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Writing my Resume (My Path to SRM)

I think the importance of a good resume during the overall application process is often underestimated. The resume will most likely be looked at by interviewers when they prepare the interview questions. It will be skipped through at times by a person and will be read in full by another person. It is also part of the hiring package, which contains all application-relevant data for the Hiring Committee. The resume is the one document that I was in full control of in regards to structure, layout, and information selection. A good resume is an important data point but a bad resume would probably not be the only deal breaker in a negative hiring decision. Nevertheless, I wanted to get this one right.

Am I Even Qualified? (My Path to SRM)

I wasn’t the smartest kid in school. I was either bored and making better use of my time in class or frustrated by things I did not understand. Even if I ignore my devastating track record of attempts in mastering the Latin language I was a below average student in terms of grades. During most, but not all, school years I made it to the next level.

Magic Mail

After the DEFCON conference earlier this year in Las Vegas, I watched David Copperfield’s show at the MGM Grand. I wanted to see him for years (he’s kind of a childhood hero of mine), but never managed to squeeze it into my schedule. This time, however, my return flight was a day later than usual so I used the opportunity to finally see the legend with my own eyes. What a wonderful, impressive show that was! The illusions were astonishing! I had a close-to-front-row seat, and since Mr. Copperfield was performing large parts of the show from within the audience space, I felt like being in the middle of the magic.

Flash Cards for Site Reliability Engineers

When Site Reliability Engineers architect systems they often use a method called Non-Abstract Large System Design (NALSD). NALSD describes an iterative process for designing, assessing, and evaluating distributed systems. During the process it comes in handy to know some numbers about typical computing and data transferring tasks, such as locking a mutex or reading data from an SSD. Jeff Dean even went so far to declare that everyone should know at least the most important numbers: