March 24, 2003

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eshell extensions — emacs

In a March 6 post to the [email protected] mailing list, Romain Francoise mentions em-last.el, an eshell module that lets you cycle backwards through the argument list.

substring completion — emacs

Le Wang mentions icomplete and mcomplete in reference to substring completion in a March 4 post on the [email protected] mailing list. Hmmmm. mcomplete doesn't seem to be built-in, but icomplete's there, and it's nifty. It's like ido handling of buffers and files. I like.

Emacs menu accelerators — emacs

Jeffery B. Rancier's March 12 post on [email protected] has this useful LISP snippet for Windows Emacs users:

(defun jbr-w32-simulate-Alt-tap ()

(interactive) (w32-send-sys-command 61696)) (global-set-key [C-tab] 'jbr-w32-simulate-Alt-tap)

I wonder if there's a similar way to do that under GTK...

recentf.el and session.el — emacs

On the [email protected] mailing list, Hans Larsen says that session.el replaced recentf.el a long time ago. I used to use recentf.el. Maybe I should check session.el out...

Finite-state automata in LaTeX

In a really old post on [email protected]">[email protected] (Jan 27 2003), Mark Zimmerman suggests the use of metapost to generate pretty finite state automata in LaTeX. Peter Jenke suggests xypic, which Nori Heikkinen likes.

“Hello, tech designers? This stuff is too small”

ACM TechNews links to, an article about how small things are getting. Americans seem to not like the idea of tiny devices, but I certainly do! I'm typing this now on a Sony PCG-U1, which is among the smallest notebooks in the market. I've adapted to its keyboard, and am starting to find the P1110 keyboard a little too large. True, I'm still typing in QWERTY - have to do some tests to see whether QWERTY actually suits this computer better than Dvorak. I need both hands on the keyboard in order to type Dvorak - a consequence of having done Proper Training - but can cheerfully two-finger type QWERTY.

I'd love to have the ring-phone they described - "a receiver on one finger, a speaker on another and a wireless transmitter on the belt." As long as I never lose it, of course, and as long as the rings are _thin_. I don't wear rings because my fingers are small, and most rings tend to be fairly bulky. A bracelet, on the other hand - one that doesn't unclasp easily - or a watch... That'd be fun.

Google:gnus+freshmeat leads me to nntp://, an NNTP server that provides Freshmeat news with the right subjects! Yay. I am definitely going to use this instead of the mailed digests, which have a nasty habit of piling up in my archives and are much less fun to browse through than a newsgroup...

dasher and jogdial?

I wonder if there's any way of getting dasher to work with the Sony jogdial. That might be a nice input method I can use when I've got my left thumb on the mouse buttons and my right thumb on the mouse or jog dial...

Essay about Linux in University CS curricula

On the [email protected], Dan Kegel links to his essay on the industry's need for graduates with Linux/OSS experience, and how universities can address that. The draft can be found at .

Linux accessibility

On the [email protected] mailing list, Jerome Acks Jr. thinks that is about the best Linux accessibility resource.

killing flash plugin requests

In a thread on [email protected] about disabling the annoying "Download Flash Plugin?" prompt, Karsten M. Self links to, which not only gets rid of all plugins but also "fixes a number of other web annoyances."

Elbert T. Or

Elbert T. Or writes in telling me that Marcelle had been "gushing about" OnLove, of all things. Elbert is into comics. His sig says that he's a freelance writer and illustrator, loves his palm m515 and palm keyboard, and has interests in history, literature, comics, and pop culture. He also happens to be Marcelle's history classmate.