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Text/Character Based Programs (14)

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This kind of shit is really cool to me, but I don't know too many. So let's talk about 'em.
web browserschat clientsgamestorrent clientset ceteraI finally have been checking out web browsers, two of which, ELinks and Lynx are very attractive to me. I am using outdated Windows ports. It is pretty entertaining to browse the web with them, but many websites are broken because flash, java, and others aren't supported, which is fine as fuck by me.

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Sorry newfag to this textboard, didn't know arrows weren't detected here.

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The only text programs I use regularly are rTorrent and Vim. Oh, and Screen, if that counts. rTorrent is in my opinion the best torrent client and Vim is a great editor when I don't have access to a full IDE.

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I use almost only text programs out of convenience except for stuff like web browsing and window management.
What exactly qualifies as a text based programs? Does the shell itself count? And the package manager or cat or wget??

Here are some popular programs or tools that I know of (you can probably find them all in the aur):
weechat, finch, irssi, alsamixer, screen, vim, emacs, nano, tmux, ranger, mc, nethack, tty-clock, links2, elinks, dwb, mplaer, ncmpcpp, mpdviz, cal,

stuff that is not really useful but funny:
sl, screenfetch, archey, nyancat, cowsay, ncmatrix, fortune

I'm probably forgetting a hundred things, you should probably just google.

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>>3
rTorrent was actually one of the reasons I tried installing Linux. I use torrenting software a lot, and hear such good things about rTorrent that I am jealous. I fail every time I try to install it though because either a bootloop or crash on startup but I don't know why, guess it is probably a problem with my flash drive. I probably should learn how to compile in Cygwin if I cannot figure it out.

>>4
I hadn't actually thought about what qualifies as text based programs, it does seem pretty general. At the time I was thinking more of 'barebones', lightweight, text only, et cetera. I guess it is up to personal interpretation.

Just about anybody could google the topics of their threads unless they were purposely nonsense. It might be more effective to just google 'cool text based programs' or whatever (it isn't either), but it is more interesting to see what other people use, and asking on a textbased board/chan seems more appropriate.

Having looked up the things both of you have mentioned, all I can say is thanks. They are neat, I didn't know about most of these. I can offer many roguelikes like NetHack among other character based games though. Some of my favorites are
UnNetHack
Sil
Angband
Dungeon Crawler: Stone Soup
Brogue
Infra Arcanum
Dwarf Fortress
ASCII Sector
Man I love living in a time when most character/textbased games are freeware.

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you can also run dwarf fortress in a terminal

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Yeah I heard about that, though I don't know how well it would be since the game is unoptimized like fuck and can actually lag on 4 gigabytes. But it is still pretty awesome.

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My two cents:
- cmus is my music player of choice.
- midnight commander(aka mc) is a really decent text-based file manager.
- alphaman is one of my favourite roguelikes
- Emacs' orgmode is just too awesome.

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ah so that is what "mc" was. I love some OFMs, total commander is my favorite thus far, but it is proprietary for some fucking reason. Any way to open files with your default programs in MC? I already set them all out in other file managers, and the internal viewer is very limited. As for AlphaMan, looks cool as fuck, thanks.

My text editing program of choice is Notepad++. I thought it was pretty popular but I never hear it mentioned anywhere in similar threads. Very good, does everything I personally need it for and allegedly much more. What are the benefits of using Vim or Emacs over other similar programs?

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I'm using elinks to browse tohno-chan!

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>>9
Any way to open files with your default programs in MC? Is there? There is. It's in the documentation somewhere I swear. I just never bothered doing it and just open stuff by invoking the program through the command line.

Notepad++ is pretty popular it seems. Most of the people I knew who used windows used it for coding in anything they didn't have an IDE for, or used it for everything if they didn't like IDEs at all. Me included.

What are the benefits of using Vim or Emacs over other similar programs? The biggest benefit of vim is that quitting it is so hard you'll only ever want to do it once and then never go back.

As for emacs, the most general advantage is that you can do absolutely everything you need through the keyboard without leaving the touch-typing position(some modes break that rule, but you can just reconfigure their keybindings to something more comfortable) and efficiently at that. It takes a big learning time and constant practice, but it really makes a difference not having to take one of your hands out of the keyboard to click on menus or browse your code/text.
Then there's just how customizable it is. It's just a small C core with everything else in elisp and mostly fully exposed to the user. That, the big community and the ability to tack individual minor modes to any major mode make for endless customization.
Apart from that I'm quite fond of how the buffer system works and orgmode alone makes it worth giving emacs a try.

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tewisay is best say

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>>10

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>>13
That was supposed to say "I'm using emacs to browse tohno chan". I guess Emacs' built in browser isn't quite bug-free yet.

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>>10
I use Dillo for Tohno! For Sageru and Tablecat, ELINKS!

>>11
Very informative, thanks. I might definitely need to give emacs a try. I am all for optimizing my work ethic.

>>12
(there are programs for this)

>>14
well that made me giggle. that is an interesting benefit of the program.
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