Category Archives: General

Finally, Some Sanity

I've written before (1, 2, 3, 4) about the insanity that is the open plan office. One would think that it would have withered and died by now but, sadly, it seems as robust as ever. At least the successful … Continue reading

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Do The Impossible or You're Incompetent

A customer walks into a bar. He asks for a beer made out of wine. The project manager agrees. Both question the bartender's competence. — Daniel Méndez (@mendezfe) March 22, 2015

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How to Install an Info File

I just wrote about implementing abo-abo's solution for having multiple Info buffers and in particular his using the gcl Info file as a substitute for the Common Lisp HyperSpec. I really wanted to try that out so I downloaded the … Continue reading

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A Hydra for Info

A few months ago, I wrote about mbork's method for having multiple Info buffers. It was a nice solution but required learning a new key sequence for every Info buffer you wanted a quick link to. Abo-abo liked the method … Continue reading

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HTTP/2 and TLS

Speaking of nosy Parkers, the Open Web Alliance is annoyed that HTTP/2 will make it harder for them to spy on you and is lobbying against mandatory encryption in HTTP/2. Sadly, they've won the first round. The Open Web Alliance … Continue reading

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Git Problems and Solutions

Nava Whiteford over at 41j has a useful list of common Git problems and their solutions. It's almost like a mini-recipe book. For example, what if you made a mistake in your commit message? Whiteford tells you to use the … Continue reading

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Using Org Mode for Writing Specifications

Irreal regulars know that I use Org mode for almost all my writing. There are these blog posts, of course, written with Org mode and published with org2blog but also reports, letters, and pretty much everything else. Org mode is … Continue reading

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The New Yorker and GNU

The New Yorker is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the GNU manifesto with a nice article on RMS and his work on Free Software. All-in-all it's a pretty good article considering that it's appearing in a non-technical venue. They get … Continue reading

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Yet Another Reason...

… I've got to learn calc: Emacs Calc has probability distribution functions (ltp, utp), but alas no inverses. https://t.co/eiIArll7pL Still, pretty impressive. #emacs — Barton Yadlowski (@bmorphism) February 28, 2015 I keep finding more reasons I should spend some time on … Continue reading

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JS;DR

An idea whose time has come. I have nothing against using Javascript to provide enhanced navigation and things like menus but if the site won't render without it, there's a problem.

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