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Dr. Dobbs, RIP

Although many younger developers don't remember—or maybe weren't even born—it wasn't that many years ago that the Web as we know it today didn't exist and access to what did exist was hard to obtain. In those sad times it … Continue reading

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let-alist

This looks really great. let-alist is the best thing to happen to associative lists since the invention of the cons cell. #emacs http://t.co/MwpRwla9Ge — Artur Malabarba (@AMalabarba) December 16, 2014

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Bait and Switch

Remember how I told you not to trust government promises about data collection? That, according to the iron law of data collection, the data will always be used for other purposes even if the government promises otherwise? Not that you … Continue reading

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Help on Symbols with Info

LWN has a great article on esr's proposal to revamp Emacs documentation that I wrote about previously. If you've been following that debate, you should definitely give it a read. I made a serendipitous discovery in the comments. In response … Continue reading

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From One of My Favorite Comics...

The NSA goes Christmas Shopping.

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Anchored Transpose

Thanks to Tim Stewart, I stumbled across the anchored-transpose package. You can think of it as a generalization of the other transpose functions such as transpose-chars, transpose-words, transpose-sexps, and the other less used transposition functions. Instead of transposing around the … Continue reading

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Disappointment

Richard Posner is a 7th Circuit Federal Judge. He's always struck me as the ideal jurist. Informed not only on the law but in many other areas, especially economics. More than a Judge, he's an intellectual and perhaps even a … Continue reading

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Diacritical Mark in Emacs

I recently ran across this old post from Emacs master Mickey. In it, Mickey explores ways to enter diacritical marks in Emacs. For example, if you want resume to be rendered (properly) as résumé you need to know how to … Continue reading

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My Solution to the Changing Times Challenge

Last week, I posted an EmacsGolf challenge on changing times to 24-hour notation. Most of the solutions were much like mine: they used query-replace-regexp with a complicated regular expression and an even more complex replacement expression. One trick that most … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday!

Today in history: Ada Lovelace was born. Computer programmers rejoice! pic.twitter.com/NKpYBxZMjd — Digi-Key (@digikey) December 11, 2014

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