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i386 File Utilities

I'm not a programmer; I'm a flunky sysadmin bozo. However, over the years, I have written a handful of programs. Most of these are crude, goofy little utilities, generally written to solve very specific problems. Somewhere along the line, it occurred to me that I probably wasn't the only one who had struggled with these problems, and there might be a few people out there who could benefit from some of my programs. Some of these can be downloaded from the DOS/Windows Downloads page on this site. (The good programs on that page, of course, were written by other p eople!) My own programs tend to be pretty crude, a little light on documentation and features.

The programs below have been useful enough that I've taken the time to document them a little more carefully. The links below provide additional details on their intended use, along with some examples and a list of known shortcomings.

You can download each program by clicking its icon, or click the name of the program for more detailed information on each tool.

Datedir: Folder Date Naming Utility
A very simple command-line program to create or rename a folder with a number representing the current date. Designed for use in batch files.

lcname: Filename Case Conversion Utility
A command-line utility for converting filenames to lowercase.

TxtSplit: Text Parsing Tool
Program Description: A quick-and-dirty tool for splitting a text file into new files on each occurance of matching lines of text.

Beep: Stupid Beepy Thing
Program Description: A dippy little command-line program that beeps. The .zip file includes the .exe and the program documentation.

Sleep: A Pausing Utility
Program Description: A dippy little command-line program that causes your computer to wait for a specified number of seconds. The .zip file includes the .exe and the program documentation.

(Working) Works in Progress

After searching in vain for just the right Javascript slideshow, I finally gave up and wrote my own. It could use a little more refinement, but it seems to work, and it looks kinda nice. Details can be found on the Picnav Javascript/CSS Slideshow page.

Even Junkier Stuff

As crude and kludgy as the programs above are, I've done a few others that are even lousier. They're useful to me, and who knows, they might be useful to you, too. But be warned: Anything from here on down is likely to be poorly documented, light on error handling, and probably kinda buggy or feature-limited. Like the programs above, you use these at your own risk. But since they are even worse than the programs above, you should keep in mind that the use of these programs will probably crash your entire damn network, make your eyelashes turn blue, and may cause some sort of funky radiation sickness.

Clicking either the icon or the link will download the program, since I'm too lazy to make web pages describing the use of these tools.

Program Description: A command-line utility to convert DOS text files to Macintosh files. Written by the dangerously dimwitted guy who maintains this site. This is Build 3. The .zip file contains the .exe and the documentation.

Program Description: A command-line utility to convert Macintosh text files to DOS style. Also written by the aforementioned dimwit. This is Build 3. The .zip file contains the .exe and the documentation.

And finally, two more tools that are so crude, they don't even rate their own icon on this page. These programs -- killfore and killaft -- were designed to strip headers and footers off of HTML files. Killfore will remove everything from a file until it comes to a target line specified in its .ini file. Killaft removes everything from the file below the target line specified in its .ini file. The programs don't handle wildcards, so to do multiple files you'll need to insert them into a batch file. (Sample batch files are included in the programs' .zip files.) As I recall, there were a couple bugs, too: the programs didn't delete the temp file they created while running, and very long lines of text will have an extra line break stuck into the middle of the line. I think this happens when the line buffer gets full, probably at 256 characters. The programs were (badly) written in Borland C, and the source is included... so if you want to fix those bugs and recompile, have at it.