This being August means roughly three-quarters of the year is over.
When I debated this little adventure, way back in December of 2012, I thought to myself that I could probably come up with enough applications to fill a post a day for a year.
At the time I had a list of about 400 programs — some useful, some not, some only borderline interesting — and I figured with what I would naturally cull for lack of interest or lack of information, one a day was acceptable.
After that I thought I would quit again, or leave the remainder to the public to investigate on their own.
Well, like I said, this is August — and in terms of Julian days, we’re rolling into the 220s and even 230s.
And truth be told, I still have a lot of applications left. A lot more.
About 500 now. 😯
This isn’t the way this was supposed to work. At this rate, with every post, I’m actually adding to the list. 😐
And that seems to be the case most of the time. For every program I mention, two more flutter up from the depths.
And for every new one, I find another I hadn’t heard of.
This could take years. 😳
So let’s do this systematically. Let’s start in the A’s this time, and I’ll work through the software I know about and can install and have source code for that don’t require esoteric networking arrangements or armies of blackhat crackers to fend off. Let’s go with something simple.
Here’s aiksaurus, as innocent and helpful as you could ever want from a console thesaurus.
I suppose you could complain that it’s a little out of date, and as you can see above, it’s not up to speed with some of the newer words in English. (Well, I wouldn’t expect that one to be in a thesaurus. Dictionary, yes. Thesaurus, maybe not. 🙄 )
On the other hand it’s simple, fast, clean, effective, polite and accurate. And it has a cute dinosaur on its home page. I’ll give it a gold smilie for all those things. 😀
Now … only four hundred and ninety-nine to go. 😯