Author Archives: vaurora

Operating systems war story: How feminism helped me solve one of file systems’ oldest conundrums

Hi, my name is Valerie Aurora, and I am the inventor of a software feature that has prevented billions of unnecessary writes to hard drives, saving energy and making our computers faster. My invention is called “relative atime,” and this … Continue reading

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Handy tips for my Internet harassers

[NSFW, trigger warnings galore. Harassers, be sure to read this at home.] Today I was worrying: what if people decide to harass me on the Internet and do kind of a terrible job of it? I mean, I know of … Continue reading

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Trying to get paid to work on diversity in tech? Read this

Do you want to get paid to work on increasing diversity in tech? This post is for you. In this post I focus on aligning your funding with the work you want to do. TL;DR: The majority of your funding … Continue reading

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Two cold tips for 2014

I used to take a fatalist view of cold prevention and treatment: you can’t stop getting them without becoming a hermit, and the drugs usually make you feel worse, so why bother doing anything about them other than settling down … Continue reading

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Here’s my favorite operating systems war story, what’s yours?

When I was working on my operating systems project in university, I stayed up all night for weeks feverishly rebooting my test machine, hoping that THIS time my interrupt handler changes worked. I survived on a diet of raisin bagels, … Continue reading

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Hey Safeway, your response to harassment in stores sucks

Today, at the Safeway #0995 at 1335 Webster St. in San Francisco, I had to yell “HEY, THIS GUY IS HARASSING ME. IS ANYONE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?” I was so loud that everyone for 50 feet around … Continue reading

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Meet Double Union, a new feminist makerspace in San Francisco

This upcoming Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, the Double Union feminist makerspace is hosting a Tea Social and Lightning Talks at the Mozilla SF offices. Learn more and register here! What is Double Union? Since the last … Continue reading

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