Thursday, June 28, 2007

Job: Next Step - Ascade

During past 2 months I have been actively searching for a new job. My position at Tobii hasn’t been very satisfactory neither to the company nor to me mainly due to the language issues. So, the 27 of May was my last day at Tobii. It’s not an easy task to search for a job in Sweden even with IT experience when you have to say, “I have just started learning Swedish.” Most hiring agencies will be glad to have you on their list and will invite you for the interview but there are very few chances you will catch anything really fast there. I have been looking for a job in Sweden 2 times now and in both time we (Marie and I) did the search on our own and that what brought the results. From the April 27 – June 25 (Almost 2 months) I have applied to almost 200+ companies that had a “smell” of .NET, C# or VB. I had gone to 4 inerviews. Well, there is actually the 5th one I will have to go on the July 2 but I guess since I have already signed the contract with the new company, I will have to cancel this interview. The most peculiar place I applied for was the internship at EA Games. Could’ve been kinda cool though.

So, the new company name is Ascade. This is multinational company and they are working with the software solutions for the telecom companies (Lithuanian Teo is the customer as well). The software searches for the fastest point between the providers in intermediate switches when the connection needs to be done. The more sophisticated example case would be if you want to call from Europe to Japan and then the connection goes through several providers in between, almost like the internet networks. To maintain who and where got and received (bought and sold) how much traffic is the goal of the software as well as sending rates and bills between the telecom providers. Well, I hope you get the idea. 2 days ago, I have signed the contract and I am starting on the August 20.

So, before the start date we are planning one more trip to Lithuania. We will be there from August 1 to August 10, since these are the days when Marie has got the holidays from work. We hope the weather will be nice during that period.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fun: A Couple of Nice Sayings (Rus)

Человек молод, когда он еще не боится делать глупости.

Друг бесплатно достается, а врага надо заработать.

Есть только две бесконечные вещи: Вселенная и Глупость. Хотя, насчет Вселенной я не уверен.

Пустыня бизнеса усеяна костями тех, кто посчитал, что понимает все и перестал учиться.

Нет ничего сложнее, чем использовать свой шанс!

PS: кто сказал - не знаю

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Trips: On the Road Again

Last week we managed to move to a new flat closer to the center of Stockholm. We rented a small Toyota Yaris, packed it with our stuff and it was my new experience as a driver in Stockholm. There was some adrenalin during the way some wrong turns and some weird situations but we managed it alright, I think.

Since the last week, Marie went to Belarus to change her passport and I went to Lithuania to see my grandmother in Vilnius hospital, who was in a pretty bad shape. The doctors diagnosed the 4th stage of cancer. She spent 3 weeks in the hospital, wasn’t able to eat or drink anything. Later, after the operation it appeared to be a small thing with bowel, so there was no cancer. Medicine sucks big time in Lithuania. Things like that make me mad. Thanks God my grandmother is doing a bit better now.

Besides that I had a chance to meet my family and my friends and catch a couple of hot summer days here, in Klaipeda which I enjoyed a lot. The beer is good, as usual. There are some things that I missing from Lithuania but not enough to keep me there.

Marie is back in Stockholm and today is her first day at work. I am going back to Sweden on Friday. I am wishing everyone a pleasant and hot (rainy when it’s needed) summer. It might be so that I will be back to Klaipeda sometime in July – August but for now it’s kinda early to say.