Category Archives: General

The 500 Mile Email Limit

If you're in our business for any length of time, you accumulate a number of amusing stories. Most of them are in-jokes that outsiders wouldn't get or find funny. One of my favorite such stories concerns a problem with email … Continue reading

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Diceware as a Pipeline

If you're interested in picking a passphrase using the Diceware method but don't want to bother with compiling a program for what is most likely a one-off use, you're in luck. Dr. Drang over at And now it’s all this … Continue reading

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Working with Customers

We've all been there: True. "@amyengineer: Also found this gem on software development - it *is* a winner. pic.twitter.com/r1qkTF2bzq" — Anna Nachesa (@ashalynd) April 14, 2015

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Calc Update

I've written before that I've started learning Calc. That last post was after I'd worked through the introductory material (which is, itself, quite dense). I've now completed the first three sections of the tutorial covering Basic Tutorial (RPN, stack, algebraic … Continue reading

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Text in Academic Writing

If you're an academic in the sciences, you have an advantage over your colleagues in the liberal arts: you can write in LaTeX using any editor you choose1. Your document is in plain text and can be operated on by … Continue reading

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Two From Xah

Xah Lee has a couple of useful tutorials on the finer points of ibuffer and the isearch family. Every Emacs user is familiar with forward and backward incremental search, 【Ctrl+s】and 【Ctrl+r】, but there are some more specialized commands as well. … Continue reading

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An Accidental Theme

Over at the Google+ Emacs Community, Quan Ta has an interesting post about an “accidental theme” that he discovered when he byte-compiled his .cask directory. He said it looked like the solarized-light theme but with colors that were a bit … Continue reading

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Karl Voit's Digital Workflow

I am, I must admit, fascinated by Karl Voit's work in capturing, storing, and indexing the digital files that record his life. I've covered some aspects of this before and will doubtless cover other aspects that I find interesting. Today, … Continue reading

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The Setup Interview Bruce Schneier

The Setup has posted an interview with Bruce Schneier. Their interviews always ask just four questions: Who are you, and what do you do? What hardware do you use? And what software? What would be your dream setup? It's interesting … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday

Via Karl Voit: Happy Birthday to the Word “Hack”.

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