Monthly Archives: January 2016

HUH?!?

Remote SSH access with a hard-coded password? In a security device? Today? Who does this? UPDATE: The answer, it seems, is just about everyone.

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Is Object Oriented Programming Bad?

One of our community's favorite arguments, right after Vim versus Emacs and static versus dynamic typing, is whether object oriented programming is boon or bane. Like those other arguments, there is more often heat than light in the discussions. Brian … Continue reading

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A Sad Security Prediction

Those of us who care about security will find this sad but in our hearts we know it's true: 1995: Every object in your home has a clock & it is blinking 12:00 2025: Every object in your home has a … Continue reading

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Xwidget Branch Merged Into Emacs 25.1

The XWidget branch has been merged into Emacs 25.1. One very important consequence of that is that it should be possible to embed webkit into Emacs. Perhaps we're finally getting closer to the dream of a browser inside Emacs1. At … Continue reading

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PSA

Apress is having a 40% sale on the eBook versions of Edi Weitz's Common Lisp Recipes. If you're a Lisper, you'll definitely want this book. I just bought my copy so I haven't had a chance to peruse it yet. … Continue reading

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Taking Notes with Org Mode

Most of you know how I love reading “workflow” articles, especially if they involve Emacs and Org. Brandon van Beekum has a nice post on how he uses Org mode to take notes and then export them to share with … Continue reading

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Search for Symbol at Point

Artur Malabarba has another excellent bit of Elisp for us to improve our workflow. This time it's a quick and easy way to search for the symbol at point. He binds his code to 【Ctrl+u Ctrl+s】 but remarks that that … Continue reading

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New save-excursion Semantics

Marcin Borkowski (mbork) has a useful heads up for Elisp programmers. Starting with Emacs 25.1, save-excursion will no longer save the mark state. If you want to save the mark, you should use save-mark-and-excursion instead. While reading mbork's post, I … Continue reading

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Turn Off Adblock, Get Served Malware

I've written before about the horror that is adtech. Advertisers send us megabytes of Javascript for 500 words of content so that they can track us and build profiles of our habits and preferences. When users finally tired of this … Continue reading

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Gnus Guide Update

After Sacha's chat with John Wiegley that explored how Wiegley uses Gnus to manage his Emacs maintainer workflow, there's been a bit of renewed interest from Emacsers in using it for their email client. Unfortunately, Gnus is a large and … Continue reading

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