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  • Dicas e truques: Ferramentas para produtividade para dev no Sistema operacional 🪟 Windows 11
    8 projects | dev.to | 1 Jun 2024
    Microsoft PowerToys
  • Unlock Web Dev Superpowers with PowerToys
    1 project | dev.to | 23 Mar 2024
    Windows PowerToys GitHub Repo
  • We released a new powerful efficiency tool called RunFlow, which is similar to PowerToys and Alfred, welcome to try it
    2 projects | dev.to | 20 Mar 2024
    RunFlow is a cross-platform productivity tool which can launch apps and search files and more, that similar to Wox and PowerToys on Windows, and also similar like Alfred and Raycast on macOS. But we have differences with these tools, and we have our own unique new features. Right now, at the below, we will introduce you what features of RunFlow have been implemented in more details. It's an amazing journey, let's start.
  • GTK: On fractional scales, fonts and hinting
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 7 Mar 2024
    I'm curious - when you were doing research into the mechanics of hinting options, did you stumble onto any relevant discussion around allowing custom pixel geometries to be defined, to enable hinting on modern OLED / WRBG displays? There's a good thread on the topic here[0], with some people referring to it as 'ClearType 2' on the MS side [1]. On the oss side I know FreeType theoretically supports this[2], but I can't quite figure out how relevant the FreeType backend is to this most recent work.

    This is great work btw.

    [0]: https://github.com/snowie2000/mactype/issues/932

    [1]: https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/issues/25595

    [2]: https://freetype.org/freetype2/docs/reference/ft2-lcd_render...

  • Ask HN: Cleanest way to manage Windows OS?
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 22 Feb 2024
    Thank you all for the informative advices. Here is the summary for those who are in the same situation:

    1. Run Windows on Linux by using VM

    for the applications you can’t run on Linux


    * some softwares may attempt to detect VMs and refuse running

    * Anything what needs to touch hardware may not work.

    2. separate "data" partition on D:

    3. back up %APPDATA% and %USERPROFILE%

    4. learn chocolatey, scoop or winget

    Winget should be good enough

    5. Don’t worry about C:\Program Files

    6. (Mixed) Use/Don’t use Ansible (or saltstack/salt)


    * Allows you to setup a new machine quickly and consistently when one breaks, get stolen, or lost in an inconvenient time.

    * You can get a clean and consistent development environment so that you do not depend on anything accidentally installed on the machine.

    * If you define specialised roles, create test playbooks for those individual roles, use these roles to compose more complex playbooks, and offload logic to custom ansible modules that are written in python, you won't wrestle with heavy logic in the template or playbook layer.

    * installing software and pulling some configs and scripts down is fine

    Don’t use:

    * You will spend your days fighting a mix of yaml and Jinja.

    * You will end up looking at Python errors because there are no static types.

    * errors are cryptic.

    7. Use WSL2

    You need 32gb of ram, but ram is cheap so choose a good thinkpad

    8. Debloat with Recommended Tweaks


    irm christitus.com/win | iex

    from Administrator Terminal (Powershell)

    The link leads to https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ChrisTitusTech/winutil/mai...



    9. Get [PowerToys](https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys)

    10. Use Devbox for containered environment


    11. Dual-Booting Linux and Windows

    If you use physically separated drives, you don’t need partitioning.

    12. Dedicated Windows machine for class

    Yes it sure would be the cleanest solution but I prefer one device for everything

    13. keep a git repository with all dot files in it

    Many people suggested me to use virtualization, otherwise just let Windows be Windows.

    Also, backing up seems to be a good practice.

    I’m planning to write a blog about this, if it worked.

    Again, thank you all for the helps!

  • Ask HN: Best Hacks for a Ultrawide Monitor?
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Feb 2024
  • Keypirinha: A fast launcher for keyboard ninjas on Windows
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Jan 2024
    Powertoys Run (https://github.com/microsoft/powertoys) can do this. There are not that many plugins as Alfred but Window Switcher is built-in.
  • LAN Mouse is a mouse and keyboard sharing software
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Jan 2024
    For sharing a mouse/keyboard between Windows PCs, there is Mouse Without Borders. It's included in PowerToys nowadays.


  • Hrvach/Deskhop: Fast Desktop Switching Device
    20 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Dec 2023
    - https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys
  • How do I type letters with accent marks?
    1 project | /r/OperaGX | 5 Dec 2023
    If you’re on Windows, download PowerToys. It’s an app published by Microsoft officially. Then enable Quick Accent in the settings of PowerToys. Now all you have to do is hold down the key you want accented until the switch shows up, then add an accent with your arrow keys.
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