Idle time well spent

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

I was absent-mindedly flipping through a screenshot thread today and came up with two programs that have turned out to be real gems — centerim and slurm. Neither one is particularly fresh, or terribly innovative, but on a terminal-based system I know of nothing better. (Until someone suggests alternatives, that is. ;) )

slurm is probably the nicest network activity monitor I have seen for the terminal. I had been installing tcpdump just as a troubleshooting measure, but slurm makes tcpdump look primitive. The colors run nicely alongside htop‘s default, and this is, apparently, another console-based program that’s themeable. Horrors.

I know that development has apparently ceased on slurm, but that doesn’t keep it from being a very attractive, very useful program in my framebuffer/console arsenal.

centerim, on the other hand, is a very active project, and while I don’t have a screenshot for you (I don’t have any chit-chat I care to share online ;) ) I can point you to the home page for examples of what it looks like. I already have irssi installed, but centerim seems to fill a gap I had thought unserviced.

And yes, it too is themeable. The good old days of one-color bland and cryptic console applications appear to be gone. Thank goodness.

And so kids, the moral of the story is that idle time spent sifting through screenshot threads … is not idle.

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6 Responses to “Idle time well spent”

  1. 1 jbullfrog 2009/03/26 at 10:03 PM

    if you’re looking for suggestions… ;)

    here’s a plug for bitlbee, I’ve been using it for years here. It’s really nice having all your “chat” sessions in one app (whatever irc app you choose, irssi here).

    bitlbee is an irc to im-network gateway.

    not too hard to set up either…

  2. 2 Dr Small 2009/03/26 at 10:04 PM

    Kmandla, I’m ashamed of you. The link to slurm is a 404! I need the source code to compile it!! :D

    Dr Small

  3. 5 stephen 2009/03/27 at 7:47 AM

    if you want grapics, use speedometer
    if you want useful words and a kinda graphical visualization, look at iftop
    if you want hardcore (read it’s like wireshark), look up iptraf

  1. 1 Console network monitors « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/04/22 at 7:15 AM

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