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  • 19:44 UTC (new) (history) 2020-02-24 Some psql tips . . . . Marcin Borkowski I have to admit that I’m more and more enamored by PostgreSQL. Since I often use its default client psql, I started searching the Internet for some features I’d like it to have – and I wasn’t disappointed.



  • 19:14 UTC (new) (history) 2020-02-10 My first steps with Lua . . . . Marcin Borkowski Well, the title of this post is a misnomer – I am already well past my first steps with Lua, since I’ve written a few (admittedly, very simple) Lua scripts. In the near future, though, I’d like to play around with Lua a tad more seriously. (I still do not have a lot of spare time for that, but we’ll see how it goes.) One thing I missed when I tried Lua last time (it could have been a year or so ago) was a feature found in Node.JS’s npm package manager.


  • 08:38 UTC (new) (history) 2020-02-02 Encrypted Org-mode journal . . . . Marcin Borkowski I use the Org-mode capturing feature to write a daily journal, where I record various important events in the case I’m going to need the information about them. Some time ago it occured to me that encrypting that journal could be a good idea, so I decided to explore that possibility.


  • 22:17 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-27 Splitting a past commit in two, and a bonus regex trick . . . . Marcin Borkowski More than a year ago I described a very simple Git rebase workflow, where all we were interested in was just fixing some mistakes in a past commit. Let us now go a little bit deeper. One thing I had always trouble with was splitting a commit in two (or more). While there are many tutorials about this on the internet, I wrote my own, even though it turned out that it is not better than the other ones. Go figure. (One advantage is that I have it on my website, so that I won’t need to do much searching in case I need it.)


  • 17:51 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-19 tldr . . . . Marcin Borkowski For today, I only have a short tip. Some time ago, I discovered this little gem called tldr. This project aims at creating an example-based alternative to man pages. It comprises several hundred short pages containing a short, one-line introduction to the command explained and a bunch of examples.



  • 09:08 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-06 Org agenda statistics, part I . . . . Marcin Borkowski Some time ago I wrote about the org-batch-agenda macro. I decided to finally put it in good use. My goal is to write a command-line tool (or alternatively, an Emacs command) displaying some statistics about my pending tasks. However, for that I needed to solve two (minor) problems.


  • 14:14 UTC (new) (history) 2019-12-24 Christmas 2019 . . . . Marcin Borkowski So, it’s Christmas Eve again! Thanks be to God for His mercy and coming to us as the Child! This year, I have special reasons to be thankful, since my family got through a difficult time of serious illness of one of us. I am sure every one of my readers has something to thank for – don’t hesitate to kneel before God the Almighty, his Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and thank! As usual, my Christmas present to all my readers is a decade of Rosary for you.


  • 15:01 UTC (new) (history) 2019-12-23 Counting sentences in emails . . . . Marcin Borkowski Some time ago I wrote about sentence counting in Emacs buffers (or regions). I promised a sequel, and here it is. The real reason to count sentences is that I wanted to be able to automatically put a signature in my email referring to one of the webpages. It turns out, however, that counting sentences in email messages is much more difficult than it seems.



  • 10:06 UTC (new) (history) 2019-12-07 Dollar-quoted strings in Bash . . . . Marcin Borkowski As we all know, bash is a terrible but ubiquitous thing. Nowadays I usually avoid writing bash scripts as much as I can – but sometimes I really need to do something bash-y, for instance in the command line. One thing I encountered some time ago is putting newlines into bash strings, e.g. in parameters. My use case was that I wanted to make a Git commit from command line with a multiline commit message.