About me, or where the hell are you now

Hello, my name is Aleksei Miheev, I am also known as rusty_angel in IRC, ICQ and web forums. Yes, I know, spelling 'Alexei' is more correct, but bureaucracy forces me to spell my name as I spell. If you don't want to read all this stuff and just need to get in touch with me, go to the contacts section.


I am 24, I studied applied maths Nizhni Novgorod State University and graduated in 2008. I live 20 miles West from Nizhni Novgorod, and I am a system administrator at local web hosting company ST-Hosting and also a freelance LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl) developer. Of course, I'm neither limited to Apache (I also use nginx and lighttpd), nor to DMBS or programming language. I also do C/C++, PostrgeSQL, JavaScript, some Python, and a little of anything needed for a work someone intends to pay me for :)

As for now, I'm mostly interested in search engines (not SEO, no; creating search engines), AJAX, databases and BitTorrent. The work I love most and do better than anything else is optimizing existing slow web-apps.

I've been a computer geek since I was 8, when I got my first ZX Spectrum, I'm a Linux geek since late 1998 (though I completely rejected Windows only six years ago). I'm using PHP and MySQL for 7 years already (was interested in C/C++ before) and work freelance since 2004 when I first did something for money not for fun.


I am a big fan of classic rock, blues and jazz, and I'm happy to be one of the maintainers of Russian rock portal www.rock.ru. There'll be some music-related posts in this blog. The music is always with me, I can't work without it and I don't feel comfortable on the road, when I don't have my mp3 player with me. If you're interested, you may look at my last.fm profile.

I love fine drinks, whether it's alcohol, tea or coffee. I'm a real tea addict and I make an excellent coffee. And yes, I do love beer.

I love cats, and probably there'll be lots of my cat's (named Alex) pics.

I'm not a writer, but sometimes I write some stories (I think, it's more correct to call them pictures), and I'll post some of them under graphomania category.


About my nickname. It doesn't actually mean anything: I'm neither angel nor rusty. I once had to name myself somehow, and I've been listening Black Sabbath's song 'Rusty Angels' at that moment. 'rusty_angel' seemed to be rather unique (I only found two or three inactive people with the same nickname by Google), so I decided to take it.

About the blog title. It doesn't mean anything either. There a bunch of paintings named “The Temptation of St. Anthony” by Martin Schöngauer, Hieronymus Bosch, Mathias Grünewald and, of course Salvador Dali. There is an album “Aqualung” by British art-rock band Jethro Tull. There is an album “Temptation of Saint Aquarium” by Russian rock band Aquarium. The blog title is a combination of all those.