Today I realized that using tools like the terminal, Vim or Tmux “spark joy” for me.

The term comes from Marie Kondo’s bestselling book about tidying up. It loosely translates from original Japanese to ”the feeling of excitement and pleasure”.

I thoroughly enjoy using Unix and its tools. For me, it’s like a mini game where I can always learn something new and feel more productive.

For example, you can be productive with Vim after a few days. But even after using it for years, there are still things that I don’t know about Vim.

In contrast, VS Code, the popular editor from Microsoft, does not speak to my heart. It’s a fine tool, but totally bland.

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