Bonus: A going-out-of-business sale

Today and only today, a special sale on leftover software titles. πŸ˜€ Some of what you find here today might not work, and in some cases it didn’t work for me either.

On the other hand, some just required too much time to set up, and so might be perfectly functional — in fact, it might be just what you always wanted.

I recommend you try everything and if it fits, take it home with you. πŸ˜‰

  • birdsay: A nifty little gimmick, this displays a tweet as an ASCII bird, which only makes sense. I expect this will require a Twitter account though, and I don’t have one, so I leave it to you to explore.
  • btail: A Bayesian log filter, which proved a little more homework than I could appreciate. Functional, just a little more complex than I had time for.
  • clerk: An mpd client, which I believe behaves a lot like dmenu. I hold no grudge against mpd, except that it usually takes a long time for me to set up, and so I tend to procrastinate with mpd-based software. If you use mpd, it might be worth trying.
  • clif: clif intends to make gifs from other sources, all at the CLI. My initial efforts to get it running were unsuccessful; see if you have better luck.
  • content-screenshot: I believe this relies on Chromium, so I’ve omitted it as a graphical program.
  • deco: A text-based two-pane file manager patterned after Norton Commander. This wouldn’t build for me, and I see on the home page that it has been deprecated in favor of another file manager. I’m afraid the code is just too old.
  • demlo: A software structure for tagging and organizing music. I’ve had this on my list for quite a while, but I ran out of steam with tagging utilities way back in December. And then I just plain ran out of time. 😦
  • dired: I suspect there are two dired’s: an old one that runs within emacs, and a newer one that works independently. My confusion over the name and my difficulties getting the old one to work kept knocking this file manager down my priority list, and now I hand it off to you.
  • gsync: A tool to synchronize folders against Google Drive. I could build and run this, but it never synced against my account. I suspect Google has updated its protocol to the point where gsync can no longer communicate with the cloud, as sometimes happens.
  • ImageScraper: An image downloader. A submission via e-mail, this never worked for me as promised, even when I buckled and tried to install it with pip.
  • img: An image uploader specific to To be honest, imgur’s pages are always terribly heavy and laden with gimmicks that make it slow to navigate on a 12-year-old computer, so I never bothered trying it. Plus, I’ve outlived three or four third-party image hosts over the past decade, so I don’t have much need for imgur.
  • I believe this is’s in-house upload script, which may or may not be better than the previous title. Again, I leave that to you to discover.
  • marrie: Martin sent me a link to marrie just yesterday, no doubt in response to the deluge of podcast downloaders of last week. You sent it just in under the wire, Martin, but you left me no time to try it … πŸ˜•
  • mine: A console interface for Dropbox, which could be quite useful if you rely on Dropbox for cloud storage. I think you can actually run software from the cloud too. 😐 I didn’t get the chance to try this at all, but I do have a Dropbox account … somewhere. … πŸ˜•
  • mu4e: Another mail agent for emacs. The next blog will be “How to take care of all your computing needs from within emacs.” Just kidding. πŸ™„ If I remember right, there’s a standalone version (in other words, without the need for emacs) just called “mu.” And now, little man, I give the watch to you.
  • rhype: A music player specific to Hype Machine. I did due diligence with this, but it came up lacking. Lazy responses from the daemon, almost no control over the actual player doing the work, and very sluggish behavior when trying to access the playlist. See if you have better luck though.

And there it is: The end of the end. Everything I know and ever got, whether through my own efforts or through he kindness of contributors, is now somewhere on this site. All the 400 original tools and the 2000 or so that followed are public record. A treasure trove, for generations to come. πŸ˜₯

Tomorrow, one last look at the first half of 2015.