Monthly Archives: May 2013

Emacs Resources

The folks over at The Emacs subreddit have posted a very nice list of Emacs resources. They've got distributions, tutorials, starter kits, blogs, and references. They're taking suggestions for additions so let them know if they missed anything important to … Continue reading

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A Fast Open for init.el

Like me, Bozhidar Batsov is always fiddling with his init.el file. As a result, he's devised a way to open it quickly. He wrote a bit of Elisp to load it and bound the Elisp to the simple key sequence … Continue reading

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The Coding Standard From Hell

You say you hate your organization's coding standards? You say they make the code harder to understand and maintain? You say they could only have been devised by a particularly moronic version of the pointy haired boss? Stop your whining … Continue reading

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Password Myths

As you all know too well, I am very interested in password technology. Certainly, passwords aren't, by themselves, the answer to security but they can help if people pick them sensibly and Web sites handle them is a secure manner. … Continue reading

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Key-Chord Mode

One of my favorite Emacs Rocks! videos is #7, Mind Exploded, in which Sveen talks about key-chord mode. Right after I saw the video, I loaded key-chord-mode, wrote about it, and have been using it ever since. I'm mentioning it … Continue reading

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StrongBox

Two years ago I wrote about WSJ SafeHouse, an effort on the part of the Wall Street Journal to start their own version of Wikileaks. The idea was that prospective whistle blowers would have a safe way to send documents … Continue reading

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Emacs Hash Tables

One of the most useful data structures in Computer Science is the hash table. I've been using them for my entire career and have implemented close to a hundred instances in several languages. That's not as necessary these days as … Continue reading

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Lexical Status on the Mode Line

Those of you who watched Nic Ferrier's video on the difference between lexical and dynamic scope that I wrote about the other day may have noticed that his buffers indicated whether the buffer had lexical (LEX) or dynamic (DYN) scope. … Continue reading

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Emacs Redux Redux

I've written about Emacs Redux a couple of times before. Bozhidar Batsov continues to post a panoply of really useful Emacs tips. Consider this a reminder to subscribe if you haven't already. If you're looking for a turnkey Emacs configuration, … Continue reading

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Surprise!

Here's a surprise. Netflix is offering further proof—if you needed it—that piracy is mostly a phenomenon of the content industry's own making. Netflix reports that when they enter a new territory, BitTorrent traffic is drastically reduced. This suggests, as we've … Continue reading

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