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Adrian Oprea's articles

Adrian is the person behind WeRemote.EU. He's been a software developer since 2008 and has been enjoying his work tremendously.

  • Avoiding depression while working remotely

    One of the biggest complaints of first-time remote workers is the lack of delineation between work time and personal time. The feeling of being on a hamster wheel. There could be multiple causes for it. Underlying mental health conditions, or the person is an extrovert and now they have to cope with working from their home with little to no contact with the outside world — this can be tormenting for extroverts like myself. But most of the times, the hamster-wheel feeling is caused by something way less important or impactful, that can be dealt with if you have a bit of discipline.
  • When recruiters don't share...

    Stop for a moment and think deeply whether you have a friend who's been looking for a job for a long time. This is a reality for many people. I've met 5 in the last month alone. Some of them have been looking for so long that they're willing to take on almost any job, although they're highly skilled in a different field. They are so desperate that they're willing to dumb down their CV, just so they can get a job and not get turned out because they're overqualified.
  • Remote work during COVID19: A long Zoom call sprinkled with work breaks

    With this prolonged period of wfh many managers are left without the one thing that made them feel productive — the meeting room. I bet many of them are suffering from seizures as I'm writing this article, knowing that tomorrow is Monday and all they have on their calendar is a couple of video calls. Unfortunately, many have found a way to have their meeting room — they turned Zoom or whatever video conferencing software they're using into a virtual meeting room. And they're holding people hostages for hours over there, clarifying and directing and feeling important.
  • CoronaDiary #4

    A late fourth issue, but still coming out when it's supposed to go out — Friday. Looks like morale tends to go down towards the end of the week — could it be because there's no weekend to look up to? Or the fact that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is rising in Romania?
  • CoronaDiary #3

    Third CoronaDiary issue, morale is good, and we have some new faces writing over here — actually names, since there are no photos. Looks like morale is good, except for a person whose whole attitude almost always "meh-with-a-hefty-dose-of-skepticism" — but we think that's what makes her so special 🐈😸. On to the status updates, and do read on until the end, as I have a couple o very special recommendations to share with you.
  • CoronaDiary #2

    Second day of the covid-19 induced social isolation and the second #CoronaDiary day. People's morale seems to be good, and most of us are firing on all cylinders! Hopefully, we'll keep this state of mind until the end of this period and afterwards, when we'll all work remotely because everyone realized we can do so even in the toughest of industries.
  • CoronaDiary #1 — March 16, 2020

    First day of remote working for a host of people who've either dreamed of working remotely, or were planning to ask their bosses for this type of work. Looks like nature got ahead of us and decided to ask our governments, directly, for remote work. This article contains the submissions for Day 1 of the CoronaDiary initiative, and at the end of the article, I placed a couple of useful tips and techniques.
  • Starting the #CoronaDiary movement

    This is the starting post for the #CoronaDiary movement, which is something we at WeRemote.EU are trying to push forward, to help all the people who have recently been thrown into the remote work world navigate social isolation and other problems they might face. We are highly committed to helping both people as well as organizations deal with mental health, from the perspective of people who are on the front lines, living through difficult situations, being remote workers ourselves. What we ultimately want to achieve with this movement is to foster an environment where people feel safe to share their experiences and their shortcomings regarding working remotely, and where they can also receive help form others who have walked the same path before them. And we want to keep people sane so they can push through this period of self-isolation, with the recent COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
  • Using archives to back up and restore a MongoDB database

    Database backups are important. Data loss is a frequent issue and a frequently overlooked item when migrating servers, changing technologies or upgrading libraries. Until it happens. We recently added the ability for companies and professionals to create accounts on the platform and struggled ourselves with backing up our database and now we are sharing what we learned with you.
  • Taking a look at 2019 🎉 + 🙏 + 🙃

    I started this project, by myself, back in April. I managed to get a working version in about 3 weeks. The reaction to the original version was amazing. A lot of people chimed in, helped with feedback and professional advice. I've had designers, product people, project managers share their thoughts about WeRemote. This is one of the reasons WeRemote.eu exists.
  • Why businesses with single technical founders fail

    As techies, we’re accustomed to writing neat code, respecting best practices, following guidelines and asking for clear requirements each and every time. But this shines a bad light on us when we try to go the entrepreneurial route. It doesn’t matter if we’re building the next <insert-social-media-network-name> or that we’re building Uber but for <insert-weird-made-up-industry-name>, it has to be perfect. If possible, it has to be even better than the thing we’re cloning. We all know those developers from Facebook store their passwords in plain text… we’re going to encrypt everything thrice! What all of this does is kill “done” and “good enough”. And more often than not, good enough is all we need to validate a market, to see if there’s potential, or to serve that market directly.
  • What are the most difficult things about working remotely?

    Working remotely is amazing but it also comes with its challenges. Just like I read in a book, a while back, "solutions don't exist, only tradeoffs". Remote work is also a tradeoff. Just like when you're migrating from a monolith to a microservices architecture (software architecture), you're actually trading off system reliance (monolith) for network reliance (microservices). This article outlines a couple of the most difficult things about working remotely and provides a couple of points on how to mitigate these drawbacks.
  • Build half a product, not a half-assed product

    Working in corporate taught us that products should be launched feature-complete, zero-bugs, sound architecture, scalability in place and with all the bells and whistles. This was also my thinking until I read "Remote: Office Not Required" and "Rework" by the duo behind Basecamp — David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried. It’s in one of these books, where I first encountered the expression “build half a product, not a half-assed product”.

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