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How to tunnel through the Intertubes

… using ssh …

The kill ring is the emacs clip board. I admit that I hardly ever use it in the ways for which it is designed, but I probably should. As you “kill” text (i.e., delete) it gets tacked onto the kill ring, from which you can “yank” it later (yes, this is some sort of religious…

gmail keyboard shortcuts

Did you know that gmail has keyboard shortcuts? You need to turn them on in the mail configuration section (click a thingie in the upper right corner of your gmail page and look for it). The commands are k,j,n,p,’enter’ or o, u; x followeed by e,m; s, +, -, ! r, a, f, ctrl-s, #,…

emacs for writers: a few tips

I use word processors like OpenOffice Word as others use page layout software: Only when I want certain control over the final product, want it fast, and don’t demand too much of the product. For regularly produced formatted text I use some version of LaTex, but most of the twentythousandzillion words I write a week…

The other day, I sat down at my laptop and, seeing a facebook page open, typed in a status that made total sense for me but little sense for Amanda. Unfortunately, Amanda had just been using my computer, and the facebook page to which the browser pointed was hers, not mine. It’s OK: She was…

A few years ago I did something utterly stupid. I listened to someone’s advice. Now, I don’t want to sound too cynical, but really, half or more of what people tell you is, shall we say, unconsidered. They don’t stop and think that they are actually telling you something that will affect what you do…

How to make the most out of Facebook

Facebook: The Missing Manual in its third edition dated February 2011, so this is the time to get it and use it because it won’t stay up to date long

How to organize your stuff

The issue has been raised (recently, and many times in the past) of how to organize your stuff. And by stuff, I mean files on your computer which may be documents, photographs, videos, or other files. I want to record a few thoughts on this having just done a bunch of organizing of my stuff,…

Google Calendar Keyboard Shortcuts

Naturally, I use Google Calendar from the command line or from within emacs, but when I get stuck in a browser, I like the keyboard shortcuts. Maybe you don’t know about them. They are rather amazing, but also a bit quirky.

he Linux market share continues to flatline. Here’s a piece on why. My explanation? Same as for a lot of things: People are morons, by and large. The article linked to mentions very good reasons that Linux should indeed not be adopted by others. But most of those reasons actually apply to other OS’s as…