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Unicode Font Redux

A couple of days ago I wrote about finally solving a long standing Emacs problem involving missing glyphs in my default font. I was really happy to have the problem resolved. So pleased I wrote about it in glowing terms. … Continue reading

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Fast Toggling Emacs Modes

Over at Endless Parentheses, which I’ve mentioned before, Artur Malabarba has a really good idea. He shows how to define a custom key map that he uses to toggle modes that he uses frequently. He binds the commands to the … Continue reading

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Backup Fonts for Unicode Glyphs

Trey Harris posed a question on the Google+ Emacs Community that’s been bothering me for some time. I use the terrific Inconsolata as the default for monospaced fonts but many of the Unicode glyphs are missing. Mac OS X takes … Continue reading

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Russ Cox on Debugging

There’s a new site, Debuggers, that is sort of reminiscent of The Setup. The idea is that every week (on Tuesdays) they publish a short questionnaire with a programmer asking about his or her most interesting debugging problem. This week … Continue reading

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The 10 Greatest Programmers of all Time

Last week, I wrote about NetWork World’s 14 Greatest Living Programmers. This week, I’m Programmer has a list of The 10 Greatest Programmers in the World of all Time. Lists of these sorts are always silly, of course, but nevertheless … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Emacs Golf!

It’s been a while since Irreal has had an EmacsGolf challenge but yesterday’s post on Programming Silliness suggested a nice one. When I ran the grep, I got A a aa Ab aba … faff fe fed fee feed The … Continue reading

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Programming Silliness

The other day I saw this post. Although I’m not interested in Java, I was struck by the magic number CAFEBABE that marked the beginning of the structure. That got me wondering how many words can be made with the … Continue reading

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SBCL 1.2.1 and Slime

A couple of weeks ago, SBCL 1.2.1 came out and as I reported at the time, although it compiled and installed correctly, there was a problem with Slime. The 1.2.1 SBCL release changed some internals that Slime relied on and … Continue reading

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Résumés with Markdown or Org-mode

Continuing with our theme of using Emacs for writing rather than coding, Mark Szepieniec and Christophe-Marie Duquesne have a couple of nice posts about writing your résumé in Markdown and then exporting it to the desired format with Pandoc. There’s … Continue reading

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Creative Writing with Emacs

Like many (most?) Emacs users, I do all my writing with Emacs. This mostly involves Org-mode but even when it doesn’t I’m still in some sort of Emacs buffer. I just came across this old Stack Exchange post asking about … Continue reading

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