Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sorting in Dired

Xah Lee just taught me something new about dired sorting. I mostly just sort the list by name but occasionally I want to see the newer entries so I toggle the sorting to “date” by typing 【s】. It turns out, … Continue reading

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Correct Quotation Marks

There are few things as ugly, typographically speaking, as the straight quotation marks that are the default in most fonts. When you're writing something that's going to be rendered with proportional fonts, it's easy to do the right thing and … Continue reading

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An Update to Mathematics in a Blog Post

Given that there was a bit more interest than usual in my Mathematics in a Blog Post post, I want to update it with a couple of things I've learned in the mean time. This only applies to those using … Continue reading

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Another 12 Great Programmers

Here's another list of the 12 greatest programmers of all time. As I've said before, these list all always silly but a lot of fun to talk and argue about. This list's greatest programmers are: Dennis Ritchie Linus Torvolds Bjarne … Continue reading

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A Math & Lisp Blog

If, like me, you're interested in Mathematics and Lisp and like doing math experiments on a computer, you should check out Atabey Kaygun's Blog. Kaygun is a Mathematician at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul. On his blog he considers various problems … Continue reading

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Keyboard Switches

As many of you know, Xah Lee is a keyboard aficionado who spends a lot of time researching and trying different keyboards. There are, it seems to me, three aspects to keyboards Ergonomics Layout key switches All three aspects are … Continue reading

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Launching Emacs Features

Artur Malabarba has a nice riff on his toggling keymap that I wrote about here. This time he considers launching Emacs commands such as calc, ediff-buffers, man, shell, proced, and others. As Malabarba says, these are useful commands that you … Continue reading

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Git Merge and Rebase Explained

Git has become the de facto standard version control system. Many people find it confusing or even impossible to understand. In actuality, Git is based on some simple ideas that, once understood, make Git almost transparent. An example of this … Continue reading

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One Side of the Argument Has Class

That distant relative agrees to take back the sweater.

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Three Groups of Editors

I came across this tweet People are categorized in 3 groups. "Almighty Emacsians", "Vim users", "Dumb-asses" :)) #emacs #vim — lxsameer (@lxsameer) August 29, 2014 that reminded me of my slightly less controversial post on the same subject. That post was … Continue reading

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