Microsoft and Veteran Hires, A Great and Welcome Change

It is Veterans Day (observed and actual) in the United States plus Canada and it’s more than just a day for no mail delivery and closed office buildings. The requisite veteran human interest stories abound the timeline, Facebook, Media in general. Here is my favorite tech company with a real solution.

Microsoft owned LinkedIn blog post.

PyDev of the Week | Tania Allard

PyDev of the Week | Tania Allard

This week we welcome Tania Allard (@ixek) as our PyDev of the Week! Tania is a developer advocate at Microsoft. She is also a speaker at multiple conferences. If you’d like to learn more about her, you should check out her blog. She also has some of her projects up on Github for you to peruse. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Tania!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):


I am originally from Mexico but have lived in the USA and in the UK for the last 8 years.


I have a bachelor’s in Mechatronic engineering and have also always been fascinated by technology and I can class myself as a lifelong learner. As such I got a PhD from the University of Manchester in Data science applied to Materials science, during which I discovered and fell in love with Python. Since completing my PhD I have worked as a research software engineer, research engineer, data engineer, and more recently could advocate.


Apart from tech I love Olympic weightlifting, so I spend quite a good amount of time in the gym every week and I am already looking forward for this year’s competition season!


I also love craft beer and recently joined the women in beer scene in Manchester, UK where I live.


Why did you start using Python?


As I said before I did a PhD in Materials Science, but instead of focusing on the experimental side of things my work was focused on modelling materials for tissue replacement. Most of the people in my discipline were using MATLAB for such purposes (as did I at the beginning) but eventually I realized I needed something more flexible. I was also soon driven into the ‘open science’ movement and decided I should create not only all my analyses but also my thesis plots and research papers outputs using an open source programming language to encourage reproducibility and accessibility.

It was until I starts using Python that I discovered the open source community and never looked back.


What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?


Coming from a scientific computing background I know MATLAB, FORTRAN (spoiler alert I do think modern FORTRAN is really good), C/C++, R, Julia, and Assembly. More recently I have been diving into functional programming via Scala and also into Go.


Thanks for doing the interview, Tania!

from The Mouse Vs. The Python

Microsoft has mostly learned from its mistakes BITD…

H/T to @brianstelter and CNN’s Reliable Sources newsletter. Very much worth reading, especially if you are a news/politics/media junkie as I am. There is also much to be said about having the experience, “been there, done that, got the T-Shirt” that guides decision making. I must admit that I have been a long term Microsoft fan, though the CEO of the mobile and OS competition is a true Auburn Man!

Microsoft, T-Mobile band together with blockchain startups for new Cascadia Blockchain Council

This proves once again that the Blockchain aspect of the cryptocurrency market will outlast the current gyrations in Bitcoin and Ethereum, among others.

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As of the near time of publication.

A group of blockchain entrepreneurs, institutions and tech giants are banding together to make the Pacific Northwest a hub for the burgeoning technology. The Cascadia Blockchain Council is an effort…

Source: Microsoft, T-Mobile band together with blockchain startups for new Cascadia Blockchain Council

PyDev of the Week: Steve Dower | The Mouse vs The Python

PyDev of the Week: Steve Dower | The Mouse vs The Python

In the “embrace, extend, extinguish” days of Microsoft, an evangelist of a language not created by Microsoft would have no constituency inside of the company. Thanks partly to Steve Ballmer, and continued under Satya Nadella, this is not the case. As far as I’m concerned, this is a great thing.

This week we welcome Steve Dower (@zooba) as our PyDev of the Week! Steve is a core developer of the Python language itself where he produces the Windows builds and installers. He also works for Microsoft.


Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc).


I studied mechatronics and software engineering and computer science in Australia, then moved out to the US in 2012 to take a job at Microsoft.


Why did you start using Python?


One of my summer jobs while I was studying was for a startup designing medical diagnosis devices. They had this amazing custom MATLAB-like app for controlling their prototype, and all its scripting was in Python. So I spent a summer driving pumps and motors and reading sensors using Python, then went back to university and never really looked back!


What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?


I’ve been developing for a long time now, so I’ve encountered a lot of languages. I actually really enjoy C++, particularly template metaprogramming, because like Python it lets the library developer do a lot of magic that the user never has to know about.


via The Mouse Vs. The Python

Seattle skyline turns blue in coordinated tribute to late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen | GeekWire

I normally don’t post about what is essentially a local story on the other side of the United States from where this Blog originates, but Paul Allen has had a pronounced influence on my life, though we never met. He also touches the sports world; this part of the story.

Carolina Panthers record and Seattle Seahawks on the schedule later this season.

In the first Seahawks home game since Paul Allen passed away, the NFL franchise honored its late owner with a tribute video and special 12th Man flag raising before Sunday’s game against Los Angeles.


Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who died on Oct. 15 at the age of 65, purchased the Seahawks in 1996, effectively saving the team from leaving town. He owned the franchise for more than 20 years, guiding the Seahawks during their most successful stretch in team history, winning three NFC championship trophies and bringing home the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champs in 2013.


As part of a celebration for Allen’s 20th year of ownership, the Seahawks published a four-part series on its website last year that details how his leadership style helped create a winning culture within the franchise and a positive impact on Seattle itself. Allen was frequently seen in the locker room after games. In 2015, Seahawks general manager John Schneider told 710 ESPN that he compiles a report after each game for Allen.

via Seahawks honor Paul Allen with 12th Man flag raising at first home game since owner passed.

John’s Crazy Socks spreads joy, shows power of hiring people with disabilities | Transform from Microsoft


John and Mark Cronin, of John’s Crazy Socks H/T: Microsoft Transform blog.

This inspiring story slipped past my attention over the past week or so, but I am so glad I found it. Everyone has a talent; So thankful for the opportunity to highlight those who has nearly always been forgotten, but in today’s environment, might as well not even exist.

Then Cronin, who is 22 and has Down syndrome, reflected on his sartorial flair for colorful outfits and socks, a passion that began in fourth grade to the occasional shriek of his older brother: “Dad, you can’t let him go out like that!”


But Cronin’s fashion resolve led to his lightbulb idea for John’s Crazy Socks, a flourishing online store launched in late 2016. Based in Huntington, New York, the company has grown into a multi-million-dollar business with an inventory of more than 2,000 unique, cheerful and vibrant socks. They include socks with googly-eyed pineapples, smiling corgis, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and trolls with hair you can comb.


“They’re fun, colorful, creative and let me be me,” Cronin says of his affinity for joyous footwear.

John’s Crazy Socks spreads joy, shows power of hiring people with disabilities | Transform

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