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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Adaptation 101

All the plans of accepting the new position have begun and the last thing remaining on the to-do list is to move into my new place.

The tricky part : my original plan was to move the weekend ,but it 's all gone pearshape - so now I have to adapt and move in after work some time this week.

Day two on the new position : All seems to go well in the career department with new technologies and new people to interact with.

Some of the environments that I'll be dealing with on a daily basis:

  • Windows 2003 Server
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Mac
  • SCO 5.20
  • Ubuntu 5.04
  • Solaris V9
  • Fedora
  • Emac
  • Appache Tomcat
  • Oracle
  • MSSQL
  • MySQL
  • Dominos
  • Novell

In other words my knowledge base is going to grow within the next couple of months and I'll be posting the struggles and valuable info on this blog.

Friday, May 06, 2005

New horizons.. So I went through 2 tough interviews at a very reputable company last week and the week before .It all started off very technical in the first interview but I clinched it with my skills regarding networking and database technology. I didn't expect a call back for the second interview , but then again expect the unexpected second interview was very difficult with a lot of Logical questions and hammering from every angle. Here is some of the questions and exercise that they required me to answer and complete :
  • A bucket with a object inside that I cant see - I had to find out with 20 questions ( only yes or no answers to the questions)
  • 2 numbers across from each other ( 8 and 19 ) - how many numbers in the circle ?
  • Two triangles exact same size drafted on a graphs paper with one having a piece missing but the triangles equals in size ?
  • Why is manhole covers in the shape of a circle ?
There after they gave me a personality test to complete and then finally some installation of the software that the company develop with some failrly easy functionality testing The first interview lasted 1hour and 15 minutes , the second 2 hours and all of this while the HR and management viewed the interview from a webcam setup in the other branch. It was tough but I beefed up my career by accepting this position...The paycheck looks good and I can start focusing on something that I have been waiting for for quite a while. The only thing that is quite negative is the fact that I have to relocate...and I'll definitely miss the place where I am staying now ( Houtbay ). Hopefully all turns out good and that my career will grow into a success.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

My luck......& life's mysterious and strange ways...

  • Face hard times :nothing to define good choices from
  • Get stuck in a rut that you can't get out of
  • All seems like a holiday
  • Everything falls apart
  • Too many choices : not sure who the hell you want to be
  • The choice falls away and all hoped for falls in your LAP

That's what happened to me, I have been having a strange and devoted career until "OLD Boys Clubs" and exchange rates started affecting my path to the top.

I decided not to care too much anymore and to let life take its course - Well what a blast so far ...didn't look for a job and got a good position with a great company. Then I wondered if the UK plans will ever come into affect....tried the company that I am currently working for - no luck so the plans had to change once again.

Out of the blue recruitment agency's started contacting me endlessly....and I respond by upgrading my interview skills. Well all went well until I was stuck with 3 choices.... 2 managing positions: one very tough but it felt like I succeeded, The second: what a breeze and the Company needs someone ASAP. 3rd choice but not definite: The company I'm working for needs people in the UK all of a sudden and I am in if I want it: Yeehaaaa !!!!

So that's it I'm stuck with my UK plans and it seems like all might start going my way ....so hold on and then it might just happen

I'll keep you updated with the progress of my UK plans....

Thursday, April 21, 2005

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

First test blog:

I am involved in the IT industry, QA engineer to be more specific. I have been working for various reputable IT companies in Africa and with every company there have been mind-blowing technologies. Companies I have worked for:

I am applying for a UK visa currently and I’ll keep an update on this blog.