About Me

Hi there, I'm Yuriy, and this is my blog.

When I was 2 years old I decided to take apart (uhm... destroy) my parents' brand new Grundig tape recorder. Apparently I really liked what I saw inside because since that day I went to great lengths to take apart every toy, device or gizmo I came across (to a great dismay of my parents). For as long as I can remember myself I've been surrounded by punch cards, vacuum tubes and radio equipment, as my mom worked at a bus plant's computer center, and my dad liked to tinker with electronics in the evenings. I built my first computer (a ZX Spectrum 48) from a bare motherboard when I was about 13 and that started my addiction to computers and programming, spending countless nights typing strange characters into a weird-looking keyboard and occasionally blowing up an IC or two.

More recently, for the past 10 or so years I've been working as software engineer, first at Sunstone Circuit, a PCB manufacturing company in Oregon, and now at a software startup that offers SSaS legal software. Before that, since late 90's I worked at a circuit board assembly house in various capacities. I started as a PCB prototyping technician, then for a few years ran and programmed Surface Mount "pick-and-place" machines, and eventually became Process and Quality manager. For the last 4 years there I've held a "IPC-A-610 Acceptance of Electronic Assemblies" instructor certification.

Please note: the views expressed by me on this blog are my own and don't reflect the views of my employer.