Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tomorrow is the day when we will move the place called Sollentuna that is much closer to my work and I am thinking about getting a bicycle some time later. Marie and I looked up the notebooks on the web and have found a nice Acer for Marie. She was desperately looking for one that would be very light (approx 1.5 kg), so I think we will buy this one as soon as I get my registration papers done and will receive the personal social security number. I also looked up the desktops and prices and there are some really good ones I am dreaming about. But that will have to wait until the summer.
We will also get two mobile phone subscriptions and there is one Motorola model that I like a lot. It says it should be released in the Q4 2006 so I expect it in the beginning of the year. It’s a rather small, thin, without a camera (thanks God) and it’s like almost a monochrome display which will mean longer life for the battery. I am of those people who don’t like combo printers/scanners/faxes/copiers, and mobile phones with cameras. I like everything to be separate.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
As about my work, I do like it more and more every day (especially by the end of the week). People are friendly and are always ready to help you in any situation. We even have 2 foosball tables there, a coffee machine and some usual stuff like microwaves, fridges, coke machine, etc. I will ask if I can take pictures of the place as well. There are plans to have a “corporate” Christmas party on the 14th of December and I am really planning to participate there. It should be fun and help me to know the people better. Actually almost half of the employees in the company are employed for no longer than 6 months, so for quite a few of them who will enjoy this Christmas drinks and buffet for the fist time with the company as well.
Currently I am spending my time exploring the analysis software for the eye tracking system that will be released in a couple of months and I thing there are quite a few things that need to be done. As I mentioned before, I like the eye-tracking technology a lot and I think that the company is doing well in terms of promotion, sales and development. As you see, I am glad to be here.
This weekend we are also planning to explore some places where we can buy some electrical stuff, like cables, converters. We will do the groceries for the week as well. Then we might grab a couple of beers or a bottle of wine for the Saturday’s evening movie.
Back to work for now.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Anyways, here I am in Sweden and this it my first day at Tobii. With all the excitement and belief in the technology, I must admit I underestimated the company. The market is expanding together with the sales and I am pretty sure that they know what they are doing. I got to know the people there better and some of them are pretty much rocket science people and I felt kind of “small” in comparison with them. Today I got to know what tools the company uses and how they actually work. I got a new computer and 19” LG LCD monitor. Then I installed the programs, configured outlook, and so on. Tomorrow I will learn more about the software and hardware that was developed and get to know the technology. The only thing that feels heavy on my shoulders is Swedish language. Although pretty much everyone speaks English in the country and company, I really hope I can get the basics of the language. It’s somehow hard to enjoy days like this, you know, when you don’t feel yourself confident about what you are doing. I know it will change and I really hope that I will enjoy my work at Tobii.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Today I had a task of making my Windows application into a multilingual one. There are quite a few ways of doing that in VS2005 and I have seen quite a few of them. None of them were quite finished and optimized as I wanted them to be. So here is an example of doing it my way. You get a real-time language switch and there is no need to do any extra coding and tell that every element on the form should take the following text from the following resource and so on:
The source is here.
Friday, October 27, 2006
7-Zip (file compression utility)
Audacity (sound editor)
AVS DVD Player (dvd player)
CamStudio (screen recorder)
CD Burner XP Pro (cd/dvd burning utility)
ClCl (multiple clipboard management)
Comodo Firewall (firewall)
FreeLauchBar (quick launch replacement)
fSekrit (text encryption in a small exe file) >>
ImgBurn (iso image burning utility)
K-Lite Codec Pack(pack of video codecs)
Media Player Classic (a part of K-Lite Codec Pack)
Notepad++ (notepad replacement)
Paint .NET (image editor)
Screenshot Pilot (screen capture utility)
SlowView (image viewer)
Traffic Meter (monitor the amount of traffic) >>
True Crypt (virtual encrypted hard drive)
UltraVNC (remote desktop control utility)
Virtual Clone Drive (virtual cd/dvd drive)
So that's the list of the applications that I use at work today. You can find them by using the search engine like ... eeeeehhh ... let me think ... ah, yes ... google.
Friday, October 20, 2006
On Thursday, October 12th, I went to Sweden for a job interview. I was really excited because it was a great chance for me to get a job in Sweden, which I was really dreaming about for a long time. This time it was Tobii company where I was applying for a job, and it was actually my wife who spotted the advertisement.
Before going to Sweden, I had 2 phone interviews where the employer got to know me as a person and as a software developer (I think that the word “programmer” and “coder” are pretty negative to me since they do not involve anything but writing code). And after a couple of days Johan from Tobii called me and told that they would like to meet me in person and they would cover the flight expense. That sounded like, “Is it happening to me?” So, on Friday the 13th J, I came to the Tobii place. I was really impressed by all aspects of the company, people, management, office building, view from the window, friendliness of everybody around, and of course computers. So, I was really excited and I thought – what kind of interview will I have to become a part of it. For the interview had, as I would say, a healthy portion of stress. The kind of stress you have on the exam that you are ready for but are still worried if everything would go right. So, I was introduced to the different teams in the office, ideas, visions, plans of the company, and to the eye tracking technology itself. I actually was amazed by the accuracy of the eye tracking system Tobii has developed. Then then interview started. Almost two hours have passed went pretty fast because I think I enjoyed talking about me and the interviewers enjoyed listening to me. I must say that I wouldn’t be able to do that without the experience I had at LCC.
After the interview, I got an extra IQ test for 40 minutes. I actually was disturbed by the idea that I actually can get a job here. Well, I hope I did fairly well on that test. After the test I talked to the developers and other people from the different teams about what they are doing and how does it feel like to work at Tobii. I was pretty happy about the process when I left the building and Johan told me they will contact me within a week or so to tell me the results.
So, the week back in Klaipeda was very different for me from day to day. On Wednesday however, Tobii called my references and it was the good news to know that my CV is not in the drawer gathering the dust. And on Thursday I got a call from Johan saying that if I still want to (really? Any doubts?) I can start working for Tobii.
I always have mixed feelings about leaving people, places or anything I get used to but surely it is going to be a great change for me and my wife Marie who is studying in Stockholm now. I am the last of the three Lithuanians who actually started as the first employees at Basic Partner three and a half years ago in Klaipeda, Lithuania. First, Simona left for the US when she won the green card. Second, Levon left for Canada with his family. And finally, I am the third who is leaving for Sweden. Well, there must be something wrong with Lithuania.
So, now I need to talk to my current management about the time that I will need to wrap up the projects that I currently working on and pass them to other developers at Basic Partner. Sweden is not as far as US and Canada and after I leave for Sweden, I will appear in Klaipeda from time to time, so my family, friends, colleagues and my dentist wouldn’t forget what I look like.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
On Saturday we went to the seaside and played boule and flying disc. The water in the Baltic sea was not too cold and here is my friend Sergeij searching for the flying disc that I have thrown into water too far.
We didn’t find it. I guess I owe him a beer now since it was his flying disc.
On Sunday we went to Palanga to have a walk there. This time our friends Zhenya and Lena and their little daughter Dasha joined us and it was a long time since there were so many friends together. Then we went to a bar and had a talk about this and that. After that it was time to get home.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
STOCKHOLM - Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson have been involved in what's been labeled by the Swedish government as tax evasion.
After the "Crash! Boom! Live!" tour in Germany back in 1994-95, Per and Marie used their holding company Roxette Productions to account for this income. The Swedish income tax authority disagrees with this bookkeeping method and wants them to pay taxes personally on the income. The authority claims they were employed by tour company EMA Telstar and should therefore pay normal income tax on the 5.6 million kronor (€590,000) paid for the 19 concerts in Germany.
Per and Marie have been fighting this for almost ten years via their financial advisor Mats Nilemar of Desert AB.
Per owes 2.3 million kronor in back taxes and Marie owes 2.2 million, according to Swedish press reports.
When the tax authority first issued it's claim against them, both Per and Marie appealed the decision to Länsrätten, the first administrative court, which ruled in favor of the government in 2004. Roxette appealed again, to a higher court named Kammarrätten. In rulings issued during the past few days, this court upheld the lower court's decision.
Nilemar says that they will appeal once more, this time to Regeringsrätten, the highest administrative court in Sweden. Regeringsrätten will only decide to hear this case if they find it necessary to set a new precedent in this specific part of Swedish tax law. If this high court decides not to take the case, then the current ruling will be considered final.
Additional reporting by Thomas Evensson
Just wanted to keep a record for myself here.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Besides the fun, my wife and I discussed this year plans. My wife is studying in Sweden and I am working in Lithuania and both of us are actually getting sick of the situation being apart for so long. The biggest challenge for me in this situation is to learn Swedish language becase there aren't so many companies that want to take people who don't know the language. So, I guess I have to learn the language before I get the job, not vice versa.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
As about Roxette, this year (2006) the band is releasing their Greatest Hits album and the box with some rarities, demos and full Mtv Unplugged show on DVD.
Both releases will include 2 new songs "One Wish" and "Reveal" that are quite different to the 90's style of Roxette due to the absence of the guitar sounds. It's a pity for some fans while others say, "We should be happy that they are back!" Well, it's interesting what will happen to "One Wish" that is the first coming single. A video was made as well. A bubblegum video for a bubblegum song. Being too much commercial was a part of Roxette all the time, I think, especially when we say 4 Greatest Hits albums after only 7 studio albums.