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Shortly, at the end of 2012..

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Hi to all;

It has been 4 months since the last time I’ve written a blog post. During that time, there have been some changes in my life, so before entering into 2013, I would like to share these with you in this post.

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Briefly in my life..

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Ohai!

After collecting many stories, adventures and changes in my life, I’ve decided to write a blog entry after a long time. Briefly, I’m going to summarize some of the important events that happened on me, mainly in the past 6 months:

  • I’ve quit my professional job as a researcher in TUBITAK / UEKAE. I was working in Pardus Project.. There have been many debates in Turkish Linux Community about TUBITAK’s behaviour on Pardus Project. I’m still interested in Free Software, I’m still a member of many free software and open source communities in Turkey (including Linux Users Group LKD). But I don’t think I’ll be contributing to Pardus project unless TUBITAK changes inconsistent approach to Pardus Linux.
  • After leaving my job @ Pardus Project, I’m considered many job opportunities and decided to work as a freelance software developer. For nearly two months, I was busy dealing with Adobe Flex technologies on Linux. I’ve taken part in writing flash games, but developing Flex projects in Linux is really a PITR.
  • In March, I’ve contributed to Mountain Culture Association’s Mountain Films Fest. It was a great experience for me to watch many inspiring films and documentaries, they enlightened my vision on mountaineering.
  • After Mountain Films Fest, @ April, I’ve started taking canyoning courses in KAD Canyoning Turkey (sorry, the site is only in Turkish.) With friends from my mountaineering club, we winded ourselves up for the canyoning course, later on we took abseiling practice with KAD crew in Ballikayalar. After the abseiling practice, we were ready to go to our training canyon to Antalya, Kaputaş Canyon. It was fantastic to walk through/abseil down the canyon! Nearly 700 m were the height that we travelled down. I’ll write a seperate blog entry for my canyoning adventure ASAP.

    Abseiling in Kaputaş Canyon

    • I’ve attended to Linux Summer Camp of LKD (Linux Users Group in Turkey) between 23rd of June – 8th of July. Currently, I’m enrolled to Software Engineering Master Program in Boğaziçi University, only one course (project course) to get my Masters Degree. I’ve selected to write an integration suite to Tekir General Financial Accounting program, developed by Özgür Yazılım Incorp. Hakan Uygun, who is the CTO of Tekir and one of the managers of Özgür Yazılım Inc. helped me a lot while selecting this project. He was the instructor of Java course in summer camp, creating Java EE5 Web applications.. To understand the inner aspects of Tekir project, I’ve attended this summer camp. There are plenty of things to tell about the camp, so I want to write a separate blog entry about this summer camp in the near future :)

LKD Linux Summer Camp

  • In July 14-15, with friends from Dağ Keçileri (Meaning “Ibex’s”) Mountaineering club, we attended to a high altitude trekking camp organization in Bolkar mountains, made a trekking to Medetsiz Summit. We camped near Karagol. I plan to write another blog post dedicated to this mountaineering expedition.

Karagöl (Black Lake) view from the Pilot Rock

  • After I returned back from Bolkars, I have started working in Sistematik Software Tech. Sistematik is mainly concentrated on digital publishing, and is a Linux and free software supporting company. I’ll write in details later on “what I’m doing in Sistematik”.
  • I’ve finally managed to meet PyIST guys, a Python SIG in Istanbul. We attended to Julythonand previous weekend, we made a hackathon for this purpose. There were some organizational problems but at least we gathered, connected ourselves and coded some.. Although it wasn’t a productive hackathon, having chit-chats with Istanbullian Pythonistas, having the day together was great!

    https://twitter.com/tayfunsen/status/226630114849476608

  • There was the first Javascript conference in Turkey, JStanbul 2012 in Bahçeşehir University. Although I’m not so much into javascript and frontend technologies, I’ve attended to this conference too. I’ve met many friends, get introduced to programmers that I used to know but couldn’t find a chance to meet in real life. Again, having talks with great guys on programming, open source technologies and software industry was great fun!
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FindBigMail.com: Find big emails in your Gmail!

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Hi;

It all started with ves. from friendfeed trying to clean her gmail inbox. I advised her to use filters and filtering @the feed she mentioned gmail cleanout. While brainstorming at this feed, she questioned “Whether we can sort mails according to their sizes or not?”  and we started to google it. By default, Gmail doesn’t support sorting mails according to their sizes. One way to do this was connecting to your account using an e-mail client such as thunderbird or outlook with IMAP, but this will definitely be a little bit harder and a longer way to go, there should be an easier way to do it. (For the curious ones, the solution using IMAP is explained here )

At this point, FindBigMail came to our aid. “F*ck, I’ve had thought of something like this before” is what you say when you discover FindBigMail. It extracts and labels e-mails bigger than 1MB, so that you can erase the redundant ones..

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Asansör ve İzmir görüntüsü

Getting Around İzmir vol.2

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In my previous post I’ve told about my first day in İzmir. Internet Conference has ended @Friday and my flight to Istanbul was @Saturday, that’s why I had one more day to wander around İzmir. I’ve started my tour from the famous Historical Elevator.

Historical Elevator and İzmir Panorama

Historical Elevator and İzmir Panorama

Historical Elevator is at the region of Güzelyalı in İzmir. Because of the 58 meters rise between Mithatpaşa and Halilrıfat Paşa Streets, the elevator has been built by a Jewish Businessman, Nesim Levi, to allow people to climb the elevated part of the area that is separated by the coastal strait by a steep cliff with a total of 155 stairs @1907. Later on, the elevator has been restored by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and a restaurant, a cafe and an hotel has started serving since 1992. I wanted to enjoy the beautiful view and order a glass of beer with french fries. :) (more…)

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Turkish Internet Conference and İzmir..

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Between 30th November and 2nd December, in İzmir – Konak, at Ege University Atatürk Cultural Center, 11th Turkish Internet Conference held. The keywords of the conference were “Mobile Life”, “Social Networks”, “New Media”, “Intellectual Properties”, “Privacy”, “Internet and Democracy”, “Internet Bans in Turkey”, “FATiH Project”, “Media/Information Literacy” ..etc.. In this conference, Turkish Linux Users Society (LKD) organized several seminars, two of which I’ve presented: Özgür Yazılım Projelerinin Ortak Çalışma Araçları (Common Tools used in Free Software Projects) and Linux’ta Paket/Yazılım Yönetim Sistemleri (Package/Software Management Systems in Linux). You can take a look at the presentations but unfortunately they are only in Turkish. (more…)

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An MS Course Presentation – How Google Tests Software

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This blog post was written @ May 31, 2011 @ 12:15 on my previous blog @ http://developer.pardus.org.tr/people/serdar

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Hi all;

It’s been a few days since I last wrote to the blog. Therefore, in order not to leave an interval, I’ll post something related to my graduate Education.

For those who haven’t taken a look at my about me section, I’m currently enrolled to MS Program in Software Engineering @ Bogazici University. One of the must courses I have to take is SWE 550 Software Quality Assurance and Reliability. Within the limits of this course, every attendant student of should prepare a Presentation on one of the topics covered in the course:

  • “SW Testing”,
  • “SW Quality Assurance”,
  • “SW Fault Tolerance” and
  • “SW Reliability Modelling & Prediction”

I wanted to take an enjoyable topic so I’ve selected “How Google Tests The Software” as an on-demand presentation. Thanks to Mr. Tosun, he accepted my choice on the topics.
There is a dedicated blog mostly written by James Whittaker, Director of Test Engineering at Google:

http://googletesting.blogspot.com/

And he has written (actually still writing :) ) a series called “How Google Tests Software” . At the time I’ve prepared the presentation, the series were up to 6 parts, but as of 26th of May, Whittaker has written “How Google Tests Software – Part Seven”. He seems to proceed further more..

My presentation was just a summary of the organizational parts in Google’s way of Testing Software and the results of this organizational behaviour on software quality. I didn’t cover all of the series, as it was hard to present the whole concept.

You can reach to my presentation from this link. It is CC BY-NC-SA licensed, except the TUBITAK/UEKAE, PARDUS related images. They are registered trademarks of TUBITAK.

I hope you like it! Any comments are welcomed.

Have a nice day ;)

Re-start..

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“..Being an unsuccessful blogger regarding my previous experiences, I’ve been seeking to start blogging for some time. Thanks to Gökmen for the ping at the start of the week, I’ve managed to come this far :) ..”

This was my first post in my blog under Pardus domain.. I don’t remember how many times I’ve re-started blogging.. But that blog under Pardus domain was the first I believed I’d keep on blogging. My plan was buying serdardalgic.org and keep on blogging over there. However, I didn’t know how to handle this domain things, hosting services etc.. so I kept on postponing it.

Now, I’m @ my new address: serdardalgic.org. I’ll copy some of my posts from my previous blog in Pardus domain, you can see the notification on them “this blog post was published in my previous blog @ that time..”

Anyway, Here I am, ready to blog about life, programming, free software, trekking and mountaineering, my travels, and so on.. I plan to blog in both Turkish and English, but time will decide this.

"..Nothing he's got he really needs. 21st century schizoid man.."

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