Category Archives: General

git-timemachine

Recently, I’ve seen several references to the git-timemachine package. It didn’t seem that interesting to me so I ignored it. Then I noticed that Bozhidar Batsov is recommending it on Emacs Redux. When Batsov recommends something, it’s generally an indication … Continue reading

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News on the Jewel v. NSA Case

Here in the United States, the EFF is prosecuting a suit on the NSA’s indiscriminate collection of Americans’ private digital communications. In 2008 they filed the Jewel v. NSA case alleging that the NSA’s wholesale vacuuming up of Americans’ communications … Continue reading

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Quantum Theory and Computational Complexity

The Physics arXiv Blog has a really interesting article about the connection between quantum theory and the question of whether or not P = NP. The article starts with the question of why we can’t observe quantum phenomena at the … Continue reading

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Emacs Themes

I started using Emacs before there was any real support for themes so I just selected the default light configuration. I made a few tweaks like making the cursor a red bar but didn’t do much fiddling otherwise. About three … Continue reading

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Unicode Font Redux

A couple of days ago I wrote about finally solving a long standing Emacs problem involving missing glyphs in my default font. I was really happy to have the problem resolved. So pleased I wrote about it in glowing terms. … Continue reading

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Fast Toggling Emacs Modes

Over at Endless Parentheses, which I’ve mentioned before, Artur Malabarba has a really good idea. He shows how to define a custom key map that he uses to toggle modes that he uses frequently. He binds the commands to the … Continue reading

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Backup Fonts for Unicode Glyphs

Trey Harris posed a question on the Google+ Emacs Community that’s been bothering me for some time. I use the terrific Inconsolata as the default for monospaced fonts but many of the Unicode glyphs are missing. Mac OS X takes … Continue reading

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The 10 Greatest Programmers of all Time

Last week, I wrote about NetWork World’s 14 Greatest Living Programmers. This week, I’m Programmer has a list of The 10 Greatest Programmers in the World of all Time. Lists of these sorts are always silly, of course, but nevertheless … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Emacs Golf!

It’s been a while since Irreal has had an EmacsGolf challenge but yesterday’s post on Programming Silliness suggested a nice one. When I ran the grep, I got A a aa Ab aba … faff fe fed fee feed The … Continue reading

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Résumés with Markdown or Org-mode

Continuing with our theme of using Emacs for writing rather than coding, Mark Szepieniec and Christophe-Marie Duquesne have a couple of nice posts about writing your résumé in Markdown and then exporting it to the desired format with Pandoc. There’s … Continue reading

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