# Category Archives: General

## Reevaluating Local Variables

An odd but very useful feature of Emacs is (file) local variables. This allows you to specify certain Emacs variables either on the first line of a file or at the end in a special Local Variables block. Typical uses … Continue reading

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## Tramp and cd

I try to use ehsell as much as I can when I need to drop into the shell. That way, I stay in Emacs and still have the power of Emacs available. The other day in a post about something … Continue reading

## Is Emacs Really Hard to Learn/Use?

J. Pablo Fernández has another one of those posts that drive me crazy. His thesis is that Emacs is hurting Clojure because it's hard to learn and use or something. It's a silly, even risible, argument. His complaint is almost … Continue reading

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## Version 2 of Mastering Emacs is Out

Just got my Mastering Emacs update. Mickey has put out version 2 to incorporate new material reflecting changes in Emacs 25.1. The upgrade is free to current owners; You should be getting an email from Mickey. If you don't already … Continue reading

## Using ace-link with Org Mode

I was checking the ace-link page and discovered something I didn't know. You can also configure ace-link to work in Org mode. When invoked, ace-link-org will build the typical avy tree—such as you get with ace-jump and friends—and allow you … Continue reading

## Kill This Buffer

[Editorial Note: Sorry about the lousy formatting. Org2blog is misbehaving again so I had to paste the HTML into the WordPress editor.] Ben Maughan over at Pragmatic Emacs has a really nice tip. It's one of those things that you … Continue reading

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Background If you're an OS X user who uses SSH keys to SSH to remote machines and have just updated to Sierra you may have noticed that SSH has suddenly started asking for a password. My situation is that I've … Continue reading

## The Five Second Rule

The New York Times has published an article on the five second rule. You'll be shocked—shocked—to learn that if you drop food on the floor you get bacteria on it even if you pick it up in less than 5 … Continue reading

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## Emacs 25.1

As you surely know by now, Emacs 25.1 is out and available for download at the usual places. Check the Emacs download page for a mirror near you. They also have pointers to some precompiled binaries if you prefer that. … Continue reading

## Repeating a Command

Zachary Kanfer has a nice post on how to repeat a command with a single keystroke. A familiar instance of this is the old-style keyboard macro execution. After defining the macro, you can execute it with 【Ctrl+x e】 and then … Continue reading

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