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I spent fifteen years as a full-time software engineer, for companies in and outside of the software industry. I slid over to being a technical program manager in 2014; I solve problems with teams, make sure we're building the right things efficiently, and try to keep engineers happy. I live in Silicon Valley.

I've taught software interviewing skills to a few hundred people, published with the ACM, and lately written a surprising number of patents, for better and worse. I've lived in Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC.

I've also worked as a bartender, cab driver, rave promoter, medic, Walmart employee, dishwasher, movie theater attendant, and waiter at a chain diner. I like technology quite a bit, but certainly miss a bunch of those previous jobs as well.

If there was a course that computer science degrees lack that was designed to make you a much better professional engineer early-career, even odds that The Pragmatic Programmer and Code Complete would be the reference texts. As the less-technical guide to working in the software industry, Team Geek is worth a read.

For interviews specifically, Steve Yegge made a post that got me my job, and I wrote a later article talking about technical interviews aimed at undergrads.

Meanwhile, some of my responses on stackoverflow:


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answered What is the best technique for using a drill to insert screws?
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comment painting a cork floor (previously coated with polyurethane varnish)
What type of polyurethane was used, and has it cracked at all?
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comment Safest weed killers?
I tend to use a long knife to cut the weeds well below the surface, and pop 'em out that way. :-)
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comment Safest weed killers?
"Trifluralin -- Herbicide found in: Preen, Preen & Green, Scotts Garden Weed Preventer, Trefanocide, Treficon, and Trust. Kills annual grasses and broadleaf weeds. Highly toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. It is a possible cause of cancer and a probable cause of endocrine disruption. It has been demonstrated that it causes reproductive effects, kidney damage, liver damage, sensitivity, and irritation." Unfortunately, not quite what I want next to the garden. :-/
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comment Replacing a bathroom fan?
Your explanation looks A-OK to me; you'll probably want to do this from the attic, though.
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answered Do I need a wood hardener for worn door hinge screw holes?