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Essential tools and Chrome plugins

Blog --- Essential tools and Chrome plugins

Verfasst: 2022-10-04, zuletzt aktualisiert: 2022-10-08

Some more tools and helpers I use to get stuff done. See also


€€€, $$$ = Requires you to pay a license or I recommend it to support the devs, it's worth it. For other projects think about a donation, github tip, etc. to support the devs.

  • Cryptomator: Cryptomator encrypts your data quickly and easily. When it's possible I try to avoid cloud services in any case. In other cases use tools to encrypt data additional times.
  • Syncthing: Syncthing is a continuous file synchronization program. It synchronizes files between two or more computers in real time, safely protected from prying eyes. I try to use it whenever it's necessary instead of using Dropbox. I also have an payed Dropbox account because some customers require it, especially in areas where GDPR is not so common (e.g. India)
  • VLC
  • IrfanView
  • HeidiSQL: lets you see and edit data and structures from computers running one of the database systems MariaDB, MySQL, Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite.
  • Total Commander: (€€€, $$$)
  • PuTTY
  • imagemagick: edit, convert, compose images with the cli
  • divvy: Window manager (€€€, $$$)
  • nimbletext: NimbleText is a text manipulation and code generation tool. Get the pro version and support the devs (€€€, $$$)
  • Text Editor Anywhere: Text Editor Anywhere allows you to edit text anywhere with your favorite text editor. Old but still works on Windows 10.
  • Swiss File Knife - A Command Line Tools Collection
  • gitextensions: Git Extensions is a standalone UI tool for managing git repositories. I should get used more to git's command by cli...
  • Visidata: Data exploration at your fingertips. VisiData is an interactive multitool for tabular data. It combines the clarity of a spreadsheet, the efficiency of the terminal, and the power of Python, into a lightweight utility which can handle millions of rows with ease.
  • dasel: Select, put and delete data from JSON, TOML, YAML, XML and CSV files with a single tool. Supports conversion between formats and can be used as a Go package.
  • miller: Miller is like awk, sed, cut, join, and sort for name-indexed data such as CSV, TSV, and tabular JSON
  • xsv: A fast CSV command line toolkit written in Rust.
  • time command for windows (ptime)
  • Mail Viewer: Viewer for Outlook Express, Windows Mail/Windows Live Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird message databases as well as single EML files.
  • ksnip: To annotate screenshots. WIN + prtscreen for screenshots saved to \pictures
  • WeasyPrint: is a smart solution helping web developers to create PDF documents. It turns simple HTML pages into gorgeous:

update 2022-10-05
Totally missed my tools for the contact to my customers Skype and Jitsi Meet I try to avoid Zoom, Google Hangout and I decline Microsoft Teams.

update 2022-10-08

  • Kanbanflow: or sometimes Trello, but mostly I use a simple text file
  • markdown text files
  • vim as my editor of choice and if it can't be avoided some Visual Code
  • rg / fzf / ff for searching/filtering
  • plantuml to visualize (e.g. wbs, mindmaps, sequence diagrams)
  • pandoc ultimate document format converter
  • fd easier find
  • lsd improved ls

Chrome Plugins

  • Copy All Urls
  • mercury: Type-to-search your open tabs.
    todo Can possibly be replaced by Chromes builtin CTRL+A, need to test it.

  • SingleFile

  • Linkclump: Lets you open, copy or bookmark multiple links at the same time.

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