Tools

Good tools save time. Labor costs more than tools.
If you do it often, a good tool makes it easier and faster.

Tools like the Stein bottom bracket handle, the Hozan C-358 bottom bracket tool, and Pedro’s BB Socket Holder help. The time and effort saved, and the errors avoided, pay for tools very quickly. (Also see the Stein FCC-2.)

A great tool, like the Stein stem facing tool, solves a common problem you didn’t know you had.

Goods tools prevent error and damage. A worn tool damages a part. Invest in quality tools that last. Replace worn tools. Replace outdated tools.

Hozan

Park

Pedro’s

Stein

Brown & Sharpe

Starrett

Computers

Most of my working life I made a good living with computers. Like anything, you get good with a lot of practice. I like a computer as reliable as a hammer.

Anybody who can, should use Linux.

In these I trust.

Linux
Reliable with numerous excellent interfaces (GNOME, KDE, XFCE, Unity, LXDE, Fluxbox)
Linux restores the promise of choice: the same software will run in many different interfaces.
Debian
The Linux: tested, stable, secure, fast, flexible, rich. Twenty years of development: it gets good, very, very good. No one will ever own it. It won’t go away in our lifetimes. It won’t chase fads. It has very clear goals. You never have to reinstall it.
GNOME
A modern minimal interface with a lot of design intelligence: gets out of your way when you don’t need it; lets you do a lot and see it all when needed. We spend a lot of time moving around. Get that right. Getting from window to window, program to program, and workspace to workspace with maximal flexibility and minimal fuss makes a big difference.
Vim
I have used the same editor for more than thirty years. I have tried others. I keep coming back. Vim provides the most productive environment. A challenge to learn but profoundly worth the effort. Startling efficiency, that you miss when away, and appreciate anew at every re-encounter despite long familiarity. (Why, oh WHY, do those #?@! nutheads use vi? by Jon Beltran de Heredia, Vim Introduction and Tutorial by Michael Jakl)
WordPress
You’re reading it. Very easy to use. Very capable. Keeps getting better.
If you want to write worth reading, you use this to get read.

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