I’m Kismat, co-founder of nothing, and this is how I work =p

** Credit Given, Where its due, this post was inspired by: http://lifehacker.com/how-i-work/

Kismat was born and raised in Austria, only to be return to Kuwait just in time for the Iraqi Invasion, and subsequent Gulf War. Having survived the ordeal Kismat was determined to push the envelope, technology seemed to be the most interesting and fun way of doing this. His first and probably best job was working for Qualitynet back in 2001, this is where his passion for open-source solutions turned into an obsessive addiction, this was it… hooked on tech for life!

One of the unique projects he worked on was setting up, and managing Linux game-servers (Counter-Strike, Battlefield)  for QualityNet. Community Management, and setting up events & competitions. (At that time, most managers would throw you out of the office for claiming games were profitable). As well as being embarrassingly schooled in the art of Counter-Strike headshots by 13 years olds.  Currently Kismet assists the private sector with getting their IT Infrastructure in order, and ensuring it stays that way.

Name: Kismat
Occupation: IT Prj. Management
Location: Kuwait
Current computer: Home-built  Desktop, 2 x 7970 3gb, 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz, AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Current Laptop: SAGER NP9150 -| 15.6″ FHD 95% Matte 1080P | i7-3610QM | Nvidia GTX680M | 16GB 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance | 256GB Samsung 830 SSD | KillerNic 1103
Current mobile devices: Galaxy Nexus (JB 4.1.2, rooted), Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 3G, Stylistic Q550
One word that best describes how I work: progressively
Interests Include: Foreign Films, Scuba Diving, Motorcycle Tours, MMOS, Technology, Humane Dog Training Methods
Community Involvements:
Moderator of Open Garden Community Forums & Map Editor, Area Manager for Kuwait at Waze

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

I love Androids mobile Gmail app, and I cant possibly imagine a phone without that app.
Evernote & Dropbox: To ensure I have access to everything I need on the go
Waze: Invaluable tool to dodge traffic in Kuwait
Open Garden: Auto tethers my devices to my phones data connection without requiring me to press anything.
Titanium Backup Pro: The best back-up app for android devices

What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack? 

Considering the amount of time we spend in traffic every day, I’d say its Waze, it saves me at least an hour of grueling traffic a day. Thats 7 hours saved a week.

So…your favorite to-do list manager?

Astrid  (iOS, Android, Web)

What’s your workspace setup like?

Home office with triple monitor setup. Razer Megalodon the lightest most comfortable headset I ever owned.

What do you listen to while you work? 

Depends on my mood, but generally I prefer: Chillout Lounge – Dubstep – Classical music

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without? 

It would have to be the Kindle, it allows to me read whatever I want, whenever I want, and not worry about customs and the ministry of information when importing books from Amazon.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

If your crossing the Saudi border by car, and the immigration officer insists on calling you by the wrong name.. DONT correct him.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yeah, what does a techy have to do to find a great job with a company that actually makes progress in a fun and innovative way (Ala Google, Blizzard, Microsoft)