Field Notes pocket notebooks have arrived!

These tiny notebooks are extemely useful and I almost always keep one in my front pocket right next to my phone.

It beats fumbling with my phone to take a quick note.

Wednesday notebooks and pencil
My Wednesday purchase from Fieldnotesbrand.com included a gift two pack of notebooks and a Field Notes pencil.

These have become a tiny obsession over the last two years as I have tried and abondoned several note taking and productivity apps. None have been as quick or flexible as a pocket notebook.

When at my desk I generally slap it next to my keyboard to jot down anything I need quicker than I could switch to OneNote, Evernote, Google Keep, SimpleNote or whatever.

When away from my desk I can fold it along the spine and scribble something during a “walking” meeting. Tiny notebooks are hardly a revelation, people have been using them forever.

Before you ask, I don’t put passwords or sensitive information in these things. That’s what a password manager is for. 🙂

Site: fieldnotesbrand.com

Software I frequently use in web design

I use various Linux distributions while working on personal web design projects. Below is a list of my favorite software packages.

Desktop and Terminal

  • LAMP
  • WordPress
  • ssh
  • sshfs – (creates a mounted file of an ssh connection)
  • tar & gzip2 – (Manual backups via the terminal of my databasae and files.)

Graphic Design

  • GIMP
  • Inkscape

Audio and Video production

  • kdenlive – video production for cuts and transtitions etc.
  • audacity – audio editing, usually to clean up noise

Text Editors

This varies a little from distribution to distribution, I frequently favor what’s preinstalled with that system.

  • gedit – (never fails me when I need a good text editor, Gedit isn’t pretty but it’s reliable)
  • xed
  • Scratch – Elementary OS
  • Mousepad – XFCE Desktop’s
  • nano – Terminal

Note-taking

Besides a pocket notebook to contain frequently used commands I use the either of the following

  • Tomboy Notes
  • Notes for XFCE

Debian 9 Stretch Desktop

Just a little show and tell from my stable Debian desktop. “Stretch” is installed on my 1TB HD and is the defacto long term storage archive for my system.

The SSD is running Peppermint 8 and my ancient 5400RPM “distro hopping” drive is home to Ubuntu Mate 16.04.2 at the moment.