Monthly Archives: December 2015

Macro Workshop

Howard Abrams has an excellent tutorial on Emacs keyboard macros. It's structured much like the builtin Emacs tutorial in that you download the tutorial into an Emacs buffer and then do the exercises in situ. Unlike the Emacs tutorial, it's … Continue reading

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Comey Dissembles (Again)

After Paris and San Bernadino, FBI director James Comey has stepped up his “We're Going Dark” roadshow, telling everyone who will listen how encryption is making it impossible to stop terrorists. In a Washington Post op-ed, Jihadists are making their … Continue reading

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Sacha's Weekly Emacs News

I came across this tweet @sachac In case people don't say this enough, thank you for this weekly #emacs news round-up. I always find something new/useful/cool. — Marc Saegesser (@MarcSaegesser) December 7, 2015 and it reminded me that I've been … Continue reading

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Mu4e and Org Mode

Ben Maughan over at Pragmatic Emacs has a great post on integrating mu4e and Org mode. He has what I think is a near perfect email setup: An inbox that is empty except for unread emails One folder to hold … Continue reading

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Building World Class Teams

What's the secret of building great teams? Google researchers decided to find out. They presumed that the ideal team would have a mix of varied skills and personalities. As they put it, “We were pretty confident that we’d find the … Continue reading

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A Quick Test for Prospective Employers

Via Karl Voit: Related: Visiting a potential employer? Check the toilets. Singly-ply sandpaper says a lot about their actual values. — Bernd Haug (@xaibeha) November 23, 2015 It seems a little silly at first but, really, it serves as a … Continue reading

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A Quiz

After the Paris bloodbath, which was discussed more? a) gross state intelligence failures b) absurd encryption claims — Kontra (@counternotions) December 15, 2015

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Steno Machines

We've all seen them, either in person or in courtroom dramas. Those odd looking little machines that appear more like old fashioned adding machines rather than typewriters. I'm talking, of course, about steno machines. They're used to provide verbatim transcripts … Continue reading

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Karl Voit on Moving from Screen to Tmux

If you spend a lot of time using your terminal to log into remote machines, you are probably aware of GNU Screen and tmux. If you aren't using one of these, you should definitely check them out. They work nicely … Continue reading

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An Interview with Matt Blaze

Back in 1993, Matt Blaze put done to the first round of the crypto wars by demonstrating devastating flaws in the NSA's Clipper Chip that was supposed to allow the government to securely monitor encrypted communications. Sadly, those lessons have … Continue reading

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