Various notes about technology, – especially software that I use or work with.
List of software etc.
Some of the software, file formats etc. that I use (and various tips):
- Firefox with ublock-origin – browsing the web without adds/tracking. Settings: auto-delete cookies, localstorage etc. on exit.
- Anki – great tool for learning, – open source flash-cards
- protonmail – seems to be the best privacy-aware email
- Vim – the text editor that I am most efficient in
- Brave – privacy-aware chrome-based browser – better default privacy/adblocking than firefox without plugins (usable on iOS, where Apple disallows firefox plugins etc.).
- libreoffice – good-enough office-suite
- Gimp – good-enough image editing
- Blender – great 3d program, with good-enough video editor
- Syncthing – synchronising files between computers – cloud-alternative
- Signal – instant messenging
- Facebook/messenger – worst software – but needs to use it due to things only communicated there 🙁
- Thrill of the fight – Best cardio exercise – but brutal
- Beat Saber – good cardio exercise with fast version of song "FitBeat" – includes squads and jumps to the side
- HoloPoint – decent cardio exercise
- Gorilla tag – good arm exercise
- Google Earth – good for learning geography
- TiltBrush – creative drawing
- Clojure – nice / favourite programming language
- serverside: node or deno (prefer deno due to sandboxing, but often use node due to
- the web platform!
– data science! Jupyter Lab
- micropy – for scripting on embedded devices
- scripting blender etc.
- Lua – good/easy to embed in other applications
Operating systems I use:
- Linux – clearly the best for my use cases. Always using this on server (although would also be tempted to return to FreeBSD), – and often on laptop/desktop (prefer i3 as window manager). Great!
- MacOS – lots of small bugs, but runs on the new Apple ARM processors, and allows web development/testing on Safari, and possibility to develop for iOS, – good enough, but not great.
- iOS – locked-down operating system (You don't control your device, Apple does, which is bad). But Android is worse, – and you need to have Android or iOS to function in modern society (payment, school-apps, sign-in, authentification, coronapas, etc. (Open-standard web-applications are unfortunatly often only developed as an afterthought if at all)).
- Windows – needed for some use cases (best VR-support, playing certain games with my son that is unsupported on Linux/MacOS).
- Android – developed by a company whoose business model is to sell your attention to highest bidder (and collect information about you to be able to do that).
- SQLite – database, – data can easily be accessed from different programming languages, and it is really easy to backup an share the database with others, as it is just single file.
- Markdown – simple, good-enough plain-text format, – can also be converted to print etc (pandoc).
- etherpad – really good for collaboration on text (need to re-install this asap).
- gitea – self-hosted simple github-alternative (github was taken over by Microsoft, – currently using gitlab but want to shift to this).