Recommendations from Barclays

It is really nice to get recommendations, and I’ve got quite a few when i left Barclays. I won’t hide – i asked people to give me a recommendation when i was leaving, but I didn’t expect to get so much of them!

You can find the recommendations in my Linkedin profile, but i want to quote them here!

These were left by my direct managers ( i have changed quite a few in my 2.5 years at Barclays):

“Both as a colleague in a team and later on his manager I have enjoyed working with Alexandr. He is a person with extraordinary skills in UNIX and Linux operating sytems. I could rely on him with every assigned task as he has never let me down. Very smart person thinking outside the box.”

Tomasz Zaustowicz

“Aleksandr was vital part of Barclays Technology Center Unix team for more than two years. By team members Alex is very valued as highly skilled tecnician and very supportive person. I‘m seeing that in his tasks he is always accurate and responisve even on high timelines pressure. His strong side is defintely creativity – everrywhere where possible he was constantly searchning optimization/improvement ways and he really masters implementation further.”

Martynas Nicajus

“More than once I have been amazed by Alex ability to think through technical designs and possible issues to be hit. His knowledge of area and attention to detail makes him a valuable asset to any organization.”

Henrik Jurevic

And these were left by my crazy co-workers:

“I have had pleasure to work with Aleksandr at the same team for about 3 years. Aleksandr has proven himself as a highly skilled technician. His passion to BSD and Unix systems in general was not measurable. Aleksandr is the person who knows not just how to use the system and services it provides, but also knows internals of it. He constantly maintains his knowledge and this allows to stay him on top across the board.”

Paulius Stakauskas

“Alexander is inventive and excellent UNIX administrator. Is able to quickly identify faults. Excellent scripts writer. He is friendly, communicative and have a great sense of humor. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work together.”

Petras Liumparas

“Alex is a professional team player and very skilled on a wide range of different projects. I found him to be a key person in demonstrating a willingness and technical understanding of the complex solutions he was faced. Also Alex has an eye for details and a thought process two steps ahead getting in the best solution. All that combined make him an intelligent person to work with.”

Antanas Vaskunas

“It was a pleasure to work with Aleks. Innovative and out-of-box thinking makes him an expert in an Unix area with ability to quick and efficient solve the given task.
Aleks never refused to provide help or guide. One of the best teammates I had a chance to work with.”

Mindaugas Beniusis

“Second time already I have duty to report on Aleksandr’s capabilities :), and I can’t be happier to confirm what I wrote previously, that he’s very capable and smart guy, geek of the geeks in good sense. With more experience and knowledge in ITIL constraints, AIX, processes etc.
If I had a company to run, I would be glad to have such employee (but I don’t, so be warned).

Good luck Alex :)”

Paulius Bulotas

“Aleksandr is very skilled and technical person. Creatively approaches every problem and acts perfectly as a tutor while helping his colleagues. Has really deep knowledge in Unix-like operating systems.” October 17, 2011

Mantas Lazauskas

It was really a big pleasure to work with each of them and I’m glad I had an opportunity to meet them. I hope we will meet again as IT world isn’t that big. Thank you guys for the recommendations!

Recommendations from Barclays

Got a flat tire on Saturday

A high-altitude tyre blowout and series of unf...On Saturday we were planning to go for a BBQ with my wife and a few friends. Got all stuff packed in my car, and we drove to pick up a friend. Maybe just one km from home, somebody started beeping to me on the road. We stopped to check if everything was fine – but found out that one of my tires was flat 😦

I inflated the tire a little bit but i could hear the air come out of it. I inflated it a bit more and drove back home. We took my wife’s car and went for the BBQ.

I must admit, i have never changed a tire before! On Sunday, i had some free time, so i thought I’ll try it. We have to change the tires from winter to summer in a week (starting from April 1st) so there was no point in buying new winter tires. I’ve took out my summer tires, checked if i have all required tools, watched a few video’s on Youtube (yes, hehe) and started to work on it.

The beginning was a disaster 🙂 I couldn’t unscrew 4 out of 5 bolts! My friend tried to unscrew them, but he failed at it too. I called a neighbor to ask for some help. The neighbor failed to unscrew them too. We even tried to jump on the wrench to unscrew them but failed. The neighbor brought his own, better tools, so with a bit of luck we got all our bolts unscrewed pretty fast. We changed all the tires successfully (probably). I still don’t want to drive with the summer tires too much as it’s kinda illegal + we had snow today, and i really don’t want to drive on snow with them!

On the good side, this was a good experience. It’s better to get experience on changing the tires at my own place rather than in extreme conditions on the road.

Got a flat tire on Saturday

issues with my new Air “13

I’ve got a new notebook lately – a MacBook Air 13″. But it is really acting strangely 😦

I keep getting the magic beach ball all the time, apps are hanging, the FireVault encryption finished with a MacOS crash.

For example, i run the ‘ping’ against a host, and it hangs. It doesn’t print anything for a long time as if it was trying to resolve a host. But if i try to run a ‘dig’ in another window – it returns the information instantly. If i run ‘host’ – it also hangs.

Might be something related to a Network or DNS resolution. I tried to have  a clean install of my Mac to see if it helps.

I’m waiting for the next crash/hang to try to debug the issue.


issues with my new Air “13

support at Automattic

Everyone who joins Automattic, no matter which position, has to do support for 3 weeks. I’ve had my support training for a few days this week. It was nice, and i got to know the company even better, and meet a few new people – at least online, but I would really want to meet them in real!

Thanks to everybody from the support team who had the courage to train me and apologies to all the people who will receive a wrong response from WordPress support signed by Alex 🙂


support at Automattic

last day at Barclays

Today was my last day at Barclays. I’ve gave back all my access cards, displays, notebook and blackberry. I probably forgot to give back the charger – will need to try to find it at home and deliver it back some day 🙂

It was really a pleasure to work with the people at Barclays – i’ve met a quite a few nice people from Lithuania, UK and Pune. I hope to stay in contact with them, and maybe meet them again in some company in the future! The world is small enough for that to happen 🙂

last day at Barclays

blog, again?!

Yes, blogging again. I have had a blog before, and i even updated it once in a while! After a while, i started to update it very very rarely… When i started to work in a bank, i was completely out of free time, and i decided to remove my blog.

Now, the times are getting better. I’m moving to a new job! I will be working as a systems wrangler for Automattic – a company behind the WordPress. That’s also a reason why i wanted to start blogging again 🙂 I want to have  a testbed/sandbox blog where i can sometimes test out some stuff, with real data.

Oh, and i’m still doing part-time system administration for the local Vilnius college.


blog, again?!