Keeping your PC apps up-to-date with Winget and WingetUI

WingetUI (soon to be UniGetUI) — the simple way to keep your applications up-to-date

Installing multiple applications on your Windows PC or laptop can be a tedious exercise, for example after a Windows reinstall or on a new machine. First you need to search the web for the application website, nagivate to the download page, download the installer, run the installer, wait for the application to install, repeat.

Thankfully, there are easier ways to do it now using package managers such as Microsoft Winget, Chocolatey and Scoop.

I’ve been using Winget for a while now with good results. And recently I’ve added WingetUI to the mix to automate keeping my applications updated.

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Hurrah! Vertical tabs are coming to Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft has just announced a forthcoming change to OneNote that has made me very happy.

For the past 10 years or so, Microsoft OneNote has been an integral part of my personal organisation and productivity system.

I store almost all my life admin in OneNote. This can be everything from documentation to meal planning. It is really useful if you’re involved in a road traffic collision, for example, and quickly need access to your car insurance documents. Or you are in the supermarket and can’t remember what you’ve planned for dinner at the weekend.

Screenshot of my OneNote showing meal planning for December. Three vertical columns from left to right - categories, pages and then a table of information about food.
Screenshot of my OneNote showing meal planning for December.
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DevToys—an open-source Swiss army knife for developers

DevToys

DevToys is like a Swiss Army knife for software and web developers to help with everyday development tasks such as comparing and converting text and images, testing RegEx, formatting JSON and XML data, compressing images, etc.

It is available for free for Windows from the Microsoft Store.

I wish I’d had this years ago.

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Psion software archive

My old Psion Series 7 and accessories

For years I had on my project backlog an idea to create a website resource for Psion users that collated all the software that I had found and used for a wide range of Psion palmtop computers:

  • WorkAbout (SIBO)
  • Siena (SIBO)
  • Series 3 / 3a / 3mx (SIBO)
  • Series 5 / 5mx (EPOC)
  • Series 7 (EPOC)
  • netBook (EPOC)
  • Quartz
  • netPad

But my life took various unexpected twists and turns and other things took priority. Then in July 2017 I sold my Psion hardware.

While I have not been able to fulfil my original vision, as a minimal viable product, I have uploaded my entire collection of Psion software, images, documentation, code, etc. to Dropbox. If you are interested in Psion computers, have a poke around and help yourself.

Espanso text expander

Editing the default phrases file for espanso in Sublime Text 4.

If you are not already using a text expander application then I highly recommend that you start. It will save you hundreds, if not thousands, of keystrokes every month.

As the name suggests, a text expander application is a utility that runs in the background and looks out for you typing predefined phrases which it then replaces with usually a longer text version.

For example, when I type --@e, my text expander replaces this with my full email address: gareth@garethjmsaunders.co.uk, saving me 25 keystrokes.

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