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After a year in Zürich

rolisz around the world

One year ago today I was dis­cov­er­ing, to my shock and horror, that my laptop's charger doesn't fit in the Swiss socket. My phone charger did, but the laptop plugs pins were 0.25 mm thicker, so they did not.

Several hours earlier I boarded the plane from Budapest to Zürich, feeling like I'm going on an adventure. I did not know what was waiting for me, I didn't even know what team I would be working with, but I was very excited and looking forward to whatever was coming.

Looking back now, after a year, wow, it's been quite the adventure, so much more than I could continue.

The Big Apple

Statue of Liberty

Mandatory Statue of Liberty picture

The Big Apple. New York. The greatest city in the world, as every tour guide in the city will tell you every 5 minutes.

Inception trailer-musicbwaaaaaaam

I went for a business trip to the USA, to Mountain View, California, but before that I took two weeks of vacation: one in New York and one in Richmond (before I get any more questions as to why on Earth would I go there, it was for a Christian Conference).

I was very curious to see New York for myself. I had heard so many things about it: some people absolutely love it, others complain about the continue.

The Little Daco-Hungarian Expat Makes Gulyas

Gulyas

After spending a long time in the fatty, sugary, GMO, antibiotic-ladden land of the USA, the little daco-hungarian decided to make himself some gulyas, for the first time ever. Here is his step-by-step recipe, with way too many pictures and details about all the mistakes he made.

In­gre­di­ents for a single person for 3 days:

  • smallest pack of packaged beef you can find (in my case it had about 250g)
  • 2 carrots
  • 5 potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • can of peas
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 spoons of flour
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • ground red Hungarian pepper (paprika)
  1. Get a clean plate all the in­gre­di­ents.

  2. Slice the meat into small pieces and remove most of continue.

Trip to Dublin

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Samuel Beckett Bridge

A month ago there was the first ever SRECon in Europe. It got together lots of SRE-like engineers (basically the people who are re­spon­si­ble for the software that is live, running in production) from Google (the host of the event), Facebook, Etsy, Splunk, SoundCloud and others. Because I'm an SRE, I had the op­por­tu­ni­ty to go there. With this occasion, I stayed two more days to have the chance to see Ireland and Dublin a bit more (yes, I know I'm terribly late with this post).

SRECon

The two workshops that I enjoyed most were drumroll about statistics (by Heinrich Hartmann) and about machine learning (by Adam Oliner) continue.

Happy 5th Birthday!

5 years ago, on this day, I started this blog on Wordpress.com. And here I am, half a decade later, 2^8 posts later.

Let me tell you how it all started. I had been planning for a long time to start a blog. I actually even started one together with a highschool class-mate, but it was very short lived (we wrote a couple of posts, but never got around to making it public). I had a nice mindmap­ping chart with possible topics I wanted to talk about, possible names for the blog, possible nicknames for me (I was con­sid­er­ing doing it under a pseudonym), where to host it continue.

Gardening

Spinach and salad small plants

About two months ago, we had a TetraPak gardening class at work. During this class we learned how to seed and care for spinach (left in the above picture) and salad (right) plants in a 1L milk box.

They grew quite slowly. This was after one week.

And after a month they we're this big.

And this is the end result. My breakfast 40 days after I started growing the salads. Yummy :D

But these were just short term "gar­den­ing" ex­per­i­ments. I also wanted to try my hand at keeping a plant alive for longer term.

So after a week I also bought a Hibiscus flower, continue.

Weekend in London

The London Eye

I was oncall the week that ended in the long weekend of the 1st of May. It was a rainy weekend and I had to stay inside the house, during my shift, but because it was rainy, it wasn't very tempting to go outside even after it. So I decided I would take an extended weekend to relax after my shift and to get away from computers. I've always liked British culture and I also have several friends in London, some of which I haven't seen in ages, so I decided to go there.

The first thing that shocked me about British "culture": red lights for pedes­tri­ans continue.

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard is a low cost virtual reality headset made out of cardboard, obviously, two lenses, a small magnet and some velcro. In­struc­tions on how to make one yourself are available online.

I was quite skeptical when it came out last year. I'm not a big fan of Virtual Reality and especially when I thought of using a "low-res" screen such as a Nexus 5, combined with the onboard sensors that are not calibrated for this purpose, I didn't think it would be any good.

And back then... the official app had some bugs. While I could view panoramas made with my phone, I couldn't get the Youtube continue.

Trip to Geneva: part 2

Entrance to Geneva Invention
Exhibition

On my second day in Geneva, after waking up quite late, Cipri, Alexandra and I went to the Geneva In­ter­na­tion­al Inventions Exhibition.

It is quite large exhibition, having 790 inventions, from 45 countries, displayed on 8900 m^2 surface. It wasn't entirely what I expected. It reminded me of Infomatrix, the in­ter­na­tion­al­i­ty of par­tic­i­pants (even more so here), all the people standing at their booths "selling" their invention, Budisteanu (a guy from Romania who was both at Infomatrix and here), and the huge variation in the quality of projects: some super awesome ones, that make you go wow, to some... that don't seem new, original, well-developed, and in some continue.

Trip to Geneva: part 1

CERN entrance

Last weekend I went to Geneva, to visit Ciprian, a friend who is doing an internship at CERN. He also happens to be a frequent reader of my blog :D.

Before joining the darkcomputer science side, I was a wannabe physicist. I went to lots of physics com­pe­ti­tions (and had some good results) and I even applied to the physics department at UBB. But in 12th grade I discovered that pro­gram­ming is also quite fun, and it has a greater payoff, so I decided to go study that. I don't regret this decision, but I still fondly remember the things that I learned from my awesome physics continue.