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Shout out to the DOSBox debugger,
ide.kaitai.io, Ghidra, and GHex. Also to Clikt and Okio 💖

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Apparently my weekend project was writing an unpacker for the Maniac Mansion (EGA Enhanced Version) DOS executable. I'm still surprised I actually managed to end up with a file that runs.

github.com/cketti/maniac-unpac

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bored of free, open source software. i am now only interested in "win32 shareware and abandonware"

- fast on modern computers
- extremely large catalog, basically infinite
- huge variations in quality, mysterious
- usually just like 1 exe file
- try it! dont like it? delete it!
- consistent UI look-and-feel
- when it's not visually consistent it's at least Visually Rad
- no source code no cheating
- modify functionality with game trainer Poke utility, resource editor, or cracked copy of IDA Pro

Dear open source users,

If the author of your favorite open source app has announced they stopped developing and supporting the app (because they're frustrated and possibly burned out), please don't suggest they do more free work so that you can continue using the app.
Instead, consider thanking them for their past work and let them know that you enjoyed their app.

Regards,
another open source developer

Did anyone have a good experience with Bountysource?

I've heard quite a few stories where it took forever to have a solution accepted, then forever to actually get the money. I guess now I can add a story of my own.

And for this exceptional service they're keeping 10%.

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Today is the day that I learn that the Raspberry Pi uses the *GPU* to boot the operating system

artemis.sh/2022/05/16/everfree

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i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future

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Inkscape 1.2 is available! Learn more about this major release and get the download link at inkscape.org/news/2022/05/16/i. Don’t forget to spread the news to friends and share gratitude to the supporters and contributors who have made this powerful software available to all. Draw Freely! :inkscape: 💓

Being an Android developer I constantly use multiple Android versions in parallel. But it feels weird going back from Android 12 to Android 11 on my main device.

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So far I like the battery life (although not all my apps are set up yet).

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The only reason I switched to a new device is because the Pixel 3 doesn't receive security updates anymore. And I can't be bothered to search for the least sketchy ROM that supports Google Play Services or to use a non-sketchy ROM that makes life hard because some things just won't work.

My new phone is a Fairphone 4 (👋 @Fairphone). I like the idea of a more fairly produced device. And my hope is that I'll be able to use it for more than 3 years.

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Android smartphones have been "good enough" for quite a while now.

My last phone was a Pixel 3. I used it as my main device for over 3 years – the longest I've ever used a smartphone.
It's still a nice device. And after a battery replacement (that will be more expensive than replacing a battery should be 😢) it'll continue its service as a test device for @k9mail development.

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Stories written by life – or in this case by Licaon_Kter, one of F-Droid’s contributors: „From user to contributor and beyond“. To help support the work of Licaon_Kter and other contributors, please consider donating to F-Droid. We’re looking to raise €1,200 per week so Licaon_Kter can keep contributing full-time.

f-droid.org/de/2022/04/25/from
f-droid.org/de/donate/

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Uncurled - everything I know and learned about running and maintaining Open Source projects for three decades

daniel.haxx.se/blog/2022/04/30

un.curl.dev/

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New beta: K-9 Mail 5.914

If no serious bugs are found, we'll release this as the new stable version K-9 Mail 6.000.

forum.k9mail.app/t/beta-k-9-ma

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"Key-encryption key" translates to "Schlüsselverschlüsselungsschlüssel" in German :D

That's why you write technical documents in English.

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schaffen wir 100 boosts?

ich habe ein buch geschrieben. es ist leicht lesbar, und soll menschen ermutigen, viel menschlicher in unternehmen und der wirtschaft zu arbeiten. das buch ist kostenlos verfügbar als pdf, epub und hörbuch:
buechner-verlag.de/buch/wirtsc

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