In a previous post I told you about where to get (legal, free, and DRM-free) Music for your coding needs.
Here’s another short list of music for your soul, your guts, and to code.
Having a decent editor is something we have discussed before. Last time, I was telling you about features that I wanted for programming, such enhanced scope visibility. But the font we use also play a major role in code legibility. This week, let me present you the few I really like.
Last week (at the time of writing), we were hit by a bad heat wave and, while none of my computers crashed or caught fire, it was clear that they were operating well outside their usual comfort zone. The first thing to do is of course to use well designed cases that provide adequate cooling (not like the compaq 6400NX). The second is to use all the advanced power management features available—whether it’s SpeedStep, Cool’n’Quiet, or PowerNow!. You enable it from your computer’s BIOS and usually the operating system takes over when you boot.
Changing dynamically the CPU’s (and other devices?) speed (and therefore power consumption) to respond on demand to the user or system tasks is quite a good policy for desktops and servers (that’s why it defaults to “ondemand” on Ubuntu) but it may not be what you want for your laptop or netbook. For a netbook, setting the power policies to “powersave” will keep the CPUs into low gear and extend significantly battery life. The thing is, Ubuntu doesn’t let you set the default policy easily.