I still have a long list of console applications that I want to note. Sometimes this is for my benefit, and sometimes it’s in hopes of being someone else’s benefit.
Some of these I discovered via the wiki, which continues to be as much a resource for me as it is a way of discovering new talents for the terminal.
Starting as simply as possible, here’s concalc.
There are plenty of console-based calculators, and superficially it appears that concalc doesn’t do much that a reasonably educated bash user couldn’t do anyway.
It does handle scripting though, which might be of use to you, and it will no doubt streamline some more complex math functions if you need them at the terminal prompt.
And as is always the case with small, soft-spoken applications like this, there is a potential beyond the obvious. Take a closer look and see what you come up with.
Next is a game — pente.
Dating back a decade and still in the Debian repositories, pente is the traditional variant of go usually called five-in-a-row.
This one is easy to use and manage, with any number of console keys that will control the cursor for you, and a simple key press to place a marker.
This will run in either the console or in X supposedly, although it was nice to see that the Debian version didn’t incur any giant dependencies when installing it.
The last one today is a clock, and a rather nifty one at that.
This is tbclock, which I didn’t see in AUR or in Debian Squeeze, and that’s a shame really. It’s a very nice clock with a lot of color and movement to it, and a large improvement over the old binclock package — no matter how you dice it.
It also supports vertical arrangements, as you can see above, plus a digital readout to help us lesser beings understand what time it is, and a built-in game. This place has everything. …
Personally I’m going to jam this last one into my handy-dandy screensaver script for screen, and watch it do something while I do nothing.
That’s all for now. Three down, 400 more to go. …