Archive for 2020

[2020-07-26] “Lucifer” Turned 20 This Year

During ICFPC 2020 last weekend, the keyboard for the desktop PC on which I was coding for the contest stopped working. This made me realize that the desktop PC, which I had named “Lucifer”, turned 20 years old in January this year. That is quite a long life for a PC by any standard. It has served me very well indeed over all these years, though these days I rarely use it for anything other than for recreational programming and for maintaining this web-site. It is the first and the only desktop PC that I have ever owned.

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[2020-07-25] ICFPC 2020

I participated in ICFPC 2020 last weekend to continue my tradition of using this programming-contest as a fun way of spending three days trying to program a solution for a really tough problem. This year’s contest was organized by a team from kontur.ru that has itself been performing quite well in recent iterations of this contest. As it turned out, the famous quote by Winston Churchill was quite apt for this year’s contest: “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.” Somewhat incredibly, I ended up being both very frustrated with the contest as well as managing to have lot of fun working through it. It is quite weird, to be honest.

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