Category Archives: General

Quoting with Org Moke

Grant Rettke, whom Irreal has mentioned from time to time, has a nice screencast on how he adds quotes to an Org document. Like many of us, Rettke takes notes on material he is watching or reading with Org mode. … Continue reading

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High Entropy

And I'm pretty sure there would be no NSA backdoor. High-rate high-entropy RNG: ask the weather service "how much snow will there be in the next 24 hours". — Nick Mathewson (@nickm_tor) January 23, 2016

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Not an Editor, Not an Operating System...

This is where its power really comes from. Emacs isn't an editor. It's an interpreter that happens to ship with an editor program. It makes a lot more sense with this mindset. — Wilfred Hughes (@_wilfredh) November 20, 2015

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Metadata and Privacy

By now, I hope, no Irreal reader believes the “it's just metadata” mantra from the nosey Parkers intent on snooping into every aspect of our lives. A recent study from Stanford quantifies the privacy-stripping power of metadata (you can read … Continue reading

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Something Wrong

At least they know who we've been calling. Hmm. Maybe we're doing something wrong, then. https://t.co/HY1bRmYiyZ — Jameel Jaffer (@JameelJaffer) February 9, 2016

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The Truth About Open Offices Revealed

Succinctly. Myth: Open offices result in massive collaboration. Reality: 2 people loudly collaborate; 30 must wear headphones to get any work done. — Jochen Wolters (@jochenWolters) April 7, 2016

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Count Days Between Dates

Álvaro Ramírez points out that Emacs has the built-in capability to calculate the number of days between two dates. It's easy to do; the tl;dr is: M-x calendar <mark the region between the two dates (inclusive)> M-= (or M-x calendar-count-days-region) … Continue reading

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Schrödinger's Backup

#Sysadmin #Truth #Backup #Unix #Linux pic.twitter.com/suCT9ME58V — nixCraft (@nixcraft) June 24, 2015

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What's Emacs

This is exactly how I think of Emacs "Emacs is a Lisp VM with built in primitives for handling its fundamental data structure - buffers (of mostly, but not always text.)" — unbalancedparen (@unbalancedparen) May 13, 2016 It's almost a … Continue reading

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Sabotaging Your Competitors

Charlie Stross was browsing through an old, recently declassified OSS manual on sabotaging the enemy's production and started wondering about how you could apply the same principles to sabotage your competitors by injecting bad policies into their environment. He lists … Continue reading

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