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  • May | 2013 | Irreal
    have used it pretty much as I would bash Recently I saw a tweet that pointed me to this Mastering Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 3 Comments The Emacs defadvice Macro Posted on May 27 2013 by jcs Evgkeni Sampelnikof has posted a nice introduction to defadvice Emacs is all about having it your way and making it easy to do so Very often it s convenient to change the behavior of a built in command and since Emacs Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs 1 Comment So True Posted on May 26 2013 by jcs Don Taylor has it just right in this tweet Well maybe more than just a useful editor Posted in General Tagged Emacs Humor Leave a comment DSLs Posted on May 25 2013 by jcs I have a long standing love affair with Domain Specific Languages DSLs Back when I was writing in C I wrote several compilers and associated interpreters for various DSLs This mainly involved using fairly heavyweight tools like lex and yacc Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Lisp Leave a comment Emacs vs Vim Posted on May 24 2013 by jcs Steven Harms has1 a nice take on the Emacs Vi holy wars His idea is that the two sides are actually talking about different things As we ve discussed many times here Emacs is about the ultimate customizable work environment It provides Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 2 Comments Emacs Configuration Organization Posted on May 23 2013 by jcs Sometimes I feel lonely As many of you know I keep my emacs configuration in a single init el file1 Almost all the Emacs hackers that I respect have a complicated Emacs configuration split among multiple files Finally I ve found someone Continue reading

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  • April | 2013 | Irreal
    4 Posted on April 26 2013 by jcs Xah Lee is doing some refactoring and wants to change this define several class of keywords defvar mylsl keywords break default do else for if return state while LSL keywords defvar mylsl types float integer key list rotation string vector LSL Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 7 Comments Giant Emacs Reference Sheet Revised Posted on April 25 2013 by jcs We here at Irreal are big fans of Aaron Hawley s Giant Emacs Reference Card and have often written about some of the tidbits contained therein Now Hawley has announced that he s revised the reference and added another 500 commands for Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Maintaining My Blog Post Queue Posted on April 24 2013 by jcs Because inspiration doesn t necessarily strike on demand I like to stay a few posts ahead For the last year my procedure was to push a completed post to the site as a draft and then publish it when I was Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp 1 Comment disaster el Posted on April 23 2013 by jcs This is great It s disaster el a really useful tool if you write in C C and can grok assembly language What is does is compile and disassemble the C C code in the current buffer In will even jump to the code Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Leave a comment A O n Solution to the Last Elisp Challenge Posted on April 22 2013 by jcs As I mentioned in the post my An Elisp Challenge post was suggested by this Programming Praxis post The next Programming Praxis post was a followup that discussed Booth s Algorithm which calculates how many

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  • March | 2013 | Irreal
    s need to focus Posted in General Leave a comment A New Look for Xah s Emacs Tutorial Posted on March 28 2013 by jcs Xah Lee has updated the look of his Emacs Tutorial pages He s organized the material into functional categories that make it a bit easier to find a specific page Go on over and give it a look Posted in General Tagged Emacs 3 Comments Emacs Redux Posted on March 27 2013 by jcs Bozhidar Batsov has started a new blog Emacs Redux that is dedicated to tips and techniques to make the Emacs experience more productive and enjoyable So far I like what I see One of the tips from the first day Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Sacha Chua Chats With Carsten Dominik Posted on March 26 2013 by jcs The tireless Sacha Chua is on a roll with another video chat about Emacs This time it s with Carsten Dominik the creator of the essential Org mode Org mode has become so important that many newcomers are taking up Emacs Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment The Wages of Sin Posted on March 25 2013 by jcs Well not sin really More like the consequences of ill considered decisions As we all know by now Google has decided to terminate their Google Reader service On the face of it the decision doesn t appear particularly controversial The service Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment Meetings Are Mutexes Posted on March 24 2013 by jcs From Vivek Haldar an absolutely wonderful characterization of meetings Posted in General Leave a comment What to Do About the Worst Law Posted on March 23 2013 by jcs Over at the New Yorker Tim Wu writes

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  • February | 2013 | Irreal
    Emacs Leave a comment Reflections on Trusting Trust Redux Posted on February 24 2013 by jcs Way back in 1984 Ken Thompson wrote what I consider one of the greatest papers on computer security I wrote about this in my The Greatest Hack of all Time post If you haven t read this paper your education is Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment The Vivid Schemer Posted on February 23 2013 by jcs Recursion always seems to cause beginning CS students trouble One of the very best resources for learning and becoming comfortable with it is The Little Schemer Although the exercises are in Scheme they apply equally well to Common Lisp or Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Lisp Scheme Leave a comment Multiple Cursors and the Mouse Posted on February 22 2013 by jcs On Emacs Rocks Magnar Sveen announced that he s added a mouse interface to the excellent multiple cursors package Amusingly the first two replies were Excellent This is the beginning of the end I pretty much ignore the mouse when I m in Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Calling External Programs Posted on February 21 2013 by jcs One of the rules specific to EmacsGolf as opposed to VimGolf is that you re allowed to call external programs to operate on a region of the buffer using something like Ctrl u Meta You can do the same thing from an Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Is Emacs an IDE Posted on February 20 2013 by jcs Is Emacs an IDE Here s one answer Here s another who knows who cares You might as well ask if Emacs is a fingdop Emacs is what it is regardless of whether or

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  • January | 2013 | Irreal
    is really easy with Emacs Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Google and Warrants Posted on January 27 2013 by jcs It s become fashionable of late to beat up on Google and wonder aloud what happened to their celebrated Don t be evil motto Google provides a slew of useful services and the price we pay is to have our digital existences Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment Department of Red Meat Posted on January 26 2013 by jcs Heh Heh I know I know I m evil but I couldn t help myself Posted in General Tagged Editors Emacs Vim Leave a comment Short Stories Posted on January 25 2013 by jcs This is a collection of short observations that don t merit a post of their own but that some may nevertheless find interesting Social Science Here in case you were wondering is why most rational people consider the term social science Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment A Xah Lee Challenge Posted on January 24 2013 by jcs Over at ergoemacs org Xah Lee posses the following challenge Find a simple and general method to create the following text global set key kbd menu g a A global set key kbd menu g b B global set key kbd menu g c C global set key kbd Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp 4 Comments A Real World VimGolf Challenge Posted on January 23 2013 by jcs In my CUA Mode Video post I mentioned that the pointer to the video came from a comment to one of the posts in the Google Emacs Community That post asks for advice on the best way of changing a 0 Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs

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  • December | 2012 | Irreal
    know I prepare all my blog posts with org2blog One of the nice features of that is that any code I include in a post is automatically fontified in a language appropriate way Recently both Xah Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment More isearch Goodness Posted on December 26 2012 by jcs In A Nice Emacs Trick I wrote about how you can enter query replace or query replace regexp directly from isearch and use the isearch search string as the FROM parameter to query replace or query replace regexp It turns out that there s a lot more Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 2 Comments Lispdoc Posted on December 25 2012 by jcs The other day I wrote about discovering Steve Purcell s emacs d repository on GitHub Today I want to talk about another wonderful thing I discovered there Lispdoc Bill Moorier s Lispdoc is a documentation search engine for Common Lisp that searches The Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Emacs Lisp Leave a comment Naming Registers Posted on December 24 2012 by jcs Magnar Sveen has another great post on What the emacs d This time it s a nice hack to make magit run in the full frame and then restore the window configuration that existed when magit was invoked I ve been annoyed several Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs 3 Comments A Nice Introduction to mu4e Posted on December 23 2012 by jcs Over at Zmalltalker Marius Mårnes Mathiesen has a very nice post on the mu4e email app for Emacs Mathiesen who s used many different email programs says that mu4e is the first one that he s ever been happy with To the Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment

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  • November | 2012 | Irreal
    entitled Airport Security Is Killing Us in which he makes the case that Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security 1 Comment Using the Keypad Posted on November 26 2012 by jcs Xah Lee has an interesting post on defining keys to open frequently used files search for 2012 11 21 The idea is that you add lines like global set key kbd kp 7 kp 3 lambda interactive find file web ergoemacs org emacs blog html for each of the files Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 5 Comments Debating Copyright Without the RSC Posted on November 25 2012 by jcs I recently wrote about an excellent policy brief published by the Republican Study Committee that discussed copyright Sadly the RSC withdrew the brief within 24 hours after heavy complaints from lobbyists for big media Now Techdirt which also covered the Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment The Y Combinator Posted on November 24 2012 by jcs Jim Weirich of Neo gave a really nice talk on The Y Combinator at RubyConf2012 Given the venue the examples are of course in Ruby but you should have no difficulty following them I know no Ruby at all but was Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Lisp 1 Comment Why We Use IDEs Posted on November 23 2012 by jcs Wille Faler over at recursivity com has a nice post on IDEs and why we need them His take is that if you need an IDE it s because of shortcomings in the language you re using He has in mind of course Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Bashisms Posted on November 22 2012 by jcs Russell Power over at rjpower org has a nice post on some Bash tricks Despite over 20 years

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  • October | 2012 | Irreal
    Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Setting An Emacs Per System Height Posted on October 27 2012 by jcs Every time I start Emacs I have to adjust the frame size That s because my two main systems are a 15 inch MacBook Pro and a 27 inch iMac In both cases I want the width to be 80 cols Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 8 Comments Xah Lee on Crypto Posted on October 26 2012 by jcs Xah Lee has a nice digest heh of the various cryptography algorithms used on the Web It s not a detailed technical picture there are plenty of those available but rather a short explanation of each of the major algorithms and how they Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Storing Passwords Securely 2 Posted on October 25 2012 by jcs A few days ago I wrote about the Stormpath Video on how to secure passwords Now Stormpath has published a blog post that covers the same material This is good stuff and if you re working on a site that handles Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Finding Command Suffixes Posted on October 24 2012 by jcs After my post on How To Really Quit I scanned through the Emacs section of Brian Zwahr s Dev and Such blog He s got a ton of good Emacs tips there many from his previous Blog Emacs Journey which he s merged Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Emacs Net Utilities Posted on October 23 2012 by jcs I came across a post by mulander over at My Opera about his journey to Emacs I found it interesting because it closely paralleled my experience a long time Vim user

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