bfr maintains a buffer of data collected from stdin, emitting the data to stdout. It will both read and write at the speed each stream can handle, and allows you to set thresholds of when to start outputting and inputting again (after reaching a full buffer), the size of the buffer, as well as monitor content/throughput with an optional progress-bar. It also includes bfp, a variant especially written to play audio data using /dev/dsp.
gtkmodeline is supposed to aid you in coming up with new, better, custom video modes. The purpose is to get every last row and column of performance out of what your monitor can do, milk it for all its worth, and otherwise generally lower the life of your monitor. It essentially lets you somewhat easily tweak the numbers and instaneously see the results of your tweak, and add config gibberish which the various software packages need to see in order to know how to give you this video mode. It currently generates config lines which should be suitable for configuring XFree86, SVGATextMode, and Linux FBDev. Its a small perlscript which uses the Gtk and Gtk::GladeXML modules.
setirotate automatically spawns the SETI@Home commandline client, rotating it through work units in a work unit cache. You can configure the number of work units to store, the number of processes to run simultaneously, the number of simultaneous result-upload/workunit-download transfers, the time interval within which its allowed to perform said transfers, and the timeout interval for when a transfer fails. It will immediately start working on a work unit when the previous one finishes, while uploading the newly finished result (if the upload interval permits) in parallel. It strives to always keep something running.
> How is this "artistic
Good question. It's covered by the perl Artistic License, but I wouldn't call it artistic software.
Funny, I don't recall putting it in that category. I'll remove it.
Re: I should point out...
> I'm really happy at the response to
> this so far, though.
Perhaps some clarification is necessary. After following the instructions detailed in your paragraph titled "Fix the descriptions", I received replies asking me not to do so until the package owners had been properly located...