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.


Quit Multitasking!

Apr 26 2007, 23:04 permalink

Recently I've tried to change the way I work and got amazed by the results. I could never imagine that staying in focus brings that much productivity; and also how much of one's attention such small things like random emails, IMs and blogs drain. If you are reading this during a workday, you'd better stop now and come back when you got your things done.


WadcomBlog 0.1 Released

Mar 07 2007, 12:49 permalink

Recently I've spent more spare time on my blog engine and since it finally got some shape, I decided to release it. My site is currently running version 0.1, and you can see new "RSS" icons on top of index pages. This is one of the most important features of this version, which is available here.


Getting Things Done With Thunderbird's Customized Views

Jan 27 2007, 13:29 permalink
Tags: gtd projects

Any open source development nowadays requires a great deal of electronic communication, primarily email. The DITrack is not an exception: the three of us are in different parts of the world and we heavily use e-mail to coordinate our efforts. The great volume of the messages first put me a bit off track: I couldn't reliably ensure that nothing will left forgotten in that pile of emails. But a couple of days back I've came up with a solution to help me getting things done.


The Blog Engine Rewritten

Jan 14 2007, 23:15 permalink
Tags: projects

Today, half a year later after I've started the blog, I have spent several hours to rewrite the engine from scratch. Most important changes include tags, proper entry sorting on index pages and better internal organization of the engine itself.


Extracting HDD From iBook G4

Sep 13 2006, 16:32 permalink
Tags: mac

My iBook G4 died in April (the motherboard was affected) and was lying around for quite some time, while I was procrastinating the messy procedure of extracting hard drive. I didn't need any data from that drive, since all I work with is checked into my Subversion repository. However, 7Gb of music is something worth dealing with!


Starting The Notes Section

Sep 12 2006, 12:55 permalink

I've decided to start recording various notes on different subjects, such as FreeBSD configuration notes, websites I've discovered and so on, and so on. This would also serve as some kind of knowledge base for myself (by the way, FreeBSD Diary started exactly the same way).


Python: The First Impression

Jul 16 2006, 15:31 permalink

Recently I've decided to try using Python for my scripting. Python is mature (used by Subversion project -- and this means a lot for me, I consider Subversion development model quite "healthy"), has some Lispy features and comes preinstalled on Mac. Those alone are good reasons to give it a try!


Starting The Blog

Jul 15 2006, 03:37 permalink

Okay, it's time for me to start a blog. I've been procrastinating this for quite a while for different reasons: lack of a blogging system that would satisfy my taste, inability to make graphics design, more important things to do. Anyway, I'm publishing tonight!


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