...well not exactly an app, but nevertheless, i want it to mention here :-)
Crux is the Linux distribution that I use. It's small, fast and very
stable. If you afraid of configuring all by yourself, it is
probably not for you, but I like it, because I can make it do
what I want.
I saw jed the first time in 1998 on some of the screenshots of
Rasterman. The syntax
highlighting looked really cool. And I was already familiar with the
default key bindings, which happened to be emacsish. You can
customize it like crazy to do almost everything you want, but it
is 10 times smaller then emacs. I use the html-mode, the
and the very nice muttmail_mode
I have some kind of love and hate relationship with this editor.
I start using it because of the very efficient key bindings, especially
when the RSI problems
in my hands are getting worse. It is easier to
type one key in vim then to type control-meta-alt-shift combinations
in emacs. But the modal editing sometimes drives me crazy.
Maybe it is just psychological, maybe it has beeped on me one time
to much :-)
...in my opinion one of the best mail-clients on this planet. Also very
customizable and efficient, especially when you are on several mailing lists.
You can use your favorite editor in it, which is a big plus :-)
I use it in conjunction with
procmail, to filter my incoming
mail into different folders and
masqmail, a mail transfer agent.
I don't chat that much, so I need a client that works out of the box. In
the past I used tirc and xchat. Irssi just happens to be in the Mandrake
distro two years ago, when it made the transition form a gui-client back to
a console-client. Unlike a few others I tried (bitchX and epic) it had pretty
good default settings. So I stick to it since then.
...is a pretty good xterminal, which is small and has a few nice
features, like transparency and fading. The only thing I can't
change, was the inner border of the term window from two to four or five
pixels (like eterm). This is working in xterm and rxvt but I didn't
get it in aterm, thought I didn't look in the sources yet. Other things
I always change are: allow scrolling with shift+ up and down keys
and no bold fonts.
- window maker
After my first adventure with enlightenment
back in 97/98 if tried to find a smaller and more stable wm.
Window maker is a really trouble free environment with a nice set of useful
features. It don't get in my way like some others I tried.
...is another wm I use. It has a real pure and slick design which i
like very much.
...is a relative "new kid on the block" with feature-set that surprises me,
so I test it at the moment. You can assign different actions for apps when
you start them and it is quite fast and stable. Very nice :-)
I played a lot of chess in the 90's and I'm still playing for
my team in a local championship. So I need a good chess database
to search for openings and games to refine my repertoire.
Scid is the best free program that I can find and it has all
the features that I need. Good work!
I play chess regularly in ICC.
Xboard has a good feature-set to play, chat and watch grand-master games
live on the internet.
- midnight commander
mc is the best file manager I could find (and I tried a lot of them).
Coming from a DOS/Windows platform where I used the norton commander,
I felt right at home. Who needs nautilus or konqueror, when you can do it
ten times faster in mc?
I don't play that much on a computer, but this game has a good design
and is quite fun to play. I like it :-)