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  • More on Setting the Emacs Frame Height | Irreal
    you are using Unlike many people I like to keep all my Emacs configuration in a single init el file Even so I really liked this suggestion from Mark Hepburn keep your system specific and platform specific configurations in separate files So I put the configuration specific to my laptop manfred in a separate file manfred el and similarly for aineko Then I inserted load car split string system name t load adds suffix into my init el to automatically load the system specific configurations Similarly rather than having commands such as when macp setq ping program options c 4 scattered throughout my init el I put all those configurations into darwin el and added load symbol name system type t to my init el file This has the advantage of being easier to manage Rather than constantly updating init el to account for new systems or platforms I need only add a system el file and perhaps a platform el file to a new machine So far I m considering this an experiment but it feels right to me This entry was posted in General and tagged Emacs Bookmark the permalink Turning Off Native OS X Scrolling for Emacs Remapping the Caps Lock Key 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=1331 (2016-04-25)
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  • Tech | Irreal | Page 2
    Bad Apples Can Poison a Team Posted on September 23 2015 by jcs Over at Coding Horror there s an interesting but disturbing report on research by Will Felps on how a bad apple can affect team dynamics Most of us have worked on a team where a single individual disrupts the smooth functioning Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Tech Leave a comment A Word to the Wise Posted on August 15 2015 by jcs Advertisers clean up your act or look forward to a future like this Ad exec in 2000 Annoying ads perform better in 2010 Ads based on tracking users perform better in 2017 Why are all our ads blocked Brian Smith BRIAN Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Culture Tech Leave a comment Google and the Smoking Gun Posted on August 5 2015 by jcs Regular readers know that I ve been critical of Google in the past But their business model doesn t mean that some state attorney general with an agenda gets to use the power of government to do the bidding of the MPAA Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Tech Leave a comment I Know the Feeling Posted on June 8 2015 by jcs Here at the International Irreal Headquarters we ve felt this way for some time In a few years there ll be enough computers in your home that getting hacked and being haunted will be functionally indistinguishable Cliff moonpolysoft September 14 2014 Posted in General Tagged Tech Leave a comment Collecting and Using Data in Schools Posted on May 20 2015 by jcs Regular Irreal readers have probably figured out that I m a data freak I m always collecting tabulating and analyzing data about myself and the things around me That s one of the reasons I

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?tag=tech&paged=2 (2016-04-25)
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  • The Heisenberg Release Uncertainty Principle | Irreal
    of software engineering Heisenberg s Release Uncertainty Principle says you can accurately know what the software will do or when you ll get it but not both Steve Purcell sanityinc October 13 2015 This entry was posted in General and tagged Humor Tech Bookmark the permalink Why Helm Iedit 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 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=5001 (2016-04-25)
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  • Humor | Irreal
    Explained Posted on February 11 2016 by jcs Lol Editors war Via https t co dLwsc0zegC linux unix vim emacs nano flamewar humour pic twitter com 4EGU9AhnXm nixCraft nixcraft January 9 2016 Posted in General Tagged Emacs Humor Leave a comment We Need More of This Posted on January 26 2016 by jcs I love this We definitely need more of it My only suggestion is to make it longer Making these busy bodies suffer is a moral imperative Posted in General Tagged Humor Privacy Leave a comment Tech Support for Telemarketers Posted on October 6 2015 by jcs The best story I ve seen in a long time how to get rid of telemarketing so good sysadmin pic twitter com fbh4jvaavX Nicolas GORALSKI ngoralski October 5 2015 Posted in General Tagged Humor 1 Comment What We Really Mean Posted on September 27 2015 by jcs Like all great humor it s funny because it s so true Every time a developer says temporary workaround I remember this list pic twitter com OpI48BvJxo Dare Obasanjo Carnage4Life September 4 2015 Posted in General Tagged Humor Leave a comment How to be a Real Language Posted on September 24 2015 by jcs A language isn t really a real language until its got an emacs major mode https t co wPicLkDvh8 Ian Rumford ianrumford August 18 2015 Posted in General Tagged Emacs Humor 3 Comments Using Emacs Keychords Posted on September 11 2015 by jcs I don t really believe this but it is funny using emacs keybindings pic twitter com 2I1g1YAvZt Satyajit Ranjeev sat ran September 6 2015 Posted in General Tagged Emacs Humor 3 Comments Patching the Production Server Posted on September 6 2015 by jcs Fixing a bug in production pic twitter com saD82hLacz Practical Developer ThePracticalDev August 11

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?tag=humor (2016-04-25)
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  • Query | Irreal
    Safari can t open the page https t co RXqLfv94n2 because the server where this page is located isn t responding after which I can load the page Other times it just starts working Looking at it with a line monitor it appears to hang during the TLS negotiation It s acting like the server is hanging and then restarting or maybe recovering from a resource exhaustion This is with a Mac running the latest OS X with a standard install Google finds a few similar complaints but I can t tell if the problem they re reporting is the same one I m experiencing If you ve seen this problem could you leave a comment so I don t spend time trying to solve a problem that s not under my control Thanks This entry was posted in General and tagged Tech Bookmark the permalink Bad Idea of the Year Looking for Emacs Jack Baty It s not just you and it s endlessly frustrating This gives me hope though http www macrumors com 2016 02 10 apple fixes twitter links safari os x 10 11 4 jcs Thanks Jack Yes it IS very annoying The article at the link offers hope happily 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4965 (2016-04-25)
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  • Navigating to a File | Irreal
    times search is faster both when storing files and when locating them Karl Voit whose tweet lead me to the video linked below has done extensive research in this area and uses a file naming convention that aids in using search techniques for locating files Still most people prefer the navigation method Ofer Bergman has a very short video 1 42 that explains why this is The video is so short and to the point that giving a TL DR doesn t make sense Just go watch it it s interesting and helps explain why search based file handling hasn t taken off This entry was posted in General and tagged Tech Bookmark the permalink Entering Accented Characters in Emacs Magit Staging All Files Including Those Untracked 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4947 (2016-04-25)
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  • Praising the Command Line | Irreal
    and bang you re looking at your mail Type another key and the app quits and is gone All without taking your hands off the keyboard If you choose the right text based email client you can integrate your email with the rest of your system to perform tasks that the client itself doesn t support Ben Maughan s post on how he handles email with mu4e is an excellent example of this Maughan shows how he can search for emails integrate an email into a TODO list and easily archive those he wants to save all from the keyboard In the second post Ramsay takes up the complaint that he s a power user and what he does is beyond the capabilities of the average user who just want things to work While acknowledging that he is a power user he emphatically denies that using the command line is harder than using a GUI or beyond the average user s capabilities In the first place the ergonomics of a GUI make interacting with it slower and clumsier If you re having to take your hands off the keyboard to move the mouse around and click on things you re going to be slower than if you can type a key or two to do the same thing Navigation can be more difficult too If you have to pull down and menu and search for the right action it s going to be harder to do what you want to do To illustrate this he considers a notional command line music application Instead of bringing up a GUI scrolling around looking for the track you want and clicking on it you merely type play Comfortably Numb Want to hear it again play last In the mood for more Pink Floyd play pink floyd Ramsay goes on to show various other music player tasks that fit nicely into this paradigm It is he argues easier and more natural than trying to do the same thing with a GUI Finally in The Man Finger Aftermath he discusses some of the points raised in the comments to his posts As retro as all this sounds I realized that I do essentially the same thing because I mostly live in Emacs Sure I use the browser a lot but other than that almost everything I do is in Emacs and while it s not strictly speaking a command line it comes down to the same thing A lot of the time I ll pop into eshell to use some tool that s not integrated nicely into Emacs Like Ramsay I find working from the command line or Emacs much easier than messing around with the mouse and clicking on things Whether that s true for everyone I don t know but it s worth pointing out that it used to be that the command line was the only thing available and somehow the average user managed Footnotes 1 Or better yet have a hot

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4934 (2016-04-25)
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  • Learn From Your Tools | Irreal
    chance to see how to build great tools by examining their source code I learned almost all my tricks of the trade by observing how the masters did it Want to know how to write operating system code Take a look at the Unix or Linux source code and see how guys like Dennis Ritchie Ken Thompson and Linux Torvalds do it Interested in editors Look at the Emacs source code You will I promise you learn a lot In the case of Emacs you get a bonus You can read the code and if you want to try out an alternate algorithm or you want to add or change some functionality you can try it out in a scratch buffer without changing or even restarting Emacs itself 1 If you like the change you can add the code to your emacs or init el file and make it permanent If your change is generally applicable you can submit it as a patch Almost for free you ve become a contributor and in the mean time learned a lot about software engineering As I indicated in my original post you can be content with using tools like Notepad and still get work done but if you want to be a great engineer you ll learn and learn from the great tools Footnotes 1 Although the case could be made that since Emacs is a Lisp environment you are changing Emacs itself even in this case Perhaps I should say something like stock Emacs here This entry was posted in General and tagged Emacs Tech Bookmark the permalink Eight Sorts Animated Karma 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4851 (2016-04-25)
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