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Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

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Lepl parser for Python.

Colorless Green.

Photography around Santiago.

SVG experiment.

Professional Portfolio

Calibration of seismometers.

Data access via web services.

Cache rewrite.

Extending OpenSSH.

C-ORM: docs, API.

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Sweetcode is back!

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2003 17:28:24 -0300 (CLST)

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Subject: [Sweetcode] Bulk update (special Ex-Lax edition)
From:    sweetcode-admin@...
Date:    Sun, December 7, 2003 2:32 pm
To:      sweetcode@...
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Myer
http://www.nongnu.org/myer/README.html
Myer is a "semantic highlighter" for C code, which "colorizes identifiers 
and constants to show their marginal cost to the program's coupling and 
cohesion metrics", by "running the preprocessor in reverse". The idea is 
to focus review by highlighting parts of the code particularly likely to 
contain bugs.

convertfs
http://tzukanov.narod.ru/convertfs/index.html
This tool converts filesystems (e.g. ext3 to reiserfs) in place without 
needing space for two copies. It does this by playing clever tricks with 
sparse files. "You can convert from virtually any filesystem type to 
virtually any one as long as they are both supported by Linux for 
read/write, and as long as primary filesystem supports sparse files." 
(Submitted by Ville Herva.)
See also Parted <http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/parted.html>.

VSDB
http://repetae.net/~john/computer/vsdb/
VSDB turns Unix filesystem guarantees (even the weak ones offered by NFS) 
into a transactional database without using file locking or a shared 
server process. It's particularly good for medium-sized, rarely updated 
system databases (think aliases.db).

Filelight
http://methylblue.com/filelight/
Filelight renders a cute interactive visualization of disk space
consumption. See also KDirStat <http://kdirstat.sourceforge.net/kdirstat/>.

Scale2x
http://scale2x.sf.net/
Emualator users will have seen this, but scale2x uses a simple set of 
rules to magnify bitmap images with neither blurring nor jaggies (the 
rules work best on "cartoon" images). The rules are simple enough to run 
on video in real time, so they are used to increase the display size of 
emulated games originally written for low-resolution displays.

guievict
http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~zandy/guievict/
"Guievict is a system for checkpointing and migrating the GUI of an X 
window application. It is based on a window server extension and runtime 
process re-writing; application binaries do not need to be modified or 
started in a special way to be used with guievict." It compares favorably 
to XMX <http://www.cs.brown.edu/software/xmx> or xmove. Some of Zandy's 
other software <http://www.cs.brown.edu/software/xmx> is also interesting.

parchive
http://parchive.sourceforge.net/
"The original idea behind this project was to provide a tool to apply  the
data-recovery capability concepts of RAID-like systems to the posting  and
recovery of multi-part archives on Usenet." Of course this is applicable 
to any file distribution via unreliable media.

wmctrl
http://sweb.cz/tripie/utils/wmctrl/
"The wmctrl program is a command line tool to interact with an EWMH/NetWM 
compatible X Window Manager." It lets you enumerate, interrogate,
maximize,  minimize, activate, move, resize, close windows, make windows
sticky,  and manage desktops from the command line. This lets you directly
implement  a variety of commands that would otherwise require window
manager support,  reducing window manager lock-in.
See also Devil's Pie <http://www.burtonini.com/blog/computers/devilspie>, 
an application that applies rules to windows as they're created.
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