Friday, October 27, 2006

Programs: Freeware for Commercial Use

If we look at the license for the programs like IrfanView, XnView, Daemoon Tools and some others, the license will say that it is freeware for home use. It means that you cannot use it at your workplace, since it would be commercial use. During the last year I discovered a couple of programs that are freeware and can be used for the commercial purposes. Some of them are open source and some of them are just freeware. So here is my list (sorted alphabetically):

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) Get Paint.NET!
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

Job: Tobii Sweden

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

Fun: Have a Nice Weekend

This weather is getting cooler but still the beginning of October in Klaipeda is too warm to be true. This weekend was pretty interesting as well. It started with Friday evening when we decided to go to the Russian-style night club Metelica. My friend Sergej had relatives coming from Bratsk and going to the night club was a part of the program for the weekend. I hope that Tanya (the girl in pink on the photos got a good impression about Klaipeda). So, 6 of my friends and I had pretty nice time there. I actually picked up a couple of Russian songs that I really liked (it doesn’t happen very often when I get a Russian song that I like). It was a lot of fun and we left the club around 4 in the morning.

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.

After the sea we went to see a ship that came to Klaipeda from St. Petersburg. We were too late and they didn’t let us in. No big deal :). We had a nice walk anyways.

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.