• This Week On Planet Internet: Elon Musk’s disproportionate influence on doge; all the best Netflix and podcast recommendations; PLUS a chat with the maker of Hacker Noon's latest Chrome Extension—The Free Internet Plugin!

    🎧 TUNE IN WITH AMY TOM, NATASHA NEL, AND GUY TORBET:“Creating Content is More Important than Being a Millionaire” — says dogecoin millionaire (01:38)Elon Mask: doge daddy, master marketeer, future murderer (03:52)Lol remember that time David Smooke interviewed John McAfee? (05:01)What does the literal dog of doge meme fame look like today? (06:04)The tea on the the colonial pipeline ransomware attack (07:33ASK US WHAT TO STREAM NEXT (10:28)Will you give Facebook's second favourite daughter the finger and jump ship to Signal with Amy? Apparently WhatsApp is for old people anyway (14:29)Watch out, we got some personal productivity badasses over here (22:18)

    P.S. Hacker Noon just launched a Free Internet Plugin for Chrome users who want to block paywalled sites from their search results (26:07). You can install it the plug in here — https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-free-internet-plugin/lodclhfimkjdjmmjgeioendfjpgoghoo?hl=en-US

    🗒️ SHOW NOTES:Why You Should Be Careful Investing in Dogecoin by Andrey Sergeenkov for Hacker Noon: https://hackernoon.com/why-you-should-be-careful-investing-in-dogecoin-vb1c34d3Elon Musk’s tweet: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1392030108274159619Reddit on SpaceX on Doge: https://www.reddit.com/r/technews/comments/n8l5vv/spacex_accepts_dogecoin_as_payment_to_launch/Morning's Brew's story about the doge millionaire and content king: https://www.morningbrew.com/daily/stories/2021/05/05/dude-became-dogecoin-millionaireTHE DOGE DOG, then and now: https://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/n53rq7/this_is_kabosu_shes_15_years_old_and_was_the/Ransomware attack leads to shutdown of major U.S. pipeline system: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/05/08/cyber-attack-colonial-pipeline/The battle of privacy continues with WhatsApp privacy policy and changes to Google’s Play Store: https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/7/22424769/whatsapp-privacy-policy-deadline-controversy-functionalityReddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/technews/comments/n7pi5r/google_will_make_android_apps_tell_users_about/How I Hacked My Brain To Trigger My Most Productive Coding Stint Ever by Guy Torbet for Hacker Noon: https://hackernoon.com/how-i-hacked-my-brain-to-trigger-my-most-productive-coding-stint-ever-3ph348yJohn McAfee and David Smooke on the #1 Danger of the Internet (and other things): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjbuLa2wt7k&t=17s



    DOWNLOAD HACKER NOON'S FREE INTERNET PLUGIN FOR PAYWALL-FREE SEARCH RESULTS IN CHROME 💥 https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-free-internet-plugin/lodclhfimkjdjmmjgeioendfjpgoghoo?hl=en-US

  • Amy Tom talks to Yevheniia Shmelkova, the Token Specialist at Mysterium Network about crypto exchanges. Yevheniia explains some of the strategic decisions behind choosing which crypto exchange to get listed on including assessing your overall goal, understanding your community, and more. Why would I list my project on a crypto exchange? When is the best time to list my project? Find out on this episode of the Hacker Noon Podcast.

    In this episode, Amy and Yevheniia discuss:

    Amy confesses her fears of crypto and Yevheniia eases Amy's concerns about being a first-time investor (02:50)At what point should you get your project listed? What happens after the project gets listed? (06:03)How to choose which crypto exchange to get listed on (09:09)Does it make sense to list on multiple exchanges? Yevheniia says, "it depends" (11:36)The difference between centralized exchanges and decentralized exchanges (12:43)The best listing strategy when it comes to crypto exchanges (14:26)The popular exchanges to get listed on. Does Amy really need to ask? Yes... yes, she does (16:25)Yevheniia's advice for companies/people who are listing a token for the first time (18:52)Mysterium's token, Myst, which is how Mysterium users pay for their VPN (21:36)How can "crypto babies" like Amy learn more about tokenization? (24:02)

    Follow Yevheniia & Mysterium Network:

    You can connect with Yevheniia on LinkedInYou can visit Mysterium Network's Website at mysterium.network
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  • Amy Tom talks to Matt Groves, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Couchbase, and Rob Hedgpeth, Developer Advocate at MariaDB about their careers. Rob and Matt are former coworkers from Couchbase; they reminisce about their career paths and their time working together. The trio gets REAL about starting from the bottom, working too hard, and learning along the way.

    In this episode, Amy, Matt, and Rob discuss:

    Their very first jobs. Matt recalls being a paperboy and Rob reminisces about his days on the farm (1:23)Their education paths. Matt got a computer science degree after learning how to code on a TRS-80 computer from a book as a kid. Rob was the first one in his family to go to college; he got a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Missouri State. That lead him to eventually become a Developer Advocate (4:40)Matt's book, AOP in .NET. Amy asks about his publishing story and authoring process (10:20)Rob's book, R2DBC Revealed. Rob talks about his experience with publishing; he got approached by a publisher after giving a talk (14:44)Rob's experience as a Developer Advocate, and the importance of establishing credibility and solving problems. (20:50)Matt's advice for an aspiring Product Marketing Manager is to learn from other developers who are willing to teach you and to network with your peers (27:37)If Matt could give his former self from 10 years ago some career advice, he'd tell himself to pause to ask, "do you really want to do this?" (30:27)Rob's advice to his former self is to RELAX more and to stress less. This is the advice he'd give himself from 10 years ago and also from 6 months ago. Very relatable (32:15)

    Follow Matt Groves & Rob Hedgpeth:

    You can follow Matt on Twitter @mgrovesYou can email Matt at matthew.groves@couchbase.comYou can follow Rob on Twitter @probablyrealrobYou can email Rob at robh@mariadb.com


    You can check out Matt's book, AOP in .NETYou can check out Rob's book, R2DBC RevealedYou can learn more about Couchbase at https://www.couchbase.com/You can learn more about MariaDB at https://mariadb.com/
  • Would you subscribe to a video platform that produced 15-minute videos? Is it illegal to Snapchat with Gen Z? Join Utsav, Richard, Hang, Amy and Limarc for This Week on Planet Internet:

    Amy lets everyone know IMMEDIATELY that she does not identify as Gen Z (0:36)Breaking down why Hang (the resident Gen Z) loves to share photos of her breakfast, lunch, and dinner but would never do a social media house tour (05:10)Is Snapchat still a thing? Richard only vaguely knows Snapchat exists, Limarc legally and morally cannot Snap with Gen Z, and Amy recalls Snapping back in the day (08:58)Does Gen Z care more about the environment because they have more skin in the game? Is Gen Z just more proactive than other generations? (14:20)Knuckle crack, Hang's take on MONEY and INVESTING. Also, PLEASE Limarc, Hang doesn't need a calculator, she just has the numbers in her head. Hang IS the calculator. (24:10)Why did Quibi fail? Was Chrissy's Court with Chrissy Teigen not enough? Of course, Richard has no idea who Chrissy Teigen is (27:30)

    Read the stories mentioned in this podcast:

    What are the differences between Gen Z and other Generations? from Dara Fontein's Hootsuite article: https://blog.hootsuite.com/generation-z-statistics-social-marketers/Generation Z is over here organizing rallies with thousands of people and Utsav couldn't rally the block. Gen Z Is Emerging As The Sustainability Generation by Greg Petro on Forbes.Gen Z’s Money Legos on Hacker Noon by @julianhosp. If you aren't investing by 20, you're late to the game, according to Hang.Quibi's Launch: Why It Fell Flat With GenZ on Hacker Noon by @@pranc_ https://hackernoon.com/quibis-launch-why-it-fell-flat-with-genz-8g5w3z8z


  • Amy Tom talks to Pavel Desjnuk, Co-founder and CTO of Webiny, and Richard Kubina, Full-Stack Developer Extrodinaire at Hacker Noon, about the implications of serverless CMS. They discuss serverless migration, whether to go serverless or stay on-prem, and the security implications of serverless CMS. Should you trust serverless systems? Can you easily migrate to a serverless system? Find out on this episode of the Hacker Noon podcast.

    In this episode, Amy talks to Pavel Desjnuk and Richard Kubina about:

    What does serverless CMS really mean? (06:30)Would Richard implement a serverless CMS? (12:20)The security implications of serverless systems (14:30)Serverless systems for small businesses (18:50)When Coca-Cola moved to a serverless system and saved 60% of their bill (21:45)How to establish a connection between your Headless CMS and a page builder (30:40)Whether your API gets bombarded with queries with serverless CMS (36:00)

    Follow Pavel Desjnuk*:*

    Follow Pavel on Twitter @paveldesinjukLearn more about Webiny at webiny.com

    Read more on Hacker Noon:

    Read Richard's stories on Hacker Noon


    Join the Webiny Slack community
  • Amy Tom chats with Mark Gamble, the Product & Solutions Marketing Director at Couchbase, about Edge Computing. They talk about being at the edge of the cloud, moving your data operations closer to your customer, and assessing your need for edge computing. Mark explains tiered data systems, setting up data centers to avoid system downtime, computing configuration for faster response time.

    In this episode, Amy and Mark talk about:

    Mark's definition of edge computing - bringing data and computing closer to the applications that are being consumed (10:00)How to get to the edge of the cloud and closer to the customer (13:40)Target suffered a 2-hour POS system outage and lost $50 Million (16:25)What is driving the growth of edge computing - an alternative to meeting the demand of internet users (22:00)The balancing act between the cost of edge computing with the risk of downtime (23:58)How to manage analytic processing of large amounts of data while avoiding high latency when you require a real-time response of your application (30:00)A layered data storage approach to dictate where the data is stored (35:00)

    Connect Mark Gamble:

    Email him at mark.gamble@couchbase.com


    Learn more about Couchbase's Edge Computing Solution

  • What happens when big corp shuts down conversation? What is Russia's deal with Sputnik exports? Crypto in Africa — equalizing force, or daydream? Join Linh, Natasha, Amy, Limarc and Damian for This Week on Planet Internet:

    Is there such a thing as a no politics culture? (1:40)Amy Tom goes real deep, real early #sorrynotsorry (3:22)"Pleasant" for whom, Basecamp? PLEASANT 👏 FOR 👏 WHOM 👏 (07:54)Naturally Limarc Ambalina's gon' be playing devil's advocate (09:40)Key Takeaway: if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, get a mediator (12:24)Why is Russia exporting so much Sputnik? (14:55)Limarc kind of maybe sympathizes with a Russian Dictator's decision to let his people die (16:40)Africa: the continent of milk and honey for startups and cryptos? (21:10)Necessity is the mother of all invention... (29:32)No gods no masters — down with regulation! (32:56)

    Read the stories mentioned in this podcast:

    Is there such a thing as a “no politics” culture? Letters from Basecamp Founder and Coinbase Founder (medium link ugh): https://world.hey.com/jason/changes-at-basecamp-7f32afc5 and https://blog.coinbase.com/coinbase-is-a-mission-focused-company-af882df8804?gi=d00265f16919Russia, vaccine, science, space war, and more: from The daily aka Linh's main source of podcast lol: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/26/podcasts/the-daily/russia-vaccine-coronavirus-vladimir-putin.htmlAfrica startups news on Hacker Noon! Question: out of the 69 billion raised for startups reported by Pitchbook in Q1 of 2021, how many are based or partially based in Africa? Prob not much.Crypto in Africa News on Hacker Noon. Equalizing force or a daydream? https://hackernoon.com/more-africans-walk-towards-financial-freedom-due-to-cryptocurrencies-552z33xu

    This podcast was hosted by Linh Dao Smooke and panelled by Natasha Nel, Amy Tom, and Limarc Ambalina. This week we're also joined by our brand new podcast editor, Damian McIlhenny!


  • Git-whaaatttt? Amy Tom gets into GitOps and Kubernetes with Matt Ingenthron, Sr. Director of Engineering, Couchbase, and Viktor Farcic, Open-Source Program Manager & Developer Relations at Shipa. Amy, Matt, and Viktor break down what GitOps really means, how it influences your dev team, and how to use Kubernetes with GitOps practices. They also discuss using CI/CD to modify the Git repository that defines the operator.

    In this episode, Amy talks to Matt and Victor about:

    The difference between GitOps and DevOps (05:37)How GitOps practices can improve your IT operations (07:54)Describing Kubernetes objects inside a repository (12:22)Using CI/CD to modify the Git repository that defines the operator (23:11)

    Follow Matt Ingenthron + Viktor Farcic:

    Follow Matt on Twitter @ingenthrFollow Viktor on Twitter @vfarcic


    Chat with Matt in the Couchbase ForumLearn more about Shipa
  • Amy Tom talks to Pavel Denisjuk about AWS Lambda and serverless applications. Pavel is the Co-Founder and CTO at Webiny. Amy and Pavel discuss Pavel's career in entrepreneurship, building applications with AWS Lambda, the advantages and disadvantages of going serverless, and examples of running AWS Lambda functions with event triggers.

    In this episode, Amy talks to Pavel about:

    AWS Lambda and its limitations (06:15)Building a serverless application vs an on-prem application (10:07)Planning a serverless application project (16:41)AWS Lambda event triggers and functions (21:20)The technical knowledge required to build an AWS Lambda application with Webiny (25:25)

    Follow Pavel Denisjuk + Webiny:

    Follow Pavel on Twitter at @paveldenisjukLearn more about Webiny at webiny.com


    Join the Webiny Slack community
  • What's David's hot take on Facebook's pivot to audio? Hands up if you think the Mars Helicopter video is a deep fake! ALSO: are kids growing up during a global panini more likely to get face tattoos? 😱 Shoot the shit with Hacker Noon's Editors —

    This Week on Planet Internet:

    Props to the 12k open source devs Github says contributed to Ingenuity's maiden voyage! (0:33)Hands up if you think the Mars Helicopter video is a deep fake (3:52)Catch David's Hot Take on Facebook's pivot to audio (06:18)Hey WTF happened to Libra? (07:23)Are kids growing up during a global panini more likely to get face tattoos? (08:50)Is Substack's margin really Facebook's opportunity? (11:03)Find out how Facebook's moderators accidentally helped Hacker Noon sell more t-shirts (15:46)Is any system that claims to be blockchain voting "neither blockchain, nor voting?" (17:13)Do you stan #decentralization? (22:42)What worldwide crypto adoption sounds like (25:23)Oh hey, happy 4/20, everybody! (30:12)

    Read the tech stories talked about this podcast:

    1. Open source goes to Mars by Nat Friedman for The GitHub Blog: https://github.blog/2021-04-19-open-source-goes-to-mars/

    2. Five takeaways about Facebook's pivot to audio by Casey Newton from Platformer: https://www.platformer.news/p/5-takeaways-about-facebooks-pivot

    3. 3 Reasons Why Blockchain Won't #ReleaseTheKraken: An Interview with John Sebes of TrustTheVote.org by Benjamin Bateman for Hacker Noon: https://hackernoon.com/3-reasons-why-blockchain-wont-releasethekraken-an-interview-with-john-sebes-of-trustthevoteorg-713i339y

    4. Cannabis banking act passes U.S. House with bipartisan support by Matt Burns (lol) for Tech Crunch: https://techcrunch.com/2021/04/20/cannabis-banking-act-passes-u-s-house-with-bipartisan-support/


  • Amy Tom chats to Jens Alfke about embedded databases in mobile applications and how they live within your application and sync to your server. Jens is the Mobile Architect at Couchbase and a former Software Engineer at Apple. They talk about developing a mobile application with an embedded database vs a database on the server, edge computing, and the technical skills required to implement embedded databases.

    In this episode, Amy and Jens talk about:

    The use of a mobile database versus a database that you would develop on desktop (03:45)Edge computing's role in embedded databases (17:40)The reasons why someone would implement an embedded database into a mobile application (21:12)The skills required for developers interested in embedded a database into their mobile application (27:38)

    Follow Jens Alfke + Couchbase:

    Connect with Jens on LinkedInLearn more about Couchbase's embedded databases
  • Has the market cap of cryptocurrencies really exceeded that of Apple? Should you have started buying shitcoins in 2013? Does Microsoft really want to acquire Discord? Do we still trust Fitbit?

    This Week on Planet Internet:

    HackerNoon CEO David Smooke asks: if it was yours, would you sell Discord to Microsoft? From (00:29)Editors Limarc Ambalina and Amy Tom debate the overall awfulness of Teams (00:40)David says "market crap" around (05:28) and nobody even hears itEveryone decides categorically that Natasha Nel should stop telling people people the crypto bubble's gonna burst (07:22)Check in on Limarc's dogecoin earnings (09:32)Do a team vibe check on Fitbit (11:10)Remind ourselves that if you're not paying, you're the product (12:51)DRINK EVERY TIME DAVID SAYS SHITCOIN (16:37)

    Read the tech news stories mentioned in this show:

    Why Microsoft Wants Discord by Tom Warren for The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/26/22352028/microsoft-discord-acquisition-analysis-report Cryptocurrency Market Overtakes Apple — The World's Most Valuable Company — In Market Capitalization by Shivdeep Dhaliwal for Benzinga: https://www.benzinga.com/node/20613282 Think You Know Why Google Acquired Fitbit? Think Again! by Haris Shahid for Hacker Noon: https://hackernoon.com/think-you-know-why-google-acquired-fitbit-think-again-w4h332n Mastering Shitcoins II - The Poor Man's Guide to Getting Rich by Daniel Jeffries for Hacker Noon: https://hackernoon.com/mastering-shitcoins-ii-the-poor-mans-guide-to-getting-rich-nvo33j3
  • Javascript developers rejoice! Amy Tom talks to Eric Bishard and Arun Vijayaraghavan about the differences between a Document Database and a Relational Database. Eric and Arun explain JSON Document Databases and also discuss NodeJS SDKs, ODMs vs ORMs, and more. Eric is the Developer Advocate and Arun is a Product Manager; both work at Couchbase.

    In this episode, Amy chats to Eric and Arun about:

    The differences between a Document Database and a Relational Database (06:56)The differences between an ODM and an ORM (18:45)Learning Nickel Querying through Ottoman ODM (26:58)

    Follow Arun Vijayaraghavan and Eric Bishard:

    Follow Arun Vijayaraghavan on GitHubConnect with Arun Vijayaraghavan on LinkedInFollow Eric Bishard on TwitterFollow Eric Bishard on GitHubFollow Eric Bishard on Dev.to

    Read more on Hacker Noon:

    Eric Bishard's Introduction to Ottoman on Hacker Noon


    Developer.couchbase.comA JSON Data Modeling GuideOttoman Documentation
  • In this episode, Amy Tom talks to Matt Groves, the Senior Product Marketing Manager at Couchbase, and Brant Burnett, the Systems Architect at CenterEdge Software about the results from the 2020 Tech Lead Developer survey that was conducted by Couchbase. The survey revealed that 86% of respondents experienced challenges within their development teams. Amy, Matt, and Brant broke down the challenges, which included setting clear, measurable goals and having access to the right technology.

    In this episode, Amy talks to Matt and Brant about:

    Setting clear and measurable goals was indicated as one of the biggest challenges developer teams faced in 2020 (06:48)Investing in the right tools can save you time and money. Remember that the tools aren't generally your biggest expense; the people are. Focusing on making them as productive as possible is really the best way to save money (09:10)Addressing organizational technical debt is another common challenge that developer teams face (15:22)Hiring increased in development teams across 2020. Last year opened the doors to remote hiring, which allows developer teams to hire the best of the best regardless of timezone (26:19)

    Read more about the 2020 Tech Lead Developer Survey

    Follow Matt Groves + Couchbase:

    See the Couchbase Cloud offering at couchbase.com/cloudFollow Matt on Twitter at @mgrovesConnect with Matt on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/mgroves/

    Follow Brant Burnett + CenterEdge:

    Visit CenterEdge online at centeredgesoftware.comFollow Brant on Twitter at @BTBurnett3
  • Amy Tom (a new voice on the podcast and a Hacker Noon editor!) is joined by Sharmini Ravindran, the CMO at Mysterium Network. They discuss achieving anonymity from the modern Internet, incentivizing peer-to-peer networks on a global scale to improve personal privacy and data control, and the humanitarian aspects of Internet accessibility.

    In this episode, Amy and Sharmini chat about:

    Whether true decentralization from the modern Internet is possible or not (20:00)The shift towards distributed permissionless peer-peer networks (03:45)VPN nodes that allow anonymous bandwidth sharing between peers (13:25)The humanitarian impact of the Internet and what happens when control is taken away from the user (27:00)The varying levels of control placed upon the Internet in different countries (11:15, 22:30)

    Follow Sharmini & Mysterium Networks:

    You can visit Mysterium Network's Website at mysterium.networkYou can follow Sharmini on Twitter at @the_sharmini
  • The Washington Post's Ben Golliver joins Hacker Noon CEO David Smooke to discuss the process of writing his new book, "Bubbleball: Inside the NBA's Fight to Save a Season," and the pandemic's impact on the NBA's revenue. With no/few fans in the stands and the decline in the number of games from the pandemic, the National Basketball Association is expected to loss about $4 billion dollars in 2021. In addition to discussing his bubble writing and publishing process, we talk about the NBA's options to stimulate revenue, such as expansion fees for new franchises and how to make substantial investments into the NBA's digital experience.

    Some related reads on Hacker Noon (where we usually publish more about things like software development, blockchains, startups, and everything tech):

    NBA’s Microsoft Partnership, Kawhi’s Logo Lawsuit, and the Modern Reporter’s TechstackSports Teams Need To Embrace Digital Innovations to Regain Engagement and Revenue Lost to COVID-19The Gaming Ecosystem ExplainedMaking Up the Best Team in NBA History

    Buy the book - Bubbleball: Inside the NBA's Fight to Save a Season

  • In this special episode of the Hacker Noon podcast, Limarc talks to Mark Domowicz and Todd Adamson from Skydance Interactive, the acclaimed developer of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, one of the best virtual reality games on the market today.

    Skydance Interactive is a relatively new company, powered by seasoned veterans in the gaming industry. Mark and Todd bring years of experience to the table, having worked for Pandemic Studios and Treyarch respectively.

    Limarc talks to Mark and Todd about the making of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, the ethics and morals behind violent video games in VR, as well as the challenges they had to face throughout the development of the game and porting the game to the Oculus Quest.




  • In this podcast, Limarc talks to Arjen van Heck from Vertigo Games, one of the biggest VR game developers in the industry, and the renowned creators of the zombie apocalypse game Arizona Sunshine.

    Vertigo Games has proven to be a versatile development company, having released titles in completely different genres, such as A Fisherman’s Tale and Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl.

    Limarc and Arjen talk about the making of Arizona Sunshine, porting the game over to Oculus Quest, ethical and moral decisions within VR game development, and Vertigo Games’ upcoming title, After the Fall.




  • In this podcast, Limarc talks to Erin Kim from NIS America, the respected developers of the Disgaea and Prinny series. They are also the publisher of many of the most popular Japanese role-playing games that have been ported to English speaking countries, including Trails of Cold Steel, The Ys Series, and Danganronpa.

    Limarc and Erin talk about NIS America’s upcoming game releases, as well as how the company has adjusted to the changes in the gaming industry brought on by COVID-19.




  • Idan Zuckerman is a co-Founder at Upland and talks to Hacker Noon about his experiences from developing Upland - A EOS-based MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game). Joining Utsav as a co-Host is Reza Jafery, the Chief Blockchain Officer at Akoin.

    They discuss the potential of Blockchain-based games, challenges faced, adoption strategies implemented, and key results obtained.

    Check out Upland: https://twitter.com/uplandme

    Check out Akoin: https://twitter.com/AkoinOfficial

    Idan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/idanzuck

    Reza’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/RezaJafery

    Utsav’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/utsav_jaiswal1

    Continue reading about blockchain, economics, and smart contracts on Hacker Noon.

    Also, check out Hacker Noon via Giphy (ahem Facebook and/or Instagram), Twitter, or just get a technology story published today and check our sponsorship options.