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Inside TechRepublic with Chip Camden

In this Inside TechRepublic podcast, Sonja Thompson catches up with Sterling "Chip" Camden, the host of TechRepublic's IT Consultant blog. Learn about Chip's interesting history with TechRepublic, his IT background, and much more.

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In this Inside TechRepublic podcast, Sonja Thompson catches up with Sterling "Chip" Camden, the host of TechRepublic's IT Consultant blog.

When Chip isn't writing for TechRepublic, he works as an independent consultant and contributes to [Geeks Are Sexy] Technology News and his two personal blogs, Chip's Quips and Chip's Tips for Developers.

Learn about Chip's interesting history with TechRepublic, his IT background, the proudest moment of his career to date, and much more. Listen to the podcast.

About

Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

33 comments
chris
chris

I couldn't listen using FF. just me?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Flash maybe?

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

... and I listen to Pandora in Chrome all the time. But it worked for me in Firefox. Temperamental, like me.

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

...but after a short interval, will report that the flash plugin has failed, and ask if you'd like to abort it. Afterwards, all returns to normal.

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

I have had it lock up completely a few times -- but I think that was more a symptom of Flash consuming all CPU resources rather than specifically blocking Chrome.

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

Fortunately, Chrome itself does not seem to crash, and usually reloading a page will frequently re-awaken Flash. It's been but a minor nuisance.

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

The play button didn't do anything for me. But it wouldn't be the first time I've had issues with Flash in Chrome. I just tried it again, and this time it worked. I've rebooted in between, though.

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

...even though it said that "Search isn't ready for this content". It played anyway once you hit the play button.

PMPsicle
PMPsicle

Great interview BTW. Friend huh? Strange taste in friends! :^0 (Especially us grumpy ones!). ;-) And if you ever want my phone number just let me know. Glen Ford, PMP

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Almost sounds human for a programmer too I might add. :^0 Great Interview Chip good to hear from you. ;) Col

KSoniat
KSoniat

Great interview - on both sides. Even though I'm not a contractor I always find your posts interesting.

santeewelding
santeewelding

That was the revealment.

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

...your success in IT was made possible by not being contaminated by a formal IT education.

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

"Since I found all that boring, I focused on accounting and economics" I guess we have opposite ideas about what's boring. I remember being fascinated by COBOL (yes, I admit it) back in the late 70's, before I was introduced to Algol, wonderful Algol.

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

In the early '80s when I started college, IT still mostly meant Fortran and COBOL on time-share and comparatively pokey mini-computers. I already had experience in Fortran and even then the future of COBOL was written on the wall. Since I found all that boring, I focused on accounting and economics, which it turned out was far more useful in practicing IT than the IT education would have made me.

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

and less theoretical. But lately, I've been trying to fill in all the theoretical gaps. I hope it doesn't make me less practical. :P

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

what happened to this series. Happy to see it resurrected! Thanks to both of you for an interesting spot. Websites to check out now.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

The Inside TechRepublic podcast makes another splash in this interview with Sterling "Chip" Camden. Take a listen, and then please chime in the discussion.

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

Another great interview of an interesting member. And Chip can tell ya that sometimes you really do fall into the IT hole, just like Alice. Sonja is that you playing your guitar that opens the interviews?