Monthly Archives: July 2017

Oldies but Goodies Updated—Part 2

This is the second of my two-part post on packages that I find especially useful in my day to day work. I’ve discussed all these packages before but it’s worthwhile bringing them all together as suggestions that others might want … Continue reading

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Some Oldies but Goodies Updated—Part 1

About 15 months ago, I wrote a post, Some Oldies but Goodies, that talked about some of the packages that I found most useful in my day-to-day work. On rereading that post, I find that it’s aged well in the … Continue reading

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Decouple Your Phone from Sensitive Accounts

Laura Shin over at Forbes.com offers some excellent advice for safeguarding your sensitive accounts such as bank accounts, Dropbox, cloud storage, and the like. Some of it is the usual sensible advice such as using a password manager that generates … Continue reading

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An Emacs Tutorial Series

Mickael Kerjean has an interesting series of Emacs tutorials over at his blog. He approaches the tutorials from the point of view of the learning path that he would have liked to follow when he learned Emacs. The tutorials are … Continue reading

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Pretty Printing and Macroexpanding the Last Sexpression

As Emacs users, we’re always discovering some new feature of our favorite editor. Here’s one that’s so obscure not even John Wiegley was aware of it. Over at the Emacs subreddit, glyfo was showing off a bit of elisp that … Continue reading

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Should We Abandon PDFs?

Robert Zaremba thinks we should; at least for publications that aren’t going to end up printed on paper. His argument is that PDFs don’t work well on digital screens. He has a point about PDFs not working very well on … Continue reading

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Nicolas Petton on GTD with Org Mode

Nicolas Petton over at Emacs Café has an excellent post on how he uses Org Mode for Getting Things Done (GTD). You can find many articles that cover this material but I like Petton’s because he shows in detail how … Continue reading

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Indenting and Pretty Printing a Sexpr

Over at the Emacs Stack Exchange, Jue asks if there’s something equivalent to fill-paragraph for S-expressions. Part of the problem is that paredit redefines Meta+q so fill-paragraph appears not to work. It turns out, though, that there is a command … Continue reading

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Some Common Items for Your Emacs Configuration

Xah Lee has a nice page describing some common configuration settings that you can add to your init.el. It covers such things as how to show line numbers, have sentences end with a single space, and many others (see below). … Continue reading

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Fallout From the NSA's Loss of Hacking Tools

The New York times has a fairly complete rundown on the debacle resulting from the NSA losing control of their hacking tools and the subsequent disclosure of those tools by the Shadow Brokers. Remember this the next time they tell … Continue reading

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