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  • 18:14 UTC (new) (history) 2017-10-02 Converting TeX sequences to Unicode characters . . . . Marcin Borkowski I quite often deal with LaTeX files using stuff like \'a or \"e, and I really prefer having those encoded in UTF-8. So the natural question arises: how to convert one into another? The problem is especially frustrating because Emacs can do this – either via C-x 8 prefix, or with the TeX input method. It is not trivial, however, to find out how it does these things, and to get hold of the data used to actually perform the conversion. (At least, I didn’t find a way to do it.) After a bit of searching, however, I came up with another solution. I’m hesitant to call it “clever”; it’s rather hackish, but hey, it works, so who cares.


  • 04:30 UTC (new) (history) 2017-09-25 The Unconquered . . . . Marcin Borkowski As you probably have noticed, my blog has shifted towards being almost exclusively about technology in the past few years. This is not because I’m no longer interested in other subjects – it’s probably rather because it’s easier to write about technology. But I’d really like to change it a bit, and today I have a nice opportunity. It’s a rare thing when I write reviews of any kind here, but I’ll make an exception again.


  • 04:47 UTC (new) (history) 2017-09-18 How to hide repeating entries from the Org agenda . . . . Marcin Borkowski For today, I only have a short tip I learned from the Org-mode mailing list recently. If you have a repeating task in your agenda, say every other day, and you show the agenda for, say, the next 15 days, it is quite annoying to see that task displayed for seven or eight days. You can now say (setq org-agenda-show-future-repeats nil) in your init file and see only one instance of this task. If you set it to 'next instead, you’ll see one more instance (which can be quite handy, I imagine). Cool!


  • 09:40 UTC (new) (history) 2017-09-11 My email capturing workflow . . . . Marcin Borkowski I’m constantly fiddling with my email workflow. Those of you who are not professional procrastinators like me will probably never understand where the difficulty of answering a short email with a one-two sentence response may be a problem requiring a few days; those who are will probably nod their heads with the “been there, done that” gesture. And I guess many people will sympathize with me about the (sometimes quite important) emails lost forever down the “unread” list.




  • 17:34 UTC (new) (history) 2017-08-28 Multiple cursors in Emacs . . . . Marcin Borkowski I am aware that I’m kind of late to this party, but I finally (after being taunted a few times by one of my friends who uses Sublime Text) tried out Magnar Sveen’s multiple cursors Emacs library, and I have to say that I really like it.


  • 04:28 UTC (new) (history) 2017-08-21 replace-regexen-in-string . . . . Marcin Borkowski Recently, I had a need to do some replacements in a string. Basically, that meant repeatedly calling replace-regexp-in-string. I strongly disliked the idea of nesting these calls, so I set out to write a simple tool to help with that.


  • 19:03 UTC (new) (history) 2017-08-14 The highlight.el library . . . . Marcin Borkowski Last year, I wrote about a few ways of highlighting things in an Emacs buffer. A few days ago I had a somewhat similar need. This time, however, I didn’t have a regex to match the things I wanted highlighted: I just needed to mark something (as in “region”), and have it permanently highlighted (“permanently” meaning that the highlighting should survive editing commands, but not actually closing the buffer). Emacs being Emacs, it turned out to be possible (and easy).


  • 17:11 UTC (new) (history) 2017-08-07 demo-it recording . . . . Marcin Borkowski Some time ago I stumbled across a very nice library by Howard Abrams, called demo-it. It seems that this tool, combined with org-tree-slide, is a perfect way to do presentations on Emacs, Org-mode, or Calc, which I happen to do from time to time.




  • 05:33 UTC (new) (history) 2017-07-15 org-duration-format and other clock-related settings . . . . Marcin Borkowski As I mentioned many times, I use the clocking feature of Org-mode a lot. At first, I used org-clock-display (C-c C-x C-d) to see how much time I spent on various things. This command temporarily shows times for various subtrees in your current buffers. By default, it shows the time for the current year, but I set the org-clock-display-default-range variable to today. (Alternatively, I could train myself to use the C-u prefix – this I only learned recently.) See the docstring of org-clock-display to learn even more.


  • 08:13 UTC (new) (history) 2017-07-09 current-prefix-arg . . . . Marcin Borkowski A question that popped some time ago on one of the Emacs-related mailing lists was how to “simulate” interactive code P (that is, capital “P”), in a more complicated, s-expression form of interactive.