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Cleaning up my homedir on the mac: I think it's about time that I did a fresh install, and I think I'm going to make the jump to Leopard and dual-boot with Ubuntu.

THe last 24 hours of having evilwm running have reminded me how much easier it is to limit distractions using virtual desktops. The ease of using the keyboard for things that I do commonly under Linux is so much more than it is in Mac (for example, accessing application menus which don't have built in keyboard shortcuts), and I can also do so much more without there being an expectation that I'm using the mouse.

I still like OS X. I think it does things -- especially for non-power users -- that I like. But I think that for at least some of the time, there are tasks that I can be doing more effectively under Linux -- not the least because I find that my current setup makes it much easier for me to bury myself in a task without being distracted.

I've not yet found a virtual desktop application on the mac which is as easy to use as evilwm has always seemed to me, and even if I did, I've not yet found one that will let me keep my Adium/AIM connection entirely on a different desktop: I've always got that silly duck in the menu bar, waiting for me to respond to people.

I'm sure many people will tell me I'm crazy either way :) But I'm likely to give it a shot anyway.

I've spent most of this morning cleaning up various things -- ensuring that they're checked into SVN, or moving the TV/Movies/etc. that I had grabbed only to my mac off to the PC. I'm running out of drive space again -- I've had to mount my spare 80gb drive, and I'm filling that up at an alarming rate. (Filling this up would mean that I have about 400GB of media saved up.) I think that means that it's time for me to start looking for a cheap 500GB hard drive to add in.


Jan. 5th, 2008 03:03 pm
crschmidt: (Default)
Reinstalled my desktop machine today. I've spent the last hour or so getting the machine back in exactly the same state I had it in 4 years ago in my second year of college.

Things that this means I'm running, in no particular order:
* evilwm (yay)
* xbindkeys
* xmms (though that was actually replaced by gnump3d when I realized I didn't have sound on the machine in question -- which is actually working quite nicely.)
* Logjam!

I'm sure more things will come to me as the process wears on, and I'm also not deliberately trying to make the system unusable by anyone else, so at the moment, it's still just this session configuration. Still, it is somewhat nice to be back in a state that I was actually reasonably productive in way back when. Simply having reasonable window snapping without all the crap that macs tend to stick on top of it is nice in and of itself.

I should really see if I can work out how to make this be my user profile without breaking everything else that goes along with it -- for example, I'm quite happy to have things like ssh-agent started for me automatically, which I don't want to break.

I suppose if I knew more about gdm, I could probably figure this out, but seeing as I don't...

Sadly, this monitor is going, and it does make using the machine somewhat hard. Additionally, the redrawing is painfully slow in many cases. And since I'm using Ubuntu, I'm hardly being as supportive of the whole Free Software movement as I could be -- but I suppose it can't get much worse than using a Mac :)

I really do like Logjam. All the clients for OS X are too clunky feeling -- too many buttons and knobs. Logjam's got almost nothing -- and I like it like that :)

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