Forming habits

I was listening to an Indiehackers podcast about Nir Ayal, the author of the book, “Hooked” and found it interesting and clever how he explained that our brains are tricked by phone apps nowadays, to form habits initially triggered by external events such as a notification chyme or mere cp vibration. The main catalyst is that our brains are seeking some sort of relief whenever we see the number of likes and friend requests or some follows in Twitter. What’s more amazing is the fact that these apps are specifically designed for that – to engage us addictively in exchange for our attention and valuable time in return. It was also noted there that the creators of these apps have a background in psychology which made a lot of sense. I’m gonna end it here for now. Thanks for reading.

Soul crushing production support work

Every now and then,developers have to endure this depressing task in a lifecycle and can’t help but feel really bad about the unfavorable situation. For one thing, the work is very repetitive and hours could extend depending on the issues found and/or number of days that needed to be monitored. It made me want to do something about this. I wish I can automate this type of work but right now, I’m just so tired.

Reaching limit break

Ff7 cloud limit break image c/o google

Yes, I have just reached it. After several attempts to look into the documentation of AWS and trying to be a purist about the stack, I gave in and began search for easier to implement tools out there such as Clicky, gumroad, zapier, Google maps and MailChimp. The list will get longer as I learn to bootstrap these tools into the site. Hoping to get free for them. But for now let’s just brute force this shit. -G

Tolerance to kids

Understand that every kid aged 4 and up are self-centered and has their own big world to explore. They could play with anything they see in plain sight (e.g. food, light switches, etc.). Withstanding them could be a pain for some anti-social adults who grew up with less social interaction because it’s not common to interact with them regularly. All the things they want to hear are the good stuff like they’re getting a treat or a reward and often times, they just like to hear the word “yes” whenever they ask for something they like to have. They cannot understand that not all situations are working in favour to them. In today’s time of social media, the world inside their heads are wrapped with melodic advertisement jingles from Jollibee and Ed Sheeran songs. Their diet and choice of YouTube shows should consist of foods and content that can give them tons of endorphins (e.g. unboxing of toys and candies). And you can’t blame them coz they need that. They crave constant attention so every new baby introduced to the family for them is a threat to the attention they get from their parents. There is no other way but to accept this universal truth and learn to live with it.

What I used to do for a living

I have a headache right now and I would like to get into a flow to write and force myself to just communicate to anything or anyone out there, in a vent way. I just happen to live a very busy life as a software developer for almost five years now. Getting in the first job, I was lucky enough to get accepted because before that, I was a systems integrator and not a lot of IT professionals can cross-skill given the limited development skills a SI could have in a span of a year or two. Being SI taught me more of a bird’s eye overview of the system’s ins and outs particularly where data is flowing and which subsequent processes are placed to handle files and do some parsing, encoding or if a script is being run to do all these. A lot of terminology like gateways and buses are mentioned to portray what is happening in each of the components in the system. Moreover, network communication protocols such as AS2, X400, FTP, SMTP and HTTP were introduced too me as to how each system components communicate with each other. So initially, I told myself, “well, cool. I get to work on these awesome IT concepts in the real life on a broad and generalized level”. It’s good to know especially when most of my colleagues back then took ECE, as well for their undergrad degree. I told myself, “cool, I get to relate with tons of people who cross skilled and became IT professionals even if their undergrad is engineering”. It sounded like a nice career as well, considering most of my ECE colleagues also took IT and we’re a good number of fresh graduates who were hired by big service-based companies like ACN and Emerson to work on random PaaS and enterprise SaaS companies back then such as PeopleSoft and most commonly, SAP. Some even took COBOL for legacy systems in mainframe. IT is obviously booming and seems to be the best option to take as a career for anyone even as prominent as today in the Philippines.

After some time, I just felt the routine has become bland and the pay isn’t that rewarding so so decided to do something. I just woke up one day and said, “I need to increase my career ROI. Being an SI isn’t gonna make a career that is fulfilling”. That’s when I decided to attend a Java bootcamp and see if I can make a career out of it. And the rest is history.

Programming field – too saturated na?


I could go on rambling and become an expert in communicating Java concepts and write articles on how-to’s about Java 8, Spring boot features, OOP concepts, design patterns and probably, interview preparation guides. But I didn’t. Wanna know why? Because the market is too saturated with already excellent content from other coders around the world. Sites like Java Code Geeks, Baeldung, DZone and others (just to name a few) are already on top of every Google search and provides very helpful and useful information for everyone old or new in the software development field. Moreover, stack overflow and GitHub issue pages are already there to help with code debugging. So what else is left for those who just got inspired to write their own content to teach others? Probably, a YouTube videos or newsletters. Wait, did I just say newsletter? (Yes, I ignored YouTube videos because they are also saturated just like the above mentioned popular web static pages.) I believe with newsletters, there is always a personalized touch to reach more targeted audience and let them know market industry secrets in IT software writing/development field (bwahaha!!!).

The question now is, should I purse creating a newsletter for Java enthusiasts and newbies? Or should I just stick to my day job and support bureaucratic system forever? Give me a few moments to think this through. I’ll be back.

Attempt to help during Covid19 ECQ

I am seeking validation for an idea – which is to help out those semi-marginalized drivers in the transportation sector by sending them a list of actionable requests or favors sent from people who are in need of help (e.g. PWD, sick, old, pregnant, incapacitated).

It would only consist of three actions 1. create profile, 2. request, 3. respond

Favors / requests could be 1. Ask to buy supplies 2. Transfer to a house 3. Parcel pickup and delivery

This idea is still raw and needs to be developed further.

Let me do some more research on this.


Personal Q&A

Me: Hi there. Welcome. Please have a seat.

Myself: Thanks for having me

Me: So I’m going to ask a few questions and try to answer the best you can

Myself: Sure

Me: State your full name, your age and what you do for a living.

Myself: Hi, my first name is Eugene Sergio. Surname is de Los Santos. Middle name is Castro. I am 32 years old and I am an I.T. professional.

Me: Is that all? You sound boring. Hmmm, can you be more specific about what exactly you do. Not everyone can understand what I.T. means or why your name is Spanish and English influenced.

Myself: Ohh okay. I, uhh. I.T. basically is information technology where people like me are believed to fix computers or cellphones all day, at least, how people think here in the Philippines; there’s a bit of knowledge gap there for Filipinos. But actually I.T. is big and my specialization is software development.

Me: okay now, don’t get too ahead of yourself. So, how long have you been doing I.T.?

Myself: for about 9 years now.

Me: I see. Good to know. Well, I think we’re just about done here. Please proceed to the Boring department. Next!