I signed up for some beta certification tests. I ended up scheduling all three this week. In total, I think I spent just shy of ten hours of test taking the last three days. Today was especially mind melting. I was ready to quit on question of 160 of 230 but I finished though my focus was diminished by the end.
It would of been nice to take notes on all the things I wasn’t sure of for the noble purpose of going back and determining the correct behavior but that’s not how it works.
So I will celebrate tonight and let my brain recharge with some college football tomorrow.
How would you write your biography in 150 words or less? A simple enough exercise but I think one that can help gauge where you are with your career in regards to where you want to be.
Ok, well that’s that. But I was thinking what are some incredible yet short biographies, here’s one:
George Washington: A successful farmer turned general. Led the fledgling American Revolutionary Army to defeat one of the most powerful nations of the time. Helped draft the Constitution then continued on to become the first president of the United States of America.
Sounds pretty awesome and that’s probably just thirty words. My biography on the other hand is not so noble. But I can aspire…
Seems like last year I was excited to see servers with 24 cores (dual 6 core processors with hyper-threading) and 96GB of ram.
I was logged onto a server yesterday and checked it out, 80 cores and 1TB ram. First I had make sure that was possible but its, four 10 core processors with hyper-threading — new Intel E7.
Just took me by surprise thinking the difference in one year. Wonder what surprises are in store for next year?
So what would be better, working at Google or working at Facebook?
I was thinking Facebook. Really because they seem less pretentious. I wonder how accurate that sentiment is.
I interviewed at Groupon a while back. It went ok but there was this joker who drilled me on finding the square root of a number without using a square root function. I quasi-sarcastically answered the exponent of the value to 1/2. He didn’t like it. At first I thought he wanted me to solve this through bit operations then later it become obvious he was looking for a binary search tree. How it went worse was when he repeated the question but for floating point numbers. After we labored through that I asked him a question, how well do you get along with people? He raised his eyes and seemed surprised at the question. I was highly skeptical of a job there afterwards. I don’t know how Groupon felt.
So I wonder where the good places are to work right now. Facebook came to mind has pretty hot and beyond the “Social Network” I really don’t know much about it on the inside.
I was forwarded an email from a coworker I don’t really work with much.
Evidently he was a former academic now turned Silicon Valley Architect.
He had written this hyper-verbose email explaining why his team shouldn’t be the ones deleting their old files on a particular shared Unix cluster. Boiled down — it was outside his team’s scope of concern. Evidently the folks that are concerned about it should be doing the deleting.
I think it was the most verbose yet simultaneously bs cop-out I’ve ever heard from an application team. Not only was it pretentious it was so academically verbose it was hard to recall what the original issue was not to mention how out of whack the underlying suggestion really was.
If you are storing files, make sure to delete them when you are done. It’s a shared system so share nicely.
(probably just an overreaction)
Going to try a new diet.
Basically it’s as complex as consuming no more than 1500 calories per day. It would be bonus to keep weekly at 10k calories.
I think the hardest will be once I leave work or the weekends but anyway let’s see what happens.
I’m tired of looking at the empty site, can’t tell what’s weird because there’s no post and what’s just weird.
Going to add a new category called “aside.”