My tools


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Most workers' toolbox is full of tools, but one must keep in mind the following:

  • Use the right tool, for the right job, in the right way
  • A fool with a tool is still a fool
  • If you only have a hammer, every problem will look like a nail

All human beings and many animal species use tools. Tools allow us to deal with problems more easily and efficiently. When implementing IT solutions and dealing with IT issues, mastering the right tools ā€“ be it software, hardware, methods or, simply, ways of thinking and handling ā€“ can make a big difference. No one tool is right for a certain situation, but some are definitely wrong.

As I state on the homepage, I use DokuWiki for a lot of different applications. Therefore I prefer to call it either a platform or a hub depending on the context and the public it is presented to.

DokuWiki logo

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LimeSurvey logo

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In the first quarter of 2019, I came across LimeSurvey and within an hour I knew it was a perfect complementary tool to DokuWiki by using it in a new way.

When I started working in 1993, I was involved in software development on Unix and grew really fond of the OS. Linux was created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds as a school project and grew out to beat Windows on server machines. Ubuntu Linux is my favorite flavor at this moment, both for servers and desktops.


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Project Management

Source: modified version of Gantt chart used on

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It is my experience that projects need to be managed closely in order to obtain agreed results within budget and time. Nearly all projects fail in some respect, unless you claim only success ;-). I think that learning from mistakes and minimizing them is crucial when doing projects.

Even though it is not an internet tool, I like to use GanttProject for small to medium-sized projects.

Nowadays, there's no other way than developing software the agile way, I think. Information Technology supports people at doing their work. In fast changing environments with fierce competition and demanding customers, one needs to respond quickly to changes and be agile all the time.


Quite an agile squirrel

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More software packages that I use on a regular basis. All are either open-source or freeware, and are free to use under certain conditions.

Tool Use
GanttProject Free desktop project scheduling app for small and medium businesses which need Gantt charts. Available for Windows, OS X and Linux.
Notepad++ Free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Windows only.
Sublime Text A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Available for Windows, OS X and Linux.
LibreOffice Open-source equivalent of Microsoft Office which can also be installed headless
Gimp GNU Image Manipulation Program for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. Image and photo editing software for Windows.
Inkscape Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows desktop computers.
yEd yEd is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams. yEd is freely available and runs on all major platforms: Windows, Unix/Linux, and macOS.
OBS Studio Open Broadcaster Software - Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Desktop application for Windows, Mac or Linux.
Shotcut Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.
Easy Thumbnails Easy Thumbnails is a popular free Windows utility for creating accurate thumbnail images and scaled-down/up copies from a wide range of popular picture formats.
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