Blog It Forward – Rui Nogueira
Thanks to Anne Hardy and Roel van den Berge for blog-forwarding me. I like this initiative and will do my best to tell you a little bit of myself.
I’m Rui Nogueira a x years old computer/technology maniac living in Germany and working at a well-known software company in Walldorf called SAP.
My first contact with a computer was a Sinclair ZX Spectrum that I saw at my school when I was 13 years old (those of you who are wondering what kind of number the x stands for should know by now more or less how old I am :-). After many begging and writing programs on paper without having a computer I finally got my own computer with the age of 15. It was a Commodore 64 with a datasette device to store my programs on a tape.
I started with trying out my written down programs and played a lot of games like the Summer and Winter Games, Giana Sisters and Phantom Commando. As I was interested in electronics, too, it just took me 3 weeks to finally decide it’s time to open up my little computer. So first thing I did was molding a reset button on the circuit, drilled a whole for it in the housing, fixed the button and from that point on I could do a “soft-reset” on my computer.
I went on and moved from Basic to Assembler as my language of choice for developing and created many sprites, molded external circuits I’ve created to remote control some cars and to digitize sounds into my computer.
When starting to study electrical engineering i got my first PC, an Intel 286 with 512kB of RAM and a 20MB Hard Disk.
Things moved on and after 10 years working in the automotive industry I started working at SAP in 2005. Here I started in a team that worked on industry standards. To know more about the development of SAP software I started developing a SAP NetWeaver WebDynpro tool for my team at that point in time and still try to keep pace with technologies like SAP NetWeaver Cloud and SAPUI5.
Meanwhile I work in the Developer Experience team and run the SAP InnoJam event series and I’m the project manager for the Code Exchange code sharing platform. In this role I try to make both SAP community members and developers who are not aware of SAP technolgies aware of what kind of cool technologies SAP has.
Name the person who affected you most in your carreer / way of thinking and why.
A hard question as everyone is influenced by all kind of people and circumstances and maybe a person has influenced you that you might not be even aware of anymore. But still, when thinking through this I think 3 people influenced my life and career most..
The first one was Gene Roddenberry the author of the TV series “Star Trek” which I started watching with the age of 5 years and that made me know: When I’m an adult I want to do something with electronics and computers. Full stop! So I never had a doubt what I wanted to do since I was a child. Thanks Mr. Roddenberry! To boldly go where no one has gone before.
Second was my German teacher Mrs. Faatz in secondary school who told me that I should try to get to university. Given that I just started speaking German when I was 9 years old and that the German school system was/is not one of the bests to give everybody the same chances this was a not very easy task. But she teached me: Try your best. If you do things with passion and dedication you can nearly do everything you want.
The last one is the former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking. Independently what is currently (still) going on with his role during the Porsche/VW issue I found his thoughts about how to run a company very straight forward. What I liked most was the management style that brought the company from 1993 where Porsche was near to bankruptcy to a very successful international company within 2 years only. He mainly introduced a style where decisions where made where the problem’s origin is. So if there was a problem with the production process he went down to the production line and made the decisions there instead of relying on written down / polished descriptions. So he made his decisions based on hard reality-based facts and not on PowerPoint. My main point that I took out of this: always know what you talk about and try to make your decisions based on facts and not what others want you to believe.
What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?
The most fun one is the one I’m working on right now: the SAP InnoJam event series. Not only you get to know many people outside and inside the company. You also learn to use a lot of non-technical skills. What I like about it is the fact that we never stand still regarding the format. We try out new things and don’t fear to fail sometimes. Also the InnoJam core team is awesome and we have a very wide variety of skills in the team.
Marilyn’s question: Describe an instance when empathy in a project, development, collaboration, work experience, or community interaction turned a situation around (or should have).
Can’t think of one specific situation where this is not important. If you work with others empathy is an important factor. Whenever you get stuck in a situation with others it’s always good to try stepping back a bit and try to see the situation from the “other side”. It helps trying to find ways to overcome situations where you need to decide how to move forward.
Anne left it to the individuals she listed-up in her blog-it-forward blog post to come up with their own questions. So here they are:
Windows or Mac?
I’ve become an Apple fan 3 years ago when I bought my wife a MacBook Pro and found out that she just needed 20 seconds to boot-up her machine and I needed 4 minutes.
TOS, Next Generation, DS9, Voyager or Enterprise?
Except for DS9 I love all of the Star Trek world series. Get more info about the Star Trek universe here.
What’s your favorite dessert?
Definitely: the portuguese “Arroz doce”. You can get one recipe here (check the ratio between rice and sugar 🙂 ).
Blogging It Forward
I would like to blog it forward to Karin Schattka, Julien Vayssiere, Patrizia Rossi and Sergio Ferrari.
I would like them to answer the following questions:
- Name the person who affected you most in your carreer / way of thinking and why.
- What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?
- Windows or Mac?
- What is your favorite place in the world?
You can read in the list of the blog-it-forward chain who already wrote a blog-it forward blog.
if I only had also molded a reset button on my C64 🙁 I used to take some scissors for it in order to connect Pin 1 and 3 of the user port. Unfortunately once I short circuited the wrong pins and that was it with my device...
See you at InnoJam Madrid 😎
I also had to find out the hard way that I'm much more a software than a hardware guy: I grilled my Atari ST using a 30W soldering iron to piggy-pack the new RAM chips onto the old ones (http://www.stcarchiv.de/stc1990/12_ramerw.php).
Those were the days...
You really needed a very secure hand and a proper sodering iron to do that. 🙂
Rui - I liked it all except the DS9 comment....really? DS9 was the best acted out of all Star Trek series; who doesn't like Odo the Shape-Shifter?
Well done BIF
I watched some of the DS9 episodes and I liked all of them. Don't know why it never really made me want to watch more.
A C64? You were a spoiled brat! 😉
When the C64 came out and I upgraded from my 3.5 kB ❗ VC-20 I thought the end was near - 64kB was too much RAM to have people type programs from magazine pages (imagine that today...), and people would start writing sloppy code as they no longer were constrained by lack of memory.
Well, seems I was 50% right 😀
Not really a "spoiled brat" :-). I just got one C64 and not a VC20 AND a C64 🙂
But I thought the same when I heard somebody telling my that he had a PC with a 100MB Hard-Disk. Who would need a computer with such a huge storage? 🙂
I know you for a while and we shared an office before I went to Palo Alto, however, I learned a lot reading your blog. And it was amusing, too 🙂 Definitely 5 stars! But one fact I do not understand: I thought you are addicted to "Donauwelle", or maybe it does not count as dessert?
And thanks for blogging it forward to me, as Anne did too. Let me think about some good stuff, people might want to read 🙂
See you soon!
As long as there is no Arroz Doce at the SAP cantine in Walldorf I'll stick to Donauwelle 🙂
Looking forward to your blog and curious if I'll learn something new from you, too.
Windows or Mac?
I've become an Apple fan 3 years ago when I bought my wife a MacBook Pro and found out that she just needed 20 seconds to boot-up her machine and I needed 4 minutes.
>> I time to get back to windows 😉 with 8 installed, boots faster than MAC. You can also consider ASUS ZEN Book 😉 which is fortunately slimmer and lighter than MAC BOOK PRO. 🙂
Sorry. I became an Apple fan. No chances to get back to Windows in the next couple of years. 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience. It was very interesting and different to read you BIF. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing exceptional blog. Keep rocking and sharing new innovation and ideas. I love to read your blogs and happy to comment it.
Have a nice day! 🙂