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A Multiple Cursors Use Case

Our maximal leader, John Wiegley, has posted a very nice video in which he demonstrates one of the ways that he uses Magnar Sveen’s excellent multiple cursors package. There’s more to multiple cursors than just popping up a bunch of … Continue reading

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Helpful

I haven’t paid too much attention to Wilfred Hughes’ Helpful but judging from Hughes’ latest tweet: If you're not using helpful to explore Emacs functions, you're missing out! It's now possible to set, toggle and customise variables from within helpful! … Continue reading

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Programmer Wisdom

Sometimes it seems more like 6 seconds, but yes: Eagleson's Law: Any code of your own that you haven't looked at for six or more months might as well have been written by someone else. — Programming Wisdom (@CodeWisdom) December … Continue reading

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After the Laptop

John C. Dvorak, in a typical piece of clickbait for which he is famous, posits that Apple will soon abandon the Mac in favor of iPads and iPhones. His arguments are silly, of course, and are artfully demolished by the … Continue reading

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End Your List Items with a Period

Grant Rettke over at Wisdom and Wonder has helped me resolve a long standing conundrum. When I have a list like this I can never decide whether or not to end each list item with a period. I can adduce … Continue reading

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Four LaTeX Mistakes

From the excellent TeX Tips twitter feed I got a pointer to a useful article from John Cook. The article is about the top 4 LaTeX mistakes that Cook, a practicing mathematician, sees in books and articles. You might think … Continue reading

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Followup on the Momento Database App

If you enjoyed yesterday’s post on Sacha Chua’s “external brains” workflow, you’ll want to take a look at her followup post on her Momento-centered workflow for dealing with her daily, weekly, and monthly journals. If you’re like me, the technical … Continue reading

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Sacha on External Brains

Back in September, I wrote about Jeff Terrell’s excellent video on using Emacs and Org Mode as an exocortex. “Exocortex” for these purposes means an “external brain” of some sort that is used for off-loading thoughts and plans that aren’t … Continue reading

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Org 9.1.4

Bastien tweets to let us know there’s a new Org out: #emacs #orgmode 9.1.4 is out. Enjoy! — Bastien Guerry (@bzg2) December 5, 2017 It’s not in Melpa as of [2017-12-05 Tue 13:08] but will doubtless appear in the next … Continue reading

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AUCTeX 11.92

Annnnd we’re back. Occasionally a package update is broken and aborts the Emacs boot process. Normally I just disable the offending package for a day and keep on trucking. However, when use-package breaks, you’re pretty much restricted to an Emacs … Continue reading

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