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What's your favorite useless repo/package/website/etc?

andy profile image Andy Zhao (he/him) Updated on ・1 min read

So I'm trying to remedy my carpal tunnel by considering making the decision to give up my mouse completely, and use only the keyboard. I look through a fairly recent discuss thread just about that, and I find the Wox repo. It's basically Alfred/Launchy from Windows. Awesome, night's off to a good start.

And then I notice this:

List of Wox badges: build - passing, downloads - 17 M total, bless - Ramen

Wait, what? bless | Ramen???

Turns out it's a package to bless your code. And that's just amazing, cause while we work hard (usually) on developing useful tools for the world, it's makes me feel all good inside that someone spent some time to make it possible for ramen to bless our code.

So here we are, on a Thursday night: me, asking you what your favorite useless programming thing is, and you, hopefully showing me a whole new world.

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Lucia Moreno

I really love using cfonts to spice up my shell scripting :)

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Julian Engelhardt

Definitely got to keep that one in mind :-) . Also, I guess it tells a lot about your mindset if you write down the whole alphabet and 0 to 9 as a list instead of going [A-Z], [0-9] :-D

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Ben Sinclair

I use figlet to tell me what machine I've shelled into. Non-useless, because I'm an idiot and will get it wrong otherwise!

Also, piping it through lolcat makes it all pretty.

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Ben Halpern

I'm quite fond of Vanilla JS

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Martin Himmel

This is one of my favorites. I've made it a point to show it to the people I teach JavaScript to. :)

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Daniel J. Summers

I LOL'd - literally...

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William Hilton

I laughed way too hard at this!

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Ben Sinclair

Oh. Maigod.

I am using this in my next project.

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Robin Kretzschmar

That one is awesome! Trying to sneak that into the next project :D

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

The BlessYourCodeTag is definitely up there on my list.

Also, activate-power-mode. (Thanks @ben )

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Ben Halpern

Hell yes, I'm very glad activate-power-mode exists.

Now with a COMBO MODE!!!

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Matheus Mohr

The world needs more of this

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Ricardo Bánffy

We should eventually add the ability to render things easily on the window bitmap to Emacs someday...

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Brett Stevenson

I used this package when taking lecture notes all last semester, it helped to keep things interesting in non-CS courses.

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Jacob Tan 🤓

I've seen that being used in a Code in the Dark challenge. It was hilarious as hell!

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Robin Kretzschmar

I used it some time with my hyper.js terminal...

When I saw your comment, my first imagination was how you sit in front of your keyboard, smashing the keys, almost turning into a super saiyajin :D

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Yechiel Kalmenson

Yup, came to post activate-power-mode :)

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Claudio Cortese

Is there an extension for VSCode as well? 😊

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Claudio Cortese

Nice, thank you!
Going to have some fun with this extension 😂

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Dani Guardiola

Well I did this: rekt.daniguardiola.me/

Not proud

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Mac Siri

oh god my ears

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

I made the mistake of clicking this in the office with my sound on

Not proud

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Ivan Čurić

Is it wrong that I recognized woman.gif as Grimes?
youtube.com/watch?v=JtH68PJIQLE

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Bhupesh Varshney 👾

Oh damnnnn
🤣🤣🤣
It's good to some fun with what you love i guess

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Florian Rohrer

A Latex package to add coffee stains.

hanno-rein.de/archives/349

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Antonio Radovcic

Emacs "Zone"-Mode (It comes with Emacs)

Emacs Zone

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

We've got GitHub flavored markdown, so it's like so:

![alt-text-for-image](https://link-to-image.com)

We'll definitely add it in the markdown cheatsheet though, not the first time someone's wondered. 🙃

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Mac Siri

This one is funny and potentially useful once every blue moon: foaas.com/

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Tamir Bahar

My favorite has to be /dev/null as a Service.

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Daniel J. Summers

Thanks for the tip - maybe I can be their next "Map-Enlarge Engineer"...

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Max Antonucci

TrumpScript - Making Python Great Again (github.com/samshadwell/TrumpScript)

It's a programming language inspired by Trump, and as a result is entertaining to read about but impossible to make use of for anything serious (as the docs say). Here's some of the features:

No floating point numbers, only integers. America never does anything halfway.
All numbers must be strictly greater than 1 million. The small stuff is inconsequential to us.
There are no import statements allowed. All code has to be home-grown and American made.
Instead of True and False, we have the keywords fact and lie.

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Lucia Moreno

And also Rythm.js: a javascript library that makes your page dance!!

Check out the cool demo page

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Dimitri Acosta

This is pretty cool

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Janet Mendez

I really like doge

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Alistair Chapman

Hard to go past System.Ben for me. Best .NET library in the world...

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Daniel J. Summers

Fast and secure - by default!

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Depado

I created an automated religious API so you can pray the API god with an API call. Basically, automating religion. Jagon API
I usually pray whenever I start a build in my CI. Completely useless.

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TakaakiFuruse

RoR has "forty_two" method.

(1..42).to_a.forty_two # => 42

apidock.com/rails/Array/forty_two
api.rubyonrails.org/classes/Active...

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Jesse Hattabaugh

Whenever I set up a test runner I have to use the nyan reporter youtu.be/UfNeezklIUc

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Phil Nash

In an effort to catch Ruby up to the crazy number of Node.js modules, I wrote and released is_even during a lightning talk. You can see the video here: youtu.be/UT0Rl_EJNN4?t=795

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#benaryorg

Not useful by itself, but definitely one of my favourite non-things is example.com.

Together with example.net and example.org it's reserved as per rfc2606.

I don't know if this qualifies as useless as there's use for it.…

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Jan van Brügge

I really like sl, it displays a steam locomotive when you type sl instead of ls. Not cancelable of course!

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Ricardo Bánffy

Since I spend a lot of time on Twitter discussing politics, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/... (addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/a...) is a must in these dark times.

I also have been naming my hosts with nsaname (npmjs.com/package/nsaname)

Disclaimer: I built them.

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George Marr

This is pretty much the most useless thing I've ever seen
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hub.spigotmc.org/stash/projects/SP...
Even says it's useless in the class

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Dan

Favorite useless repo: »No Code - The best way to write secure and reliable applications« github.com/kelseyhightower/nocode

Favorite useless package: Good old »cowsay« packages.ubuntu.com/de/trusty/cowsay / packagist.org/packages/alrik11es/c...

Favorite useless website: »/dev/null as a Service« devnull-as-a-service.com/code/

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Ricardo Bánffy

I'm very fond of the useless tools I make. Unpepefy - github.com/rbanffy/unpepefy (and its back-end, Naziscore - github.com/rbanffy/naziscore) is one such thing.

Another useless tool (I prefer the term "inutility") is github.com/rbanffy/selectric-mode. It makes your Emacs sound important. Some people add it as a minor mode for Markdown so they feel better about writing documentation.

Another one is github.com/rbanffy/nsaname, a tool I made so I could properly assign codenames to projects or just make server names sound cooler. Who doesn't like to ssh to deity-maker so that they can work on KrakenGibson HX.

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

Least it's honest!

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Benjamin Reed

99 replies and not a single link to Zombocom? I am so disappointed… Guess I'll be the first. :)

(technically not a "programming" thing but it is inspirational… and definitely useless)

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Adrian B.G.

I do not have a favorite but I am amazed by the small NPM packages that can be replaced by JS6+ or Lodash.

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Amar Prakash Pandey

CLI for downloading sub-directory of any Github repository using Github Content API!

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My favorite tool is: Github Sectory.

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Ben Sinclair

That's actually quite useful.

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tux0r

Linux.

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Josh Cheek

I'm super distracted by the header image setting a class variable on instance initialization and the type error in lonely_method.

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

It's served it's purpose then. 😉

I'm not that big on linters, but the gray lines really irked me when I wrote that up.

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Joshua Ballanco

Have to give a shout-out to Swearjure: Valid Clojure without any alphanumeric characters!

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

Language of the future right there!

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Pratik Ambani

Thank God!!!
Nobody is asking me to show my ridiculously messed up git repository.. 😊😊

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Wajdi Al-Hawari

The two that come to mind:

foaas.com/
baconipsum.com/

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Brett Stevenson

baconipsum is good, but I personally prefer slipsum.com.

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Wajdi Al-Hawari

I never knew this existed. Thank you. This is perfect.

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Michael Minshew

I was bored working on a mockup and realized that there isnt a picard ipsum generator. Something fun for this weekend I think.

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Michael Lee 🍕

Awww man, I was secretly hoping that by pressing the [bless | ramen] button, an option to bless the creator with a pack of ramen would show up. Hope your wrists are feeling better Andy!

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

That would be amazing!

Also, thanks about the wrists :) They're getting there!

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

Link 404'd :( You're probably missing http:// before the link.

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Yechiel Kalmenson

nocode

hackertyper is fun for showing off to your friends ;)

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Steffen Frosch

I did not write this but i do really enjoy this php library table-flip made by @SaraMG

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Stefan Su (he/him)

Still in the progress of understanding FizzBuzzEnterpriseEdition.

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Andy Zhao (he/him) Author

Bahaha I like the issues and PRs, like "Dockerize the app," "make code coverage bigger," and "split the monolith."

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István Lantos

My favourite useless time waster is webpack. I can spend days, weeks in front of it, just to realize probably I will get a less sized project if I completely abandone it.

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Ryan Palo

That Readme for BlessYourCodeTag is everything I wanted it to be. Hyper terminal has several fun plugins too!

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Carles Mata

I really like this one when I'm on a terminal: Pokemonsay
pokemonsay-example

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Lovis

This needs more love ❤️

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