What I Use: Trideceth12’s Favourite Software And Hardware

What I Use: Trideceth12’s Favourite Software And Hardware

What I Use: Trideceth12’s Favourite Software And Hardware Our What Readers Use series continues with frequent Lifehacker commenter Trideceth12, who explains the most important apps for a Linux system and why an old phone never gets stolen from the beach.


  • 2.8GhZ Athlon II
  • 4Gb RAM
  • GeForce GTX 260
  • 1TB Internal HDD
  • $3 Logitech mouse
  • $5 Logitech keyboard

It’s nothing special but I’m not running any demanding processes. My choice of components is mainly driven by price. I might switch back to Intel next upgrade though because I have occasionally been frustrated by the lack of support for AMD64 with certain packages.

Operating system

Ubuntu 10.04. Every time I use Windows, I am reminded why I use Linux.

When I was upgrading from Ubuntu Karmic I detoured via Debian 5, but after a play around I switched back to Ubuntu (for more extensive Python support mostly). 10.04 is great, after I switched the window decorations back the right way and replaced the icons with my nostalgia-inducing Amiga favourites. Despite the scoffing that Ubuntu is “baby’s first Linux” I have yet to be converted, despite tinkering with other distros.

Essential apps

  • OpenOffice: Everyone needs office software, even better when it’s free and can save in MS Office formats (if you must)
  • GIMP: Free Photoshop
  • Audacity: Free audio editing
  • Mencoder and Avidemux: I use these for video conversion (with overlapping responsibilities). I often find myself converting obscure video (such as the Chinese version of Spongebob Squarepants) into a format my PS3/DVD player can easily read.
  • GPodder: Podcast Aggregator. Nice little tool, preferences allow a command-line statement for launching external players for audio / video, so I can send it to VLC with the switches I need.
  • VLC: Not many would argue that this isn’t an essential. One downside is the lack of Chinese character support.
  • Deluge: For torrents.
  • Evolution: For mail.


As much as I detest Google, I use Chrome. It’s soooo light and fast, and AdBlock for Chrome works just the way I want it to (I hate corporate self-promotion, so I cut it out as much as possible — even as far as moving the logos off sites like YouTube and Facebook). I also have Opera and Firefox, but only use them when I get a real compatibility problem — and when I do use them I miss Chrome.


What I Use: Trideceth12’s Favourite Software And HardwareBy far the best phone I have ever used is my faithful Nokia 2310, which can

  • Make calls
  • Send text messages
  • Battery lasts upwards of one week
  • Fast, responsive menu
  • Leave it on your towel at the beach — come back, it’s still there
  • Drop it and it won’t break (even the plastic casing won’t break, but it’s a cheap fix if it did . . . but it won’t)
  • Because its appeal isn’t based on “look at my fancy new phone” you can have it for years without having to fork out for a new phone (I’ve had mine for four years)
  • It’s dirt cheap

Thanks Trideceth12! Want to tell us about your own setup and why it works? Send us the details by email to [email protected]


  • Thanks for sharing.

    You remind me of a younger me. I used to be set on using Linux, was quite frugal with my tech and adblock was a must but things have changed and I’ve come to think Linux is more suitable in server applications in my life than desktop and adblock makes life boring.

    Websites actually make money from displaying ads and I think it is only fair that I cop ads in exchange for me viewing their content.

    • I have only one question too..
      How do you get your phone to last more than 20 months? I’ve owned 5 phones and not had a single one yet that hasn’t had some sort of hardware fault after about 18 months or so that renders the phone useless as a calling/texting tool.
      I don’t drop them, but they do spend a lot of time in my pocket.
      On my most recent phone for example, Nokia 6220 Classic, the “1” key stopped working, after a period of needing to be pressed VERY hard to register.
      I replaced the electronic keypad component with a “genuine” one from eBay, but that made the problem worse, I lost the function of the entire left hand side of buttons! Including, but not limited to, the Green, accept call button!

  • Lack of support for AMD64? You realise that it has nothing to do with who made the chip, and everything to do with whether your system is a 32 or 64 bit userland right?

    You can just install i386 with your current CPU…

    • Interesting. I’ve just been researching it and you are right, i386 can be installed on both 32 and 64 bit systems, but x64 only on 64. (shows my ignorance)

        • Because Ubuntu is very very easy, and understanding chip architecture not so much, especially when you don’t really _need_ to know it for most stuff?

          • When you downloaded Debian the download links are under the heading “Select your architecture”. It’s not surprising that someone would think that they were mutually incompatable.

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