Another downtime

I begin to hate this hard disk. It got stuck once again, causing a several hour downtime. When it came back, the filesystem was partially corrupted. I fixed it. Then I realized that while fixing it, I got rid of a few files. Random config and data files disappeared. It took me some time to figure out what was missing. I recovered missing bits from original software packages and backups. It looks like it works fine now, but if you notice anything strange – please let me know.

My appologies for the inconvenience.


I am in the process of getting yellow slips for Olga and Maxim. Yup. No more pink slips. They are now wife and son of a Cypriot/European, which calls for a totally different paperwork.

So most of today’s morning was spent in getting all stamps and signatures. Although I didn’t know from where to start, it all went pretty good. Even with some papers missing (forgot to take marriage certificate with me) I still managed to get everything I needed. Good.

I’ve also booked air tickets for both Olga and Maxim. They are leaving to Moscow on the 9th of June, and we’ll see the rest of dates and destinations from there. One way ticket from Larnaca to Moscow came out much cheaper than I expected – 80 CYP a piece (charter).

Hopefully, their yellow slips will arrive before their departure. If they won’t – it’s not a big deal, as I’ll be able to take them with me, when I’ll go to Russia some time in July. But I’d still prefer to have all paperwork in order by 9th. We’ll see how it goes…

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The price of cold air

Cyprus is one of those places, where you’d pay anything for a breeze of cold air. Especially in summer. Especially if you haven’t been raised in the desert. And I proved it true today.

On Friday I realized that air condition in my car is not that efficient anymore. It was still blowing air, but it wans’t cooling it at all. And I started hearing a strange sound every time the A/C was on. I passed by my service garage and talked with the mechanic. He listened to the noise and confirmed that the compressor is dead. He re-assured me that this was a perfectly normal thing – he has the same car as mine, and he changed 4 A/C compressors in the last two years. Hmm.

In order not to risk leaving me without the car for the weekend, we agreed to meet again on Monday.

Today I left the car in the garage in the morning. The guy explained to me, that there are about four different models of A/C compressors for the car like mine, and in order to get the right one, he’ll have to take mine off and go for the search mission with it. No guarantees that we’ll find it today.

A couple of hours after lunch I called him back and he reported that the car was ready for me to pick up. So I did.

The bill was somewhat more than I was expecting. The A/C compressor came out at 120 CYP. Another 25 CYP were for labour. Another 20 for the regas (putting new freon in the system), that he had to do in another garage (I saw the recepeit, if it means anything). Plus VAT, this and that, all came up to 195 CYP.

My guess is that I overpaid. But I don’t care. The A/C works as good as new now. It cools down the hot car in less than a minute – something that I am not really used to. Until now I had to wait for at least five minutes. I’m glad and I’m happy. Which means, I don’t care about the price.

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Visit to Cyprus State Fair

Yesterday Vladimir, his mother, and I went to Nicosia to visit Cyprus State Fair 2006.

The exhibition grows from year to year, and it looked like this time was no exception. More companies participated from more countries, with more products and services. We walked around for about 3 hours and saw only 9 big halls and about 5 small ones. Overall, there were more than 30.

Comparing with prevous years, I also thought that there were more people visiting, and more flyers given away. The giveaways though were simplier. Usually, there were things like hats, badges, bags, key rings, pens, etc. This time I saw flyers and finger food mostly.

The company that I work for – PrimeTel – has announced PrimeHome triple play service. That is a single package for ADSL grade connection, VoIP telephony, and television. This generated quite a lot of interest at the PrimeTel booth, where one can try it out and even subscribe to the service.

Anyway, the exhibition will be going on until 4th of June, which gives you a whole week to check it out. The opening hours are links to more information are availabe from my Cyprus Scout entry.

One hole closer

I was on my quiet night shift today. Around 5am I went to the bathroom server room to check up on a server. While walking I realized that my jeans are falling off. Not completely, of course, but enought to notice the discomfort. That caught me by surprise. I had to tighten up the belt by one hole.