how i went pro se with my divorce from google

#google , #privacy , #duckduckgo , #signal , #protonmail , #vimeo , #firefox

We did everything together but it couldn't go on. The weight of the surveillance became too much to bear.

Saying goodbye to Maps was the hardest part of leaving Google. 

OpenStreetMap simply does not compare — not yet, anyway — but I know the perfect mapping service will come into my life when I least expect it.

In the end, the decision to divorce wasn't made lightly. Like most marriages, the relationship deteriorated gradually. Looking back, switching to DuckDuckGo is where it all started.

I payed more attention to Google trackers indexing my browsing habits. I realized how much I relied on Google — for browsing, search, email, calendar, docs, storage, 2FA, directions, train schedules — and was disconcerted by how much user data it discloses

Having stepped out of my echo chamber, when I decided I wanted a new email account with a custom domain, ProtonMail was the obvious choice.

During a trailer binge, I was freaked out by how spot on my YouTube recommendations had become. I'm of the opinion that no advertiser should know how badly I want to see that dystopian drama (read: romantic comedy) coming to theaters near me in 2018. I'm much happier using Vimeo.

Eventually, I made friends who message exclusively via Signal. Now I do, too. Disappearing messages has made it easier to convince the uninitiated that it's worth the switch.

When I was setting up a new virtual machine and chose Firefox as my default browser, I realized what had happened. Google and I had drifted apart. I'd had enough.

The divorce has been a little messy. Despite the many free and open source alternatives to Google services, compromises had to be made.

I'll still use Chrome for front end dev work. I can lock down my primary Gmail and limit how often I use it, but it will take more work to move all my login information to my ProtonMail account before I can delete it.

We've been together for so long that detaching completely will take time. 

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eclipse shortcuts worth remembering

#java , #programming , #eclipse , #ide

Ten of the most useful shortcuts for newbies to the ide.

I'm a JetBrains girl all the way, so my transition to Eclipse was a little rocky. It's more of a challenge to keep your fingers on the keys when the IDE isn't doing as much work. In the past three months, I've noticed these are the commands I use most often.

 word completion
 move lines up
 ⌥DOWN move lines down
 ⌘L go to line
 ⌘O quick outline
 ⇧⌘G search references in workspace
 ⌥⌘M extract method
⌥⌘R  rename refactor
 ⌘1 quick fix
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the guild in the news


Training the 21st  century workforce. Dedicated to transparency.

The Software Guild is one of about a dozen coding bootcamps to join the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting, a new national standards organization for reporting graduation and job placement data in accelerated learning environments.

In an article for TechCrunch, "Coding bootcamps commit to transparency in reporting around job placement," Jonathan Shieber wrote:

Bootcamps that join the CIRR will release graduation and placement data semi-annually. Bootcamps will have to break out data on students who take the programs at their own pace from students who are enrolled in discrete cohorts and proceed through an established curriculum over a set amount of time.

So bi-annually companies will report graduation rates and time to graduate; placement rates; job types and titles (in tech or non-tech roles) and salary information for graduates. Ad requirements will include a requirement that salary reporting includes the percentage of graduates who are hired at a certain salary.

Outcomes (graduation and employment data) will be validated annually by an independent third party.

Separately, a Software Guild alumni, Alex Mathis, was featured in a story from The Wall Street Journal about the increasing demand for programmers, and the rise of coding bootcamps.

A New Kind of Jobs Program for Middle America
Code schools and boot camps that teach computer programming skills prove they can rapidly retrain American workers for the 21st century

When Alex Mathis heard there was a coding school in Akron, Ohio, not far from where he lives, he thought its claim—that he could become a gainfully employed computer programmer after a three-month training course—sounded suspicious.

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devfest: google for lunch and amazon for dinner

#bootcamp , #google , #dev

DevFest was a success.

The local Google Developer Group hosted the sold-out event downtown Minneapolis on Saturday with more than 30 speakers and seemingly infinite networking opportunities. By chance, I ended up eating lunch with a developer advocate for Google, and going out for dinner with two Amazon developers.

I made friends with a talented dev who has her Master's in software engineering and is a system administrator/DevOps engineer at Organic Valley. She recommended several certificate programs that I'm looking forward to working on after bootcamp. She's also doing an interesting big data program through the Harvard Extension School.

I found a cybersecurity certificate program through HarvardEx that seems like a great fit for me. Maybe if I were certified, I could survive DEF CON and the Black Hat conference unscathed. That would be a dream come true — to be able to hold my own around such incredibly smart people.

Sara Robinson, a developer advocate for Google, came to town for the conference. In her presentation, Analyzing 33 Million Bike Trips with BigQuery, she shared her analysis and visualization of NYC's bike share program data. To show off BigQuery's incredible capacity, Robinson also ran queries on the entirety of GitHub's open source data.

I found state and federal immigration and refugee data, which I'm going to add to BigQuery. It could be a helpful tool for journalists that know SQL. I hope j-schools will start incorporating SQL in the professional journalism curriculum. 

Sarah Olson, the director of Women Who Code Twin Cities, gave a thought-provoking Harry Potter-themed talk about finding and creating community. I wouldn't have pursued programming without the safe and judgement-free space Girl Develop It provides women. As my technical skills improve, I look forward to giving back to GDI and becoming a member of Women Who Code.

At the end of the day, I had a cute picture with an array of inspirational women in tech and two Amazon business cards. It was great motivation to continue working hard, if nothing else.

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smart enough

#bootcamp , #java

Why Young Girls Don’t Think They Are Smart Enough was one of the most popular articles on the New York Times site over the weekend.

When told that a game was for really smart children, the girls showed less interest and motivation than boys. This didn’t have anything to do with the game itself: When we described the exact same game as being for kids who try really hard, girls were just as interested in it as boys.

The difference between 6-year-old boys and girls appears to be related to their emerging stereotypes: We found that 5-year-old boys and girls — whose beliefs about brilliance were not yet differentiated — were equally interested in the game for really smart children.

In later life, these differences in children’s perceptions are likely to be consequential. In fact, in a paper we published in the journal Science in 2015, we found that women are underrepresented in fields thought to require brilliance – fields that include some of the most prestigious careers in our society, such as those in science and engineering. It may be that the roots of this underrepresentation stretch all the way back to childhood.

What is to be done? Research provides some clues. The psychologist Carol Dweck has written that emphasizing the importance of learning and effort — rather than just innate ability — for success in any career might buffer girls against these stereotypes. The relevant stereotypes, already in place at the age of 6, seem to fixate on who is supposed to have innate ability. If innate ability is seen as secondary, then the power of these stereotypes is diminished. Other research indicates that providing girls with successful role models might similarly “inoculate” them, boosting their motivation and protecting them from the idea that they are not intellectually competitive. One study even suggested that witnessing a more equal distribution of household chores could help balance the career aspirations of boys and girls.

I don't identify as brilliant. I am certainly a hard worker.

In my cohort of Java apprentices, a third are women. I hope this means that despite the way we were socialized that my female peers and I can overcome the fear of being "smart enough" as we become more self-aware with age.

It's important we realize that we're just as capable as our male counterparts.

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