Monthly Archives: November 2011

It's Time For Publishers To Get A Clue

Those of you who have been dropping by this blog for a while know that I've written several posts about the publishing industry and its consistent failure to accept that things are changing (see The Future Of Books, More Bad … Continue reading

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Highlighting Regexps, Phrases, And Lines In Emacs

I mostly use isearch-forward, 【Ctrl+s】, and isearch-backward, 【Ctrl+r】, to search for words or phrases in a buffer. Sometimes, though, it's convenient to see all the matches at once. Emacs has a set of commands that make this easy. The easiest … Continue reading

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Property Lists In Emacs

Xah Lee has a nice post up with a function that fixes what he sees as some problems with the default Emacs case-changing commands. Apparently, our use cases are different because I'm not bothered by the default behavior. Still, the … Continue reading

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Installing Emacs 24

As I mentioned in my Emacs 24 Features post, Bozhidar Batsov over at (think) has been using Emacs 24 with great success. He has a new post up that describes how to get Emacs 24 installed on OS X, Linux, … Continue reading

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Beautifying JSON In Emacs

I really like JSON. It's the perfect mechanism for serializing data; much better, in my opinion, than the typical XML solution. That said, I don't use it enough to justify installing one of the really nice packages that deal with … Continue reading

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Using Key Chords In Emacs

Last week I wrote about David Andersson's Key Chord Mode that I discovered in the latest Emacs Rocks video. I thought it was interesting and I enabled it in my Emacs by adding (require 'key-chord) (key-chord-mode 1) (key-chord-define-global "dq" 'dq) … Continue reading

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VimGolf In Emacs Episode 20 Is Up

Tim Visher has another VimGolf in Emacs video up. This one has some interesting applications of the Emacs calc function. As I mentioned on my old blog, I use a Scheme REPL as my calculator so I've never bothered to … Continue reading

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Automatic Lookup From Emacs

Xah Lee has released an interesting package called lookup-word-on-internet.el, which he describes on his Web site here. It will take the word at point or a phrase in an active region and look it up in Google, Wikipedia, Dict.org, Answers.com, … Continue reading

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Emacs Init Time

Just a quickie today. If you have a large and complicated Emacs init file you might wonder how long it takes to process it. Perhaps you should compile it. Maybe it doesn't matter. How are you to know? It turns … Continue reading

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Reverting In Emacs

One of the things about Emacs is that buffers tend to hang around for a long time. This is especially true if you're using desktop-save-mode. Most of the time this isn't a problem but every once in a while the … Continue reading

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