When I was young and full of hope, I'd tweak the twerk out of my tools and configs. Now that I am old and full of $#!7, I go with the defaults. Less problems that way. And if ever there are, easy to find a solution.
I like the idea of building up my own environment and broadly knowing what my computer actually does in background. But just more for the fun, than optimizing or security. Looking at my last efforts, I think I will become like you one day.