My posts these days have gotten way too long. That essay about the Debian server, for example, put me to sleep when I looked at it again this morning. This time I shall try to be concise with a few more console gizmos.
Locks one tty, locks all ttys, and has a few more options as well. If you’re a faithful follower of the aforementioned Unix Philosophy, you might prefer this in conjunction with dtach and dvtm.
I mentioned some document converters the other day, then found two or three more: catdoc, wordview and word2x. catdoc is still in the Arch repos and worked fine for me, but the other two were less successful.
I see that word2x is already five years out-of-date, so it may be that it’s just past its prime. wordview is a wrapper for catdoc, but only spat out errors on my end. I probably needed something to make it work though.
I also spent a short time a day ago trying to build tmsnc — not that I could use it at all, because I don’t have an MSN account. And it was a very short time too, because the source code (circa 2006) has trouble under Arch, or again I am missing a dependency I don’t know about. In any case, I added a note to the AUR page for it. A screenshot would have been fun, but that’s as far as I would have gotten.
Finally, I know about the googlecl tools; I am sure I was as interested as you when I heard about their release. And thanks to everyone (there were quite a few) who wrote to draw my attention to them.
Unfortunately, the tools themselves don’t seem to support the small slice of Google’s services that I use. I really only use GMail, and at present it doesn’t seem to be part of what googlecl does. If you use Picasa, Calendar, Contacts, etc., then take a look.
That’s it for now. See? Nice and short. :)