company June 12, 2017

Podcast #111 – SRE: Occasionally Maintaining Infrastructure That You Hate

Welcome to a very special episode of The Stack Overflow Podcast recorded Thursday, June 8 at Stack Overflow HQ in NYC. Why is this a very special episode, you ask? It’s all about Site Reliability Engineers (SRE). Joel and Jay are away (slackers) so David is running the show along with Ilana and 3 members…
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Welcome to a very special episode of The Stack Overflow Podcast recorded Thursday, June 8 at Stack Overflow HQ in NYC. Why is this a very special episode, you ask? It’s all about Site Reliability Engineers (SRE). Joel and Jay are away (slackers) so David is running the show along with Ilana and 3 members of our very own SRE team. Tom Limoncelli, Mark Henderson, and Jason Harvey are here to discuss how we build and maintain Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network.

So much great stuff in this episode:

  • Tom’s rants are much calmer than Joel’s, but just as infuriating. Stop hiding buttons, Google!
  • Always tip your bartender and use a “USB condom“.
  • Tom and David are fascinated by our Ping Pong Buddy, for some reason.
  • We’re still waiting for Tom’s protocol droid. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
  • Differences between Stack Overflow and other SRE teams. *cough, we’re NOT in the cloud, cough*
  • Special SRE edition of Failure is Not an Option. (Apparently Mark is a master criminal. We’re not sure that he moved out of Australia voluntarily…)
  • In the News: How not to react when someone makes a mistake.
  • Oh, and btw, the SRE team is hiring!

As you know we are preparing a Constitution for Stack Overflow. This week’s question comes from listener Kase (@kasey_orourke1): Is it okay to throw things in other people’s trash cans when walking down a row of cubicles? Post to twitter #stackoverflowpodcast with PRO if you should be able to use the trash can with no stink-eyes from coworkers, and CON if you think you should keep your Doritos bags out of other people’s bins. Wittiest answer will win Stack Podcast stickers!

Last week’s winner, for the question “Pro or Con, If I say ‘June 1st at midnight,’ am I referring to the morning of June 1st or the evening?” is @ariporad.

Congrats Ari! You win things! Watch for a Twitter DM from Ilana.

Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with new episodes in July. Until then you can catch up on our back catalog HERE.

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