Stuff I use

There’s perhaps someone out there who’s interested in knowing what I use to do my “work”… this list is for you.

Hardware

  • ThinkPad T590: It’s a ThinkPad alright. Running openSUSE Tumbleweed.
  • 13” MacBook Pro, Early 2015: The first (and probably last recent) Mac I own. It used to run macOS on it until its battery controller died, at which point I installed openSUSE Tumbleweed on it. Eventually I had to replace the whole battery unit anyway as it turns out that the CPU is throttled to 500MHz when a low power level is reached and you want to do anything CPU intensive.
  • iPhone X: Yes, really. I can’t stand anything Android-based, and Plasma Mobile is not quite there yet (as of 2019).
  • iPad, 7th generation: A quite neat and portable device for browsing the web, watching videos, connecting to remote hosts via SSH, and many more things while on the go. Still needs a proper native text editor/IDE/operating system (i.e. Emacs) though; for now I just connect to some server to be as productive as possible on the go.
  • Logitech M570: Trackballs are a really neat pointing device, and you should use them too.

Software

  • KDE Plasma: I pretty much grew up with KDE, and I’ve never looked back since. Customisable, powerful, and it has a Qt mascot (pun intended )
  • Konsole: Nice, fast, clean, does not get in my way.
  • zsh: I use it with the oh-my-zsh script, but since I do not (completely) like most of the themes it comes with I proceeded to write my own.
  • Firefox: Pretty much the only choice nowadays if you want to use a different browser that’s not WebKit- Blink-based. Features some really nice developer tools, which I would not have been able to build this page without it.
  • Renoise: Inexpensive full-blown tracker-style DAW. You can’t imagine how ridiculously quick you can get things done with it once you familiarised yourself with the keyboard shortcuts.
  • OpenMPT/libopenmpt: Has some really high playback accuracy for most module formats, and the API is really nice.

Editors

There is no perfect editor. But there are some that are pretty close to it.

  • Emacs: Not an editor by default, but it can do everything else. With evil-mode (or Spacemacs for a more complete setup) it’s even usable as an editor. Yes, it can even control my “smart” lights.
  • vi/vim: I don’t spin up a full Emacs session for editing files on a remote server, so vi/vim has to do here.
  • Kate: Sometimes I’m a sucker for editing files in a GUI. Offers a nice integration with Konsole, and it has a vi editing mode too.
  • Qt Creator: This is my go-to tool for developing applications using the Qt framework. It, too, features a vi mode for editing.
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