Category Archives: General

Emacs for Screenwriters

From time-to-time I see questions from people asking about using Emacs for (prose) writing. There are many resources for that, some of which Irreal has explored. Screenwriters have special problems because their manuscripts have to adhere to strict formatting rules. … Continue reading

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Password DNA

Unix-ninja has an excellent analysis of a large database of passwords and other information with over 18.2 million records. The file is unique because the site used home-grown crypto to encrypt the passwords and it was easily reversed. That means … Continue reading

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Tutorial Update

Rainer König has another week's worth of tutorials up in his excellent series of videos on Org-mode. He's trying to do one every workday so there's a lot a really great material available. Mike Zamansky has added another video to … Continue reading

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Blowing Up Academic Publishing

Jason Shen has a very interesting post on how Sci-Hub is blowing up academic publishing. For those who don't know, Sci-Hub is a site that offers free access to over 51,000,000 scientific journal articles. These papers are collected when a … Continue reading

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Vi and Emacs Without the Religion

Chris Patti over at Blind Not Dumb has gathered his courage and written a piece on vi versus Emacs. He approaches the subject, as the title suggests, without the usual religious fervor. His take, which is hard to argue with, … Continue reading

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Literate Programming with Org Mode

Frédérick Giasson, whom I've mentioned before, has a nice post on setting up Org mode for literate programming. Giasson's post is mostly concerned with using literate programming to write Clojure but almost all of his setup is usable for other … Continue reading

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Swiper

For some reason I had it in my mind that swiper depended on Lispy, or Spacemacs, or some other Vim-derived Emacs mode so I never really looked at it. Then I read Mike Zamansky's post on swiper and had my … Continue reading

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Repeat Last Complex Command

Xah Lee has a very useful post on the repeat complex command command. A complex command is one that uses the minibuffer. That's different from the repeat command that is usually bound to 【Ctrl+x z】. What happens is that the … Continue reading

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Stop Rule 41

The changes to Rule 41 approved by the US Supreme Court are the latest example of dangerous overreach on the part of law enforcement. If you don't think the FBI should be allowed to break into your computer with only … Continue reading

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Using Org Tables in Source Blocks

Andreas Gerler has a nice post that shows how to access individual table columns in a source block. If you don't do this sort of thing frequently, it's easy to forget the details. If you occasionally need this capability or … Continue reading

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