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.


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

Upgrading videocard. Using a diamond cutting wheel.

Many of you might have heard anecdotes about people using saws and other tools to plug incompatible cards & modules into PC...

This actually happened to me: recently I needed an PCI-E x1 videocard, as all x16 slots were already occupied. PCI-E x1 cards are being sold but they are rare and quite expensive. I decided to try to upgrade (or better say modify) my spare PCI-E x16 videocard nVidia 8400GS to fit into x1 slot.

There are 2 possible approaches to this problem: remove a "wall" on PCI-E x1 slot on the motherboard so that x16 card fits in, or cut the videocard. As motherboard was still on warranty, I decided to cut the videocard.
June 10, 2011

Building nuclear reactor at home - from scratch

Some time ago I've published article about homemade cpu's, and today we'll be talking about more complex and dangerous things (especially in spite of recent Fukushima accident) – building nuclear reactor at home, which would be able to generate electricity. And before you will start worrying or being skeptical in advance (see Radioactive boyscout) I will say that everything mentioned in this article is more or less safe (at least, as safe as working with Hydrofluoric acid at home), so I strongly recommend anyone to not try this at home. Also, before thinking of doing something – talk to your lawyer – laws are different country-to-country, and many are already in prison
April 1, 2011