Category Archives: General

The Piper Sends its Bill to the NSA

The NSA has been playing fast and lose with its duty to secure our communications by arranging for backdoors to be inserted into our cryptographic protocols. Everyone familiar with the situation is convinced that the NSA diddled with the Dual_EC_DRBG … Continue reading

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A Magit Tip

A nice tip from Wilfred Hughes for Magit users: Emacs tip of the day: you can use ! to explicitly run git commands inside magit. Handy for deleting large directories: ! rm -r somedir — Wilfred Hughes (@_wilfredh) January 20, … Continue reading

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More Backdoor Silliness

Benjamin Wittes over at Lawfare has posted a particularly silly idea for forcing vendors to install encryption backdoors: simply withdraw CDA §230 protection from any company that does not provide an unencrypted copy of any data they carry. The CDA … Continue reading

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Magit: Staging All Files Including Those Untracked

A nice tip from Xah Lee that I didn't know about #emacs #magit tip. press C-u S to stage also untracked files. — ErgoEmacs (@ErgoEmacs) February 4, 2016

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Navigating to a File

If you're like most people, you access your files by navigating down the directory structure to them. That's not the only possibility though. You could also use one of the search engines built into your operating system. If you can't … Continue reading

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Entering Accented Characters in Emacs

John D. Cook points out that it's pretty easy to enter accented characters, ç, ü, é, etc., in Emacs by typing【Ctrl+x 8】followed by a punctuation mark and letter. For example, to get ç you type 【Ctrl+x 8 , c】. Cook's … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday!

Today Ken Thompson is 72. Happy Birthday, Ken, and may you have many many more. UPDATE: Well actually it's tomorrow so consider this early birthday greetings.

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Blogging with Org Mode (Only)

Dennis Ogbe has a blog that he writes in Emacs with Org mode. There's nothing unusual about that, of course; lots of people do. All Irreal posts begin life as an Org file that is exported to HTML and pushed … Continue reading

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Inserting an Org Date Quickly

Here's a useful tip: 'C-c . fri RET' inserts a timestamp of next Friday in #Org #Emacs. — mega so no fun (@marcowahlsoft) January 19, 2016 It's obvious, of course, but for me, at least, it's a subtly different way … Continue reading

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Praising the Command Line

Stephan Ramsay has an interesting series of posts in which he takes the retro position that the command line is superior to a GUI. Even more radically, in the current milieu, he argues that the average user—the ever popular man … Continue reading

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