Thanking things for their service

Personal organizer Marie Kondo has some unique organizing advice, as summarized by Penelope Green for the New York Times: “Discard everything that does not ‘spark joy,’ after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service.” One of the symptoms of hoarding disorder is a stronger than usual emotional attachment to inanimate objects,Continue reading “Thanking things for their service”

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 is the story of how my feminist approach to computing helped me invent it –Continue reading “Operating systems war story: How feminism helped me solve one of file systems’ oldest conundrums”

Leaving Red Hat

I’m leaving Red Hat, effective January 7th. Here’s my self-interview on the topic… Q: Why are you leaving Red Hat? A: Good question! I’ve worked for a lot of companies as a Linux kernel developer (IBM, Intel, Red Hat, etc.). Now, jobs vary a lot within companies – one of my favorite sayings is, “YouContinue reading “Leaving Red Hat”