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tinman (2063)

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tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..

He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.

Journal of tinman (2063)

Thursday April 04, 2002
02:15 AM

tools maketh the man...

[ #3962 ]

Like a thread that ran on JoelonSoftware recently, I was thinking about what sorts of tools I use (Win32 with occasional forays into Solaris and Linux) to make my life easy. This is the shortlist I came up with..

WinCVS - GUI CVS client for us command line impaired Win32 users ;)

TextPad - Nice general purpose text editor

Cygwin - Emulator thingie for Unix (in case you start showing Unix terminal withdrawal symptoms)

Windows commander - Like norton commander (or midnight commander, whichever)

4NT - for all the things that the cmd prompt won't do for you

Putty - Telnet/ssh client that rocks

Lots more where that came from, I suppose.. but this is just so I scribble them down somewhere..

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  • If, like me, you find yourself spending all day in tools like putty, cygwin, 4NT/cmd, and a nice text editory, you should try switching to Linux for a bit. You'll probably find yourself right at home, and more productive than ever (since cygwin is pretty slow for a lot of things).
    • For those of us locked into the corporate world of Outlook, MS Office etc., there's usually not much choice but to use tools like cygwin.
      • That lock-in is often possible to get around. We're an MS network here, and yet I have linux - I can browse the network, use Exchange for email (via IMAP) and the address book (via LDAP), and I open and write Word documents with OpenOffice.

        But I do know *all* about IT services giving you hassle if you switch. I tend to just ignore them though ;-)