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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:31:07 +0100Posted by André Landwehr

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For years and years I tried different ways to organize my todos, but I was never quite content with what I found. The big mistake I made was that I looked for a tool, implicitly expecting the tool to bring along a way to work with it that magically suited my needs. This of course could not work, as I have realized now. When I finally discovered the Android app SimpleTask and dived into the help texts, I found out about two different ways to structure one's todos, namely 1MTD (the one minute todo list) and MYN (master your now), with the latter being an extension of the first. I evaluated both...

The Editor

Sat, 21 May 2016 14:32:11 +0200Posted by Andre Landwehr

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Just as important as the window manager, or maybe even more, is the editor. When I started to write software as a 10 year old or so, the IDEs from Borland were state of the art, with Pascal being my favorite. The Borland IDE not only had clearly structured menus, but most notably it had a color scheme that was not black on white like most of todays editors but grey on blue, which imposes a lot less stress on the eyes.
A few years later when I got in touch with Linux, there was the vital question of which editor to learn: vi or emacs. There were other editors as well, but those were the two big...

The Windowmanager

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:48:43 +0200Posted by Andre Landwehr

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I admit it, my early motivation to become what is nowadays called a geek was simply laziness. There's a computer sitting there in the corner, so how can it do my work for me or at least help me do my work more efficiently so I'm done with it earlier?
This lead to the neverending search for (and writing of) efficient tools. Furthermore, as a software developer my brain quickly learned to structure things and build up hierarchies. Combine the two and you arrive at a set of tools I like to have on all computers I regularly use. An important part of this is my windowmanager, wmii.
No, wmii cannot...