Posts Categorized: Ramblings

Please Stop Using Thread.sleep() in Java!

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Ok, I need a good moan about this to the extent that it deserves its own blog post, but I had it with the bloody Thread.sleep() method in Java! I know it was the only way to “sleep” back in the day but seriously, but seriously, we have TimeUnit since JDK 1.5 — and nowadays […]

Tales From Ole’ Romania: TV

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Yet another post in the series about pre-1989 Romania. Now that I started publishing some of these, I became more self-aware when I get asked questions randomly about my past — and they stick with me and if the question pops up more than once I end up writing these posts. One such question encountered […]

Tales from Ole’ Romania: Bucharest ID

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I decided to continue my short (so far) series on “tales from pre-1989 Romania” as it seems my posts so far triggered quite a few reactions. Mostly, I gathered from the folks in the Western world, curiosity. It appears that my readers want to know more about some of these (really odd) things that back […]

The Job That Never Was

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It’s interesting what LinkedIn can reveal sometimes to me. Every time I log in and have a look I get a huge stream of updates from friends, old colleagues and people I’m connected to — nothing new there, this is a common pattern in social media nowadays. Sometimes I see certain connections changing jobs and […]

Radio Yerevan Joke

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Just spoke with an old Romanian friend of mine who told me this joke, which was famous in Romania during the “old times” and I thought I’d put it out here as it’s bloody hilarious. Quite likely “oldies” like me will laugh at this, but for the Romanian youngsters out there probably means nothing. Sic […]

Coding — My Daily Dose of Dopamine

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I was asked recently by a friend of mine about what does my “standard” day of work consist of at Netflix. I had to explain to him that it’s hard to talk about a “standard” day as each day sees me looking at different pieces of our infrastructure and requires different challenges to be solved. […]

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What’s the Point in Having This Blog?

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I remember a while back I was headhunted by a (tech) company and the initial discussions went rather well so I decided to accept their invitation to go to their office for a more in-depth interview discussion. While meeting one of their team members the discussion came up about how do I keep myself up […]

Love Thy History

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This is another speech I’ve given at Valley Toastmasters and it’s part of the Competent Communicator manual, project #10: “Inspire Your Audience”. (The speech is actually based on a Ted talk given by Terry Moore titled “Why is ‘x’ the unknown” and you can watch it here: http://www.ted.com/talks/terry_moore_why_is_x_the_unknown ) As a reminder, the objectives of […]

(Don’t) Blame the Techie

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I’m a techie by trade, I’m sure you figured that out from the sort of things I blog about here. As such, I do get rubbed up the wrong way when I hear of so many companies complaining on a regular basis about their technical team. It’s either because they don’t deliver on time. Or […]