Pass and Keepass

Password management

Dealing with multiple passwords is just an unpleasant fact of life for anyone using computers. The number of passwords continue to grow as computing continues to transition from applications stored on a computer to web services that all want you to create an account. Anyone that wants a more sophisticated solution to juggling passwords than relying on post it notes will eventually investigate password managers. Here I lay out my experience with two such password managers, pass and KeePass.

Ducktales Remastered on Linux

Woo hoo!

Scrooge and the Terra Firmians

A recent Steam update included the latest version of Proton (4.11), Valve’s Windows to Linux compatibility layer based off Wine. Along side the improvements was a list of newly whitelisted games that meet the quality standards necessary to be automatically available to download and play on Linux. Most of the games on the list I’d never even heard of, but I do have Ducktales Remastered. I had played it years ago, I remembered not having finished the game, and I figured this would make a nice test for Steam’s compatibility progress.

Ori and the Blind Forest

A beautiful but FRUSTRATING game

Ori picture

I really wanted to like Ori and the Blind Forest. It was on sale at the recent Steam sale and was recommended, although not to the degree that games like Hollow Knight were being recommended. Just about any video or screen shot will show off the game’s strong visual art style. I’m always on the look out for quality platformers and Ori seemed like it would be my sort of game.


Website analytics with Goaccess

I’ve been looking into what’s available in the world of web analytics. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s key information for answering questions such as

There’s just no getting around the fact that the giant in this area is Google Analytics. It’s easy to see why, just add some javascript to your website and Google will take care of the rest. Particularly good for those using shared hosting accounts and don’t have access to log files. And of course this helps Google track everyone on the internet.

But what if you don’t want to help Google track and record people for advertising purposes? What if you want LESS Google in your life? That’s where Goaccess comes in. Goaccess is a fast open source program that provides website metrics in a useful and organized manner. One stand out feature I really like is the ability for Goaccess to provide information in a terminal or as a static website. The static website is admittedly nicer to look at, but being able to SSH into a server to get immediate information is pretty slick. I should mention Goaccess also provides a websocket server as a third way to provide information. I haven’t seen a reason to experiment with this option - my websites don’t warrant millisecond level real time updates.

Hollow Knight

A thoroughly enjoyable game

After hearing about this game off and on for the past 2 years I finally picked it up during the recent Steam sale. Now having beaten it (the first ending anyways) I certainly see why it is so highly praised. If you are a fan of the metroidvania genre, then Hollow Knight is a must play game.

Hollow Knight

A command line weather report

With the summer heat finally here, I thought I’d mention a neat little command line weather report trick. Just type curl in the command line. Obviously, you will need to have curl installed on your computer for this to work. I do enjoy good ascii art.

Curl’s website states that it is a command line tool for transferring data with URLs. And yes, is in fact a standard website that you can visit in a web browser. This is probably the first time I’ve ever come across a website that ended in “.in” and I figured it was one of the newer Top Level Domains that had been added in recent years. I was way off. It is actually the country code for India. Seems sort of obvious in retrospect, but I had never seen one before.

TMNT III Speedrun

Speaking of NES Ninja Turtle games...

After yesterday’s post on the Ninja Turtle fan game I had to post this speedrun of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project - the timing was just too good to pass up. I’m not going to lie, there is some small bit of satisfaction in hearing the speedrunners say Leatherhead is the second hardest boss in the game. Struggling against the mutant alligator boss that appears only half way into the game is what I remember most about TMNT III. Those old NES games often didn’t have so much a difficulty curve as they did a wildly fluctuating difficulty rollercoaster.

Youtube speedrun video The Summer Games Done Quick Speedrun of TMNT III: The Manhattan Project

TMNT Rescue Palooza

Copyright take down in 3...2...1...

I just found out about an impressive fan made game called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rescue Palooza. It is guaranteed to be taken down at some point, but fortunately it is finished and on the internet. The game is for the Windows PC platform, but I’ve been enjoying it on Linux through wine. One stand out feature I haven’t been able to try yet is local co-op with up to 4 players. I haven’t beaten it yet, but I am having a blast playing it single player.

Turtle Power

Bear McCreary

Godzilla and Child's Play

I’ve been a fan of Bear McCreary’s music ever since I first heard it on Battlestar Galactica. With his talent it is no surprise people keep turning to him to compose music. Two recent reboots/remakes/re-whatevers are the new Godzilla movie and Child’s Play.

I have no interest in horror movies so a remake of a movie about a killer doll gets an indifferent shrug from me. Still, McCreary clearly enjoys putting a sinister spin on the Child’s Play theme. The original theme seems to be going for a creepier vibe.

Child's Play Official Music Video

As for the new Godzilla movie it just screamed “catch it on Netflix someday.” Apparently I wasn’t the only one because the movie wasn’t the giant blockbuster the movie studio was clearly hoping for. Not that it was a failure, but it seems lately only movies owned by Disney make the mega bucks. If nothing else, the movie gave McCreary the opportunity make a “punchier” version of the Blue Oyester Cult song.

Godzilla Music

AM2R Revisited

Another Metroid 2 Remake version 1.4.3

It has been almost 3 years since I first reviewed AM2R. While Nintendo wasted no time hitting the developer with a cease and desist, the game was already out on the internet where it remains available to this day. Some very dedicated fans have managed to reverse engineer the game and add even more polish and features to AM2R.

Having recently beaten the game, it is every bit as fun as I remember the unofficial Metroid outting to be. I finished it just under 4 hours and with a 95% item completion. Depending on where you get the latest version, you can get it with the higher quality music or seperate as part of an extras package. The higher quality music is highly recommended as the better bass made the experience even better.

AM2R music

So what are the changes from version 1.1 (the last version from the original developer) and version 1.4.3?

new flying creature

For those wanting to try the updated version (or try AM2R out for the first time) the best place to look these days is at the AM2R subreddit. The most common downloads are for the Windows platform, but I had no problem playing it on Linux through wine.

Update: The flying creature I have a picture of is called a Septogg. I was right that they were creatures featured in Metroid 2 but did not appear in earlier versions of AM2R.

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