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  • January | 2016 | Irreal
    Emacs buffer The obvious examples are round quotes single Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Spacemacs Posted on January 28 2016 by jcs There s been a lot of buzz lately regarding Spacemacs Probably the best way of describing it is as an Emacs environment that brings together VIM key bindings an attractive UI and a powerful customization capability Sebastian Wiesner has a nice Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 2 Comments Presentations With Org Mode Posted on January 27 2016 by jcs Rob Rohan whose work I ve mentioned before has posted a nice video about a bit of presentation software that he built The software bestowed takes a normal Org mode outline and turns it into an HTML based presentation It does this Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode 1 Comment Clocking In and Out Posted on January 26 2016 by jcs Sacha pointed me to this video by Mr Swathe on logging the time spent on various tasks by clocking in and out with Org mode The video is pretty elementary but it showed me enough to get going I ve tried Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode 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 Bling for Your Org Files Posted on January 25 2016 by jcs If you like bling on your desktop Robert over at thraxys has some suggestions for prettying up your Org files The first involves replacing the heading stars with various types of UTF 8 bullets He recommends

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  • December | 2015 | Irreal
    jcs Everyone interested in the encryption wars knows that the EFF has done yeoman s service defending our right to have access to strong uncompromised encryption Certain parts of the government hate this and insist that they need for our own good of Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment We Don t Care About No Stinkin Keys Posted on December 26 2015 by jcs In a world in which the FBI is intent on bullying tech companies into giving them golden keys that they can use to unlock encrypted communications the TSA s compromise of their own golden keys used to open luggage for inspection Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment Adjusting Text Size in Emacs Posted on December 25 2015 by jcs For some reason I have a hard time remembering this If you have a hard time too consider this my Christmas gift to you Emacs of the day Demoing code to at your desk C x C to increase font size Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 4 Comments Productivity Packages for Emacs Posted on December 24 2015 by jcs Adrien Brochard over at Xmodulo has a list of 10 productivity packages for Emacs Some of them are actually built ins but they re all something that every Emacs user should consider installing or using I m a user of almost all of Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Org Ref Update Posted on December 23 2015 by jcs I ve written about John Kitchin s org ref package a couple of times before 1 2 but now it s available on Melpa If you write papers or reports that have references either internal or external you need this package It makes handling Continue

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  • November | 2015 | Irreal
    reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy 5 Comments The Truth About Open Offices Posted on November 26 2015 by jcs I ve written many times about the foolishness and destructiveness of open plan offices Here is a pithy summary of the truth about such plans If you want to know why they are so beloved of management take a look at Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Open office Leave a comment Emacs for the CEO Posted on November 25 2015 by jcs Back when Josh Stella was coding he lived in Emacs Like many of us he performed most of his everyday tasks mail calendar documents coding from within Emacs Decades later he d become the CEO co founder of Luminal and had left Emacs behind Like Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 4 Comments Why LaTeX is Better Than Word Posted on November 24 2015 by jcs Many of you are aware doubtlessly to your sorrow of my many rants about Word and its evil brethren If you care and you should what your finished writing looks like you shouldn t be using Word Journals and publishers who generate printing Continue reading Posted in General Tagged LaTeX Leave a comment Mass Surveillance Posted on November 23 2015 by jcs The New York Times editorial board has a nice editorial on why mass surveillance is not the answer to terrorism Like the New Yorker article that I wrote about yesterday the Times calls out Brennan and Clapper for their past Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment Paris and Crypto Panic Posted on November 22 2015 by jcs After the tragedy and outrage in Paris last week the usual suspects are running around saying See This is what happens when things go dark Except of

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  • October | 2015 | Irreal
    Chats with Sacha Posted on October 27 2015 by jcs Daniel Gopar has started a series of Emacs interview podcasts called Emacs el His first subject fittingly is Sacha Chua Gopar and Chua have a far ranging discussion on Emacs Gopar starts off by asking the obligatory How did you get Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Emacs for Scholars Posted on October 26 2015 by jcs At Emacsconf 2015 Erik Hetzner gave a very interesting talk on Making Emacs a Better Tool for Scholars Hetzner works for the Public Library of Science which publishes about 30 000 papers every year He notes that about 90 of those Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 5 Comments Password Enforcement Posted on October 25 2015 by jcs Ryan Winchester has a nice post complaining about the stupid password rules that some sites enforce It s not that Winchester and the rest of us aren t in favor of stronger passwords or even that we mind some rules that might Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Emacs as a C IDE Posted on October 24 2015 by jcs I often see Tweets or posts asking for help in finding a way of using Emacs as a C IDE Mostly people turn to Eclipse for features such as Jump to definition of class function etc Autocompletion On the fly syntax highlighting Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged CPP Emacs IDE Leave a comment A Chat with Brian Kernighan Posted on October 23 2015 by jcs Arguably the third most famous member of the Unix pantheon is Brian Kernighan Although he did not in fact work on the development of the C language he was the co author along with Ritchie of the definitive book on C

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  • September | 2015 | Irreal
    Carnage4Life September 4 2015 Posted in General Tagged Humor Leave a comment Still Not Paranoid Posted on September 27 2015 by jcs Perhaps this will help Remember yesterday when I wrote about the MI5 s Andrew Parker assuring us that MI5 is not about browsing the lives of the public Here s what they do when they think no one s watching The Intercept reports Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment Turing Complete Documents Posted on September 26 2015 by jcs I thought this was pretty funny until I realized it applies to my beloved Org mode too Why is it that the first thing we do after developing a new document format is to make it Turing complete Seriously what is Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode Security 2 Comments Browsing Users Lives Posted on September 26 2015 by jcs Andrew Parker head of MI5 and Britain s representative of the international cabal of nosey Parkers1 who wish to scrutinize every bit of our on line activities for our own good of course is complaining to the BBC about how hard it is to Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment You Can t Make This Stuff Up Posted on September 25 2015 by jcs Would be too snarky for me to point out that these are the same people who want us to give them our crypto keys matt blaze mattblaze September 24 2015 Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment The Scope of the Interactive Declaration Posted on September 25 2015 by jcs One of the very useful things I learned from Xah Lee s Emacs tutorials is that almost any code can be attached to the Emacs Interactive declaration The only rule is that the

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  • August | 2015 | Irreal
    in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment Crazy but Right Posted on August 28 2015 by jcs New AT T NSA docs show We were treated as crazy for years for allegations that we now know are substantially true https t co R8TSG6Figr Julia Angwin JuliaAngwin August 17 2015 Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment Scheduling Emacs Events Posted on August 28 2015 by jcs Jon Michael Deldin has a short post detailing how to schedule periodic events in Emacs Most of us probably don t want to have Emacs natter at us as implemented in Deldin s example but it s easy to imagine many helpful uses for Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment GPGTools for OS X Posted on August 27 2015 by jcs If you re running OS X and use the native mail app you know that it can be hard to integrate the GPG encryption suite Fortunately there s a custom solution for the Mac called GPGTools that integrates GPG with OS X Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment What s Up With the Cat Posted on August 26 2015 by jcs Schrödinger How s my cat Doc Vet I have good news and bad news Viktor Winetrout Jr Cpin42 October 6 2014 Posted in General Tagged Humor Leave a comment Daring Fireball Demolishes a Particularly Silly Article Posted on August 26 2015 by jcs Irreal readers know I like and use Apple products but I m not a paid up member of the cult so I seldom write about the subject The most fascinating thing about Apple I think is the derangement syndrome that it Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Apple Leave a comment Artur Malabarba Tells it Like it is Posted on

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  • July | 2015 | Irreal
    on July 29 2015 by jcs Over at TechCrunch Jon Evans has a brilliant article entitled Technology Is Magic Just Ask The Washington Post In it he lays waste to the Washington Post s call for Apple Google and others to implement back doors that only law Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Security Leave a comment Project Planning with Org Mode Posted on July 28 2015 by jcs Charles Cave has a useful tutorial on how he uses Org mode to implement David Allen s Natural Planning Model Org mode is a natural way of performing the model s five steps and Cave walks us through how that can be Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode Leave a comment Inputting TeX Characters Posted on July 27 2015 by jcs Ben Maughan has an excellent tip on entering non standard characters in an Emacs buffer Mickey had the same tip but it was hidden in a longer article The idea is that you switch into TeX input mode and then use Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Org Mode The Gateway Drug Posted on July 26 2015 by jcs Currently reading https t co uYuBvU8kml Actually a little sad thinking I might be missing out on using emacs just for orgmode Markus Barthlen MarkusBarthlen May 31 2015 Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode 2 Comments Secure Chatting Posted on July 26 2015 by jcs Over at The Intercept Micah Lee has an outstanding article on secure chatting If you need to set up secure chatting with someone or if you simply want all your chats to be free from snooping by the usual Nosy Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment The History of Crypto Backdoors Posted on July

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  • June | 2015 | Irreal
    Me Every Day Posted on June 27 2015 by jcs Happily with OS X you can make a lot of the Emacs key chords work in other apps but it s still not the same That moment when you have spent enough time in emacs that are pissed at applications that Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment Annual Who Has Your Back Report Posted on June 27 2015 by jcs The EFF has published its annual Who Has Your Back report The idea is that they look at those technology companies that deal with our private data and rate them on the following criteria Follows industry accepted best practices Tells users Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment A Tip for Artist Mode Posted on June 26 2015 by jcs If you use artist mode in Org mode you may find this tip useful use artist mode in emacs to do ascii art block diagrams if using org mode do it inside of BEGIN EXAMPLE block after hitting C c Bryan Murdock bdmurdock Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 1 Comment DuckDuckGo Bang Searches Posted on June 26 2015 by jcs If you re a DuckDuckGo user and you really should be unless you like having your search history logged and sold there s a very nice shortcut you can use when searching specific sites Suppose for example you want to find the documentation for Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Search Leave a comment Lisp Functions in Org Table Calculations Posted on June 25 2015 by jcs Sacha Chua has a nice post on how she uses an Org table to keep track of medications her family needs and how it automatically calculates how many she needs to buy based on how

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