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« How -Traitor- missed the point!Not another Chrome review! »

And, I nailed it!

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Wednesday, September 03, 2008 6:06:06 PM
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    Rated 4.6/5 stars (92 votes cast)

    The reason I've been very occupied in the past couple of weeks was simply because I was interviewing for my dream job. Doing what you really love for a living is not something that you can take lightly, so I had to focus a lot, and concentrate on one thing. Getting the Job!

    My set of interviews got me worried, I met with 11 different members, from researchers to associates, to professors to partners, and 11 (yes you heard it right, eleven) interviews later, I nailed it!

    Last night, as I was driving home from work to have Iftar, I had the hiring manager email me congratulating me on getting the position

    I guess, good stuff do come in batches. Or maybe it's just a set of fortunate events that progressively get better. It all started the day I got married! It's crazy, I know, but Maioush, has been the rocket fuel that my life has been missing!

    By the way, this is the first post that I write using the new Google Chrome browser, and I already love it. Way more than firefox, opera and Safari. But it still have couple of issues to fix. (I had flash crash on me, tinyMCE render incorrectly, and a few other minor issues)

    I remember couple of years ago, I was telling a fellow colleague of mine on the work I was doing on capturing, classifying and preventing spammers on the Internet. I was mentioning how my quick prototype has yielded millions of suspicious IPs and how I envisioned IP address reputation to be useful for preventing future attacks. Then, I remember clearly how I said, "now if there was anyway I could make a living out of this"...

    My friend soon moved to Cisco systems, and started working on other hard problems while I continued my work in security and authentication, until the opportunity came knocking. It wasn't something I was going to take lightly and I totally jumped on it.

    The work I've done, with a number of demonstrations, and my understanding of how IP address reputation paid off, and soon, it will be more useful on the much larger scale.

    Funny thing, I got a call from KJ while I was about to board a flight to Chicago during this process and briefly told him what I was about to. It wasn't clear at the time if I was going to get it or not. But I did, and oh boy, am I excited!

    I guess over the next couple of years I will be super busy, putting theory to some good use. Hopefully, to help make spam a relic of the past.

    And it all started, when I made the best decision I made in my whole life... Marrying the right person

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    This is all wonderful to hear, alf mabrouk on the new position.
    Congratulations my friend =D
    it must've been all the physics u dazzled them with during the interview ;)

    All the very best with the new job =)
    Good luck my friend.
    Will you be getting more money, new private office, new furniture, new support staff.I mean any perks! Is it a promotion, a step up, brand new post? Or what.
    alf alf alf mabrook 7abeebi, I'm soooooooo proud of you, they are so lucky to have you in their team, inshalla menha la el a7san ya rab, i didn't do anything, it's all your hard work :)
    remember 7abeebi, i will be always there for you :)
    alf mabrook again, 3an jad I'm so proud of you :)
    Batoul,
    Thank you my dear, allah ybarek feeki

    LostWithin
    TOTALLY, I didn't expect that at all. But I was asked couple of physics questions that were completely out of this world! Even worse I was asked about American politics! Weird! But I guess they want to see how I think!

    Mohanned
    Thanks My friend, good luck to you too

    Hatem
    More dough, I've had a private office for 8 years now :), and yes, I will continue to have my own window office. New office comes with new furniture, and new support staff as well. In fact a full organization.
    It's a promotion, a step up and a complete shift in the gears. From deeply technical position to a more management. But it will allow me to focus more on the broader problems from a completely new perspective
    And before you as, it comes with a new title as well
    • #7
    • Rami
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 9/3/2008 8:56:42 PM
    Mabrouk my friend you deserve the best..wa menha lla3la...
    Now that you explained it I can say mabrook. The reason I asked is because the days of glory are over, it is $$$$$ that we are talking about.
    ألف مبروك يا رب وإنشالله لأحسن وخلي بالك من ميوش ..الله يخليكم لبعض
    Mabroook el new position :) ..
    w kol saneh w enta salem yn3aaaad 3aleeek w 3la maioush ramadan b el se7a w el salameh :)
    reeto alf mabrook ! bl tawfee2 bro :)
    • #12
    • KJ
    • Windows Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 9/3/2008 11:00:08 PM
    Shayef shayef telefony barakeh LOL!

    Alf mabrook Samer, wallah you deserve it! Make the net a better place for everyone :) All the best

    And here is another grin :P I need a longer face LOL

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    Ok that's freaky

    Rami
    Thank you very much, you too

    Hatem
    Well, there are two sides of the coin. I want the whole coin .. that's why I said it's my dream job. I get to work, earn, grow and study .. I don't think I can top that

    نورا
    الله يبارك فيكي يا رب.. و لا توصيني في عيوني و الله
    الله يخليلك احبابك انشالله

    Vegueraz
    Allah ybarek feeki ya rab
    Kil saneh oo inti salmeh ya rab.

    Abed
    Tislam habeebi .. allah ybarek feek

    KJ
    LOL!
    yeah, If it wasn't for your phone, who knows...
    Allah ybarek feek. Inshallah .. I will try my best to do that

    11 interviews ? wow ya3teek al-3afieh, and congrats.

    Tried Chrome, still too Beta-ish for me, and I feel naked without my plugins, but thanks to the party you and KJ had on my last post, I added support in the browser-sniff plugin :)
    Mabrook.
    mabrook.
    • #17
    • kinzi
    • Windows Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 9/4/2008 7:47:44 AM
    Well, that was an excellent start on a Marriage post!!! Women can bring our the very best in men. Mabruuk!
    • #18
    • nido
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 9/4/2008 9:27:24 AM
    Alf mabroook Qwaider:) minha lal a7san...you guys deserve all the best :)))
    Congratulations.. you deserve it.. I remember my grandparents saying that a female either brings you good luck ot bad luck.. and mashalla its obvious which one is Maioush :)
    Alf Mabrooook :)
    • #21
    • sam
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 9/4/2008 2:25:19 PM
    mabrook on your new job..
    مبروك! أنا مبسوطة إنو أحسن شي عملتو بحياتك انك تتزوج مي!! انشالله ...  التعليق يطلع هون!!

    Congratulations Sam, best of luck!

    • #24
    • sara
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 9/4/2008 8:43:25 PM
    Mubarak :)

    InshaAllah this position, Maioush & everything beautiful you do in life would be roads for u to heaven.. Amen :)

    Alf Mabrouk, I think its really librating to work in something you like and have passion for... It's a great step in life when someone moves on from a job to a career path... good luck!

    Thank you all for the wonderful wishes. I'm so excited. It's been many years since I woke up early in the morning eager to go to work, or check my email to see the latest at work. I seriously can't contain my joy at times mainly because many people has discouraged me of pursuing this dream and put me down. My big mistake was listening to them and allowing them to depress me.
    Now all of that is behind me :) and I've learned one hell of a lesson!
    Mabrouk Man! we are happy for you :)
    Off-Topic:
    Spammers are increasingly using free e-mail providers to avoid IP address-based reputation systems. These systems track mail sent by various IP addresses and assign each IP address a rating. Some anti-spam software operates largely or exclusively on the basis of the IP address rating.
    Spammers are trying anything that works. What I'm going to be doing, (and I'm under NDA not to discuss it) goes farther than you can imagine, form reputation, to contextual to dynamicity to behavioral pattern and heuristics .. rest assured :)
    Alf Alf Mabrook Qwaider! Minha laly a3la minha inshallah.
    Personally i think it is the greatest thing in the world to be working in something that you are truly passionate about.

    The funny thing is that at some time i briefly thought of writing something to try to "break" your spam protection (sort of 7arkasheh) .. but i guess now i should stay away :-D

    Sorry i've been out of the loop for a while, school work and deadlines kept me off QP for quite some time.

    Congrats again.
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