A cornucopia of techy bits!
As for the new laptop, well.... there's nothing like a new machine to make you re-evaluate your working environment. So I thought I'd share with you some of the tweaks I've been making over the last week or two.
Operating System and Hardware Tweaks
- The special keys next to the power button send out key symbols which are duplicates of other keys, so I can't use them. No big deal.
- The card reader won't actually read cards unless you rescan the SCSI bus - I guess it's because it's on the same bus as the eSATA port which would also need a rescan. Again, not a deal breaker.
I won't go into the install process, since the Bumblebee and Archlinux wikis cover it all very well. Once set up, simply prefix a command with 'optirun' to start programs on the nVidia card.
I guess there's not much to learn here, but as I was wary of buying an Optimus laptop, I thought I'd share with you all that it works fine, so don't be worried about it :)
The Joy of Window Managers
Old friends will know me as a long time KDE user, but recently I've been on a minimalist, tiling window manager kick. For the last few months I've been using Awesome, and I'd definitely recommend it to people new to tiling WMs as it has excellent defaults.
However, I've recently switched to XMonad for my window manager of choice. It's been around along time, and as such is much more stable than Awesome. The config file is more complex (it's written in Haskell), but there are many examples to follow scattered across the web.
You can find my config here and my XMobar status bar config is in the same repo. I particularly like the Tabbed window layout for console work, especially if I'm working on unrelated tasks. The Full window layout is good for gaming - just fire up "optirun wine <game>", and hit Mod-b to allow it to overlap the status bar. Fullscreen gaming, easy. Of course there are a galaxy of other layouts too, detailed in the XMonad docs.
I also found this excellent post series which I intend to work though sometime soon: Pimp Your Xmonad. Looks handy.
Vim OverloadI've been using Vim as my primary editing environment for 10 years, and I still learn things about it all the time. I've dabbled with other editors, but I always come back to Vim.
I'm not going to bore you with all my settings, as there are thousands of posts out there already on configuring every aspect of Vim. What I will do is link my personal Vim configuration (github.com/vim.git) and also point you to this blog post where I stole most of my ideas from.
Just to whet your appetite though - my top 3 picks from the modular side of Vim would have to be Pathogen, Tabular, and NERDTree. I use them all the time.
More to come?So that's my laptop taken from unboxing to being usable. But what's that I hear you ask? Where's the Foreman setup? Fear not! I have a blog post in mind about building a libvirt/KVM based Foreman development environment, and guess what the host is going to be... :)
Until next time!