Alexander Hristov

Welcome to my personal Web Page - Сашо Гаврата

If you are here it's presumably because you're interested in who I am :-)

Actually I don't like to brag much abotu myself. My story is actually very simple - I'm a bulgarian that has been always enamoured with science and programming.

I've been doing paid-for programming since I was 11. Like many from my generation, my first computer was a Sinclair Spectrum ZX, back in the good old days where 48 Kb of memory was considered huge, and you had that extremely fast mass storage device called "tape". If you did have one of those, you can probably recall that sophisticated optimization technique called "screw tweaking". Oh, and of course the feared "R Tape Loading Error" which is deeply ingrained in my brain and still causes me nightmares to this day, :-) Also, downloading consisted of turning on the radio, tuning the appropriate program and pressing the "record" button of the tape... Ah... Memories...

Afterwards I migrated to the Apple II with its "sloppy" floppy drives, and finally to the IBM PC. The first PC I used didn't have a hard drive, and only 256 Kb of memory. It had a single flopyy - you booted from it, then if you wanted to save your data to other disk you had to switch disks, and then switch them again so that the command interpreter could load DOS commands or non-resident portions.

Although I've programmed in quite many languages (see my resume if you're interested), the two languages that are most close to my heart have always been Turbo Pascal (afterwards Delphi), and Java. My first version was Turbo Pascal 3.01, which could fit on one floppy disk, but unfortunately took "so much" memory of the available 256 Kb that you had to do the floppy switching thing.

I've programmed quite a few things just for fun - games, communications software (back in the days of 1200 bps modems), BBS systems (I was the SysOp of FantasyBBS in the gold days of the FidoNet and WWIV networks), GUI systems (when there was no Windows), CVS systems, scientific software and many more... For pure sake of fun, in 2005 I did an archaeological expedition to dig them out of their due rest and put them online, mainly as a backup means