Archive for the 'In English' Category


Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Are you a parent to a several years old? Do you want to teach the little kid to like books, while all she or he wants is games? There is now a way to have both! Sure, there are a lot of gamebooks, but they are targeted to teenagers. I will tell now of one […]

A Poloniex API PHP wrapper

Monday, May 15th, 2017

A week ago a friend, who is interested in trading in cryptocurrencies, asked me to write for him a Poloniex trading bot. Initially I decided to implement it over the API PHP wrapper by Compcentral. It worked like a charm, but was missing some API calls, probably added by Poloniex later. So I ended up […]

Vault 7 and the protection of America

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

For those who have spent the last month under a big stone: Wikileaks recently published a lot of information about a set of malware, created by FBI and nicknamed “Vault 7”. There were specimens in it, able to break into and take control over mostly any kind of CPU-based device – smartphones running iOS or […]

Changing genomes: The size problem

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The idea There are enough of science fiction stories where a virus transfers to the cells of some character an entirely different genome, causing him or her to change accordingly. Nice idea, eh? Well, replacing cell genome with a different one will not always automatically introduce deep changes in the organism – for example, it […]

My Tablet

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I have seen a lot of tablets recently, but none won my real appreciation. A lot of them are digital handcuffs, fluffy pink on outside and hardened steel on inside – and I’m not a BDSM freak, sorry. Others lack the carefully designed lure into restraint and submission, but still are far from what my […]

Linux or GNU/Linux? Or… GNU?

Monday, May 28th, 2012

An old flamewar. Typically, with much heat and little light. Some arguments are needed, I believe. There are a lot of arguments in favor of ‘Linux’. It is hard to deny that it is far shorter and more memorable than ‘GNU/Linux’. It is a name that can be remembered even by a non-techie. A name […]

A permissive bubble?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Many years ago, I found an absolutely outstanding archiving program. It was able to compress to about 10% of the original size any type of file – including its own archives. I understood then nothing of the math behind the data compression. So, my first thought was: “At last, a compression properly done!”. However, doubts […]

Apibot 0.32

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

The next version of Apibot is available. Actually, it is just a bugfix. A critical bug in the continue_query() functionality was found and fixed. Happy botting! 🙂

My Dream Desktop

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Novadays, there is a lot of desktop hatred around. KDE3 vs. KDE4, GNOME2 vs. GNOME3, KDE vs. GNOME vs. XFCE vs. you-name-it… Everyone hates something. Especially when it comes to new things. I will describe instead what I would love – my dream of a desktop. All modern desktops are the old Xerox-born 2D paradigm. […]

A Filesharing Virus?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Almost two years ago I received a very strange spam. It contained an account (with a password) to a site billed as “the best black board around”. (If you don’t know what this is, the black boards are the Internet underground – sites dedicated to, and run by the cybercrime.) The curiosity quickly took over, […]