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Section 1:- Linux/*nix

Webpack - automatic webpage and image optimation

Section 2:- 8 Bit stuff

8-Bit Stuff - Commodore 64/128 Index

Unzip64v2 - D64it - Novaterm 10 - Demos - Misc - Links

Section 3:- Compression

Webpack - image optimistation - Unzip64v2

Section 4:- Common Links

Google - Slashdot - Freshmeat - Wired - User friendly

Section 5:- News

4-10-2004 - Webpack 0.6b released

  • WAY more sanity checking
    • check if source or destination is the root directory
    • check if output is same as, subdirectory of or parent of current directory
    • now checks all stupid combinations of source/destination directories I could imagine
  • enable force overwrite (-f) option
  • works with (more) paths with spaces in them
  • add support for HTML::Clean for html compression
  • add support for advancecomp (compression optimizer):
    • use advdef to recompress *.gz (and *.png if pngcrush not installed)
    • use advzip to recompress *.zip
    • brute mode (-b) enables -4 (compress extreme) option on advdef/advzip

13-9-2004 - Webpack 0.5b released

  • catch (more) pngcrush failures
  • minor cleanups
  • more sanity checking
  • implement process-existing-files-only-if-source-newer-than-target (-u) - now can use in an automated way to keep a website updated
  • implement force overwrite (-f) (hidden for the moment)

25-07-2004 - Webpack Announced on Freshmeat

Webpack got announced on Freshmeat and there's been lots of hits but not many downloads, so to make it easier there is now linux-x86 and cygwin "packages" which include both webpack itself and enough of the pre-compiled requirements to get you going. Oh and yes, future versions will have a bit more documentation :-)


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  1. /klooj/ n. Incorrect (though regrettably common) spelling of kluge (US). These two words have been confused in American usage since the early 1960s, and widely confounded in Great Britain since the end of World War II.
  2. [TMRC] A crock that works. (A long-ago "Datamation" article by Jackson Granholme similarly said: "An ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole.")
  3. v. To use a kludge to get around a problem. "I've kludged around it for now, but I'll fix it up properly later."

This word appears to have derived from Scots `kludge' or `kludgie' for a common toilet, via British military slang. It apparently became confused with U.S. kluge during or after World War II; some Britons from that era use both words in definably different ways, but kluge is now uncommon in Great Britain. `Kludge' in Commonwealth hackish differs in meaning from `kluge' in that it lacks the positive senses; a kludge is something no Commonwealth hacker wants to be associated too closely with. Also, `kludge' is more widely known in British mainstream slang than `kluge' is in the U.S.

Source: Jargon File 4.2.0


/kluhj/ (From the old Scots "kludgie" meaning an outside toilet) A Scottish engineering term for anything added in an ad hoc (and possibly unhygenic!) manner. At some point during the Second World War, Scottish engineers met Americans and the meaning, spelling and pronunciation of kludge became confused with that of "kluge".

The spelling "kludge" was apparently popularised by the "Datamation" cited below which defined it as "An ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole."

The result of this tangled history is a mess; in 1993, many (perhaps even most) hackers pronounce the word /klooj/ but spell it "kludge" (compare the pronunciation drift of mung). Some observers consider this appropriate in view of its meaning.

["How to Design a Kludge", Jackson Granholme, Datamation, February 1962, pp. 30-31].

Source: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing

kludge or kluge (klõõj) n. Slang

  1. A system, especially a computer system, that is constituted of poorly matched elements or of elements originally intended for other applications.
  2. A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.

[From ironic use of earlier kluge, smart, clever, from spelling pronunciation of German kluge, from Middle High German kluc, from Middle Low German klõk.]

kludge v. kludgy adj.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright

Kludge n :

a badly assembled collection of parts hastily assembled to serve some particular purpose (often used to refer to computing systems or software that has been badly put together)

Source: WordNet


In information technology, a kludge (pronounced KLOOdzh) is an awkward or clumsy (but at least temporarily effective) solution to a programming or hardware design or implementation problem. According to Eric Raymond, the term is indirectly derived from the German klug meaning clever. Raymond considers "kludge" an incorrect spelling of kluge, a term of the 1940s with the same general meaning and possibly inspired by the Kluge paper feeder, a "fiendishly complex assortment of cams, belts, and linkages...devilishly difficult to repair...but oh, so clever!"

A kludge originates because another, more elegant or appropriate solution is not currently possible (perhaps because of time constraints). Hardware and software products are sometimes the result of adding a new and basically incompatible design to the original design rather than redesigning the product completely. What is a kludge can be a matter of opinion. Users often have a different opinion than the designers, who understand the problems that had to be overcome. To the extent that information technology products are combinations of elements originating from a variety of design philosophies and constraints, almost any product is bound to contain some element of kludginess.

A kludge could be considered a type of workaround.

Source: searchCIO.com Definitions