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2012 - 'twas a fine year!

by Robert Basic on January 01, 2013.
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2012 was a real fine year, filled with travel, friends, work, longboards, books. A couple of beers found their way in my belly, too. The best part is that I honestly can’t remember that a single bad thing happened this year. Most likely because it didn’t. Pure awesomeness.

Can’t really remember what I did from January till March, besides working. Odd. I should probably blog more often (HA!) on the things that happen. Oh well.

April was the month that kicked off the travels for this year. I spent a weekend in Budapest, doing nothing just roaming around the city. I stayed in a 5 star hotel in downtown. Never stayed in a fancy place like that before, and I wanted to try it out. Definitely not my thing, and did get the strange looks from the employees there as I stubmled in in a leather jacket and a military backpack on my back. I probably looked like a hobo. But I had fun and that’s what counts.

May was the month of PHPDay and travelling to Verona with Vranac. I just realised I didn’t blog about it. Well, fuck. We met there some crazy awesome developer dudes from Croatia *waves hi to Luka , Miro and Ivan *. Got to meet Jouzas and Stefan, and be mentored by Patrick, Derick and Rasmus on creating PHP extensions. I even got to get a “You are correct” from Rasmus for a sentence I managed to mutter out. I was giggling like a girl for days after that.

On our way back to Novi Sad, we stopped in Ljubljana to grab lunch with Masa and Swizec. First time meeting them in person, lovely people.

June was a month of work and celebrating one year of Hex!

July was the month of Exit festival in Novi Sad, where I played a host for Swizec, hopefully a good one, as he was staying over at my place. Couple days after the festival, we popped in his car, bought some gas, and of we were to Ljubljana. I stayed there for a couple of days, completely touristy visit, with me roaming around this gorgeous town with a proper paper map in my hands. Bought my first longboard there and found myself in love with a non-geek hobby for the first time in my life. I’d never thought I’ll say this, but sports are fun! Longboarding, at least.

August was spent with me longboarding around Novi Sad. Work and beers were also characteristic for that month.

September started with me going to a mountainboarding event, as a spectator only. I ended up going down this hill. And falling. Twice. I also made a total of over a hundred kilometers longboarding.

In October Jouzas was in Novi Sad for a couple of days. Vranac and I did our best to make his stay enjoyable. Hope we succeeded at that. I ended up shaving my head, whilst having a severe hangover, and making a mohawk. Fun times!

November was the month of Webcamp Zagreb and us travelling to, obviously, Zagreb. And again, I didn’t blog about it. Miro will kill me next time he sees me. The conference was a total success, very well done, even though it was planned and organized in under two months! Eagerly awaiting next year’s event.

After Zagreb I hopped over to Ljubljana (by now you must have realised I’m sorta-kinda in love with that town), where I stayed for a week and worked from the local hackerspace Hekovnik. The rainy weather sucked a bit, and I was hoping I’d get to longboard more, but the one session on Trzin with Swizec was quite enjoyable. I even managed to do my first mini Coleman slide. Hooray!

December was nothing special, just your regular, hard working (or hardly working?) month.

A couple of things I’m not satisfied from the past year is that I didn’t contribute to OSS much and didn’t really learn new things. I also read lot less books than I thought I did - merely some ten-ish books. I’ll just blame “A Dance With Dragons” for that as it took me two or three months to finish it.

As for 2013, there’s no reason really for it to be any less awesomer than 2012. Need to fix and fine tune a couple of things about me, get rid of some bad habits, continue fixing some mistakes from the past and try to be even better to my fellow humans.

Happy New Year and Happy Hackin’!

Tags: about, hex, life, longboard, random, travel.
Categories: Blablabla, Free time.

Happy birthday Hex!

by Robert Basic on June 27, 2012.
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I can’t really believe this - but my little company Hex is one year old! I know it sounds cliche, but it really feels like it was last week when I started this… adventure. It’s been one crazy year, that’s for sure.

Worked on some interesting and some very interesting projects. Learned a lot, but there’s still things to learn and skills to improve.

It was a fun ride so far and will continue to work hard as I really do enjoy all of this - with all of it’s ups and downs.

Special thanks goes to Vranac, for his hard work, friendship and mentorship - may we continue to create awesome stuff in the years to come!

Happy hackin’!

Tags: about, birthday, company, hex.
Categories: Blablabla, Free time.

A year in review: 2011

by Robert Basic on January 01, 2012.
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2011 has been and gone, all in all an excellent year for me; much better than the few clusterfuck years before. Going into 2012 with tons of positive energy and going to make it even better!

Sadly, not everything was perfect. In October my grandmother and one of my uncles passed away. Around the same time my Dad’s shop was robbed, twice. That was a tough period for my parents and the entire family, still not over it completely, but not giving up either! We love and support each other and will get out stronger than ever.

Now that the bad part is out, let’s jump to the awesome part ;)

Life changing decisions

In 2011 I actually had three life changing decisions.

First one in March, when I decided to finally quit smoking. And I did it! After 11 years I finally threw that shit away. Gave me a nice self-confidence boost, gained much needed weight - around 10kgs (now just to prevent that turning into fat and into muscles instead) - and I feel much, much better overall.

For the second one I owe a lot to my parents and to Srdjan Vranac, for their continuos support and making it possible to happen. In May I handed over my resignation at my previous job and in June I started my own company, Hex, and joined up with Vranac. Just this one thing changed my life to better in so many ways that I can’t thank Vranac enough for all he did, and is still doing! Thank you :)

The third decision happened in August when I cut my hair. And nope, I didn’t regret it :)

Friends and conferences

This year I spoke at two conferences, DORS/CLUC in May in Zagreb, and Webkonf in October in Budapest. My talks didn’t turn out that good (heck, the second one was pure horror), but I did make new friends which trumps bad talks any day!

In Zagreb I had the honor to meet fellow hacker Nikola Plejic, who kindly offered me a place to stay during the conference and showed me around the city. Now waiting for him to come to Novi Sad so I can return the favor. :)

In Budapest I met fellow hackers Ferenc Kovacs and Dubravszky Jozsef. Great people with whom I’d like to grab a beer or two this year :)

Open source and hacking

Contributed to web2project and Zend Framework throughout the year, but somewhere in September got really close to a burn out so I decided to back up a little and have a break. I’m trying to ease my way back in to contributing and general hacking now. Need to be careful though, don’t want to get this close to a burn out again, next time might not see the line.

Started to learn C just for fun. Don’t know what to do with it yet, can’t hurt learning/knowing it.

All in all, awesome year which set the bar high for 2012, but with all this positive energy it will be a piece of cake to fly over it!

Happy hackin’ and a happy new year!

Tags: about, hex, life, random.
Categories: Blablabla, Development.

Announcing Hex

by Robert Basic on July 04, 2011.
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Well, guess it’s time to announce it officially here, too. Since last month I’m running my own little web development company called Hex. After 2 years with the online_team, it was time to move on and turn to new adventures.

The plan is simple and that’s to continue to work on things I love: work with PHP and contribute to open source. The rest will be figured out along the way.

I’ve teamed up with my good friend Vranac and his company Code4Hire to do what we’re both good at - writing software. If you need some good programmers, don’t hesitate to contact Vranac or me.

Happy hackin’!

Tags: about, hex, random.
Categories: Blablabla, Programming.