Tools I use and relevant configurations (passwords not included).


Technically an OS, but isn’t an OS just a another very general tool?

I’ve tried many distros from Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, but I’ve always come back to Gentoo. I just like compiling stuff, I guess.


Tiling window managers FTW! The first one I tried was Ion, I’ve also used XMonad and bspwm, but have eventually settled on i3.



I started out with Emacs years ago, eventually tried out vim-tutor and have not been able to go back to Emacs without modal editing. I tried Spacemacs and DOOM Emacs (the latter I stuck with for about a year), but it was never quite right.

I try to stick as closely to vanilla Vim (not Neovim) as possible. That way, I don’t have to do a lot of configuration to be productive in Vim on a fresh install.


All my password management is accomplished with pass. I couple it with passmenu to have a handy keyboard shortcut to grab a password I need. I tried out the Firefox extension for pass, but it got in the way more than it helped.

Managing more than one machine and synchronizing the password stores is as simple as pass git push and pass git pull.

I have a subfolder that encrypts keys with a different key for work, so the same store can reside on my private machines while keeping the work passwords safe.

mail-client/mutt & mail-client/isync

I use as my email “provider”. It’s basically bring-your-own-domain and they’ll handle the email aspect of it.

I used neomutt for a while, but have reverted to mutt. As I understood it, neomutt was a response to mutt’s development being stalled, but mutt is actively being developed today.


I’ve shopped around for various IRC clients, and so far have tried Irssi, Weechat and Senpai. Irssi I found weirdly charming but difficult to configure. Then I found Weechat and stayed with that for a while. Running senpai basically helped me realise that what I want in an IRC client is as little clutter as possible. Weechat has all the configurability I want to make the interface as minimal as I want it, plus it has none of the problems that I experienced with Senpai.

I run my own IRC bouncer soju now with the weechat plugin.

Articles from blogs I follow around the net

In praise of Plan 9

Plan 9 is an operating system designed by Bell Labs. It’s the OS they wrote after Unix, with the benefit of hindsight. It is the most interesting operating system that you’ve never heard of, and, in my opinion, the best operating system design to date. Even …

via Drew DeVault's blog November 12, 2022

Making Hare more debuggable

Hare programs need to be easier to debug. This blog post outlines our plans for improving the situation. For a start, we’d like to implement the following features: Detailed backtraces Address sanitization New memory allocator DWARF support These are rou…

via Blogs on The Hare programming language November 4, 2022

Go’s Version Control History

A tour of Go’s four version control systems.

via research!rsc February 14, 2022

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