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  • May | 2015 | Irreal
    Leave a comment Avy Posted on May 29 2015 by jcs I ve written several times about ace jump mode and how it s now my main navigation tool I m also a huge fan of ace winodw and use it through the excellent hydra from abo abo that I use to control all my window operations Abo abo Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Colors and Emacs in the Terminal Posted on May 28 2015 by jcs Here s a useful tip for those of you who run Emacs in a terminal Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment How Useful is Section 215 to Law Enforcement Posted on May 28 2015 by jcs Despite doubling its use of bulk surveillance orders in the five years ending in 2009 the FBI could not point to a single case where the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act helped solve a major case That s Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment What Would You Miss the Most Posted on May 27 2015 by jcs Here s a fascinating graph indicating what people of different age groups would miss the most as a way of getting information What Would You Miss The Most Radio Newspaper Smartphone Tv Laptop newsgeist Via JackRiley ofcom data pic twitter com Wt9IP9IYtB Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Culture Leave a comment Kitchin on Embedding Org in HTML Posted on May 26 2015 by jcs John Kitchin has an interesting post on embedding Org documents in HTML The idea is that you embed the Org in a data URI so that the user can click on the URI and see the Org code This is Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode Leave a

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  • April | 2015 | Irreal
    Tagged Dired Emacs Leave a comment The 500 Mile Email Limit Posted on April 26 2015 by jcs If you re in our business for any length of time you accumulate a number of amusing stories Most of them are in jokes that outsiders wouldn t get or find funny One of my favorite such stories concerns a problem with email Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Tech Leave a comment Diceware as a Pipeline Posted on April 25 2015 by jcs If you re interested in picking a passphrase using the Diceware method but don t want to bother with compiling a program for what is most likely a one off use you re in luck Dr Drang over at And now it s all this Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Security Leave a comment Working with Customers Posted on April 24 2015 by jcs We ve all been there True amyengineer Also found this gem on software development it is a winner pic twitter com r1qkTF2bzq Anna Nachesa ashalynd April 14 2015 Posted in General Tagged Tech Leave a comment Calc Update Posted on April 24 2015 by jcs I ve written before that I ve started learning Calc That last post was after I d worked through the introductory material which is itself quite dense I ve now completed the first three sections of the tutorial covering Basic Tutorial RPN stack algebraic Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Calc Emacs 4 Comments Text in Academic Writing Posted on April 23 2015 by jcs If you re an academic in the sciences you have an advantage over your colleagues in the liberal arts you can write in LaTeX using any editor you choose1 Your document is in plain text and can be operated on by Continue reading

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  • March | 2015 | Irreal
    down my urge for a terse binary encoding and embracing s expressions for network transport is helping a lot with development John Carmack ID AA Carmack March 17 2015 For an wonderful and revealing example of using s expressions for data interchange Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Tech Leave a comment Finally Some Sanity Posted on March 28 2015 by jcs I ve written before 1 2 3 4 about the insanity that is the open plan office One would think that it would have withered and died by now but sadly it seems as robust as ever At least the successful Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Idiocy Open office Leave a comment Do The Impossible or You re Incompetent Posted on March 27 2015 by jcs A customer walks into a bar He asks for a beer made out of wine The project manager agrees Both question the bartender s competence Daniel Méndez mendezfe March 22 2015 Posted in General Tagged Tech Leave a comment How to Install an Info File Posted on March 27 2015 by jcs I just wrote about implementing abo abo s solution for having multiple Info buffers and in particular his using the gcl Info file as a substitute for the Common Lisp HyperSpec I really wanted to try that out so I downloaded the Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment A Hydra for Info Posted on March 26 2015 by jcs A few months ago I wrote about mbork s method for having multiple Info buffers It was a nice solution but required learning a new key sequence for every Info buffer you wanted a quick link to Abo abo liked the method Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment HTTP 2 and TLS

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  • February | 2015 | Irreal
    on my keyboard so I don t do that Now abo abo has Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 3 Comments Quick Notes Posted on February 26 2015 by jcs In my continuing quest to make better use of the Org mode agenda facility I ve implemented a way of capturing quick notes that are meant to be ephemeral and not saved long term It s a good way to capture information Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode Leave a comment A New Stock Photo for a Hacker Posted on February 25 2015 by jcs Christopher Soghoian has an excellent suggestion New rule Instead of a stock photo of masked man at a keyboard to show hackers use the NSA director More accurate pic twitter com DjziAmzptq Christopher Soghoian csoghoian February 23 2015 If that picture isn t scary Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment Capturing Blog Ideas Posted on February 25 2015 by jcs I ve been refactoring my workflow lately trying to make better use of Org mode especially Org agenda I m always on the lookout for promising blog subjects and usually find them when reading my RSS feeds My normal process was to bookmark Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode Leave a comment Handling Windows Posted on February 24 2015 by jcs A while ago I wrote about abo abo s application of Hydra to switching windows It was an idea apparently inspired by Sacha Chua s use of his def rep command to switch windows but went further to handle many chores involving windows and buffers Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 8 Comments A LaTeX Tip Posted on February 23 2015 by jcs Here s something from John Cook that I didn

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  • January | 2015 | Irreal
    reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Magit 1 Comment Streams in Common Lisp Posted on January 28 2015 by jcs One of nicest techniques from Scheme is the idea of streams Streams1 let you create a virtually infinite list For example we can compute the square roots of the first 5 Fibonacci numbers with mapcar sqrt 0 1 1 2 Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Scheme 1 Comment Comment or Uncomment One of More Lines Posted on January 27 2015 by jcs Artur Malabarba over at Endless Parentheses has a handy optimization for commenting out a single line or perhaps lines at once The usual procedure is to select the lines you want to comment and type Meta to call comment dwim I Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Days of Our Lives Posted on January 26 2015 by jcs The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find Emacs Mark Twain topic on emacs punchagan punchagan December 11 2014 Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Micro Habit Video Posted on January 26 2015 by jcs If you liked Sacha Chua s post on micro habits that I wrote about yesterday be sure to check out her video on the same subject In it she discusses various packages for switching windows and for jumping around in a buffer Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Sacha on Emacs Micro Habits Posted on January 25 2015 by jcs Sacha Chua as everyone here knows is relentless about improving her work flow and procedures Happily for us she s also diligent about sharing the results of her efforts with the rest of us Her recent outstanding post on cultivating Emacs

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  • December | 2014 | Irreal
    Emacs Blog Posted on December 28 2014 by jcs Oleh Krehel abo abo has a new blog or emacs There s only a few posts so far but they re really excellent For example his initial post discusses his packaging of ace window into a library so that other packages can use the Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 5 Comments Quicklisp Client Update Posted on December 27 2014 by jcs Xach has an updated quicklisp client available Just call ql update client to get it Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Lisp Leave a comment Going to the Top and Bottom of iBuffer Posted on December 26 2014 by jcs I use iBuffer a lot That s probably because I get a little OCD about stray buffers eating up memory for no reason With my new 16 GB laptop buffers eating up memory isn t much of a problem but it s too Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs 2 Comments Sorting by IP Addresses 2 Posted on December 25 2014 by jcs Yesterday I told you about my difficulties in trying to sort an Org mode table I came up with a solution that was um less than optimal but at least I got the table sorted It bugged me that Org Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Org mode 3 Comments Maintenance Posted on December 24 2014 by jcs Irreal s hosting provider is planning some server maintenace from 2014 12 26 Fri to 2014 12 29 Mon Somewhere in that interval the server that Irreal runs on will be upgraded The hosting provider does not expect any outages during this process but warns Continue reading Posted in Blogging Tagged Administrivia Leave a comment Sorting by IP Addresses Posted on December 24 2014 by

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  • November | 2014 | Irreal
    features and Continue reading Posted in General Leave a comment The loop Macro Explained by Example Posted on November 27 2014 by jcs Long time readers are probably aware that I don t care for the Common Lisp loop macro It s not Lispy and I always have a hard time remembering its syntax Happily Chris Bagley who I ve mentioned before has a video for Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Lisp Leave a comment Installing a Lisp Development Environment on Windows Posted on November 26 2014 by jcs Chris Bagley Baggers has a nice video from last year on installing a Common Lisp development enironment on Windows He walks us through installing Emacs Slime SBCL and Quicklisp on a Windows machine That includes defining a working directory and Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Emacs Lisp 1 Comment Adaptive Queries Posted on November 25 2014 by jcs Jeremy Kun has an amusing and startling trick pick any polynomial where the are non negative integers and the degree is any positive integer you like Kun will then ask you one at a time for the value of at Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Math Leave a comment query replace in Emacs 25 Posted on November 24 2014 by jcs A nice feature of the query replace function is that you can scroll through the history of previous parameters and perhaps avoid retyping them Unfortunately you can t edit that history so if your new input is even a little bit different Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Leave a comment They re Doing it for Your Own Good Posted on November 23 2014 by jcs Britain calls forth the four horsemen and apparently without shame or self awareness Posted in General Tagged Privacy

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  • October | 2014 | Irreal
    notes and tips on Common Lisp symbols He s added cross references and polished it up a bit more It s still a work in progress but is useful in its current form Posted in Programming Tagged Common lisp Lisp Comments Off on Common Lisp Notes and Tips on Symbols vc annotate Video Posted on October 29 2014 by jcs I ve written about this before but Aaron Schumacher tweeted a reminder Emacs C x v g for annotated navigable git history of current file http t co 7KN2Wbf402 Thanks sachac avdi https t co VYV9z4zWRZ Aaron Schumacher planarrowspace October 14 2014 Avdi s video really is great and worth Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Comments Off on vc annotate Video Sorry Posted on October 28 2014 by jcs This morning I updated the htacess file for Irreal in my seemingly never ending efforts to get spam under control Sadly while editing the file I hit Shift x o instead of Ctrl x o and ended up blocking the site If you tried and Continue reading Posted in Administrivia Tagged Blogging Comments Off on Sorry Xah Lee on EWW Posted on October 28 2014 by jcs Speaking of eww Xah Lee has a nice introduction to using EWW There s not much to know really but Lee has a short FAQ on how to do some of the things that aren t obvious if you hate to RTFM Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Comments Off on Xah Lee on EWW Duplicating a Line in Emacs Posted on October 27 2014 by jcs I don t need to duplicate a line often enough to make this worthwhile for me but it s a nice solution and worth considering if you find yourself duplicating lines a lot Duplicate

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