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  • January | 2012 | Irreal
    comment Emacs Rocks Episode 9 Is Up Posted on January 27 2012 by jcs Magnar Sveen has another episode of his excellent Emacs Rocks up In this video he talks about expand region an Emacs package that he wrote to help with marking text in an intelligent way The video is less than 3 minutes Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment What Makes Emacs So Great Posted on January 26 2012 by jcs Over at The Setup they are featuring Phil Hagelberg who has an especially nice take on what makes Emacs so great He says that Emacs is as close as you can get on modern systems to the fully dynamic environment Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Lisp Leave a comment Demand Curves By Age Posted on January 25 2012 by jcs H S Dent has a set of endlessly fascinating demand curves that show the demand for various kinds of consumer goods by the age of the consumer Many of these are pretty much what you d expect demand for bicycles for Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment Russ Cox Part 4 Of A Trilogy Posted on January 24 2012 by jcs As long time readers know I am a big fan of Russ Cox s work In particular his 3 part series on implementing regular expression search is just outstanding Now Cox has added a fourth article to the series that describes Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment JSON And S Expressions Redux Posted on January 23 2012 by jcs After yesterday s post on JSON Versus S Expressions I thought that one obvious solution for people who want to use JSON tools to process logs is to have the Lisp based logs convert themselves to JSON much

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  • December | 2011 | Irreal
    And Trackbacks Posted on December 26 2011 by jcs I m a big fan of WordPress I know a lot of people disagree but it works very well for me It allows me to maintain a nicely laid out blog without spending a lot of time with administration I do Continue reading Posted in Blogging Tagged Spam Leave a comment Emacs jump to register In Exploratory Programming Posted on December 25 2011 by jcs I ve written before about Emacs Registers and how you can store the mark in a register with Ctrl x r Space register That s one of those things that s occasionally useful because you can then jump to that position with Ctrl x r Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Leave a comment An Emacs Programming Challenge Posted on December 23 2011 by jcs In Converting S Expressions To XML In Emacs I showed how to take a log record expressed as Lisp and turn it into the equivalent XML In More Fun With Log Files Stored As Lisp I showed how to take that Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp 2 Comments More Details On find file Vs with temp buffer Posted on December 21 2011 by jcs Yesterday I mentioned that Xah Lee had a short post on dramatically differing run times for processing several files with find file versus processing the same files using with temp buffer His post was fairly short and didn t have a lot of details Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Leave a comment Timing Execution In Emacs Posted on December 20 2011 by jcs Xah Lee has a short post on find file vs with temp buffer for loading a large number of files The results were sort of

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  • November | 2011 | Irreal
    2 Comments Xah Lee On Inserting Brackets In Emacs Posted on November 25 2011 by jcs Xah Lee has an interesting post on inserting bracket pairs in Emacs This is exactly the same thing that I did using Key Chord Mode as I described in this post The difference is that Lee uses Elisp code directly Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment And The Winner Is Posted on November 24 2011 by jcs password SplashID has a list of 2011 s 25 most popular passwords as culled from the various exploits of LulzSec Anonymous and others As expected the runner up is 123456 Readers of this blog will find none of this surprising but Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Another Emacs Cheat Sheet Posted on November 23 2011 by jcs Artur Hefczyc has an nice table of the Emacs keybindings They are listed alphabetically by command name not by action so you need to know a good approximation to the name of the command you re trying to run It s a Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Text Replacement In Several Files With Emacs Posted on November 22 2011 by jcs Just a quickie I was browsing around in Aaron Hawley s Giant Emacs Reference Sheet when I came across this little ditty C x d c RET Q int RET long It was described as replace long for int in c files Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 5 Comments Administrivia Posted on November 22 2011 by jcs The scum spammers who doubtless describe themselves as SEO consultants have discovered a new way to get links into forum comments trackbacks and pingbacks Irreal does have the occasional legitimate trackback and I enjoy them as they

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  • October | 2011 | Irreal
    entertaining Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 5 Comments Emacs Registers Posted on October 28 2011 by jcs Back in September I wrote about using registers to open frequently accessed files Shortly afterwards someone recommended just saving my desktop with desktop save mode and I haven t really used registers since More recently I started watching Tim Visher s excellent VimGolf in Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Blogging With Emacs Posted on October 27 2011 by jcs Xah Lee asked me to write about my blog publishing process and how an article gets from Emacs to my site I ve written about most of the parts of the process in various posts but it might be useful to Continue reading Posted in Blogging Tagged Emacs Org mode 6 Comments Applying and And or In Emacs Posted on October 26 2011 by jcs Zach Beane has a nice Common Lisp tip about applying and The problem that the tip addresses is how to apply and to a list of values to test that they are all true One might think that you could Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp 3 Comments John McCarthy Posted on October 25 2011 by jcs It s been a sad month for the computer community First Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie and now John McCarthy has died McCarthy was the creator of Lisp and an important researcher in some say the father of artificial intelligence Posted in General Leave a comment More Bad News For The Publishing Industry Posted on October 24 2011 by jcs I ve written before on The Future Of Books and how the publishing industry is in peril The latest move from Amazon is apparently terrorizing the publishers and with good reason According to

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  • September | 2011 | Irreal
    Emacs 24 0 90 the first Emacs 24 pretest is available for download at ftp alpha gnu org gnu emacs pretest emacs 24 0 90 tar gz As usual the changes are listed in etc NEWS In the comments to my post about Emacs 24 features several of the commenters Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment SICP For The Kindle And iPad Posted on September 25 2011 by jcs Long time readers know that I am a big fan of Abelson and Sussman s Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs and that I consider it the best book ever written about computer programming I have the on line version permanently bookmarked Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged SICP 3 Comments More On The Demise Of Handwriting Posted on September 24 2011 by jcs Earlier this month I wrote a post speculating on the end of handwriting By handwriting I mean cursive handwriting Although I ve pretty much stopped using a pen or pencil entirely most people are still at least printing things by hand Continue reading Posted in General 2 Comments Xah s Emacs Quiz Posted on September 23 2011 by jcs Xah Lee has another Emacs challenge This time it s to replace entries of the form tr td pound td td 163 td td pound sign U 00A3 td tr with entries like this tr td pound td td pound sign U 00A3 td tr This is presumably a small tweaking of Lee s very useful page on HTML XML Entities that Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Setting The Goal Column In Emacs Posted on September 22 2011 by jcs As you move vertically from line to line Emacs tries to keep the point in the same column position or

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  • August | 2011 | Irreal
    Continue reading Posted in General 1 Comment Git By Hand Posted on August 26 2011 by jcs I went looking for the update to Tom Preston Werner s talk on Git that I wrote about previously but I didn t find it What I did find however is another talk on Git entitled Unlocking the Secrets of Git that he Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Git Leave a comment SSH Tricks Posted on August 25 2011 by jcs Smylers over at the Smylers Blog has an outstanding post on little known things you can do with SSH Even after years of using SSH daily there were still a couple of tricks new to me in the post Smylers Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment How Passwords Get Stolen Posted on August 24 2011 by jcs I just stumbled across a nice post on How Attackers Steal Passwords by Joe Golton over at FilterJoe It s an interesting look at the common attacks on user passwords There s not a lot new or surprising in the post but Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Administrivia Captchas Posted on August 23 2011 by jcs The amount of comment spam has reached intolerable levels spam comments far outnumber legitimate comments and moderating them is taking an increasing amount of time Therefore I have reluctantly installed a captcha to try to bring the problem under control Continue reading Posted in Blogging Leave a comment Emacs Ruler Mode Posted on August 23 2011 by jcs Sometimes it s convenient to have a ruler on your Emacs screen Not often but sometimes For example it can be useful for lining things up in artist mode Emacs has a very nice ruler that among other things tracks were

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  • July | 2011 | Irreal
    reading Posted in General Leave a comment Aligning Text With Regular Expressions in Emacs Posted on July 25 2011 by jcs This is really a note to myself A while ago I ran across this post over at RAW SYNTAX about the Emacs command align regexp I don t require this functionality very often but when I do align regexp is just what I Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 2 Comments Traveling Without A Computer Posted on July 23 2011 by jcs Heh heh OK that was a teaser title Of course I would never go anywhere without a computer my days of being ABEND are long over My normal routine is to take my MacBook Pro and associated equipment with me Continue reading Posted in General Tagged iPad Leave a comment Xah s Challenge Part 2 Posted on July 21 2011 by jcs Yesterday I wrote about Xah Lee s programming challenge and gave a solution similar to Lee s own Today I will give another possibly simpler solution We start with some constants and a couple of helper functions defconst brackets Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs lisp 3 Comments Xah s Challenge Posted on July 20 2011 by jcs A couple of days ago Xah Lee posed a programming challenge The problem was to write a miniparser in your favorite language to detect mismatched bracketing characters in a set of text files The set of brackets to be checked Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs lisp Leave a comment Common iPhone Pins Posted on July 20 2011 by jcs I ve written several 1 2 3 posts about the analysis of passwords divulged by groups like LulzSec The results were terrifyingly consistent 123456 and password were almost always the most frequently used passwords

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  • June | 2011 | Irreal
    a comment Using Org Modes s Date Routines In Any Buffer Posted on June 26 2011 by jcs I really like Org Mode s method for inserting time date stamps into an Org file Org Mode has two types of dates active and inactive that differ in how Org Mode treats them but we needn t worry about that here In Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Org mode Leave a comment Lessons From Dropbox Posted on June 25 2011 by jcs I ve written before about Dropbox and their supposed scandal regarding the perfectly obvious fact that they could in fact read users files stored on the site Despite the lamentations of the aggrieved and even the filing of a complaint with Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Hackers Redux Posted on June 24 2011 by jcs Yesterday I wrote about Steven Levy s Hackers Today serendipitously I happened across a Wired article from last year that I d filed away intending to read and then forgotten In it Levy revisits Hackers and catches us up on what his Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment The Last Hacker Posted on June 23 2011 by jcs A few weeks ago someone posted a link to Richard Stallman s Speech at the 2002 International Lisp Conference It s an interesting read that among other things recounts the story told in the Epilogue to Steven Levy s Hackers about RMS single Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment Scrolling Emacs by Line Posted on June 22 2011 by jcs The other day I stumbled across this post over at Anything goes about scrolling up and down by line in Emacs The poster gives two simple functions and some key bindings to scroll a window up

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