If it seems like most of the titles thus far are in the early part of the alphabet, that is only to be expected. There hasn’t been much of a chance to pull in titles from the latter half, after scraping through everything after about section N onward.
So just by virtue of time and random chance, a lot of what I have is in the A through M portion. I hope that doesn’t disappoint. 😉
Here’s ansiweather, which might seem a bit minimalistic at first.
Mmm, color. 😀 Let’s get a close-up, and give ansiweather a chance to shine.
Whoa! Okay! That’s too close. But I think you can see one of ansiweather’s high points there: the use of specific weather ideographs as embellishments.
ansiweather also allows for forecast data, specific date formats, and of course, specific locations. All condensed into a single-line display.
Pretty cool. Colorful, terse, customizable, lightweight. I can find nothing wrong. Except of course, that those little umbrellas and clouds probably won’t show up in a virtual console. That’s a mighty small complaint though.
At this point, ansiweather is probably either a stroke of genius to you, or something so completely understated as to be rubbish. But consider adding ansiweather to …
- vtclock, which allows you to pipe in the results of a command. Now you have a weather clock for your desktop;
- Your .bashrc / .bash_profile, or maybe even somehow part of /etc/issue, which would give every console a weather report at login. This one might take a little effort to produce.
- ticker or ticker, either of which will scroll that information across your console, vertically or horizontally;
- figlet, or for real craziness, toilet … say no more;
- or even just
watch, which will allow you to paint it into a corner and update at set intervals. If you use a graphical desktop, try a terminal emulator set to be completely transparent, forced to the root desktop, reshaped to only one or two lines, and updating ansiweather at intervals. It’s like conky, without conky. 😉
You might also consider cramming this into a terminal multiplexer, either as a specific panel or “desktop widget,” or through some sort of built-in status bar. Let me know if you figure that one out.
At first ansiweather might seem like a triviality, but like a lot of things with Linux, it’s not the tool that matters. It’s how you use it. 😉