I ThinkPad therefore I am

As usual, how about a screenshot of one of my work machines? It’s a Thinkpad T420 with pimped up specs – i7 processor, 16 gigs RAM and coreboot (I should probably document my experience with implementing this in a separate post). Nothing beats the badassery of ThinkPads in my opinion, especially the older ones. I was given a brand new thin laptop with all the bells and whistles at work. I couldn’t survive a week with it. Hustling is a major aspect of my job these days and my boss was of the opinion that a thin laptop will help me with traveling light. Sure, but it ain’t no fucking Thinkpad. I was using this machine as my primary development box as well and not just for presenting shit. The backlit keyboard with the MacBook like flat keys was downright criminal and I could never get used to the fucking clear screen.

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Thinkpad T420

So after a week trying, I returned this abomination back and told the boss I will find my own machine. She just had to pay. Long story short, found a fantastic dealer dealing exclusively with refurbished ThinkPads and got my current machine. It had been used very lightly and it looked and felt like it was brand new. Pimped it up as I had mentioned earlier and it has been my greatest companion ever since. Wife comes a close second.

I am running Debian Bullseye on it. It definitely wasn’t my first choice. But other devs are insistent on using it, so I had no other choice. Also, in spite of a being a coding heavy job, I am senior management and naturally some devs look at me as a code monkey. I don’t really care about it as long as the job’s done. Anyway, as I was saying, Debian was not my choice. Actually, I didn’t even want to use Linux. I put FreeBSD on it. Linux is better in this case, said top management. Wanting to get around systemd, I went back to Gentoo, after so so many years. Emerged out pretty quickly as time was becoming a constraint. Then I found Void. It was what I believed to be exactly what I wanted. But there were some strange issues with it after a few updates. WiFi used to drop quite consistently and a few other minor annoyances got me worked up after a while. Never really figured out a proper reason for this behavior. So, I finally relented and knocked on Debian’s doors again, after ages. It is my base OS now. I still run OpenBSD, FreeBSD on a couple of other machines, OpenIndiana Hipster and Illumos on my other laptops. I will post shots from those machines soon. For the moment, here’s Debian Bullseye on a ThinkPad T420.  KDE for a change. I alternate between xmonad and KDE.

KDE

KDE on Debian Bullseye -ThinkPad T420

KDE theme is Carl from jomada and also includes the wallpaper. Urxvt colors are just ported from Carl konsole color scheme. Icon theme is Candy icons. UI font is Roboto Condensed. Window Font is Fjalla One. Urxvt font is Pragmata Pro Mono.

If you guys need any other information, please comment.

My .bashrc

I have been getting requests for my .bashrc for sometime i see. so here it is! I have a lot of things configured which i presume might interest none. So I am gonna post my export features for the different color codes I use in my bash. All u need is to copy the text and paste it in ur .bashrc which shud reside in /home/your-username/ So here is the code:

export BLACK=’\[33[30m\]’
export GREY=’\[33[1;30m\]’
export RED=’\[33[1;31m\]’
export GREEN=’\[33[1;32m\]’
export YELLOW=’\[33[1;33m\]’
export BLUE=’\[33[1;34m\]’
export MAGENTA=’\[33[1;35m\]’
export CYAN=’\[33[1;36m\]’
export WHITE=’\[33[1;37m\]’
export PS1=”$GREEN\u$CYAN on$YELLOW \h$GREY | $WHITE\d $RED\t$GREY | $MAGENTA\w$GREY |\n$GREEN $ $CYAN-> ”
export PS2=”$CYAN ‘>'”
export PS3=”$CYAN ‘>>'”
export PS4=”$CYAN ‘>>>'”

Don’t hesitate to ask me if there are any questions!

Here’s an example as to how it luks! Click on the thumbnail for the picture!

Effin Busy and KDE!

I have been workin my ass off for almost a month now, henc didn’t have the time to post anything meaningful! Sorry ’bout that! Anyway just a filler before I disappear for the next few days. As you folks might be aware, KDE4.1 was released a week ago or so and I promptly installed it on my system and I must say I am pretty impressed! There have been a lotta controversies with regards to KDE4 release in general, but I guess for someone who is a little bit more knowledgeable than the average folk in Linux matters, the case against KDE4 is a non issue! Posting a screenshot rite now of my KDE4.1 desktop in action! More details about the setup in my next post, which will be over the weekend!