Adrian Stanescu

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A Story for the Hacker In You

Dare to Hack!

Have you ever dreamt to be a Hacker?… At least for a few hours?

Did you ever take part in a Hackathon?

 

I had the chance to be the Host in Bucharest for our internal

1&1 Cloud Server Hackathon

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Is it for me?

So, what’s in it for me? – You would ask.

And you’re perfectly right.

I would say that a hackathon “is for you” if you love to explore new things, if you like to be the first to walk unbeaten paths, and unearth bugs and other beasts hidden in a brand-new software.

That was the case for us on Thursday night.

Preparations started days before – checking video connection between locations, making sure we have everything needed in such events – laptops, projector, cables, pizza, drinks.

 

Kick Off: 17:00 CET in all locations

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We kicked off on Thursday, June 18th, 17:00 CET simultaneously in 1&1 offices from Bucharest, Logrono, Karlsruhe, Munchen and Gloucester.

From Bucharest we had 15 participants.

We were connected via Video call and Chat with all the other locations and were in contact with the Platform guys and also with Customer Care.

The rules were clear: we were not allowed to make the platform unstable nor attack customer contracts, but nevertheless we could send in code that was able to do so 🙂

After a short introduction by Javier, our colleague from Arsys Logrono – subsidiary of 1&1 in Spain – everybody was given his/her test account and  was free to start playing around the platform.

The Platform

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About the platform I have to say it’s a pretty powerful virtualization API that will soon be launched for all 1&1 Cloud Server customers to play with and contribute.

You can practically do anything you can imagine to manage programmatically your 1&1 Cloud Servers.

 

 

The competition

Starting on Thursday night and before Monday 22nd June end-of-day, any participant in the hackathon could enter the competition.

A jury formed by experts of the Cloud Server Platform will check all submissions and award for:

–          the major vulnerabilities found on the platform or API and for

–          the Best Mobile App and the Best Desktop App.

It’s all About the Thrill

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So, how is it like to be part of a hackathon?

This is a good question because you actually can’t tell when the time flies by.

It’s something close to a hive swarming – lots of messages coming by the chat wall, small issues or big issues waiting to be solved right away:

Due to the relative small timebox, the people focused Thursday night on finding bugs and testing all the possible scenarios in the API.

60 people filed 33 bugs in 5 hours.

The good thing is that they found only minor vulnerabilities and some improvements for the platform.

Since the deadline for submissions was extended until Monday 22nd end-of-day, the thrill is still on – we wait to see the Winners.

Try it yourself!

If you want to feel the thrill yourself, I invite you to find a hackathon near you – that’s not so difficult – there was one a few weeks ago in Bucharest:

http://www.meetup.com/HackaTMe-24h-Hackathon-6-7-June-We-Love-Digital/events/222395426/

 

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Key Internet Players met in Bucharest to discuss the future of calendaring

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CalConnect (The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium; www.CalConnect.org) held its thirty-third edition conference in Bucharest, Romania, on May 18-22, 2015. The consortium is a partnership among leading technology organizations and universities to promote open standards and the interoperability of calendaring systems to give users more choices when it comes to devices and calendaring applications. A list of its members can be viewed here.

The host of this international event was 1&1 Internet Development, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1&1 Group, the leading European internet specialist.
The project took place at the 1&1 facilities and featured interoperability testing events, symposia, meetings, and roundtable discussions, the same agenda that already proved its great success, attracting each edition participants from more than 3 continents and the biggest names of the IT industry. This year in Romania, Apple, Google, IBM, 1&1 and many more, have accepted the invitation to meet and discuss the future of calendaring and interoperability.

It was structured as a 3 day interoperability test event, followed by a 2 day conference in order to support the practical hands-on testing/reviewing and the theoretical discussions.
“Hosting such an event for the first time in Romania, was a challenge but when you think of its mission, to offer solutions that allow calendar and scheduling methodologies to interoperate, so that at one point they will enter the mainstream of computing, you see a greater purpose. It’s not just an event, it’s a way to go forward” – said Wolfgang Gunne, General Manager 1&1 Internet Development

Interoperability is a property of a product or system, whose interfaces are completely understood, to work with other products or systems, without any restricted access or implementation. In other words, thanks to these events, the final customers will be able to keep track of the same schedule, disregarding the platform or device they are using. Having a practical example: booking a time frame, from our device, our calendar tool, to any other device (which may be completely different, both software and
hardware), could not be possible without interoperability.

The highlights sessions of this edition included Embedding Calendar Data in Media (QRCODE, Data URI), Changes to the scheduling model, Sending invitations through other means than e-mail, RSCALE: NonGregorian Recurrence Rules in iCalendar and Calendaring Systems in General (solar, luni-solar, etc.) and were available for registration to any organization or software developer that had a clear objective in improving the effectiveness of calendaring and sharing.
Full information about the conference may be found at CalConnect XXXIII website.

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1&1 Internet Development moves to Sky Tower to provide its employees the best workplace on the market

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1&1 Internet Development a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1&1 Group, the leading European internet specialist, is relocating its offices to Sky Tower, one of the most modern office buildings in Bucharest, a new landmark of the capital city. The software development center established in 2003 in Romania, with almost 300 active employees at this moment, is considered by media and employer branding studies, as one of the companies that made a significant leap forward in 2014 “Top 20 companies to work for in the IT industry” study, thanks to their recent actions that support the general employee satisfaction.

This move also aims at creating better working conditions and building a work environment around the most important asset of the company: employees.

“We were looking for an environment to meet two conditions: firstly, to meet our group’s standards in terms of quality of working space and in the same time to provide our employees in Romania the best conditions for boosting their potential within a great working environment. I think that this is a great way of telling our employees that the company appreciates and respects their work and rewards it with a state of the art working place, too”, said Wolfgang Gunne, General Manager 1&1 Internet Development.

The relocation has been completed on December 15th, when all the staff of 1&1 has occupied 3 floors of the Sky Tower building on Calea Floreasca 246C.

“SkyTower is a modern and efficient building and a new architectural symbol of Bucharest, changing not only the city’s skyline, but also the perspective on office space characteristics in the heart of the capital. We are delighted with the relocation of 1&1 Internet Development in SkyTower and the chance to offer our services to all of our existing and future clients. We focus on customer satisfaction and strive to improve employee experience as much as possible. We even provide employees in the building with a wonderful discount card, a singular product in Bucharest, which offers attractive discounts in various partner stores in the shopping areas nearby. We are confident that the offices will meet all expectations of 1&1 Internet Development and we look forward to a beautiful partnership,” said Ruxandra Grinzeanu, General Manager SkyTower Building.

With own recreation rooms and small-professional cafeterias inside the office space, with an innovative climate control system that uses only fresh air(no air re-usage), with parking spaces for cars, bicycle racks and having even own showers, with more and easier to reach side activities such as shopping, eateries or leisure facilities, the company is interested to provide employees the best workplace on the market.

Commuting to SkyTower is also easy, as the building is very close to the subway station Aurel Vlaicu, has access to large boulevards and the number of bus/tram stops in the near vicinity facilitate any travel plans.

“Work at 1&1 Internet Development is fascinating for any software developer thanks to the products we develop, technologies we use and a great team making it all possible. Now, thanks to this relocation, it becomes more enjoyable than ever”, Wolfgang Gunne said.

1&1 Internet Development thus completes a new leg in the maturity process, following extensive recruiting campaigns during the last 3 years. The company plans to keep recruiting high level IT specialists(Software Developer, Software Architect, System Architect, Quality Engineer, User Experience Designer, Operations Engineer, Product Owner, Business Engineer, Scrum Master, Delivery Manager) for certain technologies and competencies, in order to best respond to global trends on internet development.

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Android Browser SOP bypass

For the past couple of weeks, everyone has been talking and focusing on the Shellshock exploit. This might put another serious vulnerability found in all pre-4.4 versions of Android a little in the background.

Nevertheless, the Android Browser SOP bypass is a very serious vulnerability, as it allows an attacker to read the contents of other tabs in a browser when a user visits a page the attacker controls. The vulnerability was first disclosed in late August 2014, but there has not been much in the way of public discussion of it. Exploiting the flaw is a straightforward matter and allows the attacker to bypass the same-origin policy in the Android browser.

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STAR loading…

This is a guest post written by Scoala de Valori

More than a month from its start, the STAR adventure is in full development, and the 30 high school students passionately keep working on the software applications. We are happy to see that the Scoala de Valori and 1&1 project has had such a success with the youngsters and has been so very welcomed by all the participants!

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STAR – Software Talent Academy Romania

STAREvery once in a while, no matter how devoured by the daily dynamics of software development we get, we feel the need to turn to the present, to the communities around us. In the end this is where all those belonging to the big 1&1 Romania team come from, right? And if that is the case, wouldn’t it be ok to scan and scrutinize time and ask ourselves who our future colleagues are; who are those who may come work along our side in a few years?

Together with Scoala de Valori, 1&1 Romania has asked itself this very question. And they joined forces in starting an initiative that would target teenagers with a passion for software development.

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Winterfest 2013

Access TeamAn old saying states that “Good things come to those who wait”. Well, with all due respect to popular wisdom, this Winterfest edition taught us that better things come to those who ACT!

If I were to flashback to when it all started, the following memories invade my head. Adrian F., head of Access Development Romania Team gathers us in the small, familiar, 406 room for an ad-hoc meeting. Team rounds up, door gets closed, everybody still on their feet and then the news comes: “Guys, this year we will be responsible for organizing the Winterfest party in 1&1. What do you think?”. Judging by facial expression, a mix of curiosity, anxiousness, uncertainty and excitement filled the atmosphere. As with any change that impacts daily routine, people approach it with caution at first. But even though we were not sure how to do this, what exactly will happen and if we’ll pull it through, we figured out this was a nice time to jump-in and start paddling. So everybody committed to this.

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1&1 Internship: What one of our interns say

One of our interns speaks about his internship with 1&1 Internet Romania and how this experience helped him learn how things work inside big companies.

The 1&1 Internship Program was probably the best work experience I’ve ever had. Studying at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, I’ve always wanted to get in touch with a great company and learn how things work inside. At 1&1 I had the opportunity to find out many interesting things about different topics regarding software development and testing procedures.

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QA automation at Technology & Architecture Romania

Brush up  QATRO résumé. The quality assurance technology department from Romania, also labeled as QATRO,  represents  the team in charge with testing mainly the internal software products of the 1&1 organization and spearheading the quality assurance process  within the Technology & Architecture division.

In brief,  the products targeted by QATRO  are mostly described as being J2EE based tools and applications which focus on optimizing the 1&1 internal workflow management, as a solution to the growing needs of the organization. Some of the best examples are:  

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Flying High Above Turbulences In Software Development (Part 2 of 2)

But there’s more to success then just acknowledging a statement. Management evangelists Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen conducted extensive research on businesses facing chaotic situations and came up with a set of core behaviors that are practiced with perseverance throughout success stories. The behaviors are shown below in the pyramid of core behaviors.

pyramid of core behaviorsLet’s take a look at what these behaviors mean from the business point of view and also sketch some implementation strategies for them.

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