Emacs has out of the box selection for word, sentence, paragraph, and whole buffer, but apparently not for line. Let’s fix this.Continue reading “Select a line in Emacs”
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.Continue reading “Emacs as Word Processor: Org mode”
Before copying or cutting, the normal thing to do is to select a region for it. Here are some of the relevant commands and configuration options.Continue reading “Emacs as Word Processor: Selection”
A word processor is distinct from an editor. Editors are for coders. Word processors are for (prose) writers. In either case, plain text is best and formatting is to be kept to a bare minimum, so that e.g. copy and paste across programs would work as expected.Continue reading “Emacs as Word Processor: Copy and Paste”
Drag and drop by dragging the mouse on the desk is probably the single most physically strenuous effort an office employee or typist or any computer user has to perform, particularly when done repetitively day in day out. Here is how to migrate this destructive gesture to keyboard in Linux.Continue reading “Drag and drop by keyboard”
Wolfgang on Youtube says that tiling window managers suck. But he is a(n ex-)tiling window manager user himself, so it can be just an overstatement designed to poke. Therefore let’s be lenient.
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.
The most common way to find immediate help with commands and programs in Linux is to attempt a
program --help or
man command in the terminal. However, some of the most extensive resources are found by means of
info. These extensive resources are scarce:
info is available only for the elite.
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.Continue reading “Emacs Org mode: Markup for notes and planning”
The Bspwm window manager has the ability to swap workspaces, which is immensely useful in multihead (multiple monitors) setup. Unfortunately, I am an i3wm user that has to deal with poor approximations of this.Continue reading “Some fetch-and-send window management in i3wm”