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The tools I use

in my everyday work

Misc software

WorkRave — supports my work rhythm.  Excellent stuff; works on many platforms.

WordNet — English lexical database, a thesaurus program.

Mozilla Firefox — the browser.


GNU Emacs with:

MPlayer — for playing music and video files.  Real high-quality open-source software.

CenterICQ, a simple text-mode ICQ client (with support for a number of other protocols).  The best user interface of all those icq clients I’ve seen.  Disadvantage: doesn’t support working in a Unicode environment (e.g. when LANG=ru_RU.UTF-8), but works through luit.


Shell aliases and functions


alias le=less
alias l="ls -al"
alias gr="grep -r"

CVS, to see what has been changed and needs commiting:

alias c.status='cvs status 2>&1 | grep -E "Examining|Locally " | grep -B1 Locally'

Shell session management — saving and loading command history in a .history in the current directory in Zsh:

alias save='fc -n -A .history'
alias load='fc -R .history'

Same, but for bash:

alias save='history -a .history'
alias load='history -r .history; test -r .shell && . .shell'
export HISTFILESIZE=10000
export HISTSIZE=10000

Create a directory and change to it immediately.  mkdir and cd combined:

function mcd () 
    mkdir $1
    cd $1

When on Windows

EditPadLite — for simple textfile edits

UnixTools — for find, grep and other good old unix tools

Advanced Disk Catalog — for tracking contents of the CDRs I’ve burned

When developing

…with Perl

Template-Toolkit — great template-based text-generation instrument.  Very good.


For web functional testing

FunkLoad — a Python-based web testing tool.  A good one.


Delicious social bookmarks.

RSS Fwd — watching RSS and ATOM feeds by email.  A great service.

Flickr.com, storing and sharing photos.