• Scan, Store and Throw Away: How I Digitize My Documents
    Apr 30, 2017

    I've lived in 4 countries, studied in 3 universities, had around 5-6 jobs, got multiple visas and had a naturalization application. Needless to say I had to deal with tons of paperwork, and keep it all organized. Apartment and work contracts, bank statements, applications, you name it. In the beginning I used to keep all my paperwork in folders, and I had a good organization system. I could find any document I needed very quickly among my folders. But over the years I accumulated a lot of paperwork, and it looked ridiculous on my shelf. It was also the time when Dropbox and Google Drive were gaining popularity, and I realized I had to take advantage of that.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Pre-Exam Warm Up
    Oct 17, 2012

    It's been a while since I have blogged! A lot has happened to me in last year. I was admitted into Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt to Master's program in Wirtschaftsinformatik (Business informatics), with extreme luck I'd say, since they did not see that I don't have required DSH. Then I had to learn German, and eventually got DSH 3. And I also went and still going through legal troubles to get German passport.

  • Removing Glassfish 3 Windows Service
    Apr 19, 2012

    I've recently tried removing the Glassfish 3.1 server that I had installed long ago, and came into the problem that even after uninstalling the Glassfish from the system, there was still a windows service that was starting the server on startup. So I needed to get rid of the windows service. Its a pretty straightforward task, achieved simply by the command

    sc delete <service_name>

    run in the command prompt with administrator right (right-click -> "Run as Administrator"). However its pretty much irreversible, which means you have to be sure that you will not want it anytime soon. I am managing my application server runtimes through eclipse anyway, so its not the desired way of things for me.

    The Glassfish server is usually stored under the name glassfish, so executing sc delete glassfish should do the task. However to be sure, you can open the list of services, and find the Glassfish service, and copy the value from "Service Name" (do not confuse with "Display Name").


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