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  • Emacs for Scholars | Irreal
    moving and changing text There are more similarities For example scholars need to version control their papers The publication cycle can be years long and perhaps changes specific to one or more journals will need to be made Version control makes this easy as well as helping with collaboration An even less obvious similarity is the need to compile the results of the editing In the case of scholars this may involve integrating citations generating and adding graphs figures and charts handling cross references and dealing with one or more output format for the paper HTML PDF ePub etc As Hetzner says Org mode is Emacs secret weapon Along with Babel it gives researchers everything they need to do their calculations graphs and other processing right in the paper s source file Or of course to make reproducible research easy and natural When it comes time to generate output Org can generate a PDF HTML or for those poor souls whose publishers require it DOC The talk is a little over 30 and a half minutes so plan accordingly You can see the slides from the talk on Hetzner s Web site UPDATE Fixed link to slides This entry was posted in General and tagged Emacs Bookmark the permalink Password Enforcement Daniel Gopar Chats with Sacha KatyCat4 The link to the slides is wrong sachac Correct link for slides http www e6h org talks emacsconf 2015 index html jcs Thanks Sacha jcs Fixed thanks egh Thank you for sharing this All the talks at Emacsconf 2015 are worth checking out if you missed the conference 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4678 (2016-04-25)
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  • Password Enforcement | Irreal
    that while our rule allows these two passwords and many others it doesn t allow passwords like the famous correct horse battery staple which is actually much stronger than even the XKCD cartoon suggests 1 Read Winchester s post for more examples and a possible solution on the server side As a user you must use a password manager that will generate long random strings from the full character set For your master password or in situations where the password manager is too inconvenient or impossible choose 4 6 random words using a Diceware scheme It s important that the words be chosen randomly Don t choose any 4 words that pop into your mind It s easy even a sixth grader can do it One final reminder If a site has rules that restrict the maximum length of your password or what types of characters are legal it s a sure sign that their password security is broken and that passwords exposed by an exploit can be easily recovered Avoid such sites if you can If you can t be sure to use a unique password for that site 2 UPDATE batter battery Footnotes 1 Or would be if everyone didn t know it You can be sure that password cracking programs will try it Nonetheless the point stands four random words makes a strong password that would not be allowed by the rule 2 You should do that anyway of course but even if you sometimes cheat don t do it on one of these sites This entry was posted in General and tagged Security Bookmark the permalink Emacs as a C IDE Emacs for Scholars Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4674 (2016-04-25)
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  • A Chat with Brian Kernighan | Irreal
    he would embrace that description and master of the Unix Way After K R he s probably best known for awk a little language that is still in use today and has devoted adherents In a recent Computerphile video Kernighan and Professor David Brailsford sit down to talk about Kernighan s career and what it was like to work at Bell Labs in the glory days Kernighan talks about the introduction of pipes into Unix and the dramatic difference it made in the way people thought of and performed computations In some sense pipes were a necessity Memory was in such short supply in those days that you pretty much had to stitch together a bunch of small programs to get things done If you re at all interested in our shared history and you should be you will want to watch this video It s a bit over 28 minutes so you ll have to schedule some time but it s well worth it UPDATE Added link to video This entry was posted in General and tagged Unix Bookmark the permalink Video on Using Org Mode for Your Init File 2 Emacs as a C IDE Nagora Am I missing something or is there no link to the video here jcs Oops Fixed Thanks 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4668 (2016-04-25)
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  • Unix | Irreal
    a comment A Wonderful Piece of Unix History Posted on July 9 2015 by jcs Unix is widely extolled as the first portable operating system but many don t know how that came about By the time of Version 6 Unix had been licensed to many universities but it still ran only on the PDP 11 family Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Unix Leave a comment History of BSD Unix Posted on June 12 2015 by jcs I just stumbled across a nice Salon article on the history of BSD Unix The article is from 2000 but still very interesting and relevant Although it examines many of the key players in project especially Bill Joy the theme Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Unix Leave a comment Kernel Source Posted on October 4 2014 by jcs The other day I wrote about using the BSD Unix sources to learn from the masters Even though I ve read through most of those resources I m always on the lookout for more Happily I ve come across another great resource The Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Unix Leave a comment BSD Unix Repository Posted on September 27 2014 by jcs As I ve written before I believe that one of the best ways of becoming a master programmer is to study the work of the masters One of the best sources for this that I know of is the BSD Unix Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged BSD Unix 1 Comment The Unix Repository Project Posted on June 14 2014 by jcs I m a big believer in the notion that one of the best ways to become a master programmer is to study the code of those who already are There was a time when that was a lot

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?tag=unix (2016-04-25)
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  • Video on Using Org Mode for Your Init File 2 | Irreal
    that ties everything together by showing how to load the configuration in the Org file when Emacs starts The idea is to use init el as a sort of boot loader that does a small bit of preliminary initialization and then loads the config by calling org babel load file The files are set up so that he can drop this small init el and his Org configuration file onto a new machine and have it download all his packages If you find yourself setting up new Emacs installations frequently that can be a big time saver just pull the two files from some repository start Emacs and everything gets taken care of for you Very nice The video is just 5 minutes 15 seconds so it s easy to watch during a coffee break As I said in my previous post on this series if you re thinking of refactoring your Emacs configuration consider making it an Org file and using Mai s technique to load it This entry was posted in General and tagged Emacs Org mode Bookmark the permalink Emacs for Creative Writers A Chat with Brian Kernighan 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4666 (2016-04-25)
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  • September | 2015 | Irreal | Page 2
    1 Comment Some Rare Good News Posted on September 20 2015 by jcs The Washington Post has an interesting article by Ellen Nakashima and Andrea Peterson on the Obama s administration s support for strong encryption Nakashima and Peterson are reporting that the administration is backing away from seeking a legislative mandate that technology companies Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment Fixing the Size and Location of the OS X Finder Window Posted on September 19 2015 by jcs John Gruber points to a nice tip from Christopher Phin on how to fix the size and location of the Finder window in OS X All you have to do is open a Finder window resize it place it in Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Apple OS X Leave a comment Compiling Emacs Posted on September 18 2015 by jcs Matthew Daly reminds us of something that s easy to forget it turns out that compiling emacs from source is much easier than I anticipated one more thing to love about this amazing software Matthew Daly nodezsh August 28 2015 Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Who Does This Posted on September 17 2015 by jcs The SANS NewsBites newsletter is reporting that Seagate s wireless hard drives has a hardcoded password to a Telnet server in the drive s firmware Really In 2015 This is really just unbelievable It s like Seagate s engineers missed the last 20 years Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Page Navigation in Emacs Posted on September 16 2015 by jcs A week or two ago I wrote about Eric James Michael Ritz s post on using pages in Emacs If you haven t already be sure to follow the link to

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?m=201509&paged=2 (2016-04-25)
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  • Lenovo Yet Again | Irreal
    system When that happens all your but I m running Linux is out the window Lenovo controls the hardware and can arrange for whatever backdoors it likes As I wrote the last time Lenovo did this they can and did put malware in the firmware where it s hard to detect and hard to eliminate Unless you re prepared to take a microscope to the chips on your system you d be well advised to look elsewhere for your hardware I appreciate that if you re not an Apple user Lenovo has the best hardware available and that the alternatives may not be as good but maybe you should give Dell HP or one of the others a second look This entry was posted in General and tagged Security Bookmark the permalink Cory Doctorow on Ad Blocking Org Basics IV Tamas According to the article you link to The fact that this was taking place was buried deep in the user agreement that came with the machine so technically the user did have to consent to it which makes similar but firmware based schemes more difficult from a legal POV tetheno Superfish was certainly a big mistake and a security issue I doubt it was something that Lenovo wanted just lousy QA when testing the crapware they add in their cheap computers Like most other vendors The last two I wouldn t even call them newsworthy Deciding to not use a Thinkpad based on this last piece of news is not rational As far as I know it did just track Lenovo software usage Windows 10 or Android do infinitely more tracking Apple I don t know how much tracking they do on their devices What s true is that their network security was completely rubbish a few years ago

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4610 (2016-04-25)
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  • Cory Doctorow on Ad Blocking | Irreal
    Dolly Madison and even the OPM leaks Most people aren t worried about that because they re not aware of the detailed dossiers about them that data brokers collect They may not have your fingerprints the way the OPM does but they ve got just about everything else Given that fact and the related performance and bandwidth problems that adtech is delivering to our machines everyday it s no wonder that more and more people are taking actions to stop it Some are so disgusted they just install an ad blocker and stop everything Others like me try to be a bit more discriminating and just block the trackers Either way it s bad news for advertisers and publishers What to do Doctorow says the answer is simple but hard We have to find a way for advertisers and publishers to deal directly with each other without the intermediary ad brokers For reasons that Doctorow explains in the piece that s harder than it sounds It s a good article with lots of background on the problem and some suggestions for moving forward It s well worth reading This entry was posted in General and tagged Adtech Bookmark the permalink Seven Years of Reproducible Research Lenovo Yet Again 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4608 (2016-04-25)
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