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Mamiya 645, Fuji Provia 400
Two years ago I wrote Thoughts on window management, and in the meantime, I returned to using Linux computers for a really significant part of my digital life. Thus, it was time got pick a window manager again. I think I then tried just about every significant one and lots of unknown forks, experiments and abandoned ones.
Revisiting the ten points, I consider them still all to be valid and applied them with minor tweaks in my current setup.
cwm is a small window manager without many frills or decoration other than a simple border, but it has good and customizable keyboard control, and features just what I need: cwm uses “focus follows mouse” (the one true thing for X11 in my opinion) but does not use “click to raise”. Thus your window setup only changes when you really need it, and due to overlapping you can use your (always) limited screen space fully.
Each window can belong to one cwm group. I defined four groups: terminals, editors, browsers, distraction (e.g. IM, Twitter). By pressing the appropriate keybindings (Super-1 to Super-4), I can quickly toggle display of these windows.
Windows stay at their fixed size and position, though it is easy to maximize them full or vertically if I need it (most run vertically maximized anyway as it’s only 768 pixels). cwm doesn’t save positions, but many do it themselves or are started with appropriate geometry. Thus, spatial memory can be used as applications don’t jump around wildly.
Super-Button1 raises a window, while Super-Button3 lowers it. This is incredibly useful for an operation I call “drill-down”. Just press Super-Button3 a few times where you expect the window until you found it. This and Meta-Tab to switch between the last focused window are my main means of reaching lowered windows.
cwm itself doesn’t have a status bar, and only features a launch menu I rarely use: I wrote a status bar using conky and a launcher with dzen2. The status bar displays useful information on the top right like the time, current networks and my IP address on them, audio volume, CPU temperature, memory, CPU and battery usage as well as the currently playing song. On the top left there’s my launcher, which tries to switch to applications if they already run. I wrote a small script featuring xdotool for this task. There’s also a small dzen in the top right corner than locks my screen when I click on it.
This top bar is visible all the time, except for full-screen when watching a movie.
The structure of my desktop continues inside the applications: Almost everything uses tabs (Firefox, Pidgin, Emacs, URxvt with tmux), and I configured all applications to use Meta-Left/Right for switching tabs. Conformity really pays out here once you have the keybindings in muscle memory. In general, I only have one window open of any kind and use tabs to multiplex them. But when I really need to look at a few things at once, I can just drag out the tab (or copy the tmux session) into a new window. I rarely need other windows than these, most things are done in the shell, Emacs or the browser.
NP: Gang of Four—Natural’s Not In It (Ladytron Remodel)
Frohe Weihnachten, ein schönes Fest, und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr wünscht euch Christian Neukirchen
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
NP: Neutral Milk Hotel—The Fool
When your Android phone shows the following symptoms:
…then your phone probably destroyed some configuration, likely because the battery was empty before it fully shut down. A possible fix:
This worked for me on firmware version 1.6 (And I think I hit the same problem on 1.5 too, but back then had no other idea than to wipe it).
Many people seem to be affected by this, and above solution is based on this thread.
Clearly, this is a thing that should not happen, corrupting configuration due to low power.
NP: Neutral Milk Hotel—The Fool
Sterneschnippeln steht noch aus.
Ich wünsche einen frohen Advent.
NP: Tom Waits—Who Are You Cut
I just came home from Vienna where I attended Curucamp 2009, the probably most unconference ever. ;-) We were about thirty people, and there was a fair share of interesting talks. Of course, there was a lot of socializing, too. We had real luck with the weather. And there even was a head measuring contest!
NP: Pearl Jam—Unthought Known
Recently I dug up an old hard disk (to be used in my Sun Blade 1000), and I found an old copy of my home directory on it. Even better, I found an even older backup of a thing I thought that was lost already: my first web site.
I could not resist putting it up, so here it is. I don’t think it ever went live, actually.
I made it in 2000/2001, so please bear with the bad English and table layouts. I also didn’t know of .png files, I guess.
The time stamp shows 2009, but that’s because I had to regenerate the
site from its sources. It already used amazing
technology: RCS-backed, make(1)-driven, and using cpp(1) for HTML
generation is a hack I’m still proud of (well, except for the
<!-- ' --> to close an uneven number of quotes :-P).
NP: Pearl Jam—The End
(I forgot to stop recording at the end, thus I don’t have exact statistics.)
Unfortunately I see no way to export the elevation graphs, which would have been interesting to compare.
Google Maps doesn’t have much detail for this terrain, I recommend looking at the larger maps and enabling photos for a rough idea.
NP: The Magnetic Fields—I Can’t Touch You Anymore
The internet probably is the closest thing to working anarchy mankind ever had. I don’t want to, and I don’t see any point in restricting other peoples’ freedom. Since 2004, I therefore license all my new code under the terms of the MIT license or comparable licenses (notably the Ruby license).
I do this for pragmatic reasons. I’d prefer to do it like Bernstein, but this is unfortunately a lot more hassle for non-private users of my software. Using MIT is also easier than creating my own licenses. The MIT and the ISC license fit my idea of software licensing best. I mainly use MIT because it’s more popular and well known.
I have evaluated putting some works into the public domain (or license them as CC0), but I can’t do this easily for various reasons: First, I live and code in Germany, where you can’t place things into the public domain without already being dead for a long time. Second, I do not want to give up all my moral rights, because then the code can actually be used against myself (mainly “any distortion, mutilation or other modification of, or other derogatory action in relation to the said work”, I don’t care about the rest). I do not know if this matters in real life, and I hope it does it not, but I don’t want to risk it. (Still, I think CC0 is the most important recent addition to the license landscape.)
(In general, I’d even prefer if my code was regarded authorless—which does not mean I don’t care about it. But neither I don’t care at all what you do with the code, and I’ll not endorse it nor want to be identified with it in other ways—especially if you distribute modified copies! I’ve been considering anonymous or pseudonymous releases for these reasons. Again, pragmatism strikes: apart from murky and inconvenient ways to release and ensure archival, it is problematic for others that depend on the legal system to use my works.)
I consider it unfortunate that we spend so much energy on licensing debates, clarification of terms and persecution of violation. Rather, let’s code. As long as there is a single available copy of free code, its freedom is kept and can be multiplied at no cost. For code that is worth anything, it will.
I realize “bad guys” don’t cease to exist—whether they “steal”, don’t share, lock up code, or have business models in mind you don’t like. But it’s not my fault they are that way, and neither it is my job to “teach them lessons”. Good deeds have to come from yourself, and why should I not give anyone the possibility to do so.
Thus, more power to you! Now go forth and do whatever you think is right.
NP: Danger Mouse—Revenge
Der wahre Nihilist aber lebt ewig; in jeder Sekunde hinterlässt er
Milliarden von Paralleluniversen, in denen er just gestorben—und
verdient so weder Mitleid noch Trauer. — Was ist der Tod eines
Regentropfen im Ozean seiner selbst? (10oct2007)
NP: Pearl Jam & Ben Harper—Another Lonely Day
Ist es wirklich Schützen, wenn man nur zwei Nächte da ist?
Wenn man keinen Umzug gesehen hat?
Man nicht mal weiß, als was sich die WG-Trommler verkleidet haben? ()
Nur rasch über den Berg gelaufen ist?
Und irgendwie nie das Schützenfestlied erklang?
Man vorm Tweety eh fast keinen mehr kennt?
Schützen, ja du bist’s!
Dich hab ich vernommen.
Bis nächstes Jahr,
NP: Elvis Perkins—The Night & The Liquor