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The Need for a Central Office

Via Jean-Philippe Paradis we have Paddy Foran explaining why "We need to have everyone together in an office." is just hokum. At least when it comes to development shops. Dear people insisting that workers must be together in an office … Continue reading

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Emacs 24.4 is Released

Emacs 24.4 is finally with us. You can go to the GNU Emacs site to get a copy. When I downloaded it, the mirrors had not yet been updated so I just went to the primary FTP server to get … Continue reading

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Just A Reminder

I know I've said it over and over but it bears repeating: Law Enforcement will ALWAYS abuse any data collection opportunity they are given.

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Stallman on the History of Emacs and GNU

Here's an interesting video from 2002 of Richard Stallman talking about the history of Emacs and the GNU project. As far as I can tell, this is the talk whose transcript I wrote about 3 years ago. It's about 40 … Continue reading

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Casting Spels in Emacs Lisp

Conrad Barski (with Jim Webb) has released an Elisp version of his entertaining introduction to Lisp. Perfect for the N00b but even experts may find it delightful.

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Garbage Collection and Your Refrigerator

Jonathan Magen has a nice introduction to garbage collection. In it he illustrates various garbage collection strategies by using the same algorithm to get rid of old food in the refrigerator. It's not a deep technical discussion but is perfect … Continue reading

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Emacs 24.4 RC1

As promised, Emacs 24.4 RC1 was released on Friday. If all goes well, we'll have the official release of 24.4 on Monday. There's a lot of great improvements in the new release so, like most Emacers, I can hardly wait … Continue reading

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Tricorder!

Ooh, I want one.

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Elisp and the Clojure Threading Macros

One set of Clojure features that its adherents are quite fond of is the threading macros ->, ->>, and -->. Unless you're familiar with Clojure, you probably don't know what they do. You might wonder why we should care. The … Continue reading

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A Tip on Editing Org Mode Table Formulas

Rob Syme offers up a tip about editing org-mode table formulas that everyone should know but many don't: TIL you can use C-c ' to edit #emacs #orgmode table formulae in a more spacious buffer. It will also highlight cells … Continue reading

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