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I used last two days on developing new image of my sidux desktop – to make it still more helpful and perhaps also serving more productivity…

Thanks to my Debian set up and Google search I found two brilliant applications: when and todo.txt.

When is “an extremely simple personal calendar program” as they say on their web page – but as for me – simple is beautiful! It works splendid showing you upcoming tasks and calendar. Adding tasks is simple and requires only ability to write in your favorite editor…

Todo.txt is simple script developed by Gina Trappani – you’ve probably heard of her and the Lifehacker web site, don’t you? 😉 If not – I strongly recommend the place as you can find a lot of nice tips not only for using computer CLI but also some practical life hints (PLI…? 😉 ) Check f.i. Gina’s text here.

Following hints on when and todo.txt web pages (though changing them slightly…LOL) I added both applications to my .bashrc.

And this is how my sidux/wmii desktop welcomes me now while opening terminal:

Happy “human productivity”,

tami 🙂

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EDIT: another nice tool found or rather rediscovered by me last week is pal.

You can install it on any Debian based distro by simply:

# apt-get install pal

This is very nice, little application which lets you organize your events as well as TODO list! read the man page to learn more, please 🙂

After installing it you can also add it to your .bahsrc:

$ pal -r 7

and than, of course reload your bash by typing a commend:

$ source .bashrc

The effect of your editing will be nice calendar + todo and events list at the bash prompt (each time you open your terminal). See new screenshot:


Happy “sourcing” 😉



I’ve just made few screenshots of a new, extremely usefull Window
Manager – wmii (window
manager improved 2) I discovered while using grml.

Grml is not very big or well-known Linux distro but I found it very
smooth-running and reliable. Grml is based on Debian and as they
advertise themselves on their webpage:
it is “a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for users of
texttools and system administrators”…Hmm – I was curious – I am a
kind of newbie – running Linux only for just a year – but the curiosity
has won! :o) Thanks to grml I’ve learned quite a bit about (new for me)
command line programs which are simply fantastic! I am using centericq
to communicate with my son and friends now, muttng (a bit newer version
of mutt – mail program) became my mail client, I use also text version
of gftp to upload my pictures to the ftp remote-server. Why am I doing
it…? He he – because it’s actually much easier and quicker than using
other, perhaps more graphically fancy tools.

But – not only! Back to the beginning of the post: grml is coming with
not well-known but very smart and effective X environments. It has no
Gnome or KDE but instead it brings you some usefull Window Mangers. Of
some of them you probably have heard before – like fluxbox or FVWM (it
has also “mini” version of one of the prettiest Window Managers around
FVWM-Crystal). But there are
some others of which it is not so loud – like wmii

This is really minimalistic but very actually: EASY to learn Window
Manager. I strongly recommend you to try it out. One become really
effective while working in the environment :). From their webpage:”wmii is a
dynamic window manager for X11. It supports classic and
dynamic window management with extended keyboard, mouse, and filesystem
based remote control. It replaces the workspace paradigm with a new
tagging approach.” Gheee – it sounds scary, isn’t it? 😉 But actually
it’s not: it just means that you can control your computer through the
keyboard shortcuts – that you can have many workspaces (read: “as if”
few computers opened in the same time in one 😉 ) and those workspaces
can be called by you (tagged). Wmii “keeps” order on your desktop – it
openes each window in its own column or raw – so they are easy to work

But wmii is not only brilliantly working – it can also be pretty :):

...with ncmpc, centericq and xterm with two xterms and conky ;)

It all depends on probably taste of the person – but I likw the look
-and – if you like transparency and at the same time you are not afraid
of the command line applications 😉 – you could give wmii a try. You
can for instance open your “text tools” in transparent terminal (f.i.
aterm -tr) and enjoy nice wallpaper underneath… or you can try
to “tweak” (edit) configuration files of your command line tools to
make them transparent. Here’s the link to the site of the person who
knows much about transparency and has a lot of useful tips: Minimalistic transparent

I wish you a lot of fun – both with grml and wmii,

tami 🙂

PS. You can, of course enjoy wmii in other distributions as well (at
leat Debian based) – but I recommend you very warm to try grml, too.
It’s worth it! And soon (probably at the beginning of March) – they
will release new version.

PS2. And here is the welcome help you can get from wmii team at the beginning of session – I recommend you strongly to read it even before you open your new Window Manager 😉 :


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