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commit 23a6584e6f2728c1935ab16d07ef601c8641efb6 (patch)
parent 7c050d962f3686832e995ee0a421592ecb6198ca
Author: Alex Karle <>
Date:   Sun,  2 May 2021 23:17:06 -0400

uses: Add verbose rough draft of a uses(7) page

This is in need of a serious overhaul, but before I *do* overhaul it, I
want to checkpoint it in git, in case I like the original better :)

Mblog.7 | 6+++++-
Auses.7 | 122+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
2 files changed, 127 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/blog.7 b/blog.7 @@ -11,7 +11,11 @@ If you'd like to get notifications on new articles, I publish an .Lk atom.xml Atom feed (for use with your favorite RSS/Atom client). .Pp -From newest to oldest: +For an up to date list of software/hardware I use, see +.Xr uses 7 . +.Pp +Otherwise, posts below are from newest to oldest: +.Pp .Bl -bullet -compact .It .Xr use-feeds 7 diff --git a/uses.7 b/uses.7 @@ -0,0 +1,122 @@ +.Dd $Mdocdate$ +.Dt USES 7 +.Os +.Sh NAME +.Nm uses +.Nd up-to-date list of software/hardware I use +.Sh DESCRIPTION +I really enjoy a good "uses" post. +I think the first I ever stumbled across was Wes Bos', +back when I was learning web-development. +As someone fascinated by developer tooling, +I loved hearing what other programmers use in their day-to-day lives. +.Pp +I try to keep this page up to date, +both for my future nostalgia, +as well as anyone else out there who enjoys the "genre". +.Sh SOFTWARE +.Ss Editor +I use a lightly customized +.Lk vim(1) +for development and +.Xr vi 1 +in a pinch. +.Pp +Of the plugins I use, the ones I feel really give me a lift are: +.Bl -bullet -compact +.It +.Lk vim-fugitive +for interactive staging, diffs (cross branches even), and :Ggrep. +.It +.Lk vim-surround +really just helps refactoring code (especially strings) +.It +.Lk vim-dirvish +as a faster, +safer file-browser. +I know Vim ships with netrw, +but I like knowing that a stray key won't delete my files. +.El +Oh and being a general fan of retro-computing, I've really enjoyed learning +.Xr ed 1 +(blog post pending). +.Ss OS +I use OpenBSD to host this site (big fan \(em see +.Xr self-hosted 7 ) , +but due to a couple unfortunate graphics bugs, +haven't been successful in using it on the Desktop. +.Pp +I use Debian on my PC (plays nicely with necessary software for work) +and Alpine on an old ThinkPad X220. +.Pp +I've been using solely free OS' for a couple years now and really +appreciate the transparency and ability to dive-deeply into the source. +.Ss Desktop Environment / Window Manager +I've been using +.Lk dwm(1) +for about as long as I've been on Linux and keep coming back to it. +.Pp +I really dig how snappy it is on my old laptop and that it is heavily keyboard driven. +While configurability is certainly a feature, +I've found that after an initial period of making changes in the first few months, +my config has stayed mostly unchanged. +.Pp +.Ss Miscellaneous +Core to my setup is +.Xr tmux 1 , +which I use to manage any number of terminal programs I might +have running (open +.Xr ssh 1 +connections, +Vim instances, +and a multitude of shells to do any number of tasks). +.Pp +Since moving to primarily WFH during the COVID pandemic, I've especially +come to appreciate the client-server architecture of +.Xr tmux 1 , +which saves me almost daily when spotty VPN connections drop. +.Pp +Other honorable mentions are +.Lk mutt(1) +for email and +.Lk git(1) +for backing up code, notes, and config files. +.Pp +.Sh HARDWARE +.Ss Keyboard +I used the +.Lk Ultimate Hacking Keyboard +for about two years before deciding +I wanted to try something a bit more ergonomic. +I've been using the +.Lk Keyboardio Atreus +since December 2020 and really enjoying it. +.Ss Laptop +When I started really getting into Linux at work and home ~2019, +I installed Arch on my old macbook and suffered at the hands of +NVIDIA and poor hardware support until I ditched my macbook for +a X220 that I bought off Ebay and put a SSD in. +I've been using that same X220 (i7, 2GB RAM) ever since, +although when I started working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic +I had to upgrade to something that could run my work environment, +so I invested in a desktop. +.Pp +I run either Alpine Linux or OpenBSD on my laptop (swapping hard drives +like nintendo cartidges :) ). +I prefer the latter, but the former runs much cooler. +.Ss Desktop +I built my first desktop (a long standing nerd goal of mine) at the +start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. +I use it for all work-related development, +and use my laptop for casual browsing and hobby coding +(I try to ensure my hobby projects all run on old hardware!). +.Pp +My desktop runs Debian, +since I find most work-related software runs on it. +.Sh SEE ALSO +.Bl -bullet -compact +.It +.Xr blog 7 +.It +.Lk Wes Bos' uses page +.El