February 14th, 2014 (orig) August 25th, 2021 (last updated)
List of Favorite Tools
These a list of my favorite tools that I've come across over the years.
Server Operating System
Linux (Ubuntu Distribution) ; Previously Solaris
I stopped being a fan of Ubuntu for years, however, since they've managed to get rid of that abomination Unity, they've since come back into my good graces. One thing is for certain, Ubuntu Server is a far smarter option than the horrendous Amazon Linux EC2 distro in the AWS cloud.. stay far away from that!
Solaris is a highly advanced and evolved operating system, and introdcued intersting concepts with its hypervisor and kernel zones. Unfortunately it has stagnated in the hands of Oracle, the unfortunate successors to the mighty legacy of Sun Microsystems. With the fall of the OpenSolaris project (and subsequently the ability to tap larger communities, such as how the Linux community avails itself), and the extremely limited resources that Oracle allocates toward research and development, Solaris advancement has basically come to a screeching halt. There are some updates every few years, but nothing game-changing or revolutionary. While still very advanced (in some areas) it is a dead operating system now. The last update (11.4) was a couple years ago (the previous one being 3 years), and only came with extremely minor fixes and adjustments.
Desktop Operating System
Linux (Ubuntu Studio Distribution)
Studio's new KDE Plasma implementation (after having dropped XFCE) has really cemented into a solid desktop experience for daily driving, development and production.
Grandmas Operating System
Linux (Zorin OS)
Linux Text Editor
Windows Text Editor
Brackets ; Formally Notepad++
VI / VIM Colorscheme
Command Line Sysinfo
Command Line Resource Monitor
USB ISO Burner
For some inexplicable reason, they dropped NTFS support in later versions, preferring FAT32. It just doesn't make any sense. The simple hack is to simply preformat as FAT32 to select the USB drive, and then reformat as NTFS before resuming with the burn.
Windows USB ISO Burner
Windows SSH Client
FISH ; (Previously KSH)
While I rather don't mind BASH just for regular 'old jump-in-and-out, FISH has really grown on me. I still have nostalgia for KornShell, but its just deprecated at this point.
Team / Project Communication
Discord ; (Previously slack)
CircleMUD will always be my favorite, however, its likely better to simply use its successor (tbaMUD).
YouTube Command Line Browser