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In my previous life I have always been a back-end MS Windows C++/C# (90/10) developer working with various recording, streaming and analytics servers. Lots of COM/DCOM, multithreading with emphasis on performance (CPU, disk/network I/O, memory footprint...), scalability and reliability.

Since November 11, 2012 (same day I started drinking coffee), I have been with Carbon Black, an awesome startup in the InfoSec space that will make the world a safer place. My current role is an Enterprise Server Engineering Lead, which primarily involves Python/Java (75/25) development with lots of open-source packages all running on Linux (CentOS/RedHat).

I have a strong passion for building quality software. I'm also a huge proponent of Agile/Lean methodologies and always advocate for iterative approaches, continuous improvement and an ideal that the only constant in what we do should be change.

Back when I used to have a 40-hour job, I started a GitHub project, which still has some of my code. Unfortunately, these days that had to go to the back burner.


Jul
19
comment Muffler inlet corrosion problem
@Tester101: what is your typical commute duration?
Jul
17
answered 2001 Honda Civic: rough ride, even after new struts
Jul
12
answered Intermittent start on hot days with 1992 Honda Civic
Jul
4
answered What is the best way to clean axle components?
Jun
29
comment High-pitched squealing coming from engine
here's something to try... when the car is on and the high pitched noise seems to go away, push the A/C button to turn off the A/C. Does the noise come back and stay permanently on? If yes, then it's your A/C pump clutch bearing and this is a very known "feature" of a TB.
Jun
28
answered How to begin learning engine tuning?
Jun
27
comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
every time you disengage the clutch, it slips and you also reduce the life of the throw-out bearing. And yes, it is normal wear and these are serviceable items. But if the clutch is typically designed for 150k, if you downshift as much as you shift up (every single stop light as OP has indicated), you are reducing the life in half. And this assumes you match RPMs as you down shift, which is not the case either. Notice the OP said "I let out on the clutch slow enough that I don't rev very high". Guess what has to slip while the car is slowing down so the engine doesn't rev that high?
Jun
27
comment car sputters when accelerating and idle
not really an answer just advice: 1) you asked for like 3 completely different things in one post. Next time break it up so people can see a focused question and can follow that with a focused answer. 2) a/c does what? 3) You bought a bimmer. Learn to take off the fan shroud and learn to love it. On these cars just about every job involves taking out the fan and the shroud. It seems annoying at first, but after few times you should be able to remove the fan in under 5 minutes. If you need a tool to hold the fan, you can easily fabricate one with stock metal from home depot or buy one($36)
Jun
27
answered Burning Smell and Faint White Smoke
Jun
25
answered What factors should I consider when selecting a suspension kit?
Jun
24
awarded  Editor
Jun
24
revised driver's door does not lock when open
added 123 characters in body
Jun
24
answered driver's door does not lock when open
Jun
23
comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
"..it drastically reduced the wear on my brakes.." -- that sounds exactly like the trade-off being mentioned here. You increase brake pad life at the expense of something else, which you just found out is the clutch. Second wearable item are synchros (clutches inside the transmission). I used to downshift my integra until it got worn to a point where 2nd and 3rd gear could not be shifted into unless you precisely match RPM. Learned to always match RPM which I now do at all times but I also don't downshift nearly as often as I used to because of that lesson.
Jun
21
awarded  Supporter
Jun
20
comment Concealing a radar detector
don't know about manually disassembling a unit, but there are companies that sell detectors which are designed to integrate with the car, just as you described. You might want to be careful though because detector receivers actually generate RF signals which can be picked up externally. So if they are illegal where you live and they detect you have one anyway, your whole car might end up impounded.
Jun
15
answered Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?
Jun
8
comment Buying new tires R15, R16, R17?
"Primary reason...is for stronger braking force"- On most cars you can easily lock up your wheels with stock brakes if you press the pedal hard enough. If that's the case, what would be the point of stronger force? Actual primary reason is that when you race, you need to be able to just get to lock-up point (but never cross it) over a considerable duration of time and this is where heat becomes your enemy and larger rotors help a lot. Same thing with pistons (I can lock up my 4500 lbs SUV with 1-piston calipers), more pistons is about spreading the load so brakes last longer, not force
May
30
answered Buying new tires R15, R16, R17?
May
30
answered Suzuki Jimny 2009 shaking?