Monthly Archives: October 2013

Specifying Indent Rules for Emacs Lisp

Eric J.M. Ritz has an excellent post on indenting Elisp code. Say what? Isn't that what Emacs is for? Yes but there's a corner case when you're writing macros. Here's a macro that I use to make my Elisp code … Continue reading

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Emacs Rocks at WebRebels 4

The fourth episode of Magnar Sveen's cleaned up WebRebels talk is available. This section continues the demonstration of his JavaScript refactoring tools. He's able to select a code snippet and turn it into a function with a single call. He … Continue reading

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NIST and Keccak

I'm a bit of a crypto nerd—though far from a practitioner or expert—so I'm on NIST's SHA-3 mailing list. The mailing list's main purpose was to keep the contestant teams and other interested observers up to date on the competition. … Continue reading

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Emacs Rocks at WebRebels 3

Magnar Sveen has posted the third part of his cleaned up WebRebels talk. This section demonstrates some Javascript refactoring. It's only 58 seconds long so you won't have to map out a block of time to watch.

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WDIRED

Mickey over at Mastering Emacs has a nice post on wdired. Dired is an underappreciated part of Emacs but even many who use it don't realize that you can edit file names, permissions, and owner/group directly in the dired buffer … Continue reading

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Word

Over at Charlie's Diary, Charlie Stross has an excellent rant entitled Why Microsoft Word Must Die. I've written previously of my own feelings about Word: hatred bordering on the pathological. I consider it the apotheosis of everything that can be … Continue reading

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Magit Stage All Changes

As I've mentioned previously, I keep my blog posts—all my work, really—in a git repository. I manage the repositories with magit. If you aren't a magit user, you're really missing out and should take a look. When I publish a … Continue reading

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Using yasnippet to Reduce Blogging Friction

Every Irreal blog post begins with some header information that tells org2blog the title, category, and tags for the post. These get communicated to WordPress when org2blog exports the post. Those lines look like this: #+TITLE: Using =yasnippet= to Reduce … Continue reading

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Air Gaps

Bruce Schneier has an interesting post on setting up an air gap computer. It seems simple: just never connect your computer to the Internet. The problem is a completely isolated computer isn't much use unless all you want to do … Continue reading

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The Lavabit Story

The New Yorker has a nice article on the Lavabit back story and current status. It recounts the details of the negotiations between Lavabit and the government. It's pretty clear that the government was disingenuous about their demands. Armed with … Continue reading

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