The truth about my life

Wed, 26 Mar 2008

Dear all,

Most of you know that I'm working for Cellenity. Briefly, we develop, implement and operate a wide range of services for GSM Network Operators in the mid-east area. We do IVR, SMS, MMS, SDP, web. We use Linux, Windows, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Java, Glassfish, PHP, Apache and many others, as well as some software packages licensed from Telenity -- our parent company that does platform development.

We manage and operate a spiderweb internetwork that stretches into networks of these RICH BIG FAT TELCO datacenters; distributed across many countries. We've got fault-tolerant software and hardware clusters; we've got VPNs, we've got big storage systems, we've got a lot of data. And it's all alive: changing business dynamics create a pushing force that demands performance and constant improvement. We've got your favorite nightmare, and we deal with it everyday.

All sounds good? Bad news is, our SS7 network monster Emre ran away for military service. We'll miss him, that's for sure. But hey, look at the bright side: we've got an opening in the team for some fresh blood!

You should apply if some or all of keywords mentioned ring a bell. You should apply if you think you have the driving force. You should apply if you want to work with a team of individuals who wrote the book on self-motivation. You should definitely apply if you understand what minimum-effort/maximum-revenue means.

You'll be working at our Istanbul office, Spring Giz Plaza fl. 17 Maslak. We've got an amazing view of The Bosporus. We work 8 hours a day, from 8am/5pm, we strive to prevent any overtime, you don't have to wear a suit or a tie no matter what the plaza environment perception demands, and we provide standard add-ons like life insurance and lunch.

Enough said.

Wed, 31 Jan 2007

I've been working at Parkyeri since I started blogging, that is, July 2004. Wow, two-and-a-half years already, this is by far the most exciting company I ever worked for. We have done some wonderful things and we had a lot of fun together.

Today marks the last day at Parkyeri for me. After bringing some friends in, and making a lot more friends here, I feel a bit sad to say that I'm leaving. Last week I received a phone call from Cellenity, a Telenity company. I did not apply for a job obviously and I'm yet to know how exactly they received my updated resume. However, they offered me an interesting job, and, well, I accepted it!

The life is changing! I'm planning to get married sometime soon, so I kindly replied the recruiter from Google with exactly that excuse, who was also interviewing me. I don't have plans to move to some other country in the next couple years.

Try not to panic if you see many long blog posts in the next few days, I'll be clearing out my personal todo list. The list has items about book reviews, Mono, PostgreSQL, some projects I recently worked on, and other stuff like politics will take place. Just let me settle down.

Wed, 01 Feb 2006

I spent last 50 hours debugging well organized ECMAScript (not Javascript) code which is smooth in Firefox and Mozilla, but Internet Explorer spits out fireworks of parsing and scripting errors while the page is being loaded; let alone clicking here and there.

Good, I said. Hopefully I'll find some useful tool to help me debugging these annoying errors like:

Line: 0
Char: 0
Code: 0
Error: Syntax error.

with the hope that Microsoft wouldn't leave their customers helpless. But... Hey, what's going on? Huh? Line 0? Are you drunk or something?

Apparently our poor old friend is not able to display the real source of scripting errors, if the <SCRIPT> tag is used in conjunction with SRC attribute. So, how on earth am I supposed to understand this error? What's the point of displaying it, in the first place?

Patiently I downloaded and installed Microsoft Script Debugger, which is free as in beer. Boy, is it really ugly. I don't want to insult the developer of this bitch, I'm not going to post a screenshot. This explains why they distribute it for free. You can't sell it, it's worthless. It doesn't even work!

The debugger toy claims that it can provide some willy-nilly real debugger features like, well, breakpoints, stepping over function calls, a stack trace and local variables. I can't get them to work. Actually I can't stop the debugger, and if I try that, both the debugger and Internet Explorer will lock up completely. I'll have to kill them both using the Task Manager provided by the shiny Windows XP, which, in the end, doesn't work well.

Okay, I'm the developer. I'm in the desperate need of a debugger for Internet Explorer's wicked Javascript implementation, and I have to get my code working and compatible with Internet Explorer -- that is, unfortunately, the most widespread browser on earth you know why. It turns out that I'm a registered customer, I even paid for the license. This is a plea for help. Mr. Ballmer, please, please ask your developers, developers and developers to see what they really think about you.

Or am I begging at the wrong place? Am I supposed to go to nearest mosque and pray god for courage, pray for strength which I'll need to wipe out the evil from earth?

Guess what I'm doing now? I've forked off the code and begun merging all external scripts into the main HTML document, just to understand what's going on, then I can get more useful errors with line numbers at least. If this is not frustrating, I'd be more than happy to know what is.

You know what I have got out of this experience? I am a true believer, and I believe that fellow developers working at Microsoft don't use Microsoft tools at home. That little Mozilla project is lightyears ahead, in comparison with reasonable documentation for web developers. See Mozilla Javascript Resources and The DOM in Mozilla. Then what Microsoft provides? Essentially nothing. They provide a huge database of bugs in MSDN, really. Search the web for Internet Explorer Javascript debugging, and go to the nearest mosque/church.

Thanks for reading.

Sat, 23 Jul 2005

Adı pro harfleri ile başlayan veya biten şirketlerden o kadar çok vardır ki birbiriyle karıştırırsınız. Çalıştığınız şirketin Parkyeri gibi eğlenceli bir adı varsa insanlar anlamakta güçlük çeker, değnekçi esprileri yapılır ama sonra baymaya başlar.

Her neyse, daha önce Farkyeri vardı, açıkçası ardından başkalarının da geleceğini tahmin edememiştim. Spam e-posta iletilerinden birinde Kalpyeri diye birşey vardı.

Siz yine de taklitlerimizden sakının, Uygulama Geliştirme bölümüne yeni çalışan alırken mülakatlarda dil bağımsız algoritma soran başka şirket yok.

Unutmadan, (sürekli artan iş yükü nedeniyle) Tasarımcı, Sistem Yöneticisi, Ürün Destek Sorumlusu ve Uygulama Geliştirme Uzmanı arıyoruz. Bir tür miğferdibi çaylak alımları diyebilirsiniz

Thu, 07 Jul 2005

Okay, we decided to jump on the Corporate Jabber Bandwagon™, and coincidentally I will be online at

Jabber is an online open distributed presence network, that is, it lets you communicate with others just like ICQ or MSN, but it's a lot more powerful and it does not rely on anyone but the Internet itself. To get connected, you need an XMPP-compliant client like Gaim (Windows, Unix, whatever), Gossip (GNOME) or any of those others mentioned on the Clients Page.

Thu, 09 Jun 2005

Wed, 25 May 2005

"Bir işi yapmak için motivasyon değil sopa gerekir."

Thu, 12 May 2005

<celebrations>Back to Istanbul</celebrations>

Dün olduğu gibi, bugün de Parkyerinde garip şeyler oluyordu:

Parkyeri'nde GO eğitimi.

Devrim'in kemancı ve pilli geyiklerine muhtemelen katılamayacağım, belki görüşmek için zamanımız olacak.

Insomnia İstanbul'a gelir gelmez bitti, dün gece deliksiz 13 saat uyudum. Şimdilik başka fotoğraf yok. Şu anda Serdar'la ortalığı topluyoruz, Gloria'dan selamlar.

Wed, 11 May 2005

Dear fellow hackers,

Today, if nothing wrong happens before 11:40am, we'll be on our way back to Istanbul today. Until then, I mean, until I get back to my beloved hometown, I proudly present you the proof of life on this planet:

See you all soon,

Enver - Insomniac, with damn flu.

Mon, 09 May 2005

Okay, some of us (including me) were there:

at the Kiev Expo Plaza. It was so big. Man, was I impressed. That gigantic event, organized by our folks at life marketing dept. bringing thousands of young people, including small groups from other counties together in Kiev along with a few famous DJs like NU-NRG. Of course, event was primarily sponsored by life/DCC, The Coca-Cola Company Russia (with their brand, burn), Medoff and a few others I guess.

For your viewing pleasure,

Sun, 24 Apr 2005

	if (!(file = popen("./","w"))){
		perror("control: ile ayni dizinde olmali\n");

Sat, 23 Apr 2005

Interface Hall of Shame, kullanılabilirlik konusunda yapıcı eleştiriler içeriyor. Özellikle Apple tarafından geliştirilen bazı uygulamaların burada uzun süre önce yerlerini almış olmaları düşündürücü.

Tue, 19 Apr 2005


I, as the head of the R&D team at Parkyeri (never mind, the website barely stinks, we'll be reworking it soonish) am looking for a few good

s who believe in free software, who will simply decline to work at an institute to help army develop baby-killing weapons and who wants to work with a productive team -- productively.

You'd better know what you want to do with your knowledge and you'd better be heard at least some of these acronyms (in totally random order, out of my mind):

C/C++, Perl, J2ME, J2EE, C#, PHP, Javascript, Mono, .NET, XML, HTML, SQL, PL/SQL, PL/PgSQL, EJB, Unix, GNU/Linux, Debian, Solaris, Windows, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS-SQL Server, Oracle, Firebird, InterBase, Sybase, Apache, Mason, Tomcat, Squid, Coldfusion, GCC, GDB, Emacs, Vi, CVS, RCS, Make, Subversion, TCP/IP, SMTP, HTTP, IMAP, POP, SOAP, RTSP, LDAP, DNS, SMS, MMS, MPS, EMS, 3G, MIPD, SMIL, BSC, MSC, HLR, Bluetooth

If you think you can really code, and you can survive a Linux-only environment; I think we'll have a deal. You have to be aware that we're just a few smart geeks who'll read the source code of your HTML CV.

Oh, by the way, your applications go here, not to me.

Thank you for the laugh.

Enver - Your favorite hero, who's leaving for Kiev/Ukraine tomorrow morning

About me

I'm Enver ALTIN. I'm from the other side of the river.


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