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… is a secondhand Lenovo T480, bought as a replacement for pluto. It seems to be the last T model with user-serviceable ram, which was important to me. I have no strong feelings about it. It does the job.


I stopped caring about Linux distros and put Windows 10 on it. It was pretty usable, but building this website went from “slightly annoying” to “brutally intolerable” since it depends on lots of unix-isms. I got it to work, but it was slow and painful.

Eventually, I replaced Windows with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. I don't like it, but most things work. The alternatives are worse.


Firefox for browsing. Evolution for mailing (for it to be tolerable, you need at least a 1080p screen). I stopped listening to music on laptops and reach for an external player instead. Emacs (or Neovim) for editing text. gnome-terminal for terminating things. HxD for binary editing, IrfanView as an image viewer (both via Wine). VMware for running Windows 2000 in full-screen, because I don’t want to forget what a good OS feels like.

On Windows 2000, I use Visual C++ 6.0! :)


… is a thirdhand Lenovo X230 Tablet. I acquired it for EUR ~130 in early 2019. Originally intended for university and experimenting, I have grown to like it so much that it has become my main computer nowadays. It nearly falls apart and has lots of scratches, but that is okay.


pluto used to run Void Linux since it is fast, pragmatic, unopinionated, has good patches and does not break after a full system upgrade.

It runs Fedora now, which is a little more opinionated while also saving me some time and hair.

I tend not to care too much about the desktop environment as long as it works and does not get in my way. On the Linux desktop, these requirements apply to GNOME and Window Maker. I am very excited for NEXTSPACE which will probably become my default desktop environment once it's done.


Firefox for browsing. Claws Evolution Thunderbird for mailing. DeaDBeeF (or Spotify) qmmp for music. Emacs for editing text. urxvt (or gnome-terminal) for terminating things. Xournal++1 for taking notes and drawing graphics. XScreenSaver, set to Unknown Pleasures most of the time.


I used to have a Redmi Note 3 Pro, and I loved its build quality and the then-unmatched price/performance ratio.

However, I have grown to loathe Android and its evangelists2, so I had bought an iPhone SE in 2018 and have lived happily ever since.


Safari (and 1Blocker X) for browsing, Mail for mailing. Spotify and Bandcamp for music. Reeder (in sync with Miniflux) for newsfeeds. Toot! and Tweetbot for screaming into an eternal darkness. Duet for short-term distraction.


Listening to music in the 2020s is a farce, which is why I have a dedicated mp3 player, the Sansa Clip+.

  1. Great software, but trying to pronounce this feels like having a stroke.↩︎

  2. “Why aren't you using X?”, “I don't like how you do Y.”, “Ever heard about custom firmware Z?”, and then they start spiraling into never-ending ramblings and explanations of things I already know or have no interest in knowing about!↩︎