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The UPS Follies

Eric Raymond has a splendid rant about the lossage that goes by the name of UPS systems. They are, he says—at all price ranges—garbage. They don’t, as a rule, meet their specs, have reasonable display of errors, or allow for … Continue reading

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Working with Gists in Emacs

Bill Ward has a handy post on how to manage and create Gists with Emacs. It mostly involves installing gist.el and its dependencies. After the installation, you can easily edit existing Gists or create a new one. If you publish … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Blogging for an Emacs User

I, and many others, have written thousands of words about the advantages of using Emacs for blogging. In my case, I could, if I wanted, publish Irreal and virtually never visit the site itself; I can do everything from Emacs. … Continue reading

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Mu 1.0 Problem Solved

In yesterday’s post, I wrote that I had installed the new version of mu/mu4e but that the inbox and searches were showing some deleted messages as well as the ones I was looking for. I was gearing up to dive … Continue reading

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Mu 1.0

Good news for all you mu/mu4e users: The mu/mu4e e-mail searcher and mail client have reached 1.0 -- after 10 years! Rejoice -- https://t.co/U5zyjtVRwI pic.twitter.com/SpehjHyfxp — djcb (@djcb) February 3, 2018 I’ve really been looking forward to the “format equals … Continue reading

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Another Take on Engineering Notebooks

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of keeping an engineering notebook. I have an Org file named journal.org that most of my day-to-day notes go into but for larger, sustained projects I like to start a dedicated project … Continue reading

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The Suit That Would Not Die

It’s very possible that some of Irreal’s younger readers won’t even know what this is about. Older readers will just shake their heads like I did and think, “I thought that was over years ago.” But it isn’t. Sadly, The … Continue reading

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Privacy Finally Wins One

An appeals court in the UK has declared the UK Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (the so-called Snooper’s Charter) illegal. The judges ruled that the law provided insufficient safeguards. As you’d expect, the government trotted out the usual specter of the … Continue reading

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Abo-abo

Oleh Krehel (abo-abo) is the author of many outstanding packages including the essential Ivy/Swiper/Counsel suite that revolutionizes searching. A few years ago, I wrote that when I get tired of blogging I was going to gin up some Elisp to … Continue reading

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Zamansky 40: Atomic Chrome

Mike Zamansky has the latest video in his Using Emacs series up. This time it’s about using Emacs with Chrome via Atomic Chrome. Guys like Zamansky and me like to stay in Emacs as much as possible and—at least in … Continue reading

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