It’s already CLI Day again! A lot has happened since last year, including the birth of a new CLI screen reader named Fenrir. It is quite feature rich and I am using it daily now because I am still on the Odroid as my primary computer and it does not include speakup. Although Fenrir is less than a year old, it is very stable, and I have replaced speakup on my other computers with it because of the extended capabilities offered by Fenrir.
Anyway, thi s is just a quick note to say happy CLI Day. As usual, let me know if you have done, or know of anything someone has done for this year’s CLI Day. If you would like to see my projects, most of which are CLI based, check out my github page.
I didn’t have much time to do anything for CLI Day this year. But, I certainly didn’t want to neglect the holiday I created, so I threw something together at the last minute.
This year being a leap year, I thought it may be of interest to show how to find out which day CLI Day falls on. CLI, or the Roman Numeral 151, is also the day the holiday is on, so most years, it would be 5/31. However, this year is a leap year, so this time it is on 5/30. So, to see which day try this command:
\date +'%j' --date="5/31"
This year, that command yields the result 152, meaning of course that CLI Day would fall on 5/30. I know it’s not much, but I’ve been struggling with getting a CLI based screen reader for my new Odroid, and CLI Day sneaked up on me. I was hoping to have compile instructions for speakup on the Odroid for this year’s CLI Day, but that just didn’t happen.
Anyway, happy CLI Day, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with, it is pretty awesome how many people participate now in the holiday I started just for fun and to push myself to learn to use the console for everything.
CLI day has been a great holiday. I came up with it a few years ago to celebrate all the cool stuff you can do with the command line, and to hopefully get more people using it.
Last year, because of some events, I didn’t really do much for CLI Day. This year, it’s back and stronger than ever. I wanted to make some changes though, and since it’s my holiday, I figured what the heck, I may as well.
Someone suggested to me that CLI Day should be on May 31, because CLI in Roman Numerals is 151. Originally I wanted my birthday, may 29, to be CLI Day, but I realize the my birthday rocks all by itself, so the Roman Numeral thing is a great idea.
Second, I think CLI Day should be decentralized. So, if you have a blog or whatever, write about it. If you have a Identi.ca or Diaspora account, mension #CLIDay. Enjoy using the commandline, and share the love with others.
This year, for CLI Day, I would like to share a new git project with you. I have written, and am in the process of writing, some games for the command line. It’s definitely a work in progress still, but the games are a lot of fun. If you would like to play, you need bash 4.2+, rolldice, and sox.
git clone git://github.com/stormdragon2976/storm-games.git
Have fun, and enjoy CLI Day 2014!