git has a very configurable logging options. I’ve played a while with the configuration, and found an awesome alias that looks just beautiful. It only works as of git 1.8.3 (March 24, 2013) because it uses auto coloring.
I have been playing around with compression tools for quite a while, and FreeArc is one of the best of the bunch. It has the best compression / runtime ratio of any compression tool I know. Here are two parameter sets I especially like:
uses 4 cores to the max on a 4GB RAM machine, ~10MB per second. Compression ratio is usually above 7z max, while beeing much faster. Decompression is very fast.