Monthly Archives: March 2012

Clozure Common Lisp 1.8

I took advantage of the weekend to upgrade my machines to Clozure CL 1.8. As usual, installation was a snap. Just get the distribution with SVN: svn co http://svn.clozure.com/publicsvn/openmcl/release/1.8/darwinx86/ccl for Mac OS X and then ccl64 -n ? (ccl:rebuild-ccl :full … Continue reading

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Elisp Challenge No. 2

The other day, I found a reference to the Add-A-Gram puzzle, which is one of the retired challenges from ITA Software for prospective employees. Today’s challenge is to solve the Add-A-Gram puzzle with Emacs/Elisp. I’ll give a solution next week.

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Weitz On Macros

Edi Weitz has a very nice set of notes on The Power of Lisp Macros. They’re from a talk he gave at freiheit.com and are aimed at the beginning Lisper. They’re amazingly easy to follow even though you aren’t hearing … Continue reading

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Org Mode And Living Documents

Vsevolod Dyomkin over at Lisp, The Universe and Everything has another in his series of interviews with Lisp hackers. This time it’s with Christophe Rhodes, the principal maintainer of SBCL. It’s an interesting interview and well worth a read so … Continue reading

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The TSA (Again)

Yesterday I wrote that I don’t often post about the TSA but the latest news is just too good to pass up. Congress is holding hearings on the TSA so naturally they invited Bruce Schneier to testify. That only makes … Continue reading

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Huh?

Why the Programming Language C is Obsolete. C obsolete? Really? Someone forgot to tell Linus. Bjarne Stroustrup is clearly a smart guy and by all accounts a nice guy so I hate to call his baby ugly but Damn! that’s … Continue reading

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

One of our interests here at Irreal is security so we are occasionally obligated to report on the doings of the TSA. The reason for this is that the TSA so often serves as an example of how not to … Continue reading

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Note Taking With Org

I written a few posts recently about how I use Org mode to organize my projects and life (1, 2) so of course I was interested to see Da Zhang’s post on how he uses org-mode as the ultimate note … Continue reading

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About Those Insecure RSA Keys

Last month I wrote a short post on some research that showed some RSA public keys are insecure. A couple days ago I noticed that the excellent Programming Praxis has a challenge based on that research and subsequent reporting in … Continue reading

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Sending Mail Semi-Programmatically In Emacs

I have an ongoing project that I manage with an Org mode file. The file has the structure * [2012-03-21 Wed] ** Second Level Headline Some information about the second level headline … where the level one headlines are the … Continue reading

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