March 24, 2003

Elbert T. Or

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

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.

killing flash plugin requests

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

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

mail oops

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Apparently, i-manila doesn’t take -k very well. fetchmail kept
fetching old mail again and again and again… Ooops, my bad. That’s
it; I’m flushing.

disabling plugin requests in mozilla

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

You can also delete in the mozilla plugins directory.

Linux accessibility

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

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

Gnus CVS for Debian — emacs

March 24, 2003 - Categories: emacs

Add this to your /etc/apt/sources.list

# For daily Gnus snapshots
deb ./packages/

Source: EmacsWiki:GnusCvsForDebian

Essay about Linux in University CS curricula

March 24, 2003 - Categories: linux

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 .

dvorakng – a dvorak typing tutor

March 24, 2003 - Categories: geek

The 2003.03.18 edition of Freshmeat news lists dvorakng, a GPL Dvorak
typing tutor based on dvorak7min but with extra features.

dasher and jogdial?

March 24, 2003 - Categories: geek

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

pointless presentation package

March 24, 2003 - Categories: geek is a text-source presentation
package that might be worth looking into, although it’s just on its
first public release.

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

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…

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

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

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.

Finite-state automata in LaTeX

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

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.

Remote X terminals

March 24, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

The link for remote X terminals is

recentf.el and session.el — emacs

March 24, 2003 - Categories: 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…

scroll / wheel mouse in Emacs — emacs

March 24, 2003 - Categories: emacs

According to fsbot on freenode#emacs, , wheel is
– Put (mwheel-install) in .emacs

Info-goto-emacs-command-mode — emacs

March 24, 2003 - Categories: emacs

Useful Emacs documentation thing. See Info-goto-emacs-command-mode, normally bound to C-h F in CVS Emacs.

Emacs menu accelerators — emacs

March 24, 2003 - Categories: 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…

substring completion — emacs

March 24, 2003 - Categories: 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

kana-kanji user dictionary for Japanese LEIM — emacs

March 24, 2003 - Categories: emacs

Charles Muller figured out how to add to the kana-kanji conversion dictionary – modify ja-dic.el and recompile.

eshell extensions — emacs

March 24, 2003 - Categories: 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.