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It’s Been a while since the first one, so some updates.

Operating System

Home is Windows duel booting with Ubuntu, mostly in Windows since the main use for the machine is Games and Web, and since Web is Firefox, Windows means I can do everything, Linux means I have to switch to Windows for games, so it remains in Windows by default. Ubuntu is there when I need to isolate myself from the games to get some work done. But for today, there’s Bioshock.

Work is a Macbook, and so runs OS X. I no longer have a Powerbook at home 🙁


On OS X I use BBEdit. Windows I still – after seven years – use EditPlus. Under linux I use Kate. Under all of the above I use vim also.

I will – I maintain – one day learn how to use vim well enough as a multiple document editor to switch to it full time, Today is not that day.


Email is sent from all the servers I get things at to a collection point on Cenote – my hosted machine – and there forwarded to GMail, which is now my primary email client. Between my phone, work, home and cafés, the main downside of web-applications – that you can’t access them offline – simply doesn’t apply to access to my email at the moment, and once they add Google Gears (Offline storage) to GMail, it’ll be – to a large extent – solved.

Personal Organisation

I never used Google’s Calendar site before, but work tend towards it so I linked up my accounts, and it’s become my primary organisation tool.

GCal syncs with iCal both ways thanks to Spaning Sync – Once Leopard is released, Google will probably start supporting the open Apple iCal Server stuff and this can be done nativly – and to Outlook with the Open Source Remote Calendars addon.

My Phone is an O2 XDA (AKA HDC “Wizard” model) running Windows Mobile 2005 – which doesn’t quite sync to mac yet but will sync to my home Windows machine where it can sync calendars from Outlook. This is overly complicated, and I look forward to the day when I can sync all my devices from one machine, preferably a mac. My iPod also contains my calendars and contacts, again thanks to iCal.

Todo lists live on my phone, they sync with nowhere. This doesn’t work well, and I frequently forget to do things.


I have a Global directory, containing Music, Documents and Projects which is rsynced to a server hosted by Bluehost, which gives 100G of space to play with for not much per month. Since I only got this a couple of months ago, I’m still rsyncing data to it, but eventually I will keep data synced across the external drive on my laptop at work (Music), my home machine (All Directories), Laptop (Documents and Projects), and development & hosting servers (Projects). I also need to add the Photos subdir to that, and automate the rsync process (rsync being done with cygterm (In conjunction with Puttycyg to replace Windows’ gods-awful command line).

If I need to access this – or any – external data, I can mount it over SSH as a drive. On linux with vfs, on OS X using macfuse, and with Windows using SFTPDrive, the latter being something I’m pretty sure should have an open source alternative, but apparently doesn’t, presumably because creating windows filesystems is apparently a headache from hell. All of these allow me to mount an external SSH server as if it were a locally connected hard drive, which is awesome.




  • Linky – Open Currently Selected Links In Tabs
  • Wesabe – For uploading my bank statements. I’ll have an article about this soon.
  • Firebug – The main problem I have with this now is that I can’t work without it.
  • IE Tab – Until Firefox finally takes over the world and I every site works in Fx, I have this under Windows.
  • Reload Every – Reload current tab every X seconds. Useful when debugging.
  • FoxMarks – Syncs my bookmarks file so they’re the same from all my various browsers. Handy.


    I still have an Aqwiki install which runs about a half-dozen sites – like Section.istic.net – including a private auth-only one. Comics are still being managed by an evolution of the same script I was talking about in 2004, which is now at hol.istic.net/comics. I moved from Bloglines to Google Reader a while ago – and have plans to resurrect the Aquaintances project to use Google Reader as a feed database (Meaning it will become an offline-reader for Google Reader, as well as it’s own coolness).


    OS X

  • Sticky Windows – Turn windows unto tabs at the side of your screen,
  • SSH Agent


  • Screen – Under which:
    • IRSSI
    • SLRN
  • Mutt


    • Putty – PuTTY makes Windows usable.
    • Ultramon
    • uTorrent
    • AVG
    • Civilization 4
    • Lord of the Rings Online
    • Neverwinter Nights 2
    • City of Heroes
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