Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tracking Emacs Packages

Via Xah Lee's blog, I came across a really interesting project. Artur Malabarba's EAT (Emacs Archive Tracker) project checks the Gnu, Marmalade, and Melpa archives every couple of hours and displays a graph showing the number of packages added recently. … Continue reading

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Emacs Startup Packages

Xah Lee has a roundup of emacs Starter Kits on his blog. He's got a list of 5 such kits so there's a lot to choose from. Lee also notes that you can just install Emacs and add things as … Continue reading

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Apple and Fingerprints

Anyone who's been following Irreal lately is painfully aware that the NSA scandals have kicked my paranoia into hyperdrive. Still, there are limits. Apple's recent announcement of their fingerprint reader on the iPhone 5S has provoked those poor souls even … Continue reading

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Trusting Microsoft

If you're a Microsoft user and at all concerned about the security of your computers, you need to read this BoingBoing story about Microsoft's cooperation with numerous 3-letter government agencies. If ever there were an argument for open source, here … Continue reading

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Bastien Guerry on Org Mode

I just stumbled across this video by Bastien Guerry on Org Mode. It's a couple of years old but is an excellent introduction to Org Mode and pretty much up to date. If you're wondering what Org Mode is all … Continue reading

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The Perfect GPG Pair

If the NSA scandals are making you paranoid—and they should—one of the first steps you should take is to install email encryption software. Every time you read an article recommending the use of encryption software, the author inevitably remarks that … Continue reading

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Why It Matters: A Story From Sweden

I ended my Dinner With General Alexander post with the observation that when the Government collects data, regardless of the stated rationale, there will inevitably be mission creep that sees the data being used in new, unintended ways and that … Continue reading

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Schneier on Being Safe

Bruce Schneier, one our best independent security experts, has some useful advice on staying safe from NSA surveillance. He is working with the Guardian and has access to the Snowden documents so he can bring some reasoned analysis to the … Continue reading

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It Just Gets Better and Better

Glenn Greenwald's latest article is out at the The Guardian. Despite repeated assurances that Americans' data are respected and protected it turns out that the NSA is sharing raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel. As it happens, I don't … Continue reading

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Dvorak on the NSA

John Dvorak is at his hyperbolic best in this piece on the NSA. In it, he throws out red meat for those of us enraged by what the NSA is doing. His take is that the NSA sees Americans as … Continue reading

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