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I'm using Arch Linux on my personal machine. Here's a neofetch:

# michael @ kawa in ~ [12:42:16]
$ neofetch
                   -`                    michael@kawa
                  .o+`                   ------------
                 `ooo/                   OS: Arch Linux x86_64
                `+oooo:                  Host: K501UX 1.0
               `+oooooo:                 Kernel: 5.1.8-arch1-1-ARCH
               -+oooooo+:                Uptime: 10 hours, 32 mins
             `/:-:++oooo+:               Packages: 960 (pacman), 242 (nix)
            `/++++/+++++++:              Shell: zsh 5.7.1
           `/++++++++++++++:             Resolution: 1920x1080
          `/+++ooooooooooooo/`           Theme: Adwaita [GTK2/3]
         ./ooosssso++osssssso+`          Icons: Adwaita [GTK2/3]
        .oossssso-````/ossssss+`         Terminal: alacritty
       -osssssso.      :ssssssso.        CPU: Intel i7-6500U (4) @ 3.100GHz
      :osssssss/        osssso+++.       GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
     /ossssssss/        +ssssooo/-       GPU: Intel Skylake GT2 [HD Graphics 520]
   `/ossssso+/:-        -:/+osssso+-     Memory: 3789MiB / 7867MiB
  `+sso+:-`                 `.-/+oso:
 `++:.                           `-/+/
 .`                                 `/

My desktop environment is i3 on X11. I like it because it's lightweight and doesn't use much battery. Even after many years my laptop can still sustain 5-6 hours of prolonged usage.


Currently using ProtonMail.


I use the trial version of Sublime Text 3 on my personal computer, and neovim in the terminal. I use the default theme with the VSCode Dark theme.


For passwords, I'm using pass, which is a GPG-encrypted password store. The passwords are checked into a git repository in order to maintain consistency between multiple devices (I'm using Android Password Store on my phone). Then, I bind $mod+p to a rofi script so I can access them easily.


On my personal computer, I'm using mpd, the music player daemon along with Cantata, which is a Qt frontend. I like using mpd because this also allows me to display my current playing song in my i3 bar.


I'm using a custom screenshot tool, written by myself using Rust. The advantage of this over something like scrot or maim would be the ability to first freeze the screen before selecting a region.

my phone 

My phone is running the latest version of LineageOS without Google Apps, in a small effort to liberate myself from Google services. Most of the apps that I need notifications from on my phone can contact servers directly without going through Google's Firebase Cloud Messaging, which is where push notifications traditionally go.

First, here's a list of free software that I use, available from F-Droid, a free-software app store:

Other software I use include:

And a slew of other non-free apps that have pretty specific uses, though I think I've crippled my phone to the point where many of those apps are unusable. One of these days I'll go in and purge them again.

this website 

The stack for this website looks like:

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