I am a game developer

Just kidding.

In recent times I played multiple minigames from KDE collection. These games are nice, small and can be played on almost anything these days. But no software can run away from bugs.

A short list of my adventure,


A nice minigolf game with simple and more complicated way to make the ball move (called "putting"). When I was playing with it, it simply stayed on the screen even after it was disabled. So a Merge Request was born: Hide StrokeCircle when AdvancedPutting is disabled

This is very small issue, and in retrospective I think I used different codestyle than the rest of the code.


Imprison the bouncing balls, or lets build a wall around the balls. A game which can be played for a very long time on an EASY difficulty and becomes a real challenge as the difficulty raises. During my playthrough I was bothered a lot by 2 bug:

In other words, the difficulty after the game started was not as I configured which forced me to play at Easy with Medium settings. It took me a while to figure out there is even a problem.

The other one was found when I was looking through the settings and found the option to have a custom random background for the game. The directory selector did not work properly and I had to select some file and update the path to a parent directory manualy, this is not very comfortable to do, so I went and fixed it. I used Gammeray to track the proper widget (very nice tool).


With lines form a square and take control over the game board. I play from time to time against the bot. What I was bothered with is the default white background and broken color configuration. The Merge Request can be found at: Add color customization

The game itself does not have a live update of the settings, so the new game or a restart is needed to apply them. Now it is much better, with the black, green and and red theme.


These games are small which means the code is often easily understood, so anyone can dive in and fix something.

My changes to these games are small and most people will never notice.

PS: I like increasing software quality by fixing bugs which noone will notice, so call edge cases in a dark corner.

Articles from blogs I follow:

Richard Stallman's political discourse on sex

Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, has been subject to numerous allegations of misconduct. He stepped down in 2019, and following his re-instatement in 2021, a famous open letter was published in which numerous organizations and i…

via Drew DeVault's blog November 25, 2023

Upgrading to FreeBSD 14 - how to fix a broken BIOS bootcode

A lot of people running ZFS zroot have managed to break their FreeBSD systems upgrading from 13.2 to the new 14.0 release because of a broken BIOS bootcode. In this tutorial I'll show you how you can fix that without having to reinstall.

via unixsheikh.com November 22, 2023

C++ Guidelines

C++ is definitely a language that has Lots of Ways to do It – kind of like Perl’s TIMTOWTSAC. A consequence is that when writing code, you need to think about which way to do things. When context-switching between projects, employers, or what-have-you, yo…

via [bobulate] November 21, 2023

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