Monthly Archives: September 2011

More SSH Tricks

Tycho Garen has a nice post with some SSH tricks to make your life easier. This serves as an excellent follow on to my previous post on the subject. There's a bit of overlap but enough new material that it's … Continue reading

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Emacs Keybindings for Mac OS X

As many Mac OS X/Emacs users know, OS X has many of the Emacs key bindings defined for the entire system. Thus, bindings like 【Ctrl+f】, 【Ctrl+b】, 【Ctrl+a】, 【Ctrl+e】, 【Ctrl+k】, 【Ctrl+y】, 【Ctrl+p】, 【Ctrl+n】, and a few others work across the whole … Continue reading

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The Emacs goto-line Command

As I've written before, I came to Emacs after years as a Vi/Vim user. One of the things I was used to doing in Vim was to go to line N in a file by typing :N in command mode. … Continue reading

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Managing Workshifting

In a recent post about workshifting I mentioned that one of the impediments to wider adoption is a fear on the part of managers that they won't be able to effectively manage their employees if they can't reach out and … Continue reading

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Using Deft With Org Mode In Emacs

Earlier this week I wrote about the Deft package for Emacs. Deft is a note taking facility by Jason Blevens modeled on Notational Velocity. I opined at the time that while Deft provides a simple, lightweight note-taking mode, it doesn't … Continue reading

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And You Thought We Weren't Making Any Progress

I came across two articles today—one looking backward, one looking forward—that illustrate the incredible progress we're making in power management and battery life for our electronic devices. This is important because battery technology isn't making tremendous strides (although there have … Continue reading

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The Emacs Regular Expression Builder

Emacs' regular expressions are notoriously tricky. They aren't Perl Regular Expression compatible and the escaping rules are not always what you'd expect if you're used to Unix regular expressions. Most of us, therefore, have experienced wasted time and frustration trying … Continue reading

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Happy Programmers' Day

Today is the 0x100th day of the year: Programmers' Day. So Happy Programmers' Day to all my fellow programmers.

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A Lightweight Alternative To Emacs Org Mode

As regular readers know, I am fanatical Org mode user. Almost everything I write in Emacs that isn't programming code ends up in Org mode. Sometimes, even code does. Still, Org mode is a large system with lots of functionality … Continue reading

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Printing In Emacs Lisp

Xah Lee has added another page to his excellent series on Emacs Lisp. This time it's about printing in Emacs Lisp. Most of us who have written any elisp are familiar with the message function, which prints a message to … Continue reading

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