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Alex Radzishevsky

Dear guest,

my name is Alex Radzishevsky and this is my homepage. I update it when time permits.

I’m in computing for 30 years. I was a member of Fidonet (2:461/113) and had my own dial-up BBS, I am still in love with tracker music and demoscene, and I still use Norton-style file commander on my modern Windows PC.

You will not find me on facebook et al. I prefer a little more old-school means of human communication – email, chat, Fidonet, IRC, phone call, or meeting in person. It is way better than burning time for nothing in the pseudo-social networks. And fortunately, I do have better things to do in my life.

If you want to communicate with me, you can simply drop me a line by email. If you just want to learn a bit about me, you can find here all the information that I decided to share with strangers. If you came across for professional purposes, you can look at my LinkedIn profile. In case you just want to see some of my photos, you can find plenty of them in the photo-album, which I update from time to time.

All recent posts are located below.

Warm regards,
Alex Radzishevsky.


Уважаемый гость!

Меня зовут Александр Радзишевский и это моя домашняя Интернет-страничка. Я обновляю её время от времени, когда руки доходят.

Вы не найдёте меня в фейсбуках и твитерах. Я предпочитаю чуть более старомодные способы человеческого общения – электронное письмо, чат, Fidonet, IRC, телефонный разговор или, на худой конец, личная встреча. Всякий из этих способов куда лучше бесцельного прожигания столь ценного времени в псевдо-социальных сетях. И, благо, покамест мне есть на что это время потратить.

Если Вы хотите связаться со мной, это очень легко сделать, отправив мне электронное письмо. Если Вы зашли сюда, чтобы что-то обо мне узнать – на этом сайте Вы сможете найти обо мне всё то, чем я решил поделиться с незнакомцами. Если Вы попали сюда с какими-то профессиональными целями, то можете перейти в мой профиль LinkedIn. Если же Вы просто заглянули, чтобы полистать мои фотографии, то в моём фотоальбоме, который я периодически пополняю, их скопилось уже немало.

Все последние заметки располагаются чуть ниже.

С уважением,
Александр Радзишевский.


Added some photos from trips to Korea, Japan, Italy and Amsterdam.

Things that should not exist

manual gear in cars
cooling fans in computers
man tie

Three questions I’ll never know the answers to

The following questions have been swirling in my head for years. Unfortunately, I’ll never know the answers.

1. If we assume that the Universe was created as a result of a Big Bang, does it explain anything? What exactly exploded and where it came from?

2. If we assume that the root source of all is a God, does it explain anything? Who is he, where he lives, what it consists of and where did he come from?

3. When I die, will I know the answers to the first two questions?

Skype is getting worse and worse

Several years ago I almost totally switched to Skype (from ICQ/Miranda). We also use Skype at work as the main communication tool between two offices.

During last 3 years I notice that communication via Skype is getting worse and worse. I’m not talking about voice quality, I’m talking about simple delivery of messages. Due to some reason (probably due to peer-to-peer Skype’s nature), I see my messages cannot be delivered to a person appearing online. It’s sometimes funny to see that two computers in one room can “see” some contact online, but with only one of them it’s possible to communicate normally with the contact. Funny, pity and annoying at the same time.

Additionally, instead of getting better in terms of GUI, Skype becomes uglier from year to year. I express my personal opinion and experience, but I hear the same notes of disappointment from time to time here and there.

Is there any better replacement?

Linux is (still) a piece of crap

…yeah, I heard many stories about how Linux has improved during last N years, and how user-friendly it is now, and that it will soon rule the world (and of course that Windows sucks and must d1e).

Wanna the real world story? Here we go.
I installed a fresh copy of the brand new Ubuntu 10.04 64bit. Right after install, I copied a small Linux program and tried to run it in the terminal. Look:

aradzish@ubuntu:~/Desktop/linux$ ls -la
total 13584
drwxrwxrwx 2 aradzish aradzish     4096 2010-08-31 02:30 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 aradzish aradzish     4096 2010-08-31 02:01 ..
-rwxrw-rw- 1 aradzish aradzish      212 2010-02-16 07:43 awt2_gui
-rwxrw-rw- 1 aradzish aradzish   212117 2010-08-30 06:13 awt2_gui-bin
-rwxrw-rw- 1 aradzish aradzish  2542140 2010-08-28 07:05
-rwxrw-rw- 1 aradzish aradzish 10494484 2010-08-28 07:22

aradzish@ubuntu:~/Desktop/linux$ ./awt2_gui-bin
bash: ./awt2_gui-bin: No such file or directory

What??? WTF?

I immediately discussed this issue with someone experienced in Linux and I was told that it’s natural since the program I try to run uses 32-bit libraries, and that I need to install a special package ‘ia32-libs’ to be able running 32-bit applications. So I did, I run

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
and got my app working.

Now tell me, do  you seriously think that normal user can know this? Do you seriously think that with all this crap Linux is really ‘user-friendly’?

P.S. I was additionally told that Ubuntu is the least crap of all existing Linux craps… Funny, huh?

Little Red Riding Hood