Category Archives: General

Extending Isearch

Nicolas Petton presents a nice bit of Elisp that extends the isearch functionality. With his code, you can search for the symbol at point or the active region if there is one. The first of these is easily accomplished using【Ctrl+w】from … Continue reading

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Tramp with Multiple Hops

The Emacs Tramp package is a wonderful thing. With it, you can easily edit files on remote machines in a virtually transparent fashion. Most Emacs users are familiar with Tramp and use it to edit files on machines on the … Continue reading

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Awesome Emacs

If you’re new to Emacs, after you learn the basics, can navigate around in buffers, and deal with finding and saving files you’ll probably start looking for packages that can help streamline your work flow. ELPA makes installing those packages … Continue reading

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Wisdom

Some wisdom from Bozhidar Batsov Question is incorrectly formulated. Any "Can I do X in #Emacs?" should be written "How do I do X in Emacs?". — from SO via @ssapunkova — Bozhidar Batsov (@bbatsov) August 22, 2014

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PGP Problems

I’ve often written about the need to encourage wider use of encrypted emails. As everyone knows, the main problem is that existing email encryption solutions are too hard to use: Aunt Millie simply won’t deal with the complexities. But what … Continue reading

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Map Reduce Explained

If you’re a Lisper, the chances are that you understood the basics of Google’s map-reduce framework before you even read the paper. However, many people without a Lisp background find the ideas difficult to understand. Fortunately, if you fall into … Continue reading

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The Editor of a Lifetime

Recently, I wrote about Sacha Chua’s chat with Harry R. Schwartz and his work with EmacsNYC, which, among other things, releases videos of talks that its members give to the group. The latest video is a talk by Perry Metzger … Continue reading

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Dress Codes

If there are any antediluvian companies out there still insisting that their engineers wear coats and ties or some other sartorial silliness, maybe it’s time to rethink that policy. When you’re holding on to a policy that even the U.S. … Continue reading

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A Followup on Leaving Gmail

In my post about Chen Bin’s guide to using Gnus with Gmail, I mentioned that in my own quest to move my email operations to Emacs, I was looking at three packages: mew, mu4e, and gnus. In the comments, I … Continue reading

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Bastien Guerry on Org Mode

Here’s a video by Bastien Guerry in which he talks about Emacs and Org Mode. Guerry, of course, is the maintainer of Org Mode and an interesting guy. Here at Irreal, we’ve mentioned him several times. Guerry begins by demonstrating … Continue reading

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