Open Source Musings The thoughts, ideas, and opinions of an open source guy

Organizing yourself at the command line with Calcurse

A weekly planner

Do you need complex, feature-packed graphical or web applications to get and stay organized? I don’t think so. The right command line tool can do the job and do it well.

Of course, uttering the words command and line together can strike fear into the hearts of some Linux users. The command line, to them, is terra incognita.

Actually, organizing yourself at the command line is easy with Calcurse. Calcurse gives a text-based interface a graphical look and feel. You get the simplicity and the focus of the command line married to ease of use and ease of navigation.

Let’s take a closer look at Calcurse.

Checking your spelling at the command line with Aspell

Editing and checking spelling on paper

Proper spelling doesn’t seem to be very important to many people these days. But there are those of us for whom it is. Yes, I’m one of those people. While I’m not a spelling cop, misspelled words stick out when I encounter them.

Any good text editor and, of course, any word processor packs a spelling checker. But if you’re working in plain text, you can go another route to check spelling: the command line. Specifically, with a nifty utility called GNU Aspell (which I’ll be calling Aspell from here on in).

Aspell is fast, easy to use, and flexible. Let’s take a look at how to use it.

A few links of interest - 11 May, 2017

Editing text with Notepadqq

HTML code in a text editor

I don’t do Windows. The operating system, I mean. At least, not on my own computers and not with any of my own work.

But as a consultant, I sometimes have to work out of my clients’ offices. Which means using their hardware. Which also means using Windows in many case (although some recent clients have been Mac-using shops).

Even when using Windows, I try to install some open source software because it work as well as (if not better than) its proprietary equivalents. One of the applications I always install is Notepad++. It’s a solid text editor, with a number of nifty features.

And, to be honest, I’ve been wanting a version of Notepad++ for Linux for a while now. Well, it looks like my wish has come true in the shape of Notepadqq. While it’s billed as a text editor for developers, it’s not a bad tool for writers, either.

Let’s take a look at it.

A few links of interest - 25 April, 2017