Vlad Skvortsov's Blog

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My name is Vlad Skvortsov, I'm a software engineer: it's my job, hobby and addiction.

My primary interests include high-performance, scalable, fault-tolerant distributed systems; server-side applications; information retrieval technologies; procedural aspects of software engineering process.

I work on several private and open-source projects, hacking in Python, Haskell, Erlang, Perl and C.

Guitar, hiking, ice hockey and other hobbies help me to balance my life.

My e-mail is vss@73rus.com.

Latest

Switching iTerm To UTF-8

Oct 30 2009, 18:12 permalink

This is just a short note on how I (finally) migrated to UTF-8 in my terminal (iTerm 0.10) on MacOS X 10.4.

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Bourne Shell Functions In Pipelines

Sep 23 2008, 11:02 permalink
Tags: shell tips

I spent quite some time trying to debug a simple shell script which used a function modifying global variables. The problem turned out to be a different behaviour of a shell function when that's called from a pipeline.

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Fitting Quadratic Models In R

Jul 14 2008, 12:35 permalink
Tags: r tips

I guess it's fairly obvious to statistics gurus, but I've spent quite some time trying to figure out how to fit a quadratic model (with linear coefficients) in R. Here's how.

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WadcomBlog 0.3 Released

Jul 05 2008, 13:15 permalink

I've just released WadcomBlog 0.3. The major change in this version is getting rid of a notion of category (which you might have already noticed by looking at my blog).

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WadcomBlog 0.2 Released

Feb 21 2008, 13:13 permalink

I've finally got around to release WadcomBlog version 0.2, with help from Oley in testing. Most important changes include tag cloud support and many more customizable settings.

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Installing (Russian) LaTeX On MacOS X

Feb 03 2008, 11:15 permalink

Today I had to install LaTeX (with Russian support) on another Mac. Since it took me some time (and trial and error), I'm jotting down the recipe.

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DITrack Is Worth A Million Bucks

Oct 30 2007, 13:15 permalink

DITrack appeared on Ohloh.net yesterday and per the system's evaluation, it's worth $1,296,764. Hey, dudes, please make the check payable to my name! :-)

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Command Line Image Resizing On Mac

Aug 03 2007, 14:27 permalink
Tags: mac tips

I was long looking for a quick way to resize images (without loading them into iPhoto or what not). After digging into Jason Molenda's Makethumbs I've finally found one.

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Home-made Music

Aug 01 2007, 14:56 permalink
Tags: guitar music

I've been playing guitar for quite some time (though still at pretty amateurish level) and recently started recording some stuff. Here are two pieces that I think are the best of what I've done so far.

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Cyrillic Fonts In R Plots

May 20 2007, 13:46 permalink

I've been using the R Project to perform statistic-related tasks in my ongoing Ph.D work. It's a great system and the only thing I had missed so far was the ability to annotate plots with russian texts in cyrillic. Of course R is capable of that, but I haven't seen complete recipes on how to do it anywhere on the web.

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