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September 15 2010

11:11

Making Windows ready for the Desktop: A follow-up

It's been quite some time now since my post on how to make Windows usable for coding1). I thought it might be time for a follow-up, especially since I have since redefined some of my workflow, discovered new tools, etc.

For my Linux-mouse-behaviour I now incorporate Taekwindow instead of KatMouse, which started to freak out in my browser after a recent Firefox update. On top of the “scroll the window beneath the cursor and not the one with the focus” functionality, Taekwindow also adds Alt-dragging and -resizing to Windows.

For a simple and functional screenshot tool I have fallen in love with Greenshot. It is highly configurable (hotkeys for taking a screenshot of a definable section, the current window or the whole screen, the naming scheme to use for new screenies) and also comes with a simple image editor. All in all, I wouldn't want to miss it anymore when testing and creating bugs ;-) An interesting Linux equivalent would btw be Shutter.

Also a regular in my toolbox is now Notepad++ as my text editor of choice – I'd actually kill for a Linux port of this one ;-)

And last but not least, I have also installed ManicTime as my automatic time tracker, since my company really loves itself some timesheets. ManicTime automatically logs all focused windows (as in, application, window title, usage time), and these logs have really helped in the past to refresh my memory when I had to fill out my timesheet after a very busy day. I'm probably going to buy the pro version once my timesheet becomes more complex again2).

I also got rid of some applications though. I don't use Console2 or PuttyCyg anymore, and I also dumped the Samurize Clock Client with my custom clock/load monitor widget after Samurize started to crash or throwing weird error messages at me.

What I sadly also had to dump is VirtuaWin (and its “let's check this out” temporary replacement Dexpot. While I really love virtual desktops, and really really missed them when stating to use Windows again, I soon had to discover that Windows itself simply isn't ready for them yet. A couple of applications don't play well with being moved around from desktop to desktop3), and without some equivalent of DevilsPie4) virtual desktops are only half the fun anway.

1) at least for someone like me used to coding in a Linux environment, YMMV
2) damn you, consulting assignment *shakes her fist angrily*
3) I'm looking at you, Outlook! And at you too, Microsoft Communicator!
4) Dexpot has a window matching utility built in, but that didn't seem to be totally bugfree yet
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11:11

Making Windows ready for the Desktop: A follow-up

It's been quite some time now since my post on how to make Windows usable for coding1). I thought it might be time for a follow-up, especially since I have since redefined some of my workflow, discovered new tools, etc.

For my Linux-mouse-behaviour I now incorporate Taekwindow instead of KatMouse, which started to freak out in my browser after a recent Firefox update. On top of the “scroll the window beneath the cursor and not the one with the focus” functionality, Taekwindow also adds Alt-dragging and -resizing to Windows.

For a simple and functional screenshot tool I have fallen in love with Greenshot. It is highly configurable (hotkeys for taking a screenshot of a definable section, the current window or the whole screen, the naming scheme to use for new screenies) and also comes with a simple image editor. All in all, I wouldn't want to miss it anymore when testing and creating bugs ;-) An interesting Linux equivalent would btw be Shutter.

Also a regular in my toolbox is now Notepad++ as my text editor of choice – I'd actually kill for a Linux port of this one ;-)

And last but not least, I have also installed ManicTime as my automatic time tracker, since my company really loves itself some timesheets. ManicTime automatically logs all focused windows (as in, application, window title, usage time), and these logs have really helped in the past to refresh my memory when I had to fill out my timesheet after a very busy day. I'm probably going to buy the pro version once my timesheet becomes more complex again2).

I also got rid of some applications though. I don't use Console2 or PuttyCyg anymore, and I also dumped the Samurize Clock Client with my custom clock/load monitor widget after Samurize started to crash or throwing weird error messages at me.

What I sadly also had to dump is VirtuaWin (and its “let's check this out” temporary replacement Dexpot. While I really love virtual desktops, and really really missed them when stating to use Windows again, I soon had to discover that Windows itself simply isn't ready for them yet. A couple of applications don't play well with being moved around from desktop to desktop3), and without some equivalent of DevilsPie4) virtual desktops are only half the fun anway.

1) at least for someone like me used to coding in a Linux environment, YMMV
2) damn you, consulting assignment *shakes her fist angrily*
3) I'm looking at you, Outlook! And at you too, Microsoft Communicator!
4) Dexpot has a window matching utility built in, but that didn't seem to be totally bugfree yet
Read or add comments to this article

May 31 2010

15:38
15:38

January 06 2010

20:08

Enna

Enna is a Media Center application. Featuring a simple user interface, Enna is based on the powerful Enlightenment Foundations Libraries (EFL) as for its graphical user interface and GeeXboX libraries as for multimedia playback and information retrieval.
20:08

Enna

Enna is a Media Center application. Featuring a simple user interface, Enna is based on the powerful Enlightenment Foundations Libraries (EFL) as for its graphical user interface and GeeXboX libraries as for multimedia playback and information retrieval.

July 31 2009

17:05

Cyrket - APNdroid

Toggle that prevents your phone from connecting to internet over 3G/EDGE/GPRS. This application modifies APN names and types by adding 'apndroid' suffix to them (you can edit them anytime in your phone's Settings).

July 27 2009

09:43

connectbot - Project Hosting on Google Code

ConnectBot is a Secure Shell client for the Android platform. Its ultimate goal is to create a secure connection through which you can use a shell on a remote machine and transfer files back and forth to your phone.
09:42

July 22 2009

20:34

azilink

AziLink is an application that allows USB tethering for Android-based phones, without requiring root access. It works by using a Java-based NAT that communicates with OpenVPN on the host computer. It's been tested on MacOS, Windows, and Linux. The connection will be forwarded over the phone's active network service, which can be either WiFi or 3G/EDGE.

April 02 2009

17:38

Substance of Code » Mobidentica

Mobidentica is a mobile client for identi.ca service. Identi.ca is a microblogging service like Twitter, where users can post short (max 140 character) notices. Mobidentica is written in Java, so it can be run on phones that support J2ME MIDP 2.0 and CLDC 1.0.

March 13 2009

10:37

Blueman Project - News

Blueman is a GTK+ Bluetooth Manager Blueman is designed to be simple and intuitive for everyday bluetooth tasks such as: * Connecting to 3G/EDGE/GPRS via dial-up * Connecting to/Creating bluetooth networks * Connecting to input devices * Connecting to audio devices * Sending/Receiving/Browsing files via OBEX * Pairing Blueman also integrates with Network Manager 0.7, making any Bluetooth Dialup/Network connections available (via HAL) to Network Manager.
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