Linklog archive

NandGame

As seen this morning in Hacker News, NandGame looks like a cool game where you have to implement a circuit on each level. You start the game on level 1 without nothing but a NAND gate, and you have to build different logic gates and arithmetical circuits to pass to the next level.

Requires a mouse, don’t know how will it work on touchscreens.

Always read your PKGBUILDs

If you don’t read the PKGBUILD file whenever you download something from the AUR repositories, you are exposing yourself to terrible security issues, as the world has recently seen.

Malware was spotted in the AUR repositories of Arch Linux last week. Someone modified the PKGBUILD of a package to add a curl call in the script file, as can be seen here (as long as they don’t purge the blob object from the repository, because they stripped out the commit from the history).

I would file this tip in the same category as “don’t just curl bash pipe stuff you find at GitHub”, but it’s getting late and I don’t have time for entering in the rabbit hole argument of where do we put the limit on trusting the software and the installers we put in our machines.

Sandra

Esta semana me he ventilado en mis trayectos en transporte público Sandra, una ficción sonora (en inglés) que habla de cómo podría ser la IA en un mundo paralelo parecido al nuestro. Son 7 capítulos y una de las voces la pone Kristen Wiig.

Sandra

I’ve listened this week to Sandra. It’s a fictional podcast located in a world where IA and virtual assistants are… slightly different than what we are used to. Kinda distopical at a few moments, but I’m sure after listening to the first episode you’ll want to keep listening. The entire seasion is available online so you can listen to it at once in an afternoon or in a few commutes.

The Museum of Websites

The Museum of Websites is a glorified Wayback Machine explorer for some important and well known websites. It has screenshots so you can see how did popular pages such as Google or Yahoo looked through the years and there are links pointing to the Wayback Archive in case you want to explore them by yourself.

linux.conf.au 2018 has started

This week is linux.conf.au 2018. Due to how time zones work and because this event is held in Australia, it actually started hours ago. I’ll keep an eye on their YouTube channel later.

gtk-rs tutorials for Rust

This unofficial series for gtk-rs provides some tutorials for the key aspects of the GTK Rust library – the most important GTK+ binding for the Rust programming language.

This unofficial GTK Rust tutorial series will focus on documenting important GTK features, demonstrating how they are used in practice, and displaying some Rusty software techniques along the way, as we explore what GTK GUI development in Rust is like.

Via This week in Rust (slowly catching up on my feeds)

Give `git merge` some love

This article exposes some of my concerns about the different integration strategies available in Git. Summarizing the Git theory which you may already know, the three most common integration strategies are merge, rebase and squash. I’ve used each strategy on different occasions, and while I’m not keen on a particular one, I like rebase the least.

I’m not going to try to convince anyone because everyone will have their preferences, plus part of engineering is knowing when to use the best approach and knowing that there is not a hammer for all the nails. But the purpose of a VCS should still be to make easy to track and understand changes in the codebase, and to make simple to detect and fix bugs. A pretty history graph helps and is a good think, but it should be a secondary thing that never compromises the utility of having the right amount of information at your tips to do your work the best you can. Pragmatical use of Git is cool.

Rectball 0.4.10 is now available

I’m releasing Rectball 0.4.10. It doesn’t have much new features, but it fixes a few bugs found in Rectball 0.4.9. It also brings back Kotlin to the codebase. This is the second time I try to add Kotlin code to the Rectball codebase. I expect to succeed this time. Download the game from the Google Play Store or look at the GitHub release for detailed changes.

Rectball 0.4.9 is now available

Yesterday I released Rectball 0.4.9, the first Rectball release in three months. This version is focused on bug fixes, such as finally fixing the blurry fonts on high density screens.

Note that the game version available in the Google Play Store is 0.4.9.1, as I had to roll out a hotfix a few hours later after deploying 0.4.9 because of a regression found in the settings saving and loading system.

I’m still refactoring some game components. An additional 0.4-series release is still expected with more internal changes very soon, next week probably. However, I can already guarantee that a 0.5.0 release is coming up in September with a big usability change that it’s going to make the game easier to play.