Home : Webmonkey : About This Site

software | graphics | coding

software

OK, this is where I admit a strong bias towards Linux and Unix. I'm not anti-MS - OK, maybe a little, but that doesn't mean that I can't use the shit. I do (more than I care to admit) blind phone support for friends and family of MS software. So if you're a potential employer, yes, I can use it - I've used it at work for many years.

OK, having established that I'm happy to use it (if you pay me), I can say that I make a big effort not to use Windows at home. I can get a more customisable, dynamic operating system for free, so why would I fork out for windows?.

When I say that I use Linux at home, I typically get one of three reactions:

  • What's Linux?;
  • What's wrong with Microsoft stuff? It works, its easy to use - what's your f#ckin problem, mate?; or
  • That sounds pretty cool, tell me more.

To the people in category two, I find it hard to resist dropping a few names like Klez, Slammer, Sobig and Blaster.

But seriously, its about choice. There are advantages and disadvantages to using Linux for my home PC, but I find that the advantages are enough to keep me using it.

top

graphics

Gimp logo By Tuomas Kuosmanen All new images created by me for this site were created using Gimp. Gimp is a very powerful open source graphics package. In my opinion, its just as good in many respects, if not better, than its commercial counterparts.

However not all images for this site were created in Gimp; if an image already existed, I used it.

When circumstances see me using a Windows PC, I like Macromedia Fireworks or Adobe Photoshop - depending what sort of graphics task is required

top

coding

logo for Quanta on KDE I often use the, open source, Quanta Plus editor for my HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I'm fairly new to Quanta so I'm not going to rave over it. My first impression is that I'm only going to use a fraction of its features until I get the inclination to play and discover all the things that I just can't do without.

My requirements for coding are pretty basic: colour my tags / commands / variables; maybe prop up my old memory with tag syntax suggestions; and make previewing easy. Gimme those things and I'm happy enough.

Having said that, I'm quite happy to use vi, nano, notepad as well as Kate and Kedit.

When I have to slum it on Windows, I quite like Allaire (since consumed by Macromedia, who has been consumed by Adobe) Homesite. But, as with Quanta, I only use a fraction of the features. It does have a nifty search / replace that I use to death. Coding-wise, text manipulation is my thing :-)

top