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Emacs 25.2 Has Been Released

The latest release of Emacs, Version 25.2, has been released. Despite the title on the announcement at the link, it really is 25.2 not 25.1.

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Paredit Video

If you’re working in a Lisp type language, you really want to be using paredit (or possibly smartparens). Smartparens can be used for any language or even plain text so many people prefer it. Some use both saving paredit for … Continue reading

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Using Babel Video

Rainer Köenig has a new video in his OrgMode tutorial series. This time he takes a brief look at using Babel in Org files. The video is a bit limited because, as Köenig admits, he doesn’t have very many use … Continue reading

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Elfeed

Those of you who have been paying attention know that I’ve been threatening to complete my move to (almost) all-things-in-Emacs by switching to elfeed for my RSS feeds. It doesn’t really have a good iOS solution but it is easy … Continue reading

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An Easy Way to Download Your Email in Maildir Format

As you all know, I spent considerable time configuring mbsync to download my email in Maildir format so that I could try out mu4e and move one more function into Emacs. It wasn’t, by far, the hardest thing I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Ivy Described

Wilfed Hughes offers this nifty description of Ivy: Ivy 0.9.0 is out! https://t.co/mZ0XcpjOy1 It's a wonderful package that makes many things better without ever being too opinionated. — Wilfred Hughes (@_wilfredh) April 15, 2017 This matches my feelings about it … Continue reading

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Pcase and Friends

Early last year, I wrote about John Wiegley’s excellent tutorial on pcase. This tweet from Bozhidar Batsov: pcase and pcase-let are so insanely powerful, but few #Emacs hackers know how to use them. Read this great article! https://t.co/87n9civ3Y8 — Bozhidar … Continue reading

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Introduction to Spacemacs

If you’re an Emacs n00b coming from Vim or if you just like modal editing, you should take a look at Spacemacs. Many say it combines the best aspects of Vim and Emacs. Some even claim that it heralds the … Continue reading

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Is Cursive Virtuous?

Irreal has a large corpus on the problems with cursive handwriting (see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) but I haven’t written about it for a while. I was going through my queue of unpublished blog ideas and … Continue reading

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I Stand Corrected...

Last Week I wrote that I’d finally gotten mu4e working and that after I moved to elfeed, I would have everything except browsing and iMessage running under Emacs. I remarked that I didn’t expect to have iMessage or a (full-featured) … Continue reading

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