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The 2013 roundup

Following Karl’s 2013 roundup I thought I’d have a go at my own. This look longer than I expected.

OS X Applications

The only new application here is Moom. I spend much of my time with a fair few windows open and Moon gives me an unobtrusive way to organise windows superquick. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. I’ve been a user of the rest of the applications since their respective births and they do their jobs admirably.

Terminal Applications

I’m living in the terminal more than ever and have recently moved my instant messaging and email to the command line. I find it more efficient to jump between tmux windows and sessions than between different attention-grabbing applications. A side effect is that I’m using the mouse at lot less which is better for my wrists.

  • Irssi - IRC client
  • Glances - operating system monitoring tool
  • MCabber - XMPP client
  • Mutt - email client
  • tmux - terminal multiplexer
  • Vim - the text editor of truth

iOS Applications of note

Although I only have two pages of applications on my iPhone I didn’t feel the need to list them all. Here are a small(ish) selection of ones that I use regularly and don’t think I could do without.


  • Dell box - an ancient Dell box that runs Debian
  • Filco Majestouch 2 - mechanical keyboard
  • iPad mini
  • iPhone 5
  • Mac Mini - a media centre of sorts
  • MacBook Pro (with Alkr cover) - my primary machine
  • Raspberry Pi - I have two of these and love them for tinkering

Online services

I’m hoping 2014 will be the year I ditch third party email providers and move to a self-hosted deal. I’ve considered different ways to do this but none have struck me as particularly future-proof or time efficient.