Monthly Archives: January 2016

Praising the Command Line

Stephan Ramsay has an interesting series of posts in which he takes the retro position that the command line is superior to a GUI. Even more radically, in the current milieu, he argues that the average user—the ever popular man … Continue reading

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Org Agenda Capture

As often happens in Emacs, I hit the wrong key and stumbled upon a functionality I didn't know about. It turns out that if you press 【k】 while in an Org Agenda buffer you will bring up a capture buffer … Continue reading

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Emacs 25.1 Pretest

Emacs 25 is drawing nigh. If you can, download the first pretest and help stamp out any remaining problems. The first pretest for #Emacs 25.1 is out! Get it at ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/pretest/emacs-25.0.90.tar.xz and test it! — Nicolas Petton (@NicolasPetton) January 30, … Continue reading

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The char-menu Package

I just updated my ELPA packages and noticed the new package char-menu. It allows you to make a (possibly tree-structured) list of characters that you might want to add to an Emacs buffer. The obvious examples are round quotes—single: ‘’ … Continue reading

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Spacemacs

There's been a lot of buzz lately regarding Spacemacs. Probably the best way of describing it is as an Emacs environment that brings together VIM key bindings, an attractive UI, and a powerful customization capability. Sebastian Wiesner has a nice … Continue reading

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Presentations With Org Mode

Rob Rohan, whose work I've mentioned before, has posted a nice video about a bit of presentation software that he built. The software, bestowed, takes a normal Org mode outline and turns it into an HTML-based presentation. It does this … Continue reading

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Clocking In and Out

Sacha pointed me to this video by Mr. Swathe on logging the time spent on various tasks by clocking in and out with Org mode. The video is pretty elementary but it showed me enough to get going. I've tried … Continue reading

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We Need More of This

I love this. We definitely need more of it. My only suggestion is to make it longer. Making these busy bodies suffer is a moral imperative.

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Bling for Your Org Files

If you like bling on your desktop, Robert over at thraxys has some suggestions for prettying up your Org files. The first involves replacing the heading stars with various types of UTF-8 bullets. He recommends ◉, ◎, ⚫, ○, ►, … Continue reading

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The Cost of Collaboration

Regular readers know that Irreal has disdain for open plan offices and those who perpetrate them on their hapless employees but, somehow, never on themselves. These office plans are always justified on the grounds of “increased collaboration” but there's a … Continue reading

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