Few words about me:

From very childhood I loved computers, electronics, lasers, sulfuric acid and liquid nitrogen. I always wanted to be making microchips, UAVs and see nuclear explosion.

Now I am doing software engineering and in the spare time - some microelectronics and physics/chemistry experiments.

I live and work in Russia, Moscow.

Luminol Chemiluminescence

As Luminol works poorly in water, I had to use Dimethyl sulfoxide as a solvent (150ml). Other ingredients are KOH (~10g) and Hydroperitum (3g). No catalysts were used. ~0.5g of Luminol. One should not use usual hydrogen peroxide, unless you are ready to clean your ceiling (also, whole idea of using DMSO was to avoid water).

This photo is ~30 hours after reaction started.

October 8, 2012

TL866CS MiniPro programmer

Just received USB EEPROM programmer TL866CS MiniPro. Works perfectly :-)
Bought it to debug my old 8-bit computer ORION-128, and probably to build my own. But that's gonna take some time...

October 8, 2012


Got a quadcopter on my birthday
Quite hard to control despite on-board gyroscope, robots will rule the world.

September 30, 2012

BLλCK MESA is done

What a great game :-) It's so interesting to see same places from Half-Life 1 being creatively re-made. Xen part is missing, but I hate it.

September 18, 2012

MSDN Premium

Finally was able to activate my MSDN Premium subscription which I won in photo competition 3.5 years ago:

September 17, 2012

My new microscope & MIFARE die shots

Finally, arrived my microscope from China - BM-158J:

Bright/dark field, reflective/transmissive imaging, DIC, 5mpix camera.

August 19, 2012

100'000 lm "nuclear explosion" light fixture

It is a general belief that IT geek should live in darkness with the only light source being computer monitor. Personally, I always liked bright light, but It was never bright enough. Initially my room was lit by 300W of incandescent lamps (4500 lm), then 250W of CFL (~15000 lm), then 500W halogen (~12500 lm)... But it all was way too weak. I always wanted light to be so bright, that you don't want to make it brighter. Now I achieved this goal and happy to share the results.
May 25, 2012

Upgrade time! LGA2011 FTW

Finally, decided not to wait Ivy Bridge-E: i7-3820, Gigabyte X79-UD5, 8x4Gb Samsung DDR3

February 17, 2012