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What App am I Using for What and How?

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Here is a list of tasks I do on my computers and the software I am using for accomplishing these tasks. The first column also links corresponding workflow descriptions with further information on how I am doing things. At the very bottom, there are links to more workflow descriptions.

Please note that I stopped using OS X on a daily basis during 2015. I replaced my Mac Mini with a Debian GNU/Linux machine as well. Linux is so much easier to meet my requirements than OS X. Therefore, the OS X column is mainly for my own reference in case I need to use OS X again in future.

I am forced to use MS Windows on my business machine. Therefore, I don't need Windows solutions for many use-cases that are part of my private life mainly such as tagging files and photographs.

Status checked on: 2017-04-01

Most recent update: 2017-04-30 replaced malicious Ghostery (browser add-on) with Privacy Badger

Workflow Linux Android Windows OS X (outdated)
Files: managing zsh Astro FreeCommander zsh, Finder
Files: synchronizing Unison, Syncthing rsync backup, Syncthing Unison, Syncthing Unison
Files: tagging filetags filetags
Calendar GNU Emacs/Org-mode (Org->iCal->Google) Outlook (Office 2016) GNU Emacs/Org-mode
Calendar: schedule meetings dudle Outlook (Office 2016)
Task management GNU Emacs/Org-mode MobileOrg GNU Emacs/Org-mode GNU Emacs/Org-mode
Taking notes GNU Emacs/Org-mode MobileOrg GNU Emacs/Org-mode GNU Emacs/Org-mode
Terminal emulation Gnome Terminal ConnectBot putty Terminal.app
Shell zsh (grml-flavor) Cygwin > zsh zsh (grml-flavor)
Managing shells GNU screen GNU screen GNU screen
Multiple Desktops xfce4 (built in) Dexpot Spaces (built in)
Resize windows to predefined size (wmctrl) Sizer
Remembering windows positions (Devil's Pie + gDevilspie) WinSize2
WWW: browsing Firefox, Tor browser Firefox, Orfox Firefox, (Chrome, IE) Firefox
WWW: removing malicious ads uBlock Origin (FF, Chrome) uBlock Origin for Firefox uBlock Origin (FF, Chrome)
WWW: blocking web tracker Privacy Badger Privacy Badger
WWW: overwrite site styles Stylish Stylish Stylish
WWW: read it later Org-mode share with MobileOrg Org-mode
WWW: archiving browser history Shelve (not yet found) Shelve Shelve
WWW: browser history -> calendar Memacs Memacs
WWW: Managing web bookmarks Org-mode Org-mode
WWW: Bookmarks -> calendar Memacs
WWW: Firefox -> Org-mode Copy as Org-mode Copy as Org-mode Copy as Org-mode
WWW: Firefox: edit text in Emacs It's All Text! It's All Text!
WWW: Firefox: pause animated GIFs Toggle animated GIFs
Tracking webpages without feeds ChangeDetection.com ChangeDetection.com
Launching software zsh, Appl. Finder (Gesture Search) ac'tivAid > AppLauncher Spotlight
Sandboxing applications Firejail XPrivacy
Inserting text snippets AutoKey (Inserty) ac'tivAid > HotStrings (not yet found)
Egg timer (see Android) Kinderuhr
Adjusting monitor colors Redshift Properties: LiveDisplay f.lux f.lux
Twitter: client Twitter.com Twitter
Tweets -> calendar Memacs
Managing/reading RSS feeds (see Android) GrazeRSS Google Reader (R.I.P.)
Desktop search locate, Memacs (Windows built in) Spotlight, Memacs
Overview of disk usage xdu, ncdu Astro WinDirStat Disk Inventory X
Find/eliminate duplicate files rdfind SD Maid Pro rdfind
ISO 8601 file names -> calendar Memacs Memacs + Cygwin/crond Memacs
SMS -> calendar Memacs (via Android)
Phone calls -> calendar Memacs (via Android)
Photographs: organizing files/folders files/folders files/folders files/folders
Photographs -> calendar Memacs (via filenames) Memacs
Images: viewing geeqie + vkshowsel1 QuickPic IrfanView Xee
Images: modifying GIMP paint.net GIMP
Images: Generating web albums iimage (old but good)
Images: stitching panoramas PhotoStitch (Canon)
Images: visualizing GPS gpsprune + Marble
Images: screenshots Xfce4 Screenshooter ac'tivAid > ScreenShots
Screencasts OBS Studio LICEcap (animated GIFs)
Visualizing pressed keys key-mon
Presentations: creating LibreOffice Powerpoint 2016
PDF: presenting impressive
PDF: reading Okular RepliGo PDF Reader (R.I.P.) Adobe Reader Adobe Reader
PDF: annotating RepliGo PDF Reader (R.I.P.)
PDF: generating Org-mode, LaTeX, convert LaTeX
PDF: managing paper references Org-mode (explanation)
Text: authoring LaTeX/HTML/... GNU Emacs GNU Emacs GNU Emacs
Text: minor editing tasks vim GNU Emacs vim
Emails: managing mutt K-9 Mail Outlook (Office 2016)
Emails: composing vim K-9 Mail Outlook (Office 2016)
Emails: Encrypting/signing GnuPG
Emails -> calendar Memacs
Usenet/NNTP: managing slrn
Composing Usenet-postings vim
Usenet postings -> calendar Memacs
Programming: IDE GNU Emacs GNU Emacs
Programming: script languages /bin/sh, Python Tasker /bin/sh, Python
VCS git (in zsh) + Magit git (via Cygwin)
VCS: Git commits -> calendar Memacs
Managing passwords KeePassX (KeePassDroid) KeePassX KeePassX
Spreadsheets: simple (mostly) GNU Emacs/Org-mode GNU Emacs/Org-mode GNU Emacs/Org-mode
Spreadsheets: complex (rarely) LibreOffice NeoOffice
Blogging lazyblorg
Instant messaging (Jabber) (Psi) Signal Mattermost
Videos: watching mplayer, VLC Meridian VLC
Music: Listening LibreELEC/RasPi, banshee Meridian iTunes, (Taply)
Notifications GNU Emacs/Org-mode RemindMe
Dictionary Leo ColorDict Leo Leo
Barcodes & QR-codes: scanning (see Android) Barcode Scanner
GPS: tracking (see Android) My Tracks
GPS: visualize position(s) GpsPrune, Marble
Backup rsync, Unison Titanium Backup, CLBR, SBR Unison Unison, rsync, Time Machine
Drawing vector graphics Ipe, Inkscape
Digitizing paper to PDF + OCR Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 + SW Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 + SW

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