Emacs as Word Processor: Org mode

Org mode is a markup language built with minimal resources around plain text, so it is as easy to adopt as markdown. In fact, Org mode is even easier because it does not have different implementations (flavours) that require a specific text editor where that particular flavour is fully implemented, as is the case with markdown. There is just one full-featured Org mode fully implemented in its single editor – Emacs.

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Make TTY font huge

Frankly, the default tty font in modern Linux distros is way out of line. First, it is so tiny that it is evil. It should respect 80 characters width or something close to that. Second, the font can be configured on a way too limited base. Moreover, it does not display in nice full xterm-256color colours. Luckily, all this can be fixed.

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Emacs Org mode: Markup for notes and planning

The best markup for notes is plain text. After having looked around for decades, I have found that the only two markup languages worth mastering are Pandoc markdown and Emacs Org mode. They are worth it not only because of their initial proximity to plain text, which makes them simple to start with (if you need extended and advanced features, it quickly gets more complicated of course, yet part of their value is that all the imaginable advanced features are there, too), but also because of the sophisticated and convenient infrastructure that has already been created to back up the user base.

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