Frequently Asked Questions
Many website FAQs contain questions no-one has asked, and probably will never ask, and
thus the sole purpose of said FAQ is to provide information on the site or website
This FAQ is no exception.
One day I might split this page up into subpages with clickthrough from section to
section like I have with the Mallo pages, but I don't think that
will be necessary just yet. Instead, here's a quick-jump menu of the questions:
- So who is this Cyrek geezer then?
- How do I pronounce 'Cyrek'?
- Isn't 'Cyrek' a Polish surname?
- Hey! I'm called Cyrek too, and all
keep finding your
site. Why is that?
- CyrekSoft? What's that?
- What has CS produced lately?
- I have a question that isn't on
this page. What should I do?
So who is this Cyrek geezer then?
Cyrek is me. I am Cyrek.
You want more? Okay then:
Once upon a time there was a lowly Computer Science undergraduate called Carl,
who had just discovered the Internet in all
glory, so he decided he needed a nice pseudonym to fit in with all the other geeks.
During a fit of drunkenness our hero first decided upon the name Dhüm
This was a name that was often mispronounced as Dumb
. It was summarily dropped.
Next, our hero tried The Phantom Oddity
. This was a good name, and was used for
a short while until he could come up with something better. [Note: This name is still in
use from time to time]
Then came the fateful day, after watching too much
the hero's addled brain discovered the rule for creating Vulcan-esque names:
It has to be five letters long and end in 'K'
Taking his initials, and the 'K' he found he had C_R_K
. Adding two extra 'vowels'
and a couple of words didn't take too much more time. And so Cyrek the Illogical
In truth, the human behind these names is a bit of an introvert, and finds he can
rant better on a webpage while using a pseudonym.
Here's another bit
of the web with my mark on it, courtesy of the people and machines over at
How do I pronounce 'Cyrek'?
You might think 'sigh-wreck' is the right pronunciation... like 'Cyrus' and 'Cyber'
are 'sigh-russ' and 'sigh-burr'. Nope. That's wrong. Ah-aah. No. No. No.
The C is how most people presume and is pronounced as an s.
The y is short as in fiery, happy, tryst and
The r is best r-r-rolled at the front of the mouth like 'rr' in Spanish, but a
plain old r is fine.
The e is also short as in bet, tempus, and fermented,
but most people get that right.
The k is sounded as the ck in back, check and rocket.
Still having problems? -- Say 'Rexy'. (Not 'Sexy'; 'Rexy'.)
Now split the 'x' into a 'k' and then a 'c': 'Rek-cy'
Swap the syllables: 'Cy-rek'.
Isn't 'Cyrek' a Polish surname?
Yes. It is. I'm not Polish though. I chose Cyrek as a pseudonym long before I realised
there was any connection with Eastern Europe. The name is found in Greece too. In both
languages 'Cyrek' means 'Lordly', or something like it.
Hey! I'm a Cyrek too, and all my websearches keep finding your site.
Why is that?
I really wish I knew. Then I could sell my secret and be rich.
But seriously; I'm the probably the most prolific of the online Cyreks, and as a result
my site is linked from quite a few places. I admit that many of the links out there were
created by me, but it genuinely wasn't in an effort to get my site ranked highly.
If you'd like, I'll be quite happy to add a link to any of my namesakes on the
Links page or right here in the FAQ.
is a pseudo-company that produces software. Or it would do if the sole employee
and owner wasn't already working for a real company.
All views on this site are my own and not those of my employer...
What has CS
Lately, not a lot. Most of our software is/was written for the rapidly dying operating
system known to it's users as DOS, in an up-and-coming language called
And a very nice language it is too, but I'm getting off the point...
Some of the things we've done (or "I've done", I suppose ;-) ) include:
- A command-line file splitter with English-like syntax.
- Carried the torch in developing a Euphoria Editor coded entirely in Euphoria.
Various libraries for Euphoria (yes, I really do like the language) including:
Some of that is
but not all of it because I never sent it in. :-(
- A set of Date and Time handling routines.
- A Long-Filename handling library (relying heavily on the work of others).
- ...and way back when, I did some math libraries too.
- Produced a bunch of handy shell and Perl scripts for Linux.
- Wrote everything you can find on this website.
- A lot of really good stuff I can't remember right now.
I have a question that isn't on this page.
What should I do?
You send me an email at
the obvious change to the e-mail address. If it's a good question, it might even be added
to this page with both full accreditation to you and hopefully, a really good answer.