Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sony SmartWatch 2: last update brings new life

Two days ago I've received the last update for my Sony SmartWatch 2 (version 1.0.B.4.152 / 1.0.A.4.11 ) and this time Sony has done a great work bringing to the smartwatch a lot of new improvements that gave a new life to the wrist device.

Custom Watchfaces
First of all Sony (finally) introduced the possibility to design your own watchface using the extension included in the Sony Smart Connect android app.


You can choose between a set of clocks and a number of widgets to place in the watchface. I think that the number of the widgets and clocks will be increased in the next releases but even now is a good set of combinations that give you the freedom to build your own watchface.

New Notifications Dropdown
The second good thing is that the notifications list (the dropdown bar at the top of the screen) is now scrollable and can be cleared directly from the menu button.

This is a very good thing because now you can access to all your new notifications without open the specific application to manage the notifications.

Backgrounds
Another good new feature is the possibility to change the smartwatch background choosing it between a set of colored predefined backgrounds (you cannot use your own image).

Application Management
In the "Apps" section of the Settings you can now disable an application or control the notification behavior directly by the smartwatch.

So, if you want to disable the vibration or hide an application, you can now do it without the need of the smartphone.

Battery Indicator Widget
The last (I saw) but not least is the battery widget that you can put on the watchface. It contains a built-in percentage that show the remaining battery charge of the smartwatch.


In addition, Sony updated all the SW2 apps bringing more stability and added a Calculator app.

So, I'm a very happy owner of this smartwatch and Sony has taken care of its customers constantly updating its product.

Well done Sony!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The jungle of recruitment processes

Since I am here in Warsaw (but this happened even more when I was in Italy), I had a lot of job interviews (by phone or face to face) and every time it's turned out that there was always an hard limit about contract type or about the salary.

I understand that a company give to HR some guidelines especially about contract and salary, but how a non-technical (or "soft" technical) person can evaluate a strong technical skill and be sure that the limit cannot be exceeded in a particular situation? And what about the passion, the problem solving capabilities, the logical skills... these are things that should be evaluated before saying "sorry, we cannot pay you how much you want" or "sorry, we cannot give you that kind of contract".

Especially in the IT world, there are so many people that do the work just because they need a job. They have no passion, no love. They don't take care about the software and how it should be done. They don't spend all night by writing down lines of code just to try a new technology or a new framework, by reading technical articles or by reading news about new digital devices.

Like I wrote in another post, keys for a good software programmer are passion, problem solving capabilities / logical thinking and abstraction.
The knowledge about programming languages, technologies and frameworks is only a result of the above three keys.

So, that said, my question is: why filter out people without let them have an interview with a technical person that could better evaluate this side of a developer? Matter of time? I don't know, but I think that by this way the company may lose very good candidates and future employees and in my own opinion, the talk about the contract type or about the salary should be always the last step when all the parts have enough information to evaluate.

This is not a criticism to the HR or to the companies... this is a criticism to the model applied, in most cases.

Feel free to comment about this post and let me know what are your opinions!