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Canada Computes: Open Source: Fun and Games

Sep 26, 2000, 16:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

"Open source is serious business. Thankfully it doesn't mean that open source programs can't be fun. It is with that in mind that I went searching for some fun distractions. Sure, Emacs can play a mean game of Tetris, but I wanted something other than a game. Some mindless distractions or some eye candy. After a little bit of searching, I found both."

"First up, from the department of totally inane and fun wastes of time, Nonsense. Available here, Nonsense is very similar to a program on the Commodore Amiga which made spoof news headlines."

"The program is a Perl script, so you need Perl installed. A quick read of the accompanying documentation tells you how to use the program. It's very simple and it comes with datafiles so you can make bogus resume and bogus Slashdot headlines. Probably the funniest mode I found was the "Stupid Laws" creation. This generated some classics like "It's a violation of the law to put live squirrels in your pants for the purposes of gambling in Kansas." and "In North Moorefield City County, Ohio, it's illegal to serve gasoline as a beverage." Minutes of fun for the whole family! Actually it's more than that and could probably be adapted to generate a stupid law every time someone logs in."

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