Kristof Kovacs: A little collection of cool Unix terminal/console/curses tools

Kristof Kovacs: A little collection of cool Unix terminal/console/curses tools

  1. dstat & sar, iostat, vmstat, ifstat and much more in one
  2. slurm: Visualizes network interface traffic over time
  3. screen, dtach, tmux, byobu: Keep your terminal sessions alive
  4. multitail: See your log files in separate windows
  5. tpp: Presentation (“PowerPoint”) tool for terminal
  6. xargs & parallel: Executes tasks from input (even multithread)
  7. duplicity & rsyncrypto: Encrypting backup tools
  8. nethack & slash’em: Still the most complex game on the planet
  9. lftp: Does FTPS. Can mirror, kinda like rsync
  10. ack, ag (silver searcher), pt: A better grep for source code
  11. calcurse & remind + wyrd: Calendar systems
  12. newsbeuter & rsstail: Command line RSS readers.
  13. powertop: Helps conserve power on Linux
  14. tig: A console UI for git
  15. qalc: The best calculator. Ever. (For scripts too.)
  16. htop, atop & glances: Process, memory and io monitoring
  17. ttyrec & ipbt: Record and play back terminal sessions
  18. mtr: traceroute 2.0
  19. socat & netpipes: Directing stuff easily in and out of sockets
  20. iftop, iptraf & nethogs: To see where your traffic goes
  21. siege & tsung: Command line load test tools
  22. ledger: Terminal-based accounting package
  23. taskwarrior: Todo management in the terminal
  24. rtorrent & aria2: Command line torrent downloaders
  25. ttytter & earthquake: Nice trendy Twitter clients
  26. vifm & ranger: Alternatives to the midnight commander
  27. cowsay & sl: I just couldn’t resist
  28. cloc: Counts lines of code
  29. ipcalc: For network assignments

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Now, if you’re doing small to medium software projects, the US military might not be your usual place to turn to for inspiration. But in one case, back in ’94, they did create something truly wonder-, power-, and useful. (Then they’ve thrown it away and replaced it with a complex and much less useful hybrid IEEE and ISO monster. But there’s an interesting twist — more on that later.)

This gem is inspirationally called “MIL-STD-498”.

It was created to fix the problems with an older standard (the DOD 2167A, if you need to know), for example its insistence on using the waterfall model, or requiring huge demonstration events that stopped development for weeks. (People unofficially called those “dog & pony shows”.)

MIL-STD-498 can help you if you are a developer dealing with clients, but also if you’re a project manager dealing with suppliers. I personally had used it in both situations.


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