Who am I? My name is Alexander Andreev. I'm a russian guy of age 30 who likes tinkering with computers.
Why am I doing all of this? Machines are up 24/7 anyway, so let they do some useful work.
Why am I almost “doxxing” myself? Yes, my real first and last names, and age are here, and since I self-host you can get my city as well. And I simply don't see this as a problem. :|
Why particularly that slogan? I just wanted sort of a slogan that would fit under the logo and this was the first thing came on mind. I actually like it. Don't you think of your websites as of very special place of your own? Of course you do. :) And who we are if not the wanderers who are looking for something in the vastness of Intenet? xD And yes, it's a pain in the ass to make it fit under logo across different browsers. That was the moment when I found out that different browsers render text differently.
Why English only? I want this place to be accessible for a wide audience, and English happen to be todays lingua franca. Second, to practice English. And third, I'm lazy to maintain two versions of the website, neither see a good reason for that.
Contact information and banners are at the bottom of this page. Yes, I totally agree with you not wanting to add my banner since I don't have a link page myself, neither participate in any webring. :) Well, it's way easier to make a banner than a links page. :)
Now a little break for...
And here we continue. :)
Video games (since 1997)
Computers (since 11th November 2004)
Wasting my life on Surfing the Internets (since February 2006)
Mapping for Half-life 2, Counter-Strike: Source (since 2006, discontinued in 2009) (everything's fuarrkin' lost)
Music writing (since 2007, last track was made in 2010)
Programming (since 2007)
(LARP'ing as a system administrator) Home servers (since 1st January 2017)
Software Defined Radio (since June 2018)
English is my main foreign language and I think that I know it quite well, but every time I reread what I wrote here I constantly catch cringe vibes. xD I have a nice pronunciation (my teacher once said so :)) and tend to British non-rhotic variant. Of course I end up with a mix of all the flavours of different dialects. What I struggle from is a lack of speaking practice and vocabulary is also still a problem.
Ukrainian (Українська) is a special case. :) Russian and ukrainian are related languages, so mutually understandable (must be), yet many russians are struggling to understand it, and I don't know why. It is just a matter of putting some little effort to negatiate it. I never learnt it, aside from reading it here and there, and looking up some words in a dictionary, and especially throughout past
89 years I saw enough material to learn it to a decent level of understanding and some speaking.
Агась, нiколи спецiйно не вчив українську, користував перекладач тiльки як словник, за цi
вiсiм вже дев'ять рокiв було досить матерiалiв. :) P.S.: Слава Українi у складi Росiї! :)
I like learning languages, but me being a lazy fuck won't let me learn something up to a reasonable level. I ended up with being able to +- read some languages, like norwegian, german, polish, french, japanese (hiragana + some yet not forgotten kanji). So, now I main only English.
Markup and declarative: SQL (SQLite3, MariaDB), HTML5, CSS3, LaTeX, Markdown, XML, and JSON.
And I don't know what else to put here. :^)
Ghost in the Shell, Shaman King, Hellsing, Steins;Gate, Cowboy Beebop, Ergo Proxy, Jin-Rou, Black Lagoon, Jojo's Bizzare Adventures, Spice and Wolf, Konosuba, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Boss Nigger (The Black Bounty Killer) (1974), Movies with Jackie Chan, Blade Runner (1982), WarGames (1983), Robocop (1987), Talk Radio (1988), Stargate (1994), Hackers (1995), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Contact (1997), Matrix (1999, 2003), Snatch (2000), Oldboy (2003), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), The Gingerdead Man (2005), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), I Am Legend (2007), Valhalla Rising (2009), Filth (2013), Mandariinid (2013), Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong (2013), Who am I (2014), Arrival (2016), Contratiempo (2016), Wandering Earth (2019), Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023), Wandering Earth 2 (2019)
X-Files (1993—2002), Lost (2004—2010), Stargate: SG-1 (1997—2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004—2009), The Shivering Truth (2018—2020), Два холма (Two Hills) (2022), Narcos (2015—2017)
These lists aren't complete, will extend when remember or find something.
I actually don't watch much, and if I watch I go for a marathon, and if only I take a break in the middle of a show, then that break could last for years. xD And if I download some film it could sit for years, as it was with Valhalla Rising, it was waiting for me to watch for 3 fucking years. xD Oh, what made me to watch it? An one and a half hour long power outage. xD
I found my way of watching films and anime. Watching it with my favorite streamers! xD
Not a lot of games I have played.
Bubba'n'Stix, Battletoads, Granada, Demolition Man, Road Rash, Doom Troopers - The Mutant Chronicles, The Lost Vikings, Ghostbusters, Mig-29 Fighter Pilot.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Half-Life (all), StarCraft, Diablo 2, Far Cry (2004), Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Boiling Point: Road to Hell, Portal, Freelancer, F.E.A.R., S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Grand Theft Auto 4, Lineage 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Payday 2, The Witcher (1st, 2nd, 3rd didn't finished yet), Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Mount & Blade: Warband, Papers, Please, Insurgency, Elite: Dangerous, theHunter: Call of the Wild, American Truck Simulator, Rocket League, Sea Of Thieves.
I'm CMDR Arav in Elite: Dangerous. My EDSM profile.
I play TruckersMP mod for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. Nickname is Arav with a tag [RU64].
My favorites that I like almost fully are Falkenbach, Korpiklaani, Sólstafir, Lacrimosa, Enigma, Röyksopp, Nagrobki, Burzum, maybe I forgot to mention something. You can see what I like on file share. I have a tendency to listen to the same music for a long time, so only way for me to know about other music are online-radios and WEBM threads on IBs. :)
I have two of them, the first one is a Raspberry Pi 3 rev. B single board computer and the second one is a laptop. Yeah, not quite impressive, but they do their work just fine.
Laptop is Acer Packard Bell TE69CX that has a 2 core Intel Pentium 2117U 1.8GHz and 10GB RAM (2GB + 8GB), the system disk is a 120GB SSD and the other one is 2TB HDD where all the shit I have is stored. I've replaced my good old 500GB disk with 2TB one, since it became a little too tight, now it is a system disk for Raspberry Pi. Everything that have just a bit of importantance to me is backed up, encrypted and stored in the clouds. :)
TL;DR about services. Laptop runs BIND9 via DNSCrypt-proxy (master), a network file share, a public file upload service, a seedbox, a HTTP public file share, TeamSpeak 3, Mumble, I2P, an internet-radio, git server, ClamAV for email server, a web-server, and a database. Raspberry Pi 3 runs BIND9 via DNSCrypt-proxy (slave),
a Tor relay, an email server, and a XMPP server.
That are available for everyone.
Runs using Liquidsoap through Icecast, which goes through NGiNX. I broadcast almost everything I have. Sorry, but I'm too lazy to make some kind of broadcasting program to stream so I just randomise the playlist and throw new music there from time to time.
This project grew from MPD I used to stream music over LAN for myself. Then I let it out and placed a player on my Neocities website. Then Icecast was added to see if there are listeners. I wasn't happy on how MPD was nearly overloading CPU, and later, after moving the radio off to a laptop, MPD was replaced by Liquidsoap.
There you'll find music, videos, films, animes, TV shows, books, games, programs, drivers (a very few), OS images (Winblows :)). Go check it out!
I've made a file upload service for ya with a limit of 128MiB per file, keeping it for 36 hours, and overall storage I dedicated for it is 100GiB.
Gitea. This is a place where I put source code of everything I ever wrote and consider useful and worth sharing.
It is set to use 8 MBits of my Internet connection. It cannot became a guard node because of dynamic IP-address.
Since 1st December 2021 Tor is blocked in Russia, so the relay is down.
I help the network using an official I2P router.
That are available for a narrow circle of people.
Postfix, Dovecot (w/Sieve), Spamassassin, ClamAV, OpenDMARC and OpenDKIM.
Alas, I don't have a static IP. And there is not much sense in it because my ISP doesn't offer reverse DNS for regular clients (it'd be bloody awesome).
It results in my messages ends up in a spam box at best. Well, Yandex, Google, Microsoft Live, and Rambler lets me in an Inbox. :) But if service use Spamhaus' blocklists then I'm being rejected.
TLDR; I may not be able to send a reply.
It's private, but you still can join an entrance room where you can only write messages. A certificate is necessary.
Same as with Mumble applies to TS. It's security level is set to 29, so is yours identifier's level should be at least that high.
All game servers are private, if there's exception I'll mention it in its description. They are listed in a section below.
Some servers are listed in an in-game server list and theirs names looks like “Arav's dwelling / <Game name>”.
And, of course, I don't run them simultaneously and start them only when needed.
Expect poor performance because the server is a low-end laptop.
Version is 1.16.5 currently. I homebrew clients for it, and make installers for Windows using NSIS. You'll need to set a PLAYER and MC_DIR variables in scripts. And change JVM_PARAMS to your preferences (-Xmx usually needs to be adjusted). But the installers will handle it for you.
Server is using a Frackin' Universe mod.
Don't forget to set “Allow assets mismatch” option that can be found on the first page of the “Options” menu.
Access is restricted using accounts. Contact me if you want to play here, you would need to give me a nickname and a password.
Server is listed in a server list as “Arav's dwelling / Avorion”. Whitelist is enabled. Bring your SteamID64 if you want to play here.
Server is listed as “Arav's dwelling / Project Zomboid”. Whitelist is enabled.
Server is listed as “Arav's dwelling / Don't Starve Together”.
Services that maintains other services or used exclusively by me.
+ PHP-FPM (just for phpMyAdmin) + NodeJS + Go. MariaDB managed with phpMyAdmin Replaced by SQLite3 on my services. OpenVPN Wireguard.
Transmission-cli gets shit done.
The only annoying thing is that it sometimes creates .part files for one of unchecked files.
CUPS with CCP (Canon CAPT printer).
Holy shit, it finally works!
Wow, even after kernel update it doesn't require a reboot anymore! Actually, requires. :)
BIND9 via DNSCrypt-proxy.
For LAN I use “home.arpa” special-use domain introduced by RFC 8375. And for uniqueness “arav.home.arpa” specifically.