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Softpanorama Tribute
to the Brilliant Ukrainian Programmer
Dmitri Gurtyak


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This is a memorial page devoted to a very talented Ukrainian programmer Dmitry Gurtyak who passed away on December 13th, 1998.

I am still collecting information and photos about him. Please check back at this space for the additional information about Dmitry Gurtyak (October 09, 1971 - November 13, 1998) who was not only a brilliant programmer, but also a very fine person -- I would say uniquely fine person. This page was created as a small memorial page, a small tribute to his work, ideas, and aspirations. I will always remember him especially for his sincere advocacy of the values of freeware and true shareware in a place and time in history when this was a very difficult -- and correspondingly important and courageous thing to do.

He was the author of the most popular free DOS cyrillization program Keyrus (a real masterpiece of assembler language programming) and several other (mostly assembler) programs for DOS that were a landmark in functionality and extremely small size (a very important feature in old DOS days). All of them were released as freeware.

From the tremendous amount of cyrrilization drivers (I believe several hundred were wriiten; see for example Kiarchive cyrrilization drivers page)  people choose Keyrus and his logo was/is a usual greeting on almost any PC in xUSSR region. I have found reference about Keyrus in assembler FAQ(x86 Assembly Language FAQ - General Part I) as his methods of detecting a VGA mode remains one of the best methods used in assembler (first published in the documentation to Keyrus 7.3). This method is also mentioned in the Interrupt List. The last version was the version 8b (see below). We have now the source code of this version (thanks to Tanya Gurtyak for providing it to me).

Dmitry was well known in FIDO. He was one of the first users (number 10 to be exact) of the  Softpanorama BBS (2:463/10) where Igor Sviridov was a sysop. Among players in Galaxy+ Dmitry was well known as the author of the GalaxyViewer -- the best client for the game (see GalaxyViewer)

Most of the programs from Softpanorama bulletin that you can see below were written by Dmitry in 1990 when he was just 19 years old -- at this age most of the students have problems writing even a simple program.

Dr. Nikolai Bezroukov


Other Pages Devoted to Dmitry

Papers by Dmitry Gurtyak published in Softpanorama

Programs by Dmitry Gurtyak

The destiny was very harch to Dmitry and he passed away very young. As a trubute to this very talanted programmer please mention him in your documentation if you use any of his programs or fragments of sources published here.

Thank you in advance for this courtecy.

Dr. Nikolai Bezroukov

Keyrus Vga480 Sdir Calc Peek Protect Slower Txtscr

Famous KeyRus

About KeyRus

Vga480 -- driver that switch to 30 line move in VGA
for MultiEdit and similar programs

Sdir -- superfast program for scanning logical disks
and updating Treeinfo

Calc -- an extremely small resident DOS calculator

Peek -- a resident program for looking into DOS memory

Protect - a simple protection of partitions from viruses

Slower -- a superslower

Txtscr - program for copying DOS screen to the file




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