OSCON 2017 Conference

Open source is everywhere—from the bottom of the programming stack to the top. OSCON brings the software engineering and developer community together to explore what's new and useful in open source languages, tools, and techniques. 

For episode 4 of Women in Tech, Alicia attends the OSCON conference in Austin Texas.  Alicia speaks to a few remarkable women she met at the conference on their experience and thoughts on women in Tech.  Great views by these women at the Conference.   

Women in Tech ULL Conference Killarney, Ireland

alicia @ Ull Conf

Úll is a conference for people who build and love great products. We focus on great product stories, presented through an Apple-shaped lens. We treat the conference itself as a product: with a deep emphasis on the attendee experience.

For episode 2 of Women in Tech, Alicia is a presenter at ULL Conf in Killarney, Ireland.  Instead of focusing on herself, Alicia wanted to interview a few amazing women she met at the conference. Here's a few of the many women she met.

DjangoCon Europe /Tech Conferences

On this session of Tech Talk we tape live in Florence Italy at the Django Con Europe.  Live at the Cinema Teatro Odeon.  We talk about the conference and Tech conferences in general. Alicia talks about her experiences at Tech conferences as well as her feelings about the conferences formats that differ from each other.

Is Uber the only company with women problems?

Today we talk about the diversity problem in the Tech community as well as The false narrative of wanting to diversify companies with Women.  Alicia my co-host will discuss this with me after her talk at the API days at the International Conference Center in Sydney Australia.  Our interactions with companies there and our thoughts on what companies are doing will be part of our Tech talk

Check out the Tech companies that are making an effort as well as those that are stagnate without in visible strategies anyone can place their hands on. These companies have pending litigation against them currently (GitHub, Squarespace)


Voice activated personal assistants or intelligent personal assistant

This session we talk about the ever growing personal assistants trend.  There are many out on the market but the 3 major companies that stand out are Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google assistant.  Sadly I have to throw in Microsoft Cortana too. With our hands on these 3 items, we give our 4 cents to the discussion of what we see as the leading candidate with this growing voice activating trend.

Home Wifi

This episode we discuss Home Wifi.  There has been a big push in technology to create devices that can cover dead spots in your home, apartment or work area.  We talk about the top companies that have the highest rated devices on the market and the differences between them

eero - home wifi.  $199 /$349/ $499(

eero is the world’s first home WiFi system. A set of three eeros covers the typical home. They work in perfect unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every square foot of your house. It’s simple to set up. Easy to manage. And gets better over time with new features and improved performance. Stream video, get work done, or swipe right in any room — not just next to your router. Finally. WiFi that actually works.

(family controls)
(No user monitoring)
(automatic software updates)
(guest controls)

Amazon shows higher rating than all of the listed below devices.  very low bad reviews.  Pleased with the coverage of these devices by customers
Bestbuy shows only concerns were the price of the items and how it created a new network


Luma - surround WIFI. $399- base and two other bases (

Luma gives you the fastest WiFi everywhere. From the smallest apartment to the biggest of very big homes, so many things can be affecting your signal strength. Luma tells you how many devices you’ll need to set up a mesh network that’s customized to your unique home, and smart enough to keep that network running at full speed, full-time. All on its own, too 

(big time monitoring capability on your phone for all activities)
(guest and parental control)
(user monitoring)
(automatic software updates)

Bestbuy reviews showed a high number of bad customer comments during the first roll out from July - August 2016.  Amazon showed very high customer satisfaction overall


AmpliFI - mesh wifi system - $199 - $299 -$399.  longer range for different price points base and 2 antenna’s (

AmpliFi is more than a common home router: it’s the ultimate Wi-Fi system. With turbocharged 802.11ac Wi-Fi, AmpliFi utilizes multiple self-configuring radios and advanced antenna technology to bring ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage to any home. 

(LCD screen on the main device)
(blue tooth energy for antenna communication)
(Guest monitoring)
(device monitoring using the wifi)
(weird antenna looking devices for access points)
(automatic software updates)

Amazon has this as their highest rated device out of them all.  But it only has 48 reviews


Google wifi - mesh wifi system - $129 for 1 and $299 for 3 pack (

The system uses a technology called mesh Wi-Fi (something usually only seen in expensive commercial installations). Within our mesh network, each Google Wifi point creates a high-powered connection, and the different points work together to determine the best path for your data. The result is fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router.  Google Wifi was designed from the ground up to support the new ways we use Wi-Fi. These days, Wi-Fi has to be able to support lots of devices at the same time, and stand up to high-bandwidth activities like streaming video or gaming — in every room of your house. Google Wifi is an expandable system, so for larger homes, you can simply add Google Wifi points. They connect to one another and spread a strong network signal to every room.

(waiting list)
(not much app support)
(limited functions for wifi control)

Who we are (Mr & Mrs)

This episode is all about us and how we got here.  We go all the way back from high school to our current enterpenual activities of today.  You see where we are where we been and hopefully where we are going.  We wanted people to know a little of our background so you can see why we try to help as many people as possible as well as why we are still together for over 35 years.