Light Table IDE will become your instant favourite

I had been looking for a great text editor for a while now — something with intuitive keyboard shortcuts and easy navigation among multiple documents. Gedit and Kate do not have the latter. Not for me. I want to be able to use Ctrl+Tab. CLI text editors are out of question, since vim is completely beyond me, and Emacs and nano don’t have the shortcuts I’m used to.

Surfing across the web, I stumbled upon Light Table, and since then I believe in love at first sight. Continue reading

On Shortening URL’s

I use goo.my. I have no idea whether it’s really named after the Pokémon Goomy or it’s just a coincidence, but I like the sound of it.

Moreover, it currently adds a handle of just three characters, which is far easier to memorize than goo.gl‘s six. Of course, this will change once they run out of handles, but that day isn’t coming any time soon, since goo.my also allows custom aliases, like goo.my/disc. Yes, TinyURL also provides those, but “tinyurl.com” is almost twice as long as “goo.my”.

I’m eagerly waiting for Ubuntu Trusty to come out.

Well, it’s not like I’m particularly interested in any of the ‘buntus, but I’m excited by the whole lot of awesome forks it will bring about.

  • elementaryOS Isis will obviously be a smasher.
  • Trisquel will return with a far better GNOME and more freedom in 7.0.
  • Peppermint Five would make a perfect present for my netbook-using buddies frustrated by the sluggishness of Win 7.

The One Word Libre Software Needs to Avoid

Alternative.

“X is an open source alternative to Y.” A pretty common sentence, wouldn’t you agree? From this sentence alone, it is easy to guess that Y is a rather popular proprietary software, most likely paid, and X is trying to provide a similar offering, only open source.

My point is, with this kind of marketing, X may manage to attract a handful of Y users, but that’s about it. It will never go mainstream. Not even close. And you probably know about more than a few such products. Continue reading