Ring in 2011 with Old School Apps
Jan 07, 2011, 13:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)
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"Just like I know my Steak 'n Shake order by heart, I know (or
can quickly pick up) the keystrokes to compose and send mail in
Mutt. I know how to search and replace text strings in Vim or
perform complex operations on files from the command line without
having to touch the mouse. Yes, Google Reader and Gmail (for
instance) also have keyboard shortcuts — but I can't pipe
mail from Gmail into a script.
"Aside from the fast food epiphany I had over the holiday, I
also worked on a few projects over the break that informed my
decision. For instance, I wrote up a review of Linux-based feed
readers for LWN and really spent a lot of time with Newsbeuter.
Like Mutt, Newsbeuter is not only keyboard-driven, it's highly
customizable. It hit me just how much I missed being able to
fine-tune the tools I work with."