Git Tips for Writers

The Context git writing on wikish. haikus in git writing like a programer git thoughts git is this version control system that's designed to be used in a distributed manner, and supports a very divers and non-linear workflow. While it's designed to support the work of software developers--particularly in large projects like the linux kernel--at the core, git is just a file system layer that has an awareness of time and iteration.…

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iPad Reactions

Ok, as a self-respecting geek, I think I have to say something about this whole "iPad" thing. I'm not as much of an Apple geek as I used to be, that's for sure. It's not that I don't think that Apple's doing something quasi-innovative and useful in the world of technology and the business around consumer technology. I think bringing UNIX to the hands of "mass market" desktop users was a great move.…

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Status Update

Ok, a confession: I totally ran out of my usual backlog of blog posts, that keeps these pages humming with the signs of life despite the fact that I don't have time to write a post every day, and often don't have reliable weekend time to write blog posts. This hasn't happened in a few months, so it's sort of disconcerting. One of the reasons why I ran out, is that I've been busy doing non-writing things for a few weekends, but a third (or forth?…

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Putting the Wires in the Cloud

I'm thinking of canceling my home data connectivity and going with a 3G/4G wireless data connection from Sprint. Here's the argument for it: I'm not home very much. I work a lot (and there is plenty of internet there), and I spend about two thirds of my weekends away from home. This is something that I expect will become more--rather than less--intense as time goes on. It doesn't make sense to pay for a full Internet connection here that I barely use.…

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Decreasing Emacs Start Time

One oft made complaint about emacs is that it takes forever to start up, particularly if you've got a lot of packages to load it can take a few seconds for everything to start up. In a lot of respects this is an old problem, that isn't as relevant given contemporary hardware. Between improvements to emacs, and the fact that computers these days are incredibly powerful, it's just not a major issue.…

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Winter Break in Reality

I meant to write a more thorough overview of what I was doing with the "extra time" over the holidays. But I don't think I had as much extra time at the end of the year as I expected to have. What follows is a brief overview what I did do, how the new year has begun and what I've been thinking about. In years past the time at the end of the year was a time to catch up on lost sleep and connections that had fallen by the wayside in the recent months.…

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Wikish and the Personal Public Wiki

First, an announcement. I've started a tychoish.com wiki. I'm calling it, appropriately enough "wikish." You can see a brief introduction and note about my intentions there. I've written a bunch here about the peculiarities of building communities and practices around "the wiki," as I think it represents a new paradigm for thinking about collaboration and "the text." I'm, slowly, working on building a community around the cyborg institute wiki, and that's an ongoing (and fairly specific) project.…

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