Humaid AlQassimi

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My favourite software

Aug 12, 2019 · 1 min read

This is a list of software which improved the way I use my computer.

Backing up

I use Borg which allows me to efficiently backup my files, it supports encryption and deduplication of files, allowing me to use a fraction of space compared to a traditional method.

Text editing & document processing

I use neovim because it is fast, minimal and just works. Editors like VS Code and Atom sucks, a text editor shouldn’t be using 500-700MB of RAM to open a small text file.

I usually write my notes and reports in Markdown, which is then converted to PDF (through LaTeX) with pandoc. LaTeX is used when I need more control over the document.

Linux/Unix utilities and programs

  • maim: a simple command-line based screenshot program.
  • zsh/Oh My Zsh: my favourite shell environment setup.
  • sxiv: a perfect, minimal image viewer.
  • zathura: a light PDF viewer which uses Vi keyboard shortcuts.
  • Claws Mail: a mail client which is lightweight and delightful to use.

Desktop environment

  • My window manager is dwm, modified to support volume, brightness, display and pomodoro (spt) support, and theme colour changed. I like the way dwm arranges windows (compared to i3wm).
  • My terminal emulator is st, which seems to just work well.

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Articles from blogs I follow around the net

You can also read my newsfeed.

Migrating from nginx to OpenBSD's httpd and relayd

Migrating from nginx to OpenBSD's httpd and relayd Written By: Jake Bauer | Posted: 2021-02-17 | Last Updated: 2021-02-17 This logo is subject to the license at: Having set up my mail server on OpenBSD, I've been very satisfied wi…

via - What's New February 17, 2021

Status update, February 2021

Salutations! It's officially a year of pandemic life. I hear the vaccine distribution is going well, so hopefully there won't be another year of this. In the meanwhile, I've been working hard on free software, what with having little else to do. …

via Drew DeVault's blog February 15, 2021

How to make your downstream users happy

There are a number of things that your FOSS project can be doing which will make the lives of your downstream users easier, particularly if you’re writing a library or programmer-facing tooling. Many of your downstreams (Linux distros, pkgsrc, corporate user…

via Drew DeVault's blog February 9, 2021

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