Hi! My name is Michał Góral, I am software developer (currently at Nokia) and this is my personal website. You can read more about me on a separate page if you’re curious.

You can contact me by e-mail: dev@goral.net.pl. My PGP key fingerprint is: 0423 DE59 98D1 2C33 E599 CDCF E3DD DA4D C45F 58CB.

List Of Blog Posts


Life is creating

To live our lifes and not merely exist, we, the humanity, must create

10 years

10 years of blogging on my own.

Polish Git

How to force Git to speak in English.

I Want a To-Do App

It seems that we have a curse of abundance: so many to-do apps and methodologies that we can no longer choose one.


The Blackout

Yesterday early morning there was a blackout.


SDF is a public access UNIX System which I recommend visiting sometimes.

Double fork

Here we will learn about so-called double fork technique... More-less.

First Drawing

Przemek's first drawing presenting his whole family.

RSS and Other Site News

I think I fixed RSS feed and now it includes new projects section which I added few days ago.

Your Pain Is Bigger Than Mine

Even though I almost entirely stopped listening to it, I can't stay silent about recent events in Polish Radio Trójka.

Working on TWC Formatting

Formatting is one of these parts of TWC which I disliked the most. This has finally changed with release of TWC 0.9 and complete rewrite of formatting strings syntax.

I Blocked Bots

Every month bots eat my server's traffic, so I blocked them.


I synchronize a lot of things, each of them differently. Let's take a look how to write a simple Bash script which automates and parallels that.

Cross References in Notes

Notes should be pretty too, because why not? Here I'll show you my method of rendering them to HTML.

Fixed RSS

I broke RSS, but it should be fixed now.



Trying something new for mail provider: a small company from Switzerland called Migadu.

Blog changes

Introduction of new blog theme: Tale.

Xsession in Debian

Xsession is a default way of starting X sessions in Debian, but for some reason it remains a mystery for many people. Here I try to shed some light on it.


New Year's resolution

It's a little late to make a New Year's resolution, but I'll make one nevertheless.


Git Credential Helper

Git has capabilities of writing custom credential helpers, which can fill passwords for accessing HTTP repos for us.


Presentation of my program to for toggling file comments depending on a list of keywords in a language similar to preprocesor.


Singleton w i3

With markorapp, a script which I wrote, it's easy to create "singletons" in i3. Singletons are applications which should have only one instance, like a particular terminal.

Structured Bindings

Structured Bindings is a new way to decompose values returned from functions. It's similar to some other programming languages and greatly simplifies the code.

Generacja wersji

Presentation of simple scripts and techniques allowing automatic generation of program's version.


Switching to another static site generator: Hugo.


Opisuj merge!

Changelog is important, but we can simplify our lives and generate it, at least partially.

Zmiana monitorów w i3

I did it! I forced a buggy xrandr to toggle screens and not kill X session!

Zamykanie aplikacji PyQt

Graceful shutdown of PyQt applications might be harder than it looks like. This article presents the problem and a way to resolve it.

Problem dependant names

How C++ handles dependant names and why we must use typename keyword everywhere.

Name hiding

Name hiding is a surprising feature of C++. Here we'll learn a little more about it.

Najważniejszy const

There is one const usage in C++ which is a little different than the others. Andrei Alexandrescu called it the most important const.


Urbana meeting

A short summary of C++ comitee meeting in Urbana-Champaign.

Process substitution

Process substitution in Bash is a powerful technique which allows us to redirect command's output to programs which only accept files.



A short introduction to one of the most breakthrough features of C++11: rvalue references and move semantics.



Introduction to C++ polymorhpism.

SubConvert 0.8.2

I released a new version of SubConvert, a program to convert between various video subtitle formats.


Doom 3 GPL

Doom 3 source code has been released.


Kupfer is a program launcher written in Python.