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Streaming Audio is a podcast from Confluent, the team that originally built Apache Kafka. Host Tim Berglund (Senior Director of Developer Experience, Confluent) and guests unpack a variety of topics surrounding Apache Kafka, event stream processing, and real-time data. The show covers frequently asked questions and comments about the Confluent and Kafka ecosystems—from Kafka connectors to distributed systems, data integration, Kafka deployment, and managed Apache Kafka as a service—on Twitte ...
 
Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts. Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and ...
 
The free lunch is over! Computer systems up until the turn of the century became constantly faster without any particular effort simply because the hardware they were running on increased its clock speed with every new release. This trend has changed and today's CPUs stall at around 3 GHz. The size of modern computer systems in terms of contained transistors (cores in CPUs/GPUs, CPUs/GPUs in compute nodes, compute nodes in clusters), however, still increases constantly. This caused a paradig ...
 
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Building a large, stateful Kafka Streams application that tracks the state of each outgoing email is crucial to marketing automation tools like Mailshimp. Joining us today in this episode, Mitch Seymour, staff engineer at Mailchimp, shares how ksqlDB and Kafka Streams handle the company’s largest source of streaming data. Almost like a post office,…
 
A calculator on a high stakes test fits the classic definition of a double-edged sword: formidable in the hands of an expert but a liability for those who don’t know how to use it. Amy and Mike invited educators Vinny Madera and Tony Miglio to outline the essential facts of calculator usage on the SAT and ACT. What are five things you will learn in…
 
Join AJA Product Marketing Director Bryce Button and Senior Product Manager Tim Walker as they explore AJA’s HDR Image Analyzer and color measurement tools. The HDR Image Analyzer 12G delivers a comprehensive array of tools for the effective analysis of the latest 4K/UltraHD HDR standards, over a single cable with 12G-SDI, – including HLG, PQ, Rec.…
 
While standardized testing and multiple-choice items tend to go hand in hand, there’s a whole world of innovative assessment options beyond the classic stem-key-distractor paradigm. Amy and Mike invited assessment expert Brian Moon to describe alternatives to multiple-choice. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Why have multiple-ch…
 
For many students, acceptance to college represents the last set of academic admissions hoops they’ll ever need to jump through. A whole new circus, however, awaits those hoping to earn advanced degrees. Amy and Mike invited educational consultant Linda Abraham to offer practical strategies for getting ready for graduate school. What are five thing…
 
The best-informed business insights that support better decision-making begin with data collection, ahead of data processing and analytics. Enterprises nowadays are engulfed by data floods, with data sources ranging from cloud services, applications, to thousands of internal servers. The massive volume of data that organizations must process presen…
 
Join AJA Product Marketing Director Bryce Button and Senior Product Manager Tim Walker as they explore AJA’s FS-HDR and HDR production tools. FS-HDR, a 1RU, rackmount, universal converter/frame synchronizer, is designed specifically to meet the High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) needs of broadcast, OTT, production, post, and live e…
 
College applicants are often asked to demonstrate levels of interest that imply devotion, reverence, and unshakeable commitment. But do all schools reciprocate that respect? Amy and Mike invited IEC and author Kevin Martin to explore whether colleges care about their applicants. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Why would someone…
 
Stream processing has become an important part of the big data landscape as a new programming paradigm to implement real-time data-driven applications. One of the biggest challenges for streaming systems is to provide correctness guarantees for data processing in a distributed environment. Guozhang Wang (Distributed Systems Engineer, Confluent) con…
 
Fraternities seem synonymous in the minds of most Americans with the classic college experience. But are the preconceived notions of these groups always positive or consistent with reality? Amy and Mike invited fraternity director Brian Bertges to enumerate the benefits of joining a fraternity. What are five things you will learn in this episode? W…
 
Join AJA Product Marketing Manager Andy Bellamy and Senior Product Manager Steve Holyhead as they explore AJA’s new Thunderbolt 3 I/O device, T-TAP Pro. T-TAP Pro is the newest generation of AJA’s proven T-TAP, featuring the latest 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity for working with up to 4K or UltraHD 60p video over a single cable. This allows for …
 
Both College Board and ACT offer the opportunity to order copies of certain official test dates. Should students or teachers take advantage of this offer? Amy and Mike invited educator Haley Seeley to take a deep dive into ACT TIR and ACT QAS. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What are the ACT TIR and the SAT QAS? What is the dif…
 
Using large amounts of streaming data increasingly requires interactive, real-time analytics and dashboards—and this applies to any industry, including tech. CTO and Co-Founder of Rockset Dhruba Borthakur shares how his company uses Apache Kafka® to perform complex joins, search, and aggregations on streaming data with low latencies. The Kafka data…
 
Landing on the waitlist of your top-choice school can sometimes feel more agonizing than outright rejection. But, as Cicero assures us, while there's life, there's hope! Amy and Mike invited admissions counselor Carolyn Pippen to outline key steps for getting off the college waitlist. What are five things you will learn in this episode? How do coll…
 
Join AJA Product Marketing Manager Andy Bellamy and Ki Pro Product Manager Paul Turner as they explore AJA's Ki Pro GO and Ki Pro Ultra 12G digital video recorders and players. Ki Pro GO is a portable multi-channel H.264 recorder offering up to 4-channels of simultaneous HD and SD recording to off the shelf USB drives with redundant recording capab…
 
We often frame college as a place young adults go to find themselves. Ironically, those teens who already have a strong sense of who they are and what they stand for are the ones with the most success in the admissions process. Amy and Mike invited educational consultants Beth and Greg Langston to describe the importance of helping teens find their…
 
Is it possible to have automated adoption of your event-driven architectures and microservices? The answer is yes! Alianna Inzana, product leader for API testing and virtualization at SmartBear, uses this evolutionary model to make event services reusable, functional, and strategic for both in-house needs and clients. SmartBear relies on Apache Kaf…
 
Join AJA Product Marketing Manager Andy Bellamy and HELO Product Manager Paul Turner as they explore AJA's HELO stand alone streaming and recording device. HELO is AJA’s powerful H.264 streaming and recording stand-alone appliance. HELO brings both SDI and HDMI I/O into a single appliance with the ability to simultaneously stream out to your Conten…
 
In theory, anyone can identify as a tutor. In practice, not just anyone can be an amazing tutor. Experience, training, passion, and many more factors make a difference. Amy and Mike invited educational coach Joanne Kaminski to explain why professionalism in tutors matters. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Should anyone who provi…
 
A great book makes both teaching and learning easy. Such a shame that writing a great educational book is anything but easy! Amy and Mike invited educator and author George Rimakis to share the pros and cons of writing an educational book. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What are the right reasons to support an education enterp…
 
Most of us understand at least intuitively how challenging the road to becoming a doctor is. Few realize, however, how hard just gaining admission to medical school can be. Amy and Mike invited educational consultant Shirag Shemmassian to describe in detail the process of getting into medical school. What are five things you will learn in this epis…
 
Coming out of university, Patrick Neff (Data Scientist, BAADER) was used to “perfect” examples of datasets. However, he soon realized that in the real world, data is often either unavailable or unstructured. This compelled him to learn more about collecting data, analyzing it in a smart and automatic way, and exploring Apache Kafka® as a core ecosy…
 
Nobody doubts the efficiency of never putting off until tomorrow what you can do today. Why, then, is executing that strategy so difficult? Amy and Mike invited academic coach Maggie Wray to explain how to help teens fight procrastination. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is the difference between functional and dysfunction…
 
Every day, people watch over a billion hours of video on YouTube. Is it possible to make just a little bit of that time educational?! Amy and Mike invited educator Brooke Hanson to take us behind the scenes of test prep YouTube. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What does it take to build a YouTube Channel? Why should you both li…
 
The most secure clusters aren’t built on the hopes that they’ll never break. They are the clusters that are broken on purpose and with a specific goal. When organizations want to avoid systematic weaknesses, chaos engineering with Apache Kafka® is the route to go. Your system is only as reliable as its highest point of vulnerability. Patrick Brenna…
 
While there are over 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, most conversation about higher education focuses on 5% of them at most. No wonder these name-brand schools have become tougher than ever to get into. Amy and Mike invited educational consultant Aly Beaumont to discuss preparation for highly selective college admiss…
 
Tests like the SAT and ACT are almost universally reviled by those who deem the tests not only worthless and self-referential but also key agents in educational inequality. But does the evidence actually support those bold claims? Amy and Mike invited author and academic Freddie deBoer to dispel five myths about standardized tests. What are five th…
 
Confluent Cloud isn’t just for public access anymore. As the requirement for security across sectors increases, so does the need for virtual private cloud (VPC) connections. It is becoming more common today to come across Apache Kafka® implementations with the latest private link connectivity option. In the past, most Confluent Cloud users were sat…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? Meet Sheri Elmore is the Vice President of LEAP. Growing up in Cincinnati, graduating from Sycamore High School then Miami University, teaching high school mathematics for 12 years, and earning a master’s degree in educational administrati…
 
Based on Apache Kafka® 2.8, Confluent Platform 6.2 introduces Health+, which offers intelligent alerting, cloud-based monitoring tools, and accelerated support so that you can get notified of potential issues before they manifest as critical problems that lead to downtime and business disruption. Health+ provides ongoing, real-time analysis of perf…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? Meet Vince Kotchian, who grew up in small-town Connecticut and completed the honors program at Boston College, graduating with a B.A. in English Literature. Vince moved to San Diego in 2007 and has been working full-time as a test-prep tut…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? Meet Robin Satty, Ph.D., a graduate of Brown University with an Sc.B and Sc.M in Biology. Robin began her career in test prep in 2010 at Revolution Prep and began teaching science full time in 2011. Since then, she has taught Biology, Chem…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? Meet Alexis Avila, the founder of Prepped and Polished tutoring and test preparation in 1999. Headquartered in South Natick, the company helps elementary, secondary, college-level and adult students improve their grades and test scores and…
 
Collecting internal, operational telemetry from Confluent Cloud services and thousands of clusters is no small feat. Stakeholders need to rely on the same data to make operational decisions. Whether it be metrics from clusters in Confluent Cloud or traces from our internal service, they all provide valuable insights not only to engineering teams bu…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? Meet Laura Link, the founder of Link Private Tutoring. Laura is passionate about meeting every student where they are so they can access opportunities that fulfill their dreams. As a sought-after test prep expert, Laura has traveled the Un…
 
Tutors may be part of the educational ecosystem of any district, state, or country, but they tend to be forgotten when celebrations roll around. Don’t tutors deserve better? Amy and Mike invited educators Julia Silver and Ludo Millar to announce the inaugural World Tutors' Day. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is World Tuto…
 
In an era when every other aspect of education has integrated at least some digital component, can we really expect standardized tests to stay the same as they have since the mid-20th century? Amy and Mike invited researcher Benjamin Backes to compare paper- and computer-based testing. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Why are so…
 
The SAT and ACT test a plethora of math, reading, and writing skills drawn from the full extent of a K-11 academic career. Considering the breadth of expertise required, are there certain areas students should go deep? Amy and Mike invited educator Jennifer Winward to identify high-priority SAT and ACT topics? What are five things you will learn in…
 
When you hear “resume,” you probably think (perhaps with a shudder) of applying for a job. But since a document like this serves as a succinct summary of someone’s experience, educational background, and special skills, it also makes a surprising difference when applying to a school. Amy and Mike invited college counseling expert Judi Robinovitz to…
 
Focused on optimizing Apache Kafka® performance with maximized efficiency, Confluent’s Product Infrastructure team has been actively exploring opportunities for scaling out Kafka clusters. They are able to run Kafka workloads with half the typical memory usage while saving infrastructure costs, which they have tested and now safely rolled out acros…
 
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