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Ring in 2011 with Old School Apps

Jan 07, 2011, 13:48 (0 Talkback[s])
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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."

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