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Wintersport: Les Sybelles, France Mar 14, 2017

Last time I enjoyed snowboarding in the mountains so much that I've decided to do that once more, straight away. The next season is a year away, so why wait? After all, I'm now a freelancer, ain't I?

There was also another reason to come back to the mountains: I've recently got the GoPro Hero 5 action camera, which yearned to be used!

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The Way You Make Me Feel: a masterpiece of looping Mar 8, 2017

On the subject of music and electronics at the same time: I wanted to share this video with you. It's a live recording of The Way You Make Me Feel (originally by Michael Jackson) by a girl who calls herself Kawehi. No instruments, just voice and a looper device:

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Tutorial: development with Yii/PHP/MySQL using Docker Feb 18, 2017

It's been about a year since I've switched to developing this website (built with Yii 2/PHP/MySQL) using Docker. After just one try I realised that Docker is the best thing happened to development. Well, after Vim, of course.

So I've decided to write a brief tutorial on setting up a dockerised development environment, in the hope it could be helpful for those who never tried Docker or experience difficulties getting started.

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20 years, and counting Feb 17, 2017

With all that fuss I have missed the important date of 20 years of my professional experience, which happened on March 22, 2016.

The following scan of the first page of my Employment Book (Трудовая книжка, an official register of one's work experience, which every employee in Russia is obliged to have) can prove that:

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Wintersport: La Plagne, France Feb 9, 2017

We had planned our trip to the French ski resort La Plagne well in advance, so ever since October last year I've been counting days down. My previous wintersport occasion in Sölden had only left good memories (and a couple of bruises, too, but that's unimportant).

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Touchpad toggle script for Ubuntu Jan 17, 2017

Recently I've been busy learning the esoteric editor called Vim and figured out my laptop's touchpad is causing nuisance when you're working with the keyboard only—which is the whole point of using Vim. At the same time, some programs are nearly unusable without the mouse. In other words, I wanted to be able to switch the touchpad on and off—with the keyboard, of course.

Some laptops have a special key combination for it, but my Dell XPS 13" doesn't. Ubuntu also provides a switch in the Control Center, but it's hardly reachable without the mouse:

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