with Regis Wilson
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01.28.2021
33 Minutes
Regis Wilson is the founding engineer at Release, an environment as a service provider. Regis brings more than 25 years of tech experience to this position, having worked as an infrastructure architect and SRE at TrueCar, Inc. and a cloud systems architect at Live Nation, among several other positions. Oh yeah: He also used to be Corey’s boss. Join Corey and Regis as they talk about what it was like to have Corey as an employee, what Release does and what environments as a service means, how Regis likes working with the people he enjoys working with repeatedly, how the speed of provisioning resources has accelerated over the last decade, what it was like for Regis to switch jobs during a pandemic and why he decided to make the gamble, how at—at one point in his career—Corey’s core competency was getting fired, what Release’s monetization strategy is, how to spin up a Minecraft server for free, and more.
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The Rise of the Agile Data Center with Tim Banks
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01.26.2021
42 Minutes
Tim Banks is a Principal Solutions Architect at Equinix Metal, providers of automated and interconnected bare metal solutions. Tim brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, having worked as technical account manager at Mission Cloud (an AWS Premier Consulting Partner), a technical account manager at AWS, a site reliability engineer at Elastic, a DevOps engineer at ObjectRocket, a senior database administrator at TEKsystems, and a LAMP systems architect at Charles Schwab, among other positions. Prior to launching a career in tech, Tim enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a musician before being reassigned to avionics. Join Corey and Tim as they talk about why Tim decided to make the leap to Equinix Metal, how you’re more likely to get a bigger raise by switching companies than pursuing the traditional promotion track, why Tim starts interviewing for new jobs on his one-year anniversary of any gig, how many corporations conduct a hazing of sorts during the interview process by asking candidates to perform ridiculous tasks they’d never perform if they got the job, why job titles are important, why Netflix doesn’t stream anything on AWS, why cloud costs are never predictable, and more.
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Defining Your Consultancy Niche Part 2 with Scott Piper
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01.21.2021
43 Minutes
Scott Piper is an AWS security consultant at Summit Route, a company he founded in 2017. He’s also the developer of flaws.cloud and an organizer for the virtual fwd:cloudsec conference. Scott brings 15 years of tech experience to his current position, having worked as director of security at a cybersecurity company, a security engineer at Yelp, and a software engineer at the NSA, among other positions. Join Corey and Scott as they talk about why Scott decided to start an AWS security consultancy, what it was like for Scott to quit his job only to find out the people he thought needed his services wanted him to work for free, how Scott came around to building CloudMapper and CloudTracker, what both of those tools do, why it’s important to define what kind of consultant you are going to be and find your niche, the psychological aspect of running your own business, and more.
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Talking Shop with a Unix Historian with Tabitha Sable
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01.19.2021
40 Minutes
Tabitha Sable is a systems security engineer at Datadog who moonlights as a Unix historian. Join Corey and Tabitha as they discuss what it was like to join Datadog right when the pandemic shut everything down, how Tabitha got experience with Unix workstations, what was going on in Murray Hill, New Jersey, in the early 1970s, whether operating systems matter any more or not, what happens when you type www.google.com into your browser and press enter, why job interviews are awful, how Tabitha conducts interviews, the power of referring people for jobs, why you should hire for strengths instead of absence of weakness, and more.
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Best Practices for AWS Security – Part 1 with Scott Piper
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01.14.2021
42 Minutes
Scott Piper is an AWS security consultant at Summit Route, a company he founded in 2017. Scott Piper is an AWS security consultant at Summit Route, a company he founded in 2017. He’s also the developer of flaws.cloud and an organizer for the virtual fwd:cloudsec conference. Scott brings 15 years of tech experience to his current position, having worked as director of security at a cybersecurity company, a security engineer at Yelp, and a software engineer at the NSA, among other positions. Join Corey and Scott as they talk about how Scott created a game to help teach people AWS security; how Scott likely got a red flag thrown on his account indicating he’s a hassle to deal with; what fwd:cloudsec is, why it was named the way it was, and how it came about; some of the reasons why virtual conferences are better than in-person conferences; why in-person conferences likely aren’t coming back anytime soon; what Scott thinks AWS does well and what he thinks AWS does not do well; what Scott believes the best security boundary on AWS is; and more.
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Forty-Five Years in Tech with Hal Berenson
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01.12.2021
36 Minutes
Hal Berenson is the founder of Gaia Platform, a platform that supports software development for autonomous machines. He’s also a board member of Auger AI. Hal brings more than 45 years of tech experience to these positions, having held a number of different positions over the years, including VP of Relational Database Services at AWS, a distinguished engineer and general manager at Microsoft, and the president of True Mountain Group, LLC, among other roles. He also ran a Colorado farm with his wife for five years. Join Corey and Hal as they talk about what Hal’s 45-year career in tech has been like, how new cloud features tend to be not fully baked when they’re initially released, how designing high-end features for enterprise customers hurts smaller shops, some moves Hal thinks stifled the growth of SQL Server, what Microsoft does to make sure it classifies employees and contractors correctly, what it was like being one of the oldest VPs at AWS, how Hal has “retired” three times and why he comes back, why Hal thinks some engineers get “stuck” at companies, and more.
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