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This Blog Has Been Retired

Life goes on, but apparently this blog doesn’t.

I realized the other day that I haven’t written a single post in years. Because of this, I decided to retire my blog. I will leave all published content available as a resource.

It’s been a grand seven years. Thank you!

Written by Mustafa Basgun

November 3, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Posted in Miscellaneous, Personal

My Last Day at Verizon Wireless

Wow! I can’t believe it has been 9 years at Verizon. I have had a wonderful time here, and fortunately learned so much from the ambitious and smart people that I worked with. But I have recently decided it is time for me to try out something new – so my last day at Verizon Wireless will be Friday, March 18th. When I started in 2002, it was MCI WorldCom. Verizon Communications acquired us in 2005, and the name became Verizon Business. In 2007, I transitioned to a new team at the “wireless” part of the company, Verizon Wireless. I have worked at four different locations during my time.

There is, of course, never an appropriate time to leave. I feel a great sense of accomplishment building several successful intranet, extranet and mobile products. The projects and platforms that I have been closely involved with have found amazingly good homes within the company. What I loved most about my tenure is the opportunity to collaborate with some of the smartest and most passionate engineers in the industry to develop some great products that our customers love.

Before starting my next endeavor, I will be taking a few days off to enjoy the nice spring weather in Atlanta.

I’d love to stay in touch via LinkedIn.

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March 14, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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‘No Time To Read’ Is No Excuse

A recently published research paper that I read last week which was written by Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University demonstrates that writing your goals and making a public commitment about them significantly increase your accomplishment about those goals. So here I am, and I am writing and making a commitment to complete reading the following books by the end of next year, 2011:

I actually started reading the last two before and made both of them to almost halfway, so it will be about one book every three months. We’ll see how it goes.

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December 28, 2010 at 6:41 AM

Posted in Personal

I Don’t Own Any Facebook Account

I have been receiving emails about some Facebook accounts under my name. None of them belongs to me as it is possible that people having the same name might have created these accounts.

Update – I don’t have any Myspace account either.

Update – I am not against any social networking, it is just my personal preference at this time.

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December 2, 2009 at 8:57 AM

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My First Entry

As we are living the final days of 2007, I have finally decided to enter the new year 2008 with a new personal blog. My goal is not to spread technical information or knowledge, as there are already tones of online resources for that, but rather to discus my own development practices and coding experiences.

After reading this comparison article, I concluded with using WordPress because of its great simplicity, ability to create search engine friendly URLs and powerful comment administration.

And, also thanks to Lucian Marin who designed this WordPress theme.

Update – I have recently figured out that there is a tiny smiley face at the very left bottom of the pages. I am guessing that it is due to some kind of stat related plugins coming with the platform as default. I didn’t try to apply any CSS workaround in order to sweep it under the carpet since I am happy with the stat tool in WordPress.

Written by Mustafa Basgun

December 22, 2007 at 5:00 PM

Posted in Miscellaneous, Personal