Thoughts on success

I remember having a discussion during some course a while ago about success. We were presented pictures of actors, singers, some fancy building of a bank, expensive sport cars and a huge mansion with an enormous garden and swimming pool and we had to chose from the pictures what meant success for us. My partner simply pointed to the picture with the singer and said that it was the one that represented success for her and explained that he probably has an easy job, he's just going on tours and travels all around the world, he probably has a sh!

Crosul Companiilor 2016

Crosul Companiilor is a 5k run organized in all major cities in Romania every year. I've been preparing for it for the first time in 2012 with the guys from Wolters Kluwer, but it was organized in the same weekend I planned my vacation on. Back then I've chosen to go to Greece instead of sweating with the others. And then in every year I had better stuff to do then running, so never participated. But this year I managed to fool convince some of my colleagues from Uniqa Raiffeisen Software Service to sign up, some of them have not

Döfi - a tribute to my first one ;)

I've had it for more than 6 years and it was my best car so far. Only a few months have passed since I've ditched it and got a better/cooler/stronger car, but I already miss driving it. The only weakness it had was that it was a Dacia Logan... It has no air conditioning, which meant that even short trips during the summers could get really painful. It has a 1.4 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine (~75 HP + 10% after the chip tuning :)), which was definitely not enough for a guy in his 20s... But despite these

Interns, you need to step your game up!

Over here at Uniqa Raiffeisen Software Service we are organising an internship program for this summer and because this year the interns will be working on the project I work on and I am going to be one of the 2 or 3 mentors, I had the opportunity to actively participate in the interviewing process and the selection of the candidates. First of all, it is true that all beginnings are terribly hard, especially if you are in the first years of university and have no actual work experience. You might have done the mandatory exercises and projects and you've

Solving the Jetty file locking problem when starting it programmatically

In the past few weeks I was required to create a prototype for the frontend of a project and because the focus is only on the frontend, I've chosen Jetty to create a simple mock server that would respond with simple JSON messages or stream some image files. I also use Jetty to serve the static files, like static images, CSS, JS that I am continuously modifying while developing the new frontend. Because I am developing on Windows, I have run quite soon into the file locking problem. The solution is to simply set the useFileMappedBuffer parameter false. While this

Home automation on a budget - Orvibo S20

At the end of 2014 one of my dreams came true, when I have bought my first apartment which after staying in rented properties for ~8 years, I could finally call my home. Even though real estate prices were not as high as before 2008, they were still way too high for me, as I would never have enough courage to get into debt for 30 years... Instead I've opted for a loan with a period of just 4 years and have bought an apartment in a village 5 kilometers from Cluj-Napoca: Floresti. Because the prices in this area will