Makecheque is a tool (written in Ruby) to print bank cheques, either using bank-supplied stationey, or blank check paper (in conjuntion with a MICR font and perhaps special laser toner). It is intended to be used as part of an interactive bookkeeping system. Makecheque quickly and easily prints large batches of checks based on textual format specifications given as standard input and emits ready-for-printer Postscript on standard output.
Tmpf is tiny script (written in Ruby) to write standard output to a temporary file, run an application with the name of that file as an argument, then delete the temporary file when done. This is useful when you want to pipe output to a program that only accepts files, not standard input. Example: cat myfile.ps | tmpf gv (equivalent to: gv myfile.ps). Despite the incredible simplicity of this script, there is nothing quite like it provided among the standard Unix tools.