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.

Cryptocurrency is an abject disaster

This post is long overdue. Let’s get it over with. 🛑 Hey! If you write a comment about this article online, disclose your stake in cryptocurrency. I will explain why later in this post. For my part, I held <$10,000 USD worth of Bitcoin prior to 201…

via Drew DeVault's blog April 26, 2021

Recommended read: Why Lichess will always be free

Signal-boosting this excellent article from Lichess: Why Lichess will always be free.

via Drew DeVault's blog April 23, 2021

Stallman isn't great, but not the devil

So Richard Stallman is back at the FSF, on the board of directors this time rather than as President. I’m not sure how significant this position is in the day-to-day operations, but I’m not sure if that’s really important. How anyone could have thought this …

via arp242.net March 25, 2021

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