Away From The Keyboard
Away From The Keyboard
Away From The Keyboard
Away From The Keyboard is where technologists tell their stories of how they started, how they grew, how they learned, and how they unwind. Hosted by software developers Cecil Phillip and Richie Rump, Away From The Keyboard looks at the human side of technology in a fun and informative way. New episodes are released every Tuesday.
Episode 80: Chloe Condon Takes The Stage
The conversation starts with a discussion with growing up watching the Disney Channel which lead into a discussion of true crime podcasts. Chloe then shares her experience working as an actor. Group then talks about technology and the arts. The conversation then falls into a theme park rabbit hole. Chloe then shares her story of how she went from acting to becoming a technologist. The discussion then wraps up with the group talking about how to make technical learning fun and interesting. Chloe Condon on Twitter Bio Chloe is a Bay Area based Cloud Advocate for Microsoft. Previously, she worked at ...
Sep 9, 2021
1 hr 13 min
Episode 79: April Speight Body Slams Fashion
The conversation starts with April talking about an injury she's recovering from and then discusses her time in competitive bodybuilding. Then the discussion takes an unexpected turn when we learn that April played rugby. April then talks about connecting with people during COVID, treating science as fact, and meeting Bill Nye. The conversation wraps up with April sharing her love for fashion and creating her own clothing designs including creating her own brand. Bio April Speight is an author and developer advocate based in Beverly Hills, CA. She graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a BA in Global ...
May 14, 2021
54 min
Episode 78: Dr. Sarah Guthals Educates Us
The conversation starts with Dr. Sarah sharing how she got involved in technology and the importance that quality instructors had in her education. She then shares how she decided to shift her focus from medicine to technology. Dr. Sarah goes on to tell her immigrant family story and how she deals with imposter syndrome. The conversation then wraps up with a discussion on how the panel is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Links TEALS Program - Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that builds sustainable CS programs in high schools. Bio Dr. Sarah Guthals is a Principal ...
Mar 1, 2021
55 min
Episode 77: Eugene Meidinger Slays Dragons
The conversation starts with Eugene talking about his background and how he got into tech. He then talks about his experiences in developing Pluralsight courses. Eugene then shares about his struggles with diabetes and how he rose to overcome them. The conversation then moves to Eugene’s love of boardgames and he suggests some boardgames that are great for newbies. The conversation wraps up around Eugene telling us his involvement in Live Action Role Play (LARP). Bio Eugene Meidinger works as a Power BI consultant and full time Pluralsight author. He talks about a wide variety of data issues on the SQL ...
Sep 29, 2020
1 hr
Episode 76: Cecil and Richie Strike Back
Cecil and Richie both share what they've been up to during the Away From The Keyboard hiatus and what they have planned for the future of the show. Bio Cecil Phillip is a Software Developer from South Florida with many years of experience building applications on the .NET Framework. Throughout his career, his primary focus has been providing web and service based solutions for various markets. Cecil’s current tool-set of choice comprises of C#, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, jQuery, KnockoutJS, Entity Framework, XUnit and FakeItEasy. He has a passion for software architecture, interoperability, and testing. Cecil also enjoys experimenting with ...
Jul 30, 2020
Episode 75: Lara Hogan Demystifies Public Speaking
The conversation starts with Lara discussing her start in technology which believe it or not started with Lord of the Rings, international studies, a semester in Prague, and photography. Lara then goes in and discusses how she started speaking publicly, how she prepares to for a presentation, and why she wrote the book "Demystifying Public Speaking". The panel then talks travel and their tips for traveling. Lara then shares about her trip to New Zealand and what she does when she's away from the keyboard. Links Lara's book: Demystifying Public Speaking Lara's website Lara on Twitter Adam Savage at Weta Workshop Bio Lara ...
Feb 28, 2018
43 min
Episode 74: The Samurai’s Journey With Ian Felton
In this episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with developer, author, and dedicated learner, Ian Felton. We start off the conversation talking about Ian’s background and learning how he got into technology. He tells us about his experience in college, playing in a band, and recording music. We also get some insight into how he got into NASA with some help from a college professor. Then we spent some time understanding how Ian dealt with the pressures of his figure job. We also get to learn more about Ian’s book, The Code of the Samurai. Ian tell us where ...
Jan 19, 2018
46 min
Episode 73: Aurelia Moser: Renaissance Woman
The conversation starts with Aurelia sharing what she's currently watching on Netflix. Which leads to a discussion about 13 Reasons Why and the controversies around the show. Aurelia then shares what she does at the Mozilla Science Lab and the projects she's worked on. She then talks about her time studying Art in grad school. Cecil then inquires about Aurelia's love for maps which leads to a discussion on open source mapping tools. The conversation then wraps up with Aurelia talking about what she does when she's away from the keyboard including her radio show Stereo Semantics. Links Aurelia's Website ...
Dec 6, 2017
50 min
Episode 72: Chris Coyier Puts Pen To Code
The conversation starts with Chris talking about how he got started in web development and his experience as a web designer. The conversation then turns to his site, CodePen. Chris describes how CodePen got started, how they determine features, and some of the interesting things that people are building with CodePen. Chris then talks about some of the things he likes to do when he's away from the keyboard and then describes what it was like living in Miami for six months. Links CodePen CSS-Tricks Shop Talk Podcast The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain ...
Sep 15, 2017
52 min
Episode 71: Kevin Kline on Writing and Professionalism
The conversation begins with Kevin talking about his early childhood and how he ended up in the technology field. The conversation then turns to what he's learned by authoring books and the difficulties in writing them. Kevin then talks about speaking and how it has made him a better professional. The conversation wraps up with Kevin sharing the problems he encountered while leading the community organization PASS. Links Kevin on Twitter SQL in a Nutshell Cecil on Channel 9 about Away From The Keyboard Cecil on Channel 9 about languages Bio Kevin Kline is a renowned database expert and software industry veteran. ...
Aug 31, 2017
49 min
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