Hello, I'm Paul. I am a devoted Linux user, Ruby programmer, Open Source software developer, photography hobbyist, and a world traveller. My wife Eugenia and I originate from a place in Russian Siberia. Today we live at the very South of Canada.
For my web development tasks I prefer to use Ruby programming language and corresponding frameworks — Rails for heavy-weight projects and Sinatra for small ones. I use MySQL or SQLite to store projects data.
I am a devoted Linux user and an open source initiative supporter. I contribute to a number of open source projects. I write my own scripts and desktop utilities in Ruby, Perl, Python, Bash and make them available in public repositories on Github
I have a knowledge of Internet and understanding of associated protocols and services. If something is new to me, I read and understand technical documentation and references.
I have a skill in Graphic design, and I am a hobbyist photographer.
I speak English. My mother tongue is Russian. I understand Polish and Ukrainian a bit.
Selected Past Works
Independent Web Developer
August 1998 — present
I started to develop web sites after we have sold the radio in late 90s. What a time it was! Netscape Navigator, MS Internet Explorer 3.0. Limited support of JS, CSS. Gopher protocol. Stone age of Internet! Everything has evolved since then. So did I. Along. In those years, I have created tons of miscellaneous web projects for customers from all over the world. I learned how to do everything: assemble a server, install and configure software, write an efficient web site and deploy it onto client’s server overseas. Also, I consult customers over emails and instant messaging helping to solve miscellaneous IT problems.
Senior International Reporter at OTR Global, USA/Germany
July 2006 — November 2008
I participated in global international research projects covering Eastern European markets. I performed interviewing of sources in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. I did data analysis, data presentation and wrote reports in English. That was a no-brainer, a shameless exploitation of my Russian identity, and it was boring. So, I quit.
Journalist at Radio Krai, Russia
March 1990 — September 1998
I broke up with state TV and turned to radio. Along with partners we created a pioneer independent FM radio in the region. I held live on-air programs, took interviews with celebrities, conducted talk-shows, etc.
Journalist at Altai TV, Russia
January 1988 — February 1990
My first take on journalism. I participated in live and pre-recorded programs for local state TV studio. I created a popular music show where I was broadcasting on-site reportages from concerts, took interviews with musicians. That was fun.
System Administrator at Training and Production Centre, Russia
September 1986 — July 1988
That was my first job after graduating from school, and it was about computers! I assembled and repaired computer hardware, installed and configured local networks throughout the building. I even wrote some examination programs for educational purposes.
An open-source desktop client for Tumblr micro-blogging web-service. Runs on Linux operating system with GTK toolkit. Built with Ruby and GTK.
Internet Time libraries and applets
Gentoo Linux overlay
A personal Gentoo Linux overlay repository with ebuilds that are not included in the main portage tree of Gentoo. Publicly hosted at GitHub.