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Emacs Line Modes

LigerLearn has another nice video up. This time it’s about line wrapping, line truncation, and visual line mode. If you’ve ever been confused about visual line mode and what it’s for, this video will help clear things up for you. … Continue reading

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Remote Sudo

If your workflow involves administering remote systems or something similar, you probably have the following burned into your muscle memory. If, on the other hand, you’re like me and don’t have occasion to need root access on a remote machine … Continue reading

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Mathematical Typesetting

I’ve always been fascinated by the typesetting process and have a particular fondness for the old mechanical typesetters such as the Linotype. I wrote about that in this post from a couple of years ago. That post has a link … Continue reading

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Start an Engineering Notebook

Camilla over at Winterflower argues that software engineers should keep an engineering notebook. That’s advice that everybody knows they should follow but that too many of us don’t. We’re busy and we think, “I’ll remember what I just did, I … Continue reading

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Everybody Wants to Get Into the Act

BuzzFeed—I know, I know—is reporting that the Treasury Department is now spying on Americans and their financial data. As the late, great Jimmy Durante used to say, “Everybody wants to get into the act.” This spying is so egregious that … Continue reading

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Elisp for Configuration

Chris Done has a nice introduction to Elisp for configuration. This introduction is aimed at programmers who are relatively new to Emacs and want to start doing some simple customization. He doesn’t intend to provide an thorough guide to the … Continue reading

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Emacs Pretest 1 Is Available

Nicolas Petton has announced the release of Emacs 26.0.90, the first pretest for Emacs 26. I’ve already been reading very favorable reviews, some saying it’s the best release available. If you don’t mind living on the edge, you can help … Continue reading

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C-q and ASCII in Emacs

LigerLearn has a nice video on using Ctrl+q in Emacs to insert arbitrary ASCII (or even Unicode) characters into the current buffer. The video begins with a discussion of ASCII control characters and the “caret notation” used to represent them. … Continue reading

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Bookmarks, Eshell, and Docker

Fuco1 is really good at investigating how Emacs’ systems work and extending them to better suit his workflow. The latest example of this—or at least the latest that I know of—is his work in extending the Emacs bookmark system. The … Continue reading

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Unix History

The other day I saw a reference to this great history of Unix. It’s Chapter 2 from Eric Raymond’s The Art of Unix Programming. I hadn’t read it for some time and enjoyed it all over again. Many—or maybe even … Continue reading

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