Tech Talk

Taking the Screening Test

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Aug, 2017 Issue

Last month, I wrote about Triplebyte, a company that performs initial technical screenings for companies seeking to “hire great engineers.” The idea is to eliminate “bad” candidates before a company spends precious time meeting with them in person. This month I’m sharing my personal experience being screened by Triplebyte for a job. For context, I’ve been programming in a variety of languages for about 40 years.


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Triplebyte

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Jul, 2017 Issue

Successful tech companies spend a lot of effort trying to identify, hire, and retain the very best employees they can.


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10 Breakthrough Technologies

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
May, 2017 Issue

For genetic disorders with a single cause, it's now entirely possible to cure them using a virus to deliver healthy copies of a gene to replace the ones responsible for the disorder.

The smart people at the MIT Technology Review came up with a list of 10 breakthrough technologies for 2017. To quote the article, “[s]ome are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.” Here’s a brief summary of each breakthrough technology.


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Trump and Tech

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Jan, 2017 Issue

In his 1997 book The Art of the Deal he [Trump] wrote "I don't even know how to turn on a computer."


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The Quick and the Dead

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Dec, 2016 Issue

While we may be deeply complex individuals, our expression of that complexity is sometimes markedly less apparent.


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A World Without Work

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Nov, 2016 Issue

When the cost of a robot is less than the cost of an employee (considering benefits and turnover), companies will increasingly turn to an automaton.


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Eye in the Sky

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Oct, 2016 Issue

PSS has made it possible to follow someone who commits a crime forward and backward(!) in time to see where they came from and where they go.


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Summer Doldrums

Author: Michael E. Duffy
Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Sep, 2016 Issue

It's nice to see an application that takes people outdoors and gets them walking.


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Debugging

Author: Micael E. Duffy
Columnist: Micael E. Duffy
Jul, 2016 Issue

It is nearly impossible to write bug-free software of any significance.


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Neural Networks

Author: Michael E. Duffy
Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Jun, 2016 Issue

Whether it’s a real brain or an artificial one, the trick is to train the damn thing.


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What's Next?

Author: Michael E. Duffy
Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
May, 2016 Issue

Google has talked about 2020 as a target for fully functioning self-driving cars, and that’s probably a realistic expectation.


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Back to Work

Author: Michael E. Duffy
Apr, 2016 Issue

My number-one complaint with the online job process is that rarely do you hear much from the companies you apply to.


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RIFfed

Author: Micael E. Duffy
Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Feb, 2016 Issue

I'm fortune I have a skill set that (I think) remains in demand.


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The Internet of Things

Author: Micael E. Duffy
Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Jan, 2016 Issue

What does the IoT mean for you and your business? I think it represents a huge opportunity.


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The Dark Web, Part 2 of 2

Author: Micael E. Duffy
Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Dec, 2015 Issue

A peek inside the elusive world of the Dark Web.


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The Dark Web, Part 1 of 2

Author: Micael E. Duffy
Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Nov, 2015 Issue

A peek inside the elusive world of the Dark Web.


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The Cautionary Tale of Ashley Madison

Author: Micael E. Duffy
Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Oct, 2015 Issue

Is your business safe from hackers?


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Everything's Amazing

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Sep, 2015 Issue

As technology advances, are we starting to take it all for granted?


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A Little More Uber

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Aug, 2015 Issue

A closer peek under the hood at Uber


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Uber for Everything

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Jul, 2015 Issue

Service providers, like Uber, are cashing in on convenience.


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Trending Now

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Jun, 2015 Issue

The robot army is coming.


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Reusable Software

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
May, 2015 Issue

Why is software so expensive and time-consuming to build?


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Managing Engineers

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Apr, 2015 Issue

Honesty is the best policy.


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Programming, Then and Now

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Mar, 2015 Issue

Some things change, but others (like programming languages) remain the same.


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Kiss Me, I'm Neanderthal

Columnist: Michael E. Duffy
Feb, 2015 Issue

Mike finds out detailed ancestry information with low-cost, high-tech DNA testing.


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