PuTTY / Terminal Color Schemes

Earlier today, I was setting up my PuTTY environment at my university. PuTTY’s user interface lends itself to a number of hurdles.

Although it has a decent amount of customizability, the UI makes each task overly complicated. For instance, PuTTY makes editing the color scheme absolutely tedious.

With a glimmer of hope, I searched Google for a more elegant solution to edit my PuTTY color scheme without having to deal with PuTTY itself.

A post on StackOverflow, at the bottom of the answers, indicated the solution I was longing for:


4bit Terminal Color Scheme Designer (ciembor.github.io/4bit/)

The title is self-explanatory, it’s an easy to use Terminal Color Scheme Designer.

Steps for PuTTY on Windows:

  • Customize the Color scheme how you see fit
  • Click on ‘Get Scheme’ in the upper right
  • Export Scheme to a PuTTY configuration File
  • Save file as .reg (Registry Extension)
  • Optional: If you are not trying to change the color scheme for the PuTTY ‘Default Settings’ profile, you will have to edit: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions\Default%20Settings]
  • Execute the .reg file (and accept the Registry Editor warning*)
  • Done!

As you may have noticed, this tool also works with many UNIX based terminals. I haven’t gotten to try it in Linux/UNIX environments, but please leave some feedback below if you run into any issues. I’ll see what I can do to help!

Big thanks to Maciej Ciemborowicz for creating this tool!

*Warning Note: I am not responsible for any broken Registries/Terminals that may be caused. Please read, understand and review files carefully before allowing them to edit your Registry.

Edit (2014/09/27):
For anyone wondering, the 4bit Terminal Color Scheme Designer supports the following terminal environments:

  • xterm / aterm / rxvt / urxvt (.Xresources)
  • gnome terminal (shell)
  • guake (shell)
  • konsole / yakuake (*.colorscheme)
  • xfce4 terminal (terminalrc)
  • iTerm2 (*.itermcolors)
  • mintty (.minttyrc)
  • putty (*.reg)
  • terminator (config)

Vintage Car Show at Baie D’Urfé

On August 3rd, I went with my mother and a close family friend to see a vintage car show at Baie D’Urfé on the Fritz Farm (in Quebec, Canada).
Only cars dating from 1989 or prior were eligible for entrance.

The gallery below speaks leaps beyond what I can say, but I definitely had a great time. I’m surely missing a few of the cars that were at the show, but I hope you enjoy my quick shots nonetheless!

Science Fiction Novels recently acquired

About a year ago, I started reading novels again. More specifically, science fiction novels.

Initially, I searched reddit, io9 and a few other sites to come up with a comprehensive list of the “must read” in the sci-fi genre.
Somewhere along the way, I also acquired a few newer books as well that I enjoyed.

Sci-Fi Novels acquired in 2014

    ✕ Asimov, Isaac. Foundation. Bantam ed. New York: Bantam Books, 1991.
    ✕ Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: T. Doherty Associates, 1991.
    ✕ Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. Revised Mass Market ed. New York: Tor, 1994.
    ✓ Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game. Revised Mass Market ed. New York: Tor, 1994.
    ✕ Card, Orson Scott. Children of the Mind. New York: Tor, 1996.
    ✓ Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. 1968. Reprint, New York: Del Rey, 1996.
    ✓ Dick, Philip K. Ubik. 1963. Reprint, Boston: First Mariner Books, 2012.
    ✓ Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books, 1984.
    ➤ Glukhovsky, Dmitry. Metro 2033. London: Gollancz, 2010.
    ✕ Haldeman, Joe. The Forever War. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
    ➤ Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. 1959. Reprint, New York: Ace Books, 1987.
    ✕ Herbert, Frank. Dune. Premium Edition ed. New York: Ace Books, 2010.
    ✕ Lem, Stanisław. Solaris. 1961. Reprint, New York: Harcourt Brace & Co, 1987.
    ✓ Scalzi, John. Redshirts. New York: Tor, 2012.
    ➤ Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. Bantam ed. New York: Bantam Books, 1990.
    ➤ Stewart, George Rippey. Earth abides. 1949. Reprint, New York: Del Rey, 2006.


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    ✕ Not Read
    ➤ Reading

Do you have any favorite Science Fiction novels that aren’t in the list above? Share them in the comments below!
Any other Philip K. Dick novels you’d strongly recommend? Let me know!

Note: I will be updating this post as I finish the books I am currently reading.