1. OS
  2. Text / IDE
  3. Shell
  4. Music
  5. Browsers
  6. Misc.


I'm a huge fan of usesthis.com, an online "collection of interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done". So I thought I'd capture some of my own favourite tools.

Image of Jochen drinking coffee, displayed as ASCII code in a terminal window on a flower background.

Operating Systems

Manjaro I3: My most favourite operating system by far! I'm running it on my Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 (Core2Duo, 4gb). I've tried many different Linux distributions and tiling window managers but Manjaro in combination with i3 is the optimum in every regard.

Raspberry Pi OS Lite: Classic! I always keep a Pi Zero around for experiments or distractionless working. No need for a heavy GUI.

UBports Ubuntu Touch: It's built on Ubuntu and in my view the only usable Linux mobile OS, yet. It's quite stable, super easy to install (!), power management is really good, phone and text functionality work, and - well, Linux on a Phone! I'm running it on a Nexus 5 (Hammerhead).

iOS: I'm still rocking an iPhone 7 Plus and what can I say - as much as I despise Apple - Soft and Hardware have been working flawlessly for 4 years straight. I've dropped the phone from the 2nd floor on the pavement the week that I received it and nothing happened...

Text Editors / IDEs

Vim: "The ubiquitous text editor" - it sure is. It's also sure that it has a steep learning curve, but it's worth the effort. No matter what machine I'm putting my hands on, Vim is there. For exactly this reason I'm also using it untweaked as much as possible. I carry a tiny config file on a thumb drive, attached to my key-chain, which makes any computer "feel like home" in seconds.

micro: Sometimes it's really nice to use a mouse :) Micro is the no-brain terminal text editor

PyCharm: For Python nothing comes close.

Sublime Text: For JavaScript it's still my first choice. It's fast, clean, and has a proper default auto complete. From time to time I try Atom to go open-source, but I always return to Sublime.


Fish: Try it!

Music Players

Cmus: I am trying to get away from Spotify, and Cmus is the only other music player that I didn't delete after a week. I runs in the terminal, has a neat interface, and couldn't be simpler.

Underground Radio Directory: Actually that's a website but it's set as the default start page when I open my browser. It's a fantastic collection of international radio stations playing all kinds of genres. Also it has a great, no bs, interface.

Spotify: Well ...


Qutebrowser: "qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python and PyQt5 and free software, licensed under the GPL". It doesn't block 1/4 of my screen like most other browsers and it has Vim keybindings!

Lagrange: Lagrange is a minimal and so far most beautiful browser for the Gemini protocol space. If you're more in the mood for a single tab browser Kristall is a great alternative. Gemini is an incredibly refreshing and exciting project! Eventually I will write about it here and also set up a presence over in Gemini space. Until then you can read about it at gemini.circumlunar.space, and generally learn about it and many other interesting things at www.circumlunar.space/~solderpunk, or at drewdevault.com .

Links: Links is a text-based web browser for the terminal, for when I'm on a Pi.

AV-98: AV-98 is a Gemini browser for the terminal, for when I'm on a Pi.


Watson Time Tracker: Watson is a simple CLI time tracker. That's it, and that's great.