Feeling Better

I'm finally feeling a bit better and have started reading blogs and other sources again. I'm going to try to resume blogging now but don't be surprised if things are spotty in the near future.

There's lots going on so there should be plenty to write about. I'm happy to be back.

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  • hi jon, thanks for your post on the emacs enable undo.
    that's a better way.

    btw, i was going to comment there. I guess you made it so that older posts have comment disabled?

    • jcs

      Yes, I had to do that because I was getting a bunch of spam messages on old posts. As usual, the scum spammers ruin everything for everyone.

  • Phil

    Glad to hear you're on the mend.

    I was pondering whether I could introduce you to some nice Emacs feature that you'd not previously played with, to speed your recovery along by way of a fun distraction.

    Have you ever played with SES, the spreadsheet application?

    C-h i g (ses) RET

    While it's not perfect (e.g.: the sole method of importing data is by yanking text, which must be lines of tab-separated columns), it's still extremely capable, and (of course) you can use elisp formulas. The next time you need a spreadsheet, give it a whirl.

    • jcs

      Thanks, Phil. I'll give it a whirl. I already do all my spreadsheet stuff in Emacs with Org-mode tables but SES looks interesting.

      • Phil

        You know... I'm still an org-mode novice, and I've not used SES in a long time. I have a hunch that org will turn out to be the nicer option by a large margin, for a whole bunch of reasons, and you'll probably be underwhelmed by SES. But hey; options!

        Let's try something completely different. The easy way to vary a face depending on the display type you're using, so that it looks good in all situations?

        M-x customize-face, and pick something.
        Open the State menu, and select "For all kinds of displays"
        Now INSert a new display option, open its DISPLAY menu, and choose "specific display"
        Select, for example, "Type" and then "TTY"
        Select "Supports attributes" and then "Show all attributes"
        Make some changes, apply them, and now Emacs will use the new settings for that display type.

        • Phil

          Whoops, ignore the "Supports attributes" bit! You probably don't need that. The attributes list to configure is underneath all of that.