Money Is Not Everything
The money question Quite often I found myself in an interview baffled by a question about my financial terms. Some interviewers require a range, some a single number. It is easier if the job ad has the offered range specified from the beginning, but only a little. Having been a professional software developer for almost 15 years (i.e. since I started my self-employment in 2006) I am not shy to ask for the top offered value.…
LOL is not the same for everyone
I, living in Poland, am very used to writing the laughter sound as “hahaha”. (It should be with spaces - at least in Polish - but… “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” and apparently “cha cha cha” is also correct.) Imagine my surprise, when we made some new Arabic speaking friends in Dubai (Hi Jihed!). They use “hhhh” which is another kind of funny for us. I asked around and it turns out that in Spanish speaking folks use “ja ja ja” (Thanks Domi).…
Tea. Earl Grey. Decaf.
I am a nerd and a full-on geek when it comes to Star Trek: TNG . This show (!) shaped me. Gene Roddenberry’s ideas that made it into a philosophical discussion about the future of humanity have been engraved onto my core system. And now we have Star Trek: Picard . The story continues and it is more powerful than ever. …and the music! Just listen . BTW: The name of this blog comes from what Captain Picard had always drunk and, as he is a little older, decaf tea is his drink now.…
Trust your gut!
I have been wondering about my future in tech for a while now. Usually, when I talked to someone about it, the conclusion was that the next meaningful step is project management (which on most occasions means people management). I always felt that it was not a path for me. So, what else is there? I know I want to be close to technology, I want to do my own research, I want to solve real problems and provide solutions with real-life examples and I want to share my findings and knowledge with others - especially in our organisation, I want to create.…