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iOhYes #78: Soft Skills Are Hard

July 29, 2015 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 10 minutes

Tweet Shoutouts


  • Programmer vs. Developer vs. Engineer discussion
    • Re: Episode 76
    • Episode 76 had a great topic that was really thought provoking regarding Programmer vs Developer vs Engineer.
    • Everyone can probably has an opinion on what those titles mean
    • Fascinating: we’re inclined to rank things
    • Their all title for someone who makes software or code
    • Maybe “Software Producer” or “Talent” is less biased
    • Code Poet is my favorite (thx John)
  • Alternate views
    • Instead, I like to examine the skills
    • Instead of Programmer vs Developer vs Engineer; look at Programming, Development and Engineering as buckets of skills
  • Full-time Equivalent

The 5 skills

  • Hacking * bringing together a system of potentially disparate computer apps/tools/functions to achieve a goal * Gluing together anything you can get your hands on to build a workflow or solution takes talent and skill * Often the goal of Hacking is really “discovery” or “exploration”
  • Movie Reference: Hackers
  • Programming
    • writing code/scripts to pull together potentially disparate functionality and/or frameworks to achieve a goal
    • You create a whole that is more valuable than the sum of its parts
    • amassing and consuming huge amounts of knowledge about APIs and Frameworks that are available and then using them effectively
  • Development
    • the process of bringing together talent, ideas and requirements to build a new application or feature
    • Deals with other people and takes input from all over to build something new
    • it’s inherently collaborative and requires other skills like interpersonal skills and communications skills
    • often called soft skills which I find ironic because it’s so hard
  • Engineering
    • the use of science and creativity to solve complex problems
    • It needs an academic foundation combined with creativity and ingenuity to solve hard problems
    • These skills get amplified in value when complemented by others who can fill in any knowledge or skill gaps
  • Architecture
    • the design of a large complex system or application that requires numerous contributors to fully implement
    • it is a skillset that can envision, design, and clearly document and communicate a complex system in a cogent way that everyone tasked with implementing the system are able to apply their skills to succeed with little or no impediment?




  • deferring (haha) to Nolan



  • Apple Radar
    • Everyone should file bugs and feature requests
  • Open Radar
    • Dupe any bugs/requests that you can to open radar
    • Be a community
    • Share your Open Radar with us.  Any radar we can get on board with we will mention on the show and dupe to Apple Radar ourselves.
  • Quick Radar

Alternative show title suggestions

  • SequenceType
  • Feedback from Ding0bytes
  • Full-time Equivalent
  • Spam Killer
  • Hex Editor
  • Not the Southern Kind of Cracker
  • Soft skills are hard
  • Software is easy, people are hard
  • Sell yourself
  • I’m a svengali
  • Getting my hemispheres correct
  • All the ripples
  • String this racket
  • Skin this cat
  • Made with catgut
  • I Try To Avoid Titles
  • I make people smile and sometimes cry

Hosted by Chad Etzel, Darryl Thomas, and John Sextro.

The Morning Dump #119: Who Is Boubacar?

July 29, 2015 at 9:30AM

I rant about Twitter's product woes, Google+ dying, Apple Music user numbers, LinkedIn spam, and the massive outrage over the hunting death of a lion.

Hosted by Jordan Cooper.

The Awkward Human Survival Guide #72: Fat Condoleezza Rice

July 29, 2015 at 2:30AM • 48 minutes

This awkward week we're talking about a Photoshop nightmare, waiting until marriage, and a mystery boob job. Want to ask a question on the show? Email or call 323-456-3345 to leave us a voicemail.

Hosted by Adam Dachis, Darren Herczeg, Erica Elson, and Richard Cardenas.

Back to Work #231: Hot Rod Hospital Ship

July 28, 2015 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 58 minutes

With Merlin on sabbatical (returning next week), Dan is once again joined by John Roderick. They discuss the significance of dreams, sleep paralysis, unexplained phenomenon, alien abductions, a relationship with magic, the importance of history, night terrors, and leaving a legacy.

Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

On Taking Pictures #170: We All Want To Be Steve McCurry

July 28, 2015 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

This week, prompted by a member of the OTP G+ Community, we begin with a bit of follow up on the discussion from last week about the influence of Robert Frank. Also, there is no best, but there just might be a best for you. Plus, a terrific photographer that neither one of us had ever heard of. Pinup photographer Bunny Yeager is our Photographer of the Week.

Hosted by Bill Wadman & Jeffery Saddoris.

HabloGeek #5: Smartwatches

July 27, 2015 at 6:00PM • 59 minutes

Colaborador Santi Araujo y Fede hablan sobre el Que, los Cuales y el Porque de los smartwatches (relojes inteligentes).

Hosted by Federico Hatoum.

DLC #84: Fantasy vs Sci Fi

July 27, 2015 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 39 minutes

Jeff and Christian welcome freelance writer Gita Jackson from the Match3 podcast to the show this week to talk about the new Hearthstone expansion, The Grand Tournament, the debut of Doom multiplayer, a patch for a 10 year old game, Summer Games Done Quick, the ESL adopting drug testing, and more!

In the Playlist, Gita is playing Love Live, Christian loves Not a Hero, and Jeff confesses his Bat-fears with a return to The Witcher 3.

For Tabletop Time, Gita digs Android Netrunner, and talks about Alchemists.

All that, plus your Q's and our A's.

Hosted by Christian Spicer & Jeff Cannata.

On the Grid #125: Growth and Frivolity

July 27, 2015 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

Recorded July 20th, 2015. This week: What if the economy of design rewarded different kinds of work? And what might that look like?

Hosted by Andy Mangold, Dan Auer, and Matt McInerney.

The Ihnatko Almanac #150: A Human Sized Door

July 27, 2015 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

Andy and Dan celebrate the 150th episode by talking about Apple Music and the future of streaming (vs. collecting), and more.

Hosted by Andy Ihnatko & Dan Benjamin.

The Morning Dump #118: Stop The Poop Shaming

July 27, 2015 at 9:15AM

I rant about Twitter deleting stolen jokes, app download interstitials, Frontback shutting down, drug testing in e-sports, and how to poop properly.

Hosted by Jordan Cooper.