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Temporary Syntax Tables

Xah Lee has a nice post on how to temporarily modify a syntax table. It’s not something you want to do everyday, of course, but the example Lee gives is a real-world case. It turns out that it’s pretty easy. … Continue reading

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Another Reason Closed Source is Harmful

Open Source/Free Software includes a number of tribes. There are the FSF true believers, epitomized by RMS, who hold that software should be free on philosophical/ideological grounds. Even if one could adduce facts showing that Free Software was less optimal … Continue reading

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Version Control

Everybody agrees that version control (VC) is the right thing but, sadly, too often it’s ignored anyway. I use version control—Git via Magit—in two ways. First, it’s the primary way that I keep my machines synchronized. I could, of course, … Continue reading

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Extending Isearch

Nicolas Petton presents a nice bit of Elisp that extends the isearch functionality. With his code, you can search for the symbol at point or the active region if there is one. The first of these is easily accomplished using【Ctrl+w】from … Continue reading

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Tramp with Multiple Hops

The Emacs Tramp package is a wonderful thing. With it, you can easily edit files on remote machines in a virtually transparent fashion. Most Emacs users are familiar with Tramp and use it to edit files on machines on the … Continue reading

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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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