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2023 Week 6 in Review

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"Either you run the day or the day runs you."
ā€” Jim Rohn

This week Jet Brains sent me a price increase notification for the Laravel Idea plugin. This is a third party plugin by Adel Faizrakhmanov and that link will take you to their post explaining that up until now the plugin had been developed by a single person as a side project and had now become unsustainable. In open source software this is a story as old as time however this isn't open source and Adel wishes to continue developing the plugin. In order to do so they will be creating a company with the intent to hire at least one or two developers to relieve the burden.

I fully support Adel's decision. Their Laravel Idea plugin has proved itself time and time again to be incredibly helpful and certainly worth the $39 I paid last year. The price is only increasing this time by $10 to $49 for the first year, with the usual 20%/40% discounts for second/third+ years. Whether we will see an additional price increase in the future is yet to be determined.

Beyond researching for my #OldWeb series of posts, I haven't done a lot else this week. I dug deep into my notebooks going back as far as 2017 and was suprised to see so much Link Rot after only a couple of years!

For example: ROMVLVS a Text Mode Civilization/SimCity crossover that I found via a post in the /r/roguelikes sub-reddit has seemingly been wiped from the internet. Not only does the Tumblr dev blog no longer exist but the GitHub repository has been deleted as well.

ROMVLVS was just a developer side project that probably ended up on the digital graveyard like so many other side projects. I was interested in it because the single screenshot I had seen looked visually beautiful albeit entirely #TextMode.

Following that Rabbit Hole ended up with me spending several hours researching the two Lost Smiley ASCII DOS Games by Henry Truong that I last played in 1999. I reached out to @vga256 on The Fediverse with this message and the subsequent back and forth resulted in them managing to dig out a screenshot, which I had up until now not seen in over ten years!

I followed that up with the following post:

I wonder if someone familiar with the #FidoNet of old, if it's possible to find a zip file that might have been on a #BBS in 1999?
ā€” Source

This also gathered a lot of people helping, but unfortunately no fresh leads. I think my next course of action will be contacting Darren Hewer the author of dosgames.com and researching other dos game archives both present and shuttered to see if I can find someone else who re-hosted the files.

The endgame however might be that I rewrite one or both of the games this year for #DOSCember .

Joke of the week

"I used to be addicted to the hokey pokey. Then I turned myself around."

Notable Articles Read

Notable Videos Watched

Cool things from around the internet

  • Curses City a simple Sim City style game written in C++ and using ncurses to display an ASCII UI in a terminal[1]
  • PocketPy C++17 header-only Python interpreter for game engines
  • The Newton Glossary a comprehensive collection of terms, definitions, acronyms, colloquialisms, and bits of trivia relating specifically to the Apple Newton

  1. It also appears I found this two years ago and posted it to lobste.rs, in this thread ā†©ļøŽ

Page History

This page was first added to the repository on February 10, 2023 in commit abfadc28 and has since been amended once. View the source on GitHub.

  1. refactor(#304): move files into src folder
  2. feat: plant week six in review