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October One-Liners

It’s the first of the month, which means thereโ€™s time to add some more one-liners to the ever-growing collection. The majority of the one-liners this month is lifted form Mr. One-Liner.

  • “To some its a six-pack, to me its a support group.” — Leo Durocher
  • Hard work is its own reward, but wouldn’t you rather have the money?
  • “If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.” — George Bernhard Shaw
  • If I can be of any help, you’re in worse shape than I thought.
  • I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
  • I wouldn’t be caught dead with a necrophiliac.
  • “When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.” — Walter Lipman
  • If you do something you’ll regret in the morning, sleep till noon.
  • I always give waiters a tip, but they never seem to appreciate my advice.
  • Speaking your mind isn’t the same thing as using it.
  • “A movie critic is like a legless man who teaches running.” — Channing Pollock
  • “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.” — Woody Allen
  • “By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task overwhelm me.” — Ashleigh Brilliant
  • It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown, and fewer still to ignore someone completely.
  • My ex-wife’s other car is a broom.
  • If you think there is good in everybody, then you obviously haven’t met everybody.
  • “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” — Robert Byrne
  • “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” — Terri Garey
  • People will follow your footsteps more readily than they will follow you advice.
  • How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?

The Second Tale of a Doomed Colony

It’s not over until everybody’s dead. Again. (Or: Let’s play RimWorld.)

Well over three years ago, I posted The Tale of a Doomed Colony. It’s a story set in your favorite base-building-survival-strategy-sandbox-game, RimWorld. The time has come to read through the diary of another colony administrator to discover a different tale from a RimWorld colony1.

These are our three unfortunate colonists:

Hansol “Alice” Lee is a 16 year old mute without social skills. She likes to stay up late, and has a way with animals.

Lidia Delacruz is a 52 years old former test subject turned body guard. Lidia’s social skills are non-existent, and she has creepy breathing. She excels in both shooting and melee, however, both skills that I’m sure will come in very handy. Lidia’s creepy breathing will probably make it hard for her to sneak up on anyone, though.

The third, and final colonist is Vladislav Delacruz. He is 64 years old, and suffers from severe Alzheimer’s. He also has a psychite addiction, which I’m sure will not become an issue… Vlad is quite the craftsman, so let’s hope we can keep both his Alzheimer’s and drug addiction at bay. Vlad is Lidia’s brother.

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C# for Java Developers, Part II: Methods

This is the second part of my C# for Java Developers series. Let’s have a look at how to write methods in C#.

Note that this is the second and last post in this series. I’ve decided that there are a lot more interesting languages to learn than C#. The reason I’m finally publishing this second part of the guide – over two years after the first part was published – is that I’m going through my old drafts.

Please consider reading the first part before you jump into this one. All the code you see – and more – is available in the C# for Java Developers GitHub repository. A word of warning: I’m writing this guide as I learn C# myself, so don’t except everything to be 100% accurate. Consider reading this as a way to kick start your own C# adventure.

With that out of the way, let’s have a look at methods.

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Masters of Doom

Few people have been as defining and influential for the gaming industry as the Masters of Doom, John Carmack and John Romero.

Both grew up in the 1970s, experiencing the golden age of arcade video games. Classic games like Space Invaders and Pac-Man was an important part of their childhoods. The Apple II was the inaugural home computer for both Carmack and Romero, and the first published games for both of them were Apple II titles.

The two Johns’ paths eventually crossed when they met at Softdisk in 1989. It was a match made in heaven, and both were integral to the company’s success with their contributions to the Big Blue Disk magazine. Carmack, a programming and computer graphics genius – described as “a brain on legs” – and Romero, brilliant at both programming and game design.

At Softdisk, Romero and Carmack met Tom Hall and Adrian Carmack (not related to John). Tom worked at the company as a programmer and game designer, while Adrian’s primary role was as an artist. In early 1991, the four of them left Softdisk, and founded Id Software.

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What is The Best Open Source Password Manager?

In recent posts we’ve covered what a password manager is, and why you should use one. Now it’s time to find the best open source password manager.

If you’re not sure what a password manager is, or why you should use one, I recommend you read two of my previous posts. What is a Password Manager? covers the “what”, and Why Should I Use a Password Manager? covers the “why”.

What is the best password manager is, of course, subjective. But my criteria are as follows:

  • The password manager has to be open source. Open source code means that everyone can audit the code and make sure nothing fishy is going on.
  • It has to be free as in speech (libre). There are no restrictions on how the password manager can be used.
  • The password manager doesn’t have to be free as in beer (gratis). If it’s good enough, and the price is fair, I’d gladly pay for it.
  • The password manager has to work on the operating systems I use frequently: Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.
  • It has to be possible to self-host the password manager. This means that I can install and run it on my own server or computer.
  • It has to be possible to synchronize the password manager’s database across multiple devices.
  • Backing up the password manager’s database has to be hassle free.
  • The password manager has to have an accompanying browser extension to make using it with a browser as user friendly as possible.

The open source and self-hosting criteria limit the number of possible password managers. While there are a lot of different password managers available, only a few of them are open source and supports self-hosting.

Now let’s get cracking!

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