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Emacs Reboot #2: Startup

After compilation completes it’s time to give the new Emacs a shot:

It starts up successfully, and makes a valiant attempt to load my existing Emacs configuration. I notice some warnings about missing Gtk3 modules in the output:

The first is easy to fix:

The second I can’t find an immediate solution […]

Emacs Reboot #1: Beginnings

I’ve been getting the urge to do a full Emacs reboot lately. Inspired partly by the interesting things going on in Emacs 24, I’ve been wanting to rebuild my whole working Emacs working environment–evolved over the course of years–throw away the cruft, upgrade assorted extensions, and maybe learn a few things along the way. Oddly, […]

Screencast: Why Keyboard Macros are Awesome

Back in September I made the assertion that every programmer should be familiar with an editor that can record keyboard macros, even if it’s not the only editor they use. The other day I recorded a little video demonstrating why ad-hoc keyboard macros are so great. It’s not a feature you need every day, but when […]

SpiderOak Review

Dan Mayer asked about my experience with SpiderOak backup. I realized if I was going to type up my thoughts I might as well post them where others could benefit from them as well. SpiderOak is a cloud-based backup, file synchronization, and sharing service. Unlike services such as Dropbox and ZumoDrive, the emphasis is on […]

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