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  • Emacs-lisp | Irreal
    a comment Sacha Chua and John Wiegley on Elisp Development Posted on April 11 2015 by jcs Sacha Chua has a great video chat with John Wiegley on Elisp development If you work with Elisp you really should spend the time to watch it Chua and Wiegley start by discussing paredit and its capabilities I ve been using Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Leave a comment Names Posted on December 11 2014 by jcs Yesterday I wrote about name spaces in Emacs Lisp and mentioned Artur Malabarba s names package In a nice example of serendipity Malabarba has just published a post that explains what the names package is all about1 The basic idea is Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Leave a comment Scripting with Emacs Posted on November 21 2014 by jcs Sebastian Wiesner over at lunarsite has an excellent tutorial on scripting with Emacs By scripting with Emacs he means we d like to have a shell script containing some Elisp or a reference to a file containing some Elisp into which Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Shell Leave a comment Sharp Quote and Emacs Posted on November 17 2014 by jcs Artur Malabarba has some good advice on sharp quoting Elisp functions It s common for Elisp programmers to use a single quote i e the quote form to mark functions Malabarba explains why it s better practice to use i e the function Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Leave a comment Why Lambda Posted on November 5 2014 by jcs Thankful Monster explains something I didn t know Very interesting So that s where lambda comes from I always just kind of thought it was picked at random pic twitter

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?tag=emacs-lisp (2016-04-25)
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  • Emacs for Prose | Irreal
    new visual line mode functionality so I searched Irreal and found that I d written about it 5 years ago When I wrote about it the first time I was mostly concerned with the importance that he gave to visual line mode Reading it now I am struck by how he leveraged Org mode to organize his writing This was back in 2011 so Org was nowhere near as capable as it is now He has a follow on post that he wrote after using Emacs Org to write his 2011 NaNoWriMo entry That post recounts his experience with using Emacs Org on a long project It s interesting to see how many of the things he complains about are fixed now Sadly there doesn t seem to be an easy way to search his blog so I m not sure if he s posted further more recent thoughts on writing with Emacs If you use Emacs for writing straight prose as opposed to code you will probably enjoy his posts This entry was posted in General and tagged Emacs Org mode Bookmark the permalink FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Elisp Summary Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research Matters Links Useful Emacs Commands Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=5165 (2016-04-25)
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  • Emacs for Prose | Irreal
    otherwise worry very much about where line breaks occur Perhaps it s the fact that I use a markup language for typesetting rather than something like LibreOffice that makes this a non issue for me I know fiction writers usually have to submit their manuscript as a doc file so Emacs Vim users import their text into Word or one of its siblings as a last step Is visual line mode an issue for them What do you do This entry was posted in General and tagged Emacs Bookmark the permalink Another Emacs Trick Living the Digital Life Chris I use emacs for writing but importing into Word for publication is an issue I generally find Word s AutoFormat feature useful in this regard It is an issue if you have to exchange docs in Word format Most nobody in the real world knows what to do with a plain text file Fortunately I don t have that requirement so can continue to write in Emacs and publish if necessary jcs Happily I don t have the problem either but I know many fiction writers such as Charlie Stross Cory Doctorow and Neil Stephenson do their writing in Vim or Emacs and then import the result into Word I don t know what special steps they have to take to do that Chris Yes as I said they probably use AutoFormat It s like magic removes most hard line breaks and tries to guess heading layout Not perfect but it s good enough for 90 of cases It s features like AutoFormat that deter me from using OOffice By comparison OOffice is just a text editor with fancy fonts and kind of beside the point Emacs and Word complement each other on the other hand Bob Newell Actually EMACS Org

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=86 (2016-04-25)
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  • General | Irreal
    comment European Quotation Marks Posted on April 19 2016 by jcs I know about the French guillemets but being from North America I had no idea how varied punctuation marks are Here s an interesting summary of European quotation marks Quotation marks in Europe map pic twitter com xLmmajFHql Andrey Sitnik andreysitnik February 25 Continue reading Posted in General 1 Comment A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Posted on April 18 2016 by jcs Grant Rettke over at Wisdom and Wonder has a useful post on how to get a Hyper key on any USB keyboard As Rettke says the Hyper key is the last modifier that s available almost exclusively for users My Emacs Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment The Demise of Midrange Computers Posted on April 17 2016 by jcs Eric Raymond ESR has an interesting post on the death of midrange computers Some time ago he predicted that in the future we would all carry around smartphone derived computers in our pockets and plug them into stationary keyboard screen pointer devices that Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Tech Leave a comment Fingerprint Sensors Really Do Improve Security Posted on April 16 2016 by jcs A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a ProgrammableWeb article positing that biometric sensors decrease security I made the case that unless you were a criminal with incriminating information on your phone that was incorrect I went on to Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Why You Should Never Listen to the Media About Security Posted on April 15 2016 by jcs Irreal as you probably know how a dim view of the effectiveness among other things of the media This is particularly true of the technical press of course but also

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?cat=5 (2016-04-25)
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  • Org-mode | Irreal
    Dispatcher Posted on April 9 2016 by jcs Abo abo has a great post that demonstrates a hydra for the Org Agenda view menu Instead of the ugly static menu you get a beautiful hydra that shows you the state of the toggles and other information It s that last Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode Leave a comment Improved HTML Capturing with Org Posted on April 7 2016 by jcs If like me you use Org mode for your note taking and record keeping you ve probably found yourself occasionally needing to capture data from a Web page You can already to that but many browsers don t handle the conversion from Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode 1 Comment ob hy el Posted on April 2 2016 by jcs Just a quickie to report that John Kitchin is on a tear with Hy Today he s posting about his development of ob hy el to further integrate Hy into Org mode It s pretty nice One day in and he can already execute Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Hy Org mode Leave a comment What if Elisp and Python Had a Child Posted on March 31 2016 by jcs John Kitchin as Irreal has covered many times is doing a lot of excellent work with Org mode and Emacs Most of his scientific computation is done in Python a language he s been using for 15 years and is very Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Org mode Python 2 Comments Moving to the Next Previous Link in Org Mode Posted on March 30 2016 by jcs Here s something I didn t know You probably won t need this often but it s a useful thing

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?tag=org-mode (2016-04-25)
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  • FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment (Again) | Irreal
    exception to the iron law of course and in a FISA ruling from 2015 recently unsealed the government admits that terrorism data is being used for routine law enforcement purposes FISA demonstrating its contortionist proclivities managed to twist itself into believing that this was somehow compatible with the fourth amendment It isn t of course but nothing must be allowed to interfere with the iron law This abuse is justified under 702 of the FISA Amendments Act which is scheduled to expire in 2017 When it comes up for renewal you can be sure that the government will paint dark pictures of our future if they are precluded from collected this data When they do remember two things They ve already abused the data and will doubtless find new uses for it The government is still struggling to point to a single instance except for four guys who conspired to contribute 8 500 to the Al Shabaab group in Somalia where their data collection led to actionable intelligence It won t be long before some divorce lawyer using the government s own arguments will insist that because the data is there and already used for routine purposes his client should be allowed access to his or her spouse s email and texts This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Emacs for Prose Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=5163 (2016-04-25)
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  • Dinner With General Alexander | Irreal
    hops of an NSA target your records go into a pool the corporate store that can be accessed at any time by NSA analysts without any showing of probable cause or other supervision Read this ACLU article for more about the corporate store and how it works Granick understands and carefully explains how this data once collected under the aegis of protecting us from terrorists is subject to mission creep and future abuse We re already seeing mission creep The DEA and IRS have started tapping into the NSA data and other agencies are eager for a place at the trough As Granick and the New York Times article at the last link remark even those investigating copyright violations want access to the data As for possible abuse our recent history paints a dismal picture One needn t believe in a cataclysmic event such as the Nazi takeover of the German government to be concerned In the lifetime of many of us the FBI spied on Martin Luther King discovered that he was having an extramarital affair and threatened to expose him unless he committed suicide When he didn t they sent the tapes to his wife A little closer to today President Nixon famously insisted that the IRS go after those on his enemies list If all that seems like ancient history to you consider that there s reasonably compelling evidence that the current administration used the IRS to target nonprofit organizations that opposed their policies It should be clear to anyone who cares to know that no government can be trusted with this sort of data If they have the data two things are guaranteed No matter the reason for its collection it will be used for more and more purposes It will inevitably be abused Read Granick

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2095 (2016-04-25)
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  • Why It Matters: A Story From Sweden | Irreal
    was specifically to test for and track Phenylketonuria a genetic disease that can have severe consequences The samples were preserved to enable research into the disease Taken is isolation this seems like a perfectly reasonable program Help research into a dangerous genetic disease and track those that are susceptible to it Unfortunately the iron law of data abuse had a perfectly predictable outcome As early as 1998 the police began accessing this data to facilitate investigation of criminal cases As I ve said before I m an American and view these things through American eyes but this would be blatantly illegal here It s very hard to compel DNA from a suspect in America I would imagine that Europe with its more robust privacy laws would have similar restrictions Yet here we are with the Government seizing DNA data from individuals who had no opportunity to object to its collection If the data is there anyone with an interest in exploiting it will demand access The only way to prevent this is to prevent the collection of the data in the first place We are of course way beyond that now Our only recourse is to demand that the Government stop collecting it and destroy what it already has This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink Schneier on Being Safe The Perfect GPG Pair Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2134 (2016-04-25)
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