Metal Toad Blog

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Thumb Zone

Thumb Zone

I’m used to thinking of ergonomics in terms of chairs, desks, physical plant, tennis rackets, etc., but this week our expert UX designer, Cami, blew my mind when she shared a “natural thumb extension” image that she uses to…
Victoria Blake
March 8th, 2019
Charred stumps remaining from a slash and burn operation

Software is a slash and burn industry

Any industry that wants to be sustainable must think long term. In the timber industry they need to worry about the future availability of trees, for fisheries they need to think about fish - you get the point. If any…
Joaquin Lippincott
February 10th, 2019
CC. "Man on ship's gangplank," by James Crookall

The Agile PM Onboard

Hiring and starting a new job - two sides of the same coin, yet with similar risks and rewards. Can a new employee onboard a new job with a minimum of wasted time, effort, and stress? Can the new employee grow in knowledge,…
Brent Logan
January 31st, 2019
Hackathon Pitches

How to Run a Great Hackathon (and Why You Should Do It)

Working at Metal Toad is all about innovation. It’s why I was drawn to this place—a place that celebrates the unusual, gets excited about new ideas, and constantly seeks out the latest emerging tech. The constantly changing…
Dylan Tack
January 30th, 2019
cool tech graphics

Docker Containers & Clustering/Orchestration

The Big Picture The aim of this blog post isn’t to get into the nitty gritty how to build and run a containerized app on your favorite cloud provider with a specific clustering technology. Rather, the aim is to discuss…
Rich Staats
January 20th, 2019
A close-up of a phone using the AR treasure hunt app, showing the text "You Won!"

Web-based AR: Hunting for Treasure with A-Frame

When Metal Toad announced the theme of the winter Hackathon would be Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), those of us who have focused our careers on building websites faced a conundrum: how can we learn the…
Kalina Wilson
January 19th, 2019
Screenshot of the app

An Exploration of Daydream Using the Android SDK

Going into the latest hackathon, I knew there were several options for building a virtual reality (VR) app for Android devices. Google currently has two platforms for VR available: Cardboard and Daydream, not to be confused…
James Simshaw
January 18th, 2019
A large computer monitor showing code, above a laptop where hands are typing code

Team Knock-Knock Answers the “Who’s There?” Question With AR

Metal Toad’s winter 2018 hackathon was all about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR). At its most basic, AR is taking a camera and adding extra information to it, like PokemonGo or AR Stickers on the Pixel…
Nathan Wilkerson
January 15th, 2019
Our Giving Toad sourronded with donations for our winter charity drive

The Giving Toad: Living Our Values During the Holidays

One of my favorite parts of working at Metal Toad is the spirit of generosity here. Everyone is always eager to help others—whether responding to a fellow Toad’s question in our Slack #help channel, offering clients an idea…
Lauren Shey
January 15th, 2019
Imposter

Imposter Syndrome is Like Bad Janet

Imposter syndrome is kind of the worst. You know it when you ‘see’ it, or in this case, feel it. It’s that voice in your head that speaks in a very convincing, relentless way, telling you that you don’t know what you’re…
Cat Janowitz
January 3rd, 2019
Old postcard of the Tower of London

Winter Hackathon 2018: Hacking History

A few years ago, I had the good fortune to travel to London to visit some friends. But before I talk about my trip, there is something you must know about me. I grew up surrounded by British influences—my mother loved the…
Morgan Senkal
December 28th, 2018
silos

Silos in Tech

What is siloing? In order to better discuss how engineers and teams become siloed, as well as the positive and negative effects it can have on a team, I should define what I mean when I refer to a siloed engineer and a…
James Simshaw
October 29th, 2018

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