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22 Apr 2002 :: Yesterday our superia asked me to participate in the metting of new programmers that were expected to come from Lviv to see the conditions and then probably to come next time and join our Romanian office here. They were supposed to make a short one-day trip... [ more.. ]

30 Dec 2002 :: The preparations for Christmas, which Romanians celebrate on the 25th like Catholics in spite of being Orthodox, is going on full steam. I've just came back home from the supermarket nearby, which is located 50 meters from my block. The line to the cash-register was just like in old times... [ more.. ]

18 Oct 2002 :: Despite of the fact that my previous digital camera was stolen by bad guys during my last trip to the Homeland, my passion to do digital photography didn't get lost... [ more.. ]

[ 12th Nov 2001 ] mail and icq | leave a comment

Why people use express mail? I think everyone has its own reasons. Someone wants to send some tomato sprouts to a granpa in Nebraska. Another one is eager to send anthrax anywhere. And great amounts of various jokers use express mail to send farting pillows, rubber shit, or cosmetics for monkeys. However, all of them (if express mail is chosen) want it to be delivered fast. I also wanted to receive my documents from Ukraine fast. Having in mind our previous expirience of using UPS we decided to entrust it to them. Last time they managed to deliver a letter from Kharkov to Buenos Aires in 4 days. Now they made it awful. Nope, they did it that awful, so that I will never send anything with UPS. Instead of promised 3 days my envelope is still on its way. Two weeks have already passed. After some clarifications my envelope appeared to be in Romania for quite a period, but some of their operators mixed up addresses and they were not lucky to find me. And of course it was incredibly difficult to phone back and tell that there was no such destination. In my humble opinion, they were quite able to do it for 25$, and just for the company's prestige. I realize, my documents is not a big deal, but treating customers like this can prevent companies from getting more major orders. Now I will never send, say, and elefant (if I have one) with UPS. I would rather use DHL, the more so I heard only positive feedback about the latter.

ICQ protocol now has it's most dark times. To be more exact, unlike v5, v6 and v7 the latest v8 protocol feels great. The problem is that v7 is the protocol the majority of Linux clients use. And they now work very bad, because guys from Mirabilis probably decided to add some bugs to their server software to make users of their software upgrade to the latest version. Main symptoms of the problems are inability to deliver messages sent through the server, along with offline messages queue being uncleanable. This means every time one logins to the ICQ network he gets the whole bunch of waiting messages. It annoys too much. So, until someone completes an initial open source implementation of v8 protocol I will be adding support for more IM services to centericq. Today sending and receiving Yahoo messages have worked well for me. As soon as I finish it I'm gonna implement MSN. Good thing is that libraries for those protocols do exist.
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