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Karina Chow

A few people have talked to me about the tech industry and have been asking me why I’m not clamoring to find myself another full-time engineering job. Well, pull up a chair and let me tell you a little story about myself.

Self portrait I made in college for a presentation describing the technologies I was most excited for

I. Love. Novelty.

Novelty is exhilarating. Novelty is…


A self employment org chart showing “me” as the owner, head of product, head of eng, head of sales, ux researcher..basically every role is just “me”!

After working full-time as a software engineer for 8 years and burning the hell out, I entered the mysterious world of freelancing and consulting in search for a more restorative and balanced lifestyle.

I’ve learned a lot in my 10 months of being self-employed. This isn’t an article to convince…


Ah, personality tests. Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t deny they’ve become very popular lately.

My dad made me take my first MBTI test in 2006, when I was around 14 years old. I was the type of kid that would sign up for every class and…


Now that everything is slowly opening up again, the question on every office worker’s mind is “Will I have to go back to the office? If so, when and in what capacity?”

Most LinkedIn polls I see tout that workers love working from home, and prefer to do so at…


Mission, Vision, Core Values? Worksheets to get you started on your brand

What is a brand?

When you say the word “brand”, most people think of logos, colors, and slogans. That’s all true, but a brand goes far deeper.

A brand embodies an entity’s core, and helps shape its treatment of its customers, its attitude toward the world, and the internal culture…


Did you know that the expression “Drinking the Kool-Aid” comes from the Jonestown Massacre? Yikes!

Last month, I wrote an article called 5 Commonly Used Idioms in the Tech Industry. …


My character and a few of my server mates looking over the town we built together

Pre-pandemic, I’d go to a few board game nights every week, go to a couple anime conventions annually, and you know, generally do a bunch of geeky yet social things. It’s no surprise that during the COVID-19 lockdown, I found myself playing a lot of video games as a means…


An image of Ernie from Sesame Street wearing a tech hoodie and holding up a rubber duck
What if Ernie were a tech bro? 🤔

People working in tech (developers especially) have an interesting vernacular that makes it difficult for many to understand. Our acronyms and idioms are packed with implied meaning, coming from academia, inside jokes, famous books, or thought experiments. …


At the start of the pandemic, I panicked and thought that I might have to buy myself a vehicle to be mobile during the pandemic. The light rail, train, and subways had closed here in San Francisco. The one time I went onto the bus, I watched someone repeatedly cough…


If we’re working at smaller companies without specialized accessibility teams, how can we incorporate accessibility into our development workflow to create a more consistent environment in which we can tackle accessibility?

As a developer myself, I see automated accessibility measurements as a test coverage metric. In both cases, we can…

Karina Chow

Screw the rules, I have green hair. Self-employed technologist with a decade long career in frontend engineering, graphic and brand design, and user experience

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