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

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

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

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.