What’s the deal with a PhD?

I found long time ago this animated GIF on the Internet and now I managed to download it. I don’t know who created it, so I can’t give credit to anyone. Why I post this here? Because it matters and because it is exactly my experience which I like to share. Not many know, but I have been part of the PhD program of the Politehnica University Bucharest in Romania for 5 years, immediately after graduating the same university’s Computer Science faculty (field: Software Engineering). My diploma was related to Distributed Systems as well, namely about how to use CORBA to write software for distributed systems. It took me 5 years to go through because I had to do it in my spare time. I was working all this time and then I left Romania to move to Germany and work for Avira. The field I chose was Distributed Systems and my thesis was supposed to be “Distributed Malware and Spam detection using a Reputation system”. It might not sound very cool now, but  remember, this was between 1997-2002 (university) and 2002-2007 (Phd)!   So, why did I not finish it despite the fact that I wrote most of the dissertation and…

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