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  1. Mikko Hyppönen: Public presentations about technical topics

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    Mikko Hyppönen is a worldwide expert in Internet Security who works as the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure. Thanks to his extraordinary skills and unique style, he successfully advocates the importance of privacy and other security topics to the whole world. He has delivered several TED and TEDx talks, some of them have been watched more than a million times.

    His lifetime best opener

    He started his latest TEDx Talk The Internet is on Fire (December 2014) with a story. During the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, Walter Bailey, a young waiter, was the only person who took action to try to save lives. This was a metaphor for today’s Internet, where everybody knows about surveillance but very few people are taking action.

    The most important elements in a technical presentation

    You have to be able to simplify. Use stories and metaphors.

    You have to be as concrete as possible, don’t speak in abstract. Use screenshots, videos.

    How to coordinate all sections of a technical talk

    “When you do demos, you have to surrender to the demo gods.” It’s easy to go wrong with live demos. Mikko schedules a warmup talk (a final rehearsal) for the most important talks. Rehearsing is the key to success. Do spice up your talks with videos, props, demos, in addition to slides. In his very first TED talk he used an overhead projector as a prop.

    Recommended tools for technical demos and presentations

    Practical tool for demos: ZoomIt

    YouTube downloader: youtube-dl

    Favorite quotation

    “The biggest lie on the Internet is “I have read and I agree to the terms and conditions.” – Terms of Service; Didn’t Read Project

    Recommended books

    The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley

    Puhevalta (in Finnish) by Juhana Torkki

    Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

    Routine to Shine

    When you commute to work, don’t waste your time listening to music. You can use your time listening to things that help you with your life, your career. Listen to podcasts about technical topics, public speaking, news, jokes, etc.


    Mikko at Twitter


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  2. Pragmatic #30: Coffee

    On the day following the launch of his new app Overcast, Marco Arment joins John to talk about the unsung hero that helped Overcast to come together a little bit more each and every day…coffee. We cover the history from the 13th century to present with brewing techniques and a bit about our personal journies with that wonderful brown liquid.

    Caffeine systematic name: 3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione; aka 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine aka 1,3,7-trimethyl-2,6-dioxopurine

    Guest-host: Marco Arment writes at his site and has a podcast with friends called the Accidental Tech Podcast each week. Check out his new podcast playing app Overcast site and the [App Store Link] as well as my review.


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  3. The Incomparable #197: Fail Fast

    We love Pixar, and we're a bunch of creative professional types. So as you can imagine, we devoured "Creativity Inc.", by Pixar president Ed Catmull. Is it a business book or an anti-business book? How do you foster creativity? Is Pixar's formula one that provides safety while preventing works of staggering genius? How much is a director or writer the author of a Pixar movie, and how much is the studio itself? And is the wild success of "Frozen" proof of anything?

    Panelists John Siracusa, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser, and David J. Loehr.


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