• How (I think) I got into Google
    Jun 26, 2015

    Yes, you have to be good at programming to get into Google, but don’t have to be perfect. But in my personal opinion, the most overlooked element is motivation. Interviewers want to see genuine motivation in you. This means that you have to show interest in technology outside the classroom, i.e. show that you’re extracurricularly interested in software development. For me it was the website I made, travelfreedom.io, and every single interviewer asked me about it. And I passionately told them about it. So for me, I believe this was a good way to stand out.

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  • Be Always Ready For Difficult Conversations
    Apr 16, 2015

    There are many books about conflict management, difficult conversations and negotiations: Getting Past No, Difficult Conversation, and even research institute such as Harvard Negotiation Project. While these are amazing resources, many of us may think that we are unlikely to have a need to know the knowledge presented in the books above on daily basis. And indeed in my daily life I’ve rarely used techniques from these books, and even forgot many of them. However recently I learned a good lesson - difficult conversations come unexpected.

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  • How I fight Facebook distractions
    Feb 15, 2015

    Social networks are known to be a big distractions nowadays, and there are different opinions about how to fight them. While some people have manage to completely delete their profiles, this is unfortunately not an option for me because:

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  • Launching TravelFreedom.io
    Jan 13, 2015

    After around a month of 2-hour/day work, two days ago I launched TravelFreedom.io! I created it using only Jekyll, and data files as “database”. While I hope it will be a useful service, it was also a good project to discover Jekyll and see what it is capable of.

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  • Sorting Ruby Hash
    Jan 12, 2015

    For some reason Ruby does not have an easy method to sort Hash. Though Hash includes Enumerable module which provides #sort_by, the results of it is an array of arrays, which is not very convenient. In case you want it to return an actual Hash, try the following:

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  • My Website Going Hacker - switching from Blogger.com to Jekyll
    Jan 12, 2015

    This weekend I finally decided to re-build my website with Jekyll, and move away from Blogger.com! When I found about static site generators, I immediately liked the idea and decided to learn them. After doing a project with Jekyll, I thought it’s time to switch my website to it. Static site generators are gaining popularity and they definitely have a market, so it’s a good idea to learn using at least one of them!

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  • I now have German citizenship!
    Nov 21, 2014

    This May I finally completed something I’ve been on for last 2.5 years - I’m finally holding a burgundy-red German passport with my name and picture in it!

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