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  • September | 2012 | Irreal
    could do stuff like that The Elisp writes the image Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Leave a comment Security Roundup Posted on September 26 2012 by jcs It s been a busy week on the security front Of course that s true of most weeks but here s some interesting stories from the past few days CloudCracker is offering a special this week on their MS CHAPv2 service They will break Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Emacs Rocks Episode 13 Posted on September 25 2012 by jcs Magnar Sveen is on a tear and has posted another Emacs Rocks episode This one is to use a phrase Sveen might utter mind blowing It s a demonstration of his Emacs extension multiple cursors When I first saw this extension demonstrated in Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment An Elisp Puzzle Posted on September 24 2012 by jcs Xah Lee points to this interesting tweet The three S s of SUCCESS by Gary Fredericks and asks for something similar in Elisp Fredericks code is map vec SUCCESS 0 5 6 which certainly isn t Elisp My first attempt at Elisp Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp 4 Comments Common Lisp Type Hierarchy Posted on September 23 2012 by jcs Greg Pfeil over at Techomatic has a nice chart of the Common Lisp Type Hierarchy Technically there s no new information here of course but it is nice to have all the information in any easy to read diagram If you re Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Leave a comment Emacs Rocks Episode 12 Posted on September 22 2012 by jcs Magnar Sveen has Episode 12 of Emacs Rocks up This time it s

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  • August | 2012 | Irreal
    server that operates from within Emacs Now Brian Taylor has built on that to provide Impatient Mode an Emacs package that renders an Emacs Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs 1 Comment The magic mode alist Posted on August 28 2012 by jcs Most Emacs users know how to associate a file type with a major mode by using the auto mode alist variable to associate a file extension with a major mode I recently learned of another way thanks to Xah Lee who posted Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Readable S Expressions Posted on August 27 2012 by jcs Why do people keep doing this They should stop Now Really There is nothing wrong with parentheses Lispers like them and deal with them without difficulty There is nothing wrong with Lisp syntax Lispers like it and deal with it Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Lisp 1 Comment Emacs Posted on August 26 2012 by jcs It s everywhere Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment The Emacs Manual in Info Posted on August 25 2012 by jcs This is definitely a note to myself Doubtless everyone knows this but for some reason I can never seem to remember it so I am recording it in a post If you re an Emacs user and your initials are not Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 3 Comments Lena Posted on August 24 2012 by jcs I ran across this astounding story of Singapore researchers at Singpore s Agency for Science Technology and Research generating a digital image with 100 000 DPI resolution This is close to the theoretical maximum resolution and is therefore a significant achievement What Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment Scientific American on Piracy Posted on

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  • July | 2012 | Irreal
    Posted in General Tagged Emacs 7 Comments The Master Speaks Posted on July 27 2012 by jcs The road to wisdom begins with a single step grasshopper Posted in General Tagged Common lisp Humor Leave a comment Diceware in Lisp Posted on July 26 2012 by jcs I recently downloaded the Ironclad Cryptography Library with quicklisp and wanted to give it a spin I thought a nice little project would be to implement the Diceware password generation algorithm in Lisp This turned out to be really easy Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Leave a comment Using Expand Region Posted on July 25 2012 by jcs Back in January I wrote about Magnar Sveen s expand region package that he described in Emacs Rocks 9 I recently loaded the code with ELPA and have been using it for my day to day work I really like this package It s extraordinary Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Password Reuse Posted on July 24 2012 by jcs I ve mentioned Troy Hunt s writings here before Hunt writes regularly on security and always has something interesting to say Last year I wrote about Hunt s analysis of passwords from the Sony compromise and sorry but it s true the stupid choices people make Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Working With Rectangles Posted on July 23 2012 by jcs Xah Lee has a nice updated post on working with rectangles and some other loosely related matters Every time I see these commands I think how useful they are and then promptly forget about them I m going to make an Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Juan José García Ripoll Lisp Hacker Posted on July 22 2012 by

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  • June | 2012 | Irreal
    on June 26 2012 by jcs Nicholas May on his blog Because two cents wasn t enough reminds me of something I d long forgotten The dribble command in Common Lisp What dribble does is record a Lisp session much like the Unix script command or the Scheme Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Lisp Leave a comment More On Lexical Scoping Posted on June 25 2012 by jcs Yesterday I posted a reminder about Yoo Box s excellent article on lexical binding in Emacs 24 I recently came across a post by Sergey M over at On elisp and programming in general that also considers lexical scoping in Emacs Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Leave a comment A Reminder About Lexical Scoping in Emacs Posted on June 24 2012 by jcs Back in January I wrote a short post recommending Yoo Box s piece on lexical scoping in Emacs 24 Now that Emacs 24 is officially released this seems like a good time to remind folks about Box s post If the idea Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Leave a comment How To Design a Successful Programming Language Posted on June 23 2012 by jcs Sooner or later every programmer gets bitten by the I want to design a programming language bug Sadly most of these efforts Larry Wall Guido van Rossum and Yukihiro Matsumoto notwithstanding will come to naught Now Caleb Garling reveals the Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Humor Leave a comment A Contrast Posted on June 22 2012 by jcs From time to time something happens to make me think that maybe big media has caught a clue and is moving to saner policies The last such example was Tor s abandonment of DMR a significant step

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  • May | 2012 | Irreal
    because I liked its clean design and simplicity the named let continuations and the simplicity that being a Lisp 1 Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Lisp Scheme 4 Comments Using Quicklisp Posted on May 6 2012 by jcs Back in March I wrote that I had loaded and starting using Zach Beane s Quicklisp Since then I have used it with several small projects and I really like it It does two things for me Makes it super easy Continue reading Posted in Programming Leave a comment A Message From The EFF Posted on May 5 2012 by jcs Posted in General Leave a comment Solution to the Two Challenges Posted on May 4 2012 by jcs The other day I presented two Elisp coding challenges I specified Elisp because Irreal readers tend to like Emacs related posts The down side of that is that several of you worried about bignums and other Emacs limitations That wasn t Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp 2 Comments Playing with Common Lisp s Compiler Macros Posted on May 3 2012 by jcs Back in April Robert Smith of Symbo1ics Ideas wrote an excellent post on solving the m of n Boolean Circuit problem The problem is nominally about building a boolean circuit having n inputs that returns TRUE if at least m of the Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Lisp Leave a comment Two Elisp Challenges Posted on May 2 2012 by jcs I ran across a couple of nice interview questions and an interesting story over at Tanya Khovanova s Math Blog The two questions are Given a list of integers from 1 to n but with one of the integers missing write Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp 8 Comments DOCUMENTATION TEMPLATE

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  • April | 2012 | Irreal
    Cookbook Posted on April 26 2012 by jcs I stopped by WikEmacs today to see how the site was progressing It looks pretty nice and has obviously seen some hard work by its contributors Being me I immediately went to the Emacs Lisp Cookbook to see how it Continue reading Posted in Programming Leave a comment And So It Begins Posted on April 25 2012 by jcs Tor Forge part of the Macmillan empire announced that they will start shipping their ebooks without DRM starting in July This is the beginning of the DRM death spiral predicted by Charlie Stross although he has tempered that prediction a bit Continue reading Posted in General Tagged DRM Leave a comment Decimalizing Latitude and Longitude Posted on April 24 2012 by jcs Xah Lee has reintroduced a challenge from last year Given a string of latitude longitude is degrees minutes seconds write a function that returns them as signed decimal numbers That is 37 26 36 42 N 06 15 14 28 W 37 44345 6 253966666666667 I remember looking at this Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Elisp Emacs 2 Comments A Key Sequence For revert buffer Posted on April 21 2012 by jcs The other day I was trawling through Aaron Hawley s excellent Emacs Reference Sheet and came across the entry for Ctrl x Ctrl v Return saying same as previous The previous entry was for revert buffer My first thought was How did I not know this Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 6 Comments Let Over Lambda Posted on April 19 2012 by jcs Last year I reported that most of the book Let Over Lambda was posted on the Internet I recommended that anyone interested in Lisp take a look at it I still make that

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  • March | 2012 | Irreal
    so Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode 1 Comment The TSA Again Posted on March 26 2012 by jcs Yesterday I wrote that I don t often post about the TSA but the latest news is just too good to pass up Congress is holding hearings on the TSA so naturally they invited Bruce Schneier to testify That only makes Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security TSA Leave a comment Huh Posted on March 25 2012 by jcs Why the Programming Language C is Obsolete C obsolete Really Someone forgot to tell Linus Bjarne Stroustrup is clearly a smart guy and by all accounts a nice guy so I hate to call his baby ugly but Damn that s Continue reading Posted in General 1 Comment You Can t Make This Stuff Up Posted on March 25 2012 by jcs One of our interests here at Irreal is security so we are occasionally obligated to report on the doings of the TSA The reason for this is that the TSA so often serves as an example of how not to Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Stupidity TSA Leave a comment Note Taking With Org Posted on March 23 2012 by jcs I written a few posts recently about how I use Org mode to organize my projects and life 1 2 so of course I was interested to see Da Zhang s post on how he uses org mode as the ultimate note Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode Leave a comment About Those Insecure RSA Keys Posted on March 22 2012 by jcs Last month I wrote a short post on some research that showed some RSA public keys are insecure A couple days ago I noticed that the excellent

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  • February | 2012 | Irreal
    theoretically write an Org mode Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode 9 Comments Data Hogs Posted on February 24 2012 by jcs For a long time the wireless carriers have been complaining about data hogs who suck up inordinate amounts of bandwidth by downloading movies and whatever to their mobile devices As a result AT T Verizon and T Mobile have instituted data throttling Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment They Never Learn Posted on February 23 2012 by jcs By now most everyone has heard about the YouPorn Chat break in John Graham Cumming has the details Due to very sloppy security YouPorn exposed the email addresses and passwords for many of their customers who signed up in 2008 and Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Site Outage Posted on February 21 2012 by jcs My hosting provider has informed me that Irreal org will be down for maintenance from 12 01 am to 4 00 am on February 25 Posted in Administrivia Leave a comment The Solution To Piracy Cartoon Version Posted on February 21 2012 by jcs A while ago I wrote a post on Paul Tassi s Forbes article You Will Never Kill Piracy and Piracy Will Never Kill You That was a great article with many cogent arguments but if it was TL DR for you here s Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment Using Emacs Posted on February 20 2012 by jcs Vincent Foley over at Occasionally sane has an interesting post entitled Why I Still Use Emacs Foley lists the usual suspects extensibility Org Mode GUI or CLI operation excellent built in documentation configurability Tramp and all the other reasons we love Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 10 Comments Lisp

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