From the terminal, I like launching my standard working applications ... gedit with my todo-list, firefox and chromium.
To save time, I (1) chain this command into one line, (2) silence all error messages from stderr and stdout with
2&>1 >/dev/null and (3) background the processes with
& to regain a clean terminal:
gedit ~/Desktop/todo.txt 2&>1 > /dev/null & firefox 2&>1 > /dev/null & chromium-browser 2&>1 > /dev/null &
It seems to work fine except for one small detail. Gedit opens the todo file as well as a new textfile with the name 2. Are the pipes misplaced?