org mode

It takes me a while to adapt to new things with the computer. While I pick things up pretty quickly, I'm aware that it takes a while for me to adapt to new ways of working with the computer. I like to settle into a system before I start changing the key bindings or writing scripts (which I always think will be more successful than they are). This seems reasonable, and is generally something that I'd recommend to other people looking to learn "cool new stuff.…

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information buckets

Alex wrote this article about "everything buckets" that got me thinking. And you know how dangerous this can be. I've been thinking about "everything buckets," as "information buckets," and I think this term is a little more apt, given how these systems work. Basically the "everything" bucket, is a program that provides a database interface on top of our files in the effort of keeping us better organized. Features common to the information bucket, genre of programs are meta data and tagging interfaces, easier/integrated editing environments, more advanced search abilities, and easier input features.…

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mcabber and IM

I've always rather enjoyed this post that I wrote about instant messaging programs. My issue is that I use IM a lot. A lot. I communicate with colleagues, friends, and frankly, if you want to get a hold of me, IM is often the best way to do this, and frankly for a lot of communications I prefer it to the phone. Nevertheless, IM clients, on the whole, are mostly pretty bad.…

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Open Source Userland

Free software and open source users/developers are a sort of evangelical bunch. I think a lot of this is because hackers what other people to use the software that they spend their time working on, and of course some of this is because of the ethical systems that pervade the free software movement. And of course we want to both expand the user base of certain pieces of software within the open source world (eg.…

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Half Million

So soon, probably during the end of this post or somewhere in tomorrow's post, I'm going to pass the half-million word mark on tychoish.com. This is a bit inflated because I incorporated the posts from tealart a couple of years ago, and some of that material includes quotes and links that I don't think should count toward the site's word count odometer. But there you have it, and in any case this is a milestone, that's worth commemorating.…

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Tightening Outlines

I've always been a really big fan of outlining and structured writing, particularly for long form stuff. I suspect anyone who has ever argued with me about writing, or written in collaboration with me is probably nodding in understanding (or yelling "that's an understatement" and flipping the bird to the monitor). This probably explains my interest in things like LaTeX and Markdown, and the reason that wiki's have been frustrating for me, and the reason that I can pull my distractable attention span together enough to be able write long form projects.…

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Conversations

I had an odd experience as a writer a few weeks ago. I found myself writing "copy" rather than my more comfortable "blog post," "essay," or "fiction story" and I learned a great deal from the experience. Mostly, "never be a copy writer if you can help it," but I learned something about my other writing in the process: basically I write conversations. This makes sense on a number of levels.…

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