What’s the craziest thing that happened to you that involves technology?
When working on a very old system, I suspected that a big part of it has no use and is maintained only out of fear that removing those programs will break something. One day, without telling anyone, I logged into the production system and removed all the suspects (around 25 of them). It turned out that those services were, indeed, not used. Ten years later, the customer still thinks that those services are running.
How do you see next 5 years in tech?
Just like hardware, everything will be smaller and smaller. We'll build smaller services (microservices, lambdas, etc), we'll work in smaller teams, and we'll use smaller (more specific) tools. As a result, smaller companies will prevail over big corporations. All that will be followed by more automation. It is a software equivalent of the industrial revolution. Machines (scripts) will take over a big chunk of what we do. Some professions will become obsolete or greatly reduced in numbers (manual testing, operations, and so on). Only creative (non-repetitive) jobs will stay.
What would you tell to your younger self?
Dear younger me. During the beginning of 2000, you'll be offered a job in a big corporation. Do not, under any circumstance, accept it. I cannot tell you the name of the company except that it starts with G and ends with Tech.