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Google Apps Off Line

I don’t use Google Apps much to process documents or data for two reasons: 1) If it is not a text file on my hard drive, I am suspicious of it and 2) I spend enough time with no internet access (not much, but easily 5% of my on line time) that I don’t want…

How to record Skype Calls

I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks like it works.

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