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April 2005

xex 1.3 released

xex is a small and simple program launcher for X, written in Perl-Gtk2.

Screenshot of xex 1.3

If you find yourself frequently loading up an xterm just to run one X command, you may find this useful. Unlike all the other similar programs I could find, it aims to have the minimum necessary feature set (ie, a history list), and occupy the minimum amount of screen estate possible (while still being readable).

Version 1.3 is the first public release, under the GNU GPL. Download xex 1.3.

tableau 2 sneak preview

There are so many new features in tableau 2 it’s hard to describe them all. It’s gone from being a pretty basic and ugly table editor to something that could be suitable for all sorts of applications and, dare I say it, it looks a bit nicer too. Here are some screenshots. (more…)

Obsolete Projects

The following projects have been retired because they are obsolete, insecure, unmaintainable or otherwise embarassing :-

associate peer association mapper bad code
countrom Roman Numeral webpage counter insecure, pointless
make_bg Gradient fill wallpaper generator Requires non-free software. May rewrite at some point.

New look for this site

If you’ve visited before, you may notice things look a bit different now. I’ve retired my old hand-crafted HTML in favour of some blog software (namely WordPress), primarily to make it easier for you to keep up with new releases by using the RSS/Atom feeds.

If you hate the colour scheme, don’t worry, I’ll be providing a way to change it shortly… I’m a programmer, I like black.

cssmerge 1.10 released

cssmerge is a commandline utility which extracts selected blocks of CSS from multiple input files and merges them into a single coherent output, with optional comments on where they came from, and warnings about conflicting styles. v1.10 is the first public release.

It is written in Perl 5 and requires the CSS module from CPAN. Other than that, it’s just a simple perl script; download it, rename it if you want, and run it. The license terms are the same as for Perl itself. Documentation is in POD format within the script.

Download cssmerge 1.10.

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New version of tableau coming soon

Version 2 of tableau will be released soon. I just want to get this blog vaguely set up first.