In 2023, I’m mainly using…
a TracFone with exactly one non-default app installed (DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser),
two Dell computers running Windows 10 without a Microsoft Account,
one HP computer running Windows 11 without a Microsoft Account,
one HP computer running
Windows 11 S
Bash on WSL 1 (not WSL 2)
|If you install Git for Windows, which includes Git Bash, before you install ConEmu, ConEmu will automatically be set up to launch Git Bash.|
Character Map (built in to Windows)
Clipboard History (via Win+v; built in to Windows 10 and Windows 11 but needs to be turned on)
CopyQ and its companion snippets.ini (which can be invoked anywhere via its default Win+Alt+q global shortcut and my custom Win+Alt+v global shortcut)
Emoji Panel (via Win+. or Win+;; built in to Windows)
Everything - Windows Desktop Search Engine
FileZilla (and its View > Synchronized browsing feature)
Greenshot and Greenshot Image Editor via PrtScn (capture region), Ctrl+PrtScn (capture full screen), Alt+PrtScn (capture window), etc.
GVim (GUI Vim)
Okular - The Universal Document Viewer, which supports PDF, EPub, DjVU and MD for documents; JPEG, PNG, GIF, Tiff, WebP for images; CBR and CBZ for comics; and more
PowerToys, especially PowerToys Run, which, by default, is launched with Alt+Space
and other GUI tools
I do not want to see stock-market numbers or
in default web-browser windows or tabs - wtf late-2022 Microsoft😡)
IE for creating and displaying
.mhtml files, and seeing how my websites look and behave in this old browser
My primary IDE is Visual Studio Code, which is also know as VS Code and Code. I use it with these extensions:
AsciiDoc, which supports AsciiDoc outlines, snippets, and more
(I now use VS Code’s
Insert Date String (via Ctrl+Shift+i)
Rewrap (via the default Alt+q and my custom Rewrap keybinding Ctrl+j)
Unicode Code Point
and other Visual Studio Code extensions
In 2023, I’m trying Kate and considering using it as my primary IDE. To learn about Kate, see kate-editor.org.
I sometimes use IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition with these plugins:
Current date generator
(via my custom keymap
and other IntelliJ IDEA plugins
|The acronym TUI can mean Terminal User Interface or Text-based User Interface.|
Alpine: POP, IMAP, NNTP, and ESMTP client (formerly known as Pine)
and other TUI tools
On Windows, I use Scoop to install most of the following command-line apps.
asciidoctor v2.0.18 (requires Ruby)
kramdoc (requires Ruby)
mpv — media player that’s launched from a command line
pwdhash.py (requires Python)
and other command-line tools
I mainly write in the plain text markup languages AsciiDoc, HTML, \(\LaTeX\), and Markdown. I’m learning org-mode markup.
I’m not a software developer, but I’ve installed the following development environments because I need them for apps that I use.
I install Ruby because it is needed by Asciidoctor and Kramdoc. To learn how I install and update Ruby on Windows, see Example 5 in Infinite Ink’s Scoop: A Windows Package Manager (featuring Hugo, Figlet, and Ruby).
I install Python because it is needed by
you do not need to install
qutebrowser on Windows.
I haven’t figure out the best way to install and use Python because setting up a Python environment is complicated🤣.
In 2023, I installed Python on Windows by following the instructions in bitecode's Installing Python: the bare minimum you can get away with.
7-Zip and its File Manager (7zFM), which does not seem to have problems with Windows path length limit (~260 characters)
(thanks to Git Bash)
Macrium Reflect Free (details at howtogeek.com/howto/7363/macrium-reflect-is-a-free-and-easy-to-use-backup-utility/)
Microsoft Defender Antivirus (known as Security Essentials on Windows 7)
Path Length Checker
SharpKeys (to disable the Caps Lock key)
Everything in the Startup folder is launched when Windows starts up. I like to keep an eye on what’s in this folder so I put a shortcut to this folder…
on my Windows desktop and
in the Startup folder (since it is a shortcut, you don’t need to worry about an infinite loop).
The startup folder is usually located here:
To create a shortcut to this folder, right-click on it in Windows File Explorer and
|I also keep an eye on the list of installed programs (sorted by date), what’s going on with Task Scheduler, and more.|
Windows Error Reporting Service
If this is enabled, it
errors and other
(sometimes private😒) information
To learn about this, see
To make it easy to access Windows Control Panel, I create a folder on the desktop named:
To learn about this, see howtogeek.com’s What Is the “God Mode” Folder in Windows 10, and How Do I Enable It?
I set and use the following environment variables.
These environment variables make it easy to…
share configs and scripts on multiple devices
and update configs and scripts when it is a new quarter (for example 2023-Q2).
how I use
INFINITEINKROOT environment variable
the Git Bash customizations section of Infinite Ink’s Git Bash Is My Preferred Windows Shell
and in Launching Git Bash.
An example of how I use the
YEARQUARTER environment variable is in section 5. Variables
in Infinite Ink’s qutebrowser Tips and Fragments.
Whenever I have a choice about specifying a character set, I choose a character set that supports a lot of Unicode characters (e.g. a DejaVu font). And whenever I have a choice about specifying a character set encoding, I choose UTF-8. For example, I do the following on my Windows devices.
> Region >
Click Administrative tab
Click Change system locale…
Check the following box:
Beta: Use Unicode UTF-8 for worldwide language support
(in addition to the default Sleep, Shut down, and Restart) in Windows Power options.
One way to access this setting is to use
God Mode > Power Options >
|You can do a hard shutdown by holding down the Shift key while clicking Restart, and then choose “Turn off your PC.”|
(ceased all operations at the beginning of January 2022 ☹)
Outlook.com - used for some public email addresses, thanks to Outlook.com’s ten aliases (one primary plus nine non-primary).
utteranc.es (requires GitHub account)
(Some of the batch files I wish I didn’t need to use are described in qutebrowser Userscripts on Windows.)
(Reasons I wish I did not use File History: It silently does not backup any file whose path is longer than
and it periodically stops working🐞)
Cusdis - Lightweight, privacy-first, open-source comment system
FreeFileSync: Open Source File Synchronization & Backup Software
git (I use Git Bash and GitHub but I currently do not use the git revision control system as part of my workflow)
Joplin and its companion Joplin Web Clipper
Obsidian - “A second brain, for you, forever. Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.”
PowerShell Core (
pwsh), which is multi-platform and
unison (as of v2.51.3, which was released 2020-October-21, GUI Unison (unison-gtk2) for Windows is pre-built and available on Unison’s Releases GitHub page. For details, see Availability of Windows GUI version · Issue #321 · bcpierce00/unison · GitHub.)