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Die is a UN*X program which will allow you to kill off your jobs and processes by the job name, rather than having to look up the PID number and using kill. Its a cool time/aggrivation saver, and my first "real" semi-serious program.

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SimpleList is a very simple mailing list program for UN*X machines. In order to fully install it, you must have root access (or get help from someone with root access). The system you want to run the list on must also use mail, sendmail, and cron.
SimpleList understands the subscribe, unsubscribe, help (or info), list, and special commands, for both a "regular" mailing list, and a digest version. The commands are placed in the subject line. Any command which should be applied to the digest version of the list should have " digest" appended to it.

Commands are as follows:
will send you a message explaining what the list is all about, and how to subscribe and unsubscribe.
is the same as info.
will send you a list of the e-mail addresses of all subscribers.
list digest
same as list, but for the digest version
will subscribe you to the list
subscribe digest
will subscribe you to the digest version of the list
will take you off the list.
will take you off the digest version of the list.
will forward your request to the list owner, to be handled personally.
Pretty straightforward. :) If the person mailing the list does so with an invalid format or command, they will be mailed a file which explains how to properly use the mailing list autoresponder. It is possible that a really whacked out message will confuse the autoresponder. In this case, the autoresponder will mail the list owner an error message, and the current mail spool (which will contain the offending message, and possibly other (valid, but which have not been cleared out yet) messages as well). The user will also get a cryptic message from the mailer daemon on your machine telling them that the mail was not deliverable.
If they specify the "special" command, you are sent the current mail spool (just like for the error, but the subject will be "SPECIAL REQUEST".)

As you can see, this isn't exactly super-duper-wonderful software, but it works, and its simple. I wrote it so that I could create a mailing list, and I figured there were probably others in the same boat as I (couldn't find simple mailing list software), so I'm releasing this as-is... Hopefully, it'll help you out. Good luck!

Download SimpleList. (12K)


XColorSel is my first "real" X application. I wanted to do something fairly straightforward, but something which is useful as well. As it turns out, I spent more time with it than I thought I would, adding new features, and playing with all the stuff that makes X so neat. XColorSel is the result.

Ok... First, what exactly is XColorSel? Well, basically, its a progam which reads the rgb.txt file on your system. This file comes with your X11 distribution, and it lists the colors which have been set up by name. These colors are most often used when configuring your personal setup, such as in a window manager's config file. These colors are used for much more than that though. For example, if you were to type "Mosaic -fg Red -bg Green ", X looks up the RGB values of these colors and uses them in Mosaic. These colors are all listed for us mere humans in the rgb.txt file, usually located in the x11r?/lib/X11 directory.

XColorSel reads this file, uses the RGB values listed there to build the actual colors, and it displays ten of them at a time, along with their corresponding RGB values and their actual name.

Why would you want to use XColorSel? Well, while the names in rgb.txt are quite descriptive, they can also be confusing, and well, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Actually being able to see the color in question is a great help in deciding wether or not you want to use it. Obviously, you can use XColorSel for whatever you want, but the main purpose I had in mind was in configuring your window manager, xterm windows, etc.
If you are playing with anything that needs RGB values at all, the Color Editor could be useful, either for creating a new color, or for altering an existing one in the rgb.txt file.

You can click here to take a look at the online html help pages that are included with the program, or here for the postscript help (306K), or here for the ASCII version.

Download XColorSel. (127K)

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