Complex / Complicated Story of The Event

Definitions

Definition of “complex” is quite simple. It defines that something is made of many parts. Definition of “complicated” is, well, little more complicated. It defines that something consists of many interconnecting parts and/or elements.

If you google it, example for complicated states “a complicated stereo system”. Continue reading Complex / Complicated Story of The Event

Platform Diversity

I am freelancer. I got nice engagements with some serious companies dealing with financial institutions. Phone is my tool. I do not have any games on it, no Facebook. More/less productivity applications (not all of them, Instagram is not productivity application but it is very good for a free time we all have).

For last few days I am using iPhone. Plus model. As my primary phone and workhorse I used to use Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Blackberry Passport lately; Lenovo for last six months and Passport for last three years or something.

There is something substantially different between Android and Blackberry 10 Platform. On Android there is all kind of applications for everything. 95% of them are complete sh*t. No use at all. Another 1 percent is usable and you can actually do something with them (more on that in next article, Wunderlist, Pinterest, WhatsApp and such will be covered, my essential set). There is another 2 percent of with price too high (actually service itself is too pricy; for example, for few bucks you got _complete_ Microsoft Office with extreme set of features and add ons, great deal if you ask me; for same money you cannot buy normal project management tool). And another 2 percent of specialized applications. All together – mess. But you can deal with it if you try.

On BlackBerry 10 there are no applications. That’s it. Single usable thing on BlackBerry is BlackBerry Hub. End of story. But without ANY app even close to that. THE Reason why people use Blackberry.

And now they got me iPhone. So far – so good. So far – so very very good. Will keep you informed in a week or so.

Multiple Computers

I am always using multiple computers, even on daily work operations

Quite often I am getting about my somewhat strange habit using two computer at the same time. It is nothing really special about it, to be hones, it is not show off, it is just matter of habit.

Let me put it like this. When I am doing something productive only few things are on my desk:

  • pen (fountain pen in 99% of time)
  • notebook (paper one, usually Moleskine or Rhodia)
  • coffee
  • two computers

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Different Flavours

Tomorrow I am starting my fourth week as a freelancer. It is not easy. New technologies, new people, new approach. Completely new ecosystem than I used to have on my previous engagement. As my previous company was large corporation it was absolutely necessary to follow corporation rules and processes as there is no way such system could even exist. It really has to be considered as absolute must. Oh yes, there is standards for absolutely everything, including computing environment. Continue reading Different Flavours

Change

Tomorrow I am starting my fourth week as a freelancer. It is not easy. New technologies, new people, new approach. Completely new ecosystem than I used to have on my previous engagement. As my previous company was large corporation it was absolutely necessary to follow corporation rules and processes as there is no way such system could even exist. It really has to be considered as absolute must. Oh yes, there is standards for absolutely everything, including computing environment.

Working as a freelancer is a little bit different. As a much smaller “organization” there is no need for such strict definition of processes. I got very strict procedures for everything what is project oriented – documentation, approvals, workflows – absolutely everything is defined. Just this week I have to work on project definition for one large customer. I already know what, how and where project objectives have to be delivered. It is just part of standard process.

What is much different is completely free approach when choosing tools for job. As company now has a headcount of about one 🙂 there is lot of different tools I am free to use. Project I am working on with customers are, primary, based on Java, MySql but on other technologies as well. I think developers are using three different Linux distributions and one or two of them Microsoft platform.

On daily basis I am using two computers (another time I will explain that somewhat weird habit). I usually work on Microsoft platform (nothing serious, my main tools are Windows 10+Office 2016), but I like to play a lot with alternatives (at my home lab I got Suse, Mint and RedHat based machines, along with Raspberry platform with few different flavours of Debian). So I started to work with Linux Mint as main and dominant Linux distribution at the moment. It is very nice, speedy and stable.

And support for “regular” office work is Zero. Zilch. Nada. Niente. Not existing. I tried three main office packages for Linux (WPSApache OpenOffice and Libre Office). Every single of them is quite able to display documents. And that is pretty much that (beside one side documents that is pretty much all). Colleague of mine is using WPS on daily basis but he is working on less complex (in meaning of size and references; not less complex business wise).

On Friday I had to reinstall Windows 10 + Office 2016 combination. It seems that flavour is just right for me. But only for me. Every one have to choose for themselves. You know, not everyone like the same flavour.

Travelling (not so) Light

Quite often I have one day business trips. Sometimes that happens to be really stressful for, especially when travelling with lot of documentation and equipment. Partially as I sometimes uncertain if I get everything I supposed to have with me and sometimes I am just stressed because I know there will be troubles in case I have to figure out where I put what. You know, I usually get up to three different messenger bags. Continue reading Travelling (not so) Light

Different Perspective (The Tin Drum)

In 2003 I bought apartment I live in. It was nice, warm and cosy. I still live there (furthermore, I bought another just next to first one, 10 years after). It came with beautiful yellow closet which was unbelievably huge. Inside I found a book. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. As I always have to read something I just spend some time reading it. What triggered me the most is the fact that this particular piece of art is considered as one of most valuable books ever written. Continue reading Different Perspective (The Tin Drum)

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