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Awesome Emacs

If you’re new to Emacs, after you learn the basics, can navigate around in buffers, and deal with finding and saving files you’ll probably start looking for packages that can help streamline your work flow. ELPA makes installing those packages … Continue reading

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Wisdom

Some wisdom from Bozhidar Batsov Question is incorrectly formulated. Any "Can I do X in #Emacs?" should be written "How do I do X in Emacs?". — from SO via @ssapunkova — Bozhidar Batsov (@bbatsov) August 22, 2014

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Building a Dynamic Menu

John Kitchin, whom I’ve written about many times, has another post up on a nice little utility. He describes how to build a dynamic menu in Emacs that gets rebuilt as things change. He gives the example of a menu … Continue reading

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PGP Problems

I’ve often written about the need to encourage wider use of encrypted emails. As everyone knows, the main problem is that existing email encryption solutions are too hard to use: Aunt Millie simply won’t deal with the complexities. But what … Continue reading

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Map Reduce Explained

If you’re a Lisper, the chances are that you understood the basics of Google’s map-reduce framework before you even read the paper. However, many people without a Lisp background find the ideas difficult to understand. Fortunately, if you fall into … Continue reading

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The Editor of a Lifetime

Recently, I wrote about Sacha Chua’s chat with Harry R. Schwartz and his work with EmacsNYC, which, among other things, releases videos of talks that its members give to the group. The latest video is a talk by Perry Metzger … Continue reading

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Dress Codes

If there are any antediluvian companies out there still insisting that their engineers wear coats and ties or some other sartorial silliness, maybe it’s time to rethink that policy. When you’re holding on to a policy that even the U.S. … Continue reading

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A Followup on Leaving Gmail

In my post about Chen Bin’s guide to using Gnus with Gmail, I mentioned that in my own quest to move my email operations to Emacs, I was looking at three packages: mew, mu4e, and gnus. In the comments, I … Continue reading

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Generating an Org Link to a Web Page

Recently, I was rereading Vivek Haldar’s post on the seven levels of Emacs proficiency and suddenly realized that I’d regressed in one aspect of my Emacs skills. Haldar says Up until now, you probably had one large Emacs window plus … Continue reading

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Bastien Guerry on Org Mode

Here’s a video by Bastien Guerry in which he talks about Emacs and Org Mode. Guerry, of course, is the maintainer of Org Mode and an interesting guy. Here at Irreal, we’ve mentioned him several times. Guerry begins by demonstrating … Continue reading

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