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Since as far back as it was appropriate, I've been using the written word to help me remember things. In school I carried around a small pocket notebook and pen, and wore a blazer specifically so it was easy to carry around, take out and write things into, because I am incredibly forgetful (Thanks, ADHD). As my aptitude with computers grew, I began to rely on them more and more to help with this process. Since I'm also a zealot, I refused to use things that weren't FOSS. For a long time I didn't even have the ability to purchase things online. Despite being very priviledged my parents would not make online purchases sometime in or just before the 2010s. As every other script kiddie, I relied on either ▓▘▙▛▓▝▓ (which got me into trouble a few times), or Free Software.
Doing so meant I had to figure a lot of things out myself, but it also gave me the ability to customize how things happened at all. At least, that was the promise. I kept jumping from open source tool to tool, growing both my skills, and the collection of tools I use to manage