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Journal of IlyaM (2933)

Friday July 27, 2007
09:59 AM

New blog

I decided to start blogging again. And I'm starting a fresh new blog at See you there.
Wednesday April 14, 2004
05:58 AM

Just posted an ad on Guess we'll be the first Russian company to use that site ;)

Some complains though:

  • Why there is no preview?
  • Why even employer cannot see his own ad until it is approved? It seems illogical especially since there is no preview.
  • What does Travel field mean after all?
Tuesday January 27, 2004
05:31 AM

Perl nightmares

Monday January 26, 2004
07:40 AM

ASCII art (for .sig?)

Link of the day.
Tuesday December 23, 2003
06:19 AM

Experiences of Using PHP in Large Websites

Quite good article which sums up pretty much all of my own complains about PHP:
  • PHP is so inconvinient to use with "separation of presentation from business logic" model. Still possible but what's the point if you can use something better (Perl + TT2 :) if you want to develop using this model.
  • PHP wasn't designed to be modular. No namespaces, everything is builtin, weak mechanisms for code reuse.
  • Ugly builtin APIs. Arguable point probably but my feeling from day one I learned PHP is that its standart APIs badly lack elegance.
  • php.ini as a portability nightmare.
Monday December 01, 2003
10:30 AM

Yet another go addict

If you never played go do not click this link, you still can be saved from this drug :)

Just hacked this simple script to poll for my turns to move on To my taste the script is a bit ugly but it works.


use strict;
use warnings;

my $go = DragonGoServer->new;


while(1) {
    sleep 480;

package DragonGoServer;

use base qw(WWW::Mechanize);

sub redirect_ok { 1 }

sub login {
    my $self = shift;
    my ($login, $password) = @_;

    $self->submit_form(form_name => 'loginform',
                       fields    => { userid => $login,
                                      passwd => $password });

sub read_status {
    my $self = shift;


    if($self->content =~ /Your turn to move in the following games/) {
        print "Your turn to move in the following games:\n";

        my $re = qr!game\.php\?gid= (\d+)
                    userinfo\.php\?uid=\d+ .*? <font.*?> (.*?) </font>

        my $content = $self->content;

        while($content =~ /\G[\s\S]*?$re/g) {
            print "Game #$1, player '$2'\n";

        print "\n"

Friday November 21, 2003
07:07 AM

Debian servers have been hacked

Just recieved this email:

From: Martin Schulze <>
Subject: Some Debian Project machines have been compromised
To: Debian Announcements <>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 11:46:19 +0100

-------------------------------------------- ----------------------------
The Debian Project                      
Some Debian Project machines compromised      
November 21st, 2003

Some Debian Project machines have been compromised

This is a very unfortunate incident to report about.  Some Debian
servers were found to have been compromised in the last 24 hours.

The archive is not affected by this compromise!

In particular the following machines have been affected:

  . master (Bug Tracking System)
  . murphy (mailing lists)
  . gluck (web, cvs)
  . klecker (security, non-us, web search, www-master)

Expect seeing it on slashdot soon. First Apache, then OpenSSH, then FSF, now Debian. Who is next?

Update: Story on slashdot.

Friday October 31, 2003
08:59 AM

Google Alert

Interesting service.
Friday October 24, 2003
07:20 AM

Another version controls systems comparison

See here.
02:48 AM

Every Language War Ever

Nice. I especially liked this quote:

There are two types of programming languages; the ones that people bitch about and the ones that no one uses.

-- Bjarne Stroustrup