March 11, 2004

Mark Triggs: Emacs-wiki publishing should not die on error

March 11, 2004 - Categories: emacs

Mark Triggs submitted a patch to make emacs-wiki not die on publishing errors. I modified his patch to use the standard warning display functions and replace invalid Lisp code with the text "INVALID LISP CODE."


TLA-CVS sync

March 11, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

I should use this to keep savannah up to date.

Dominique’s in the Linux Magazine!

March 11, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Strategies for Managing Growing Networks
An introduction to building large and scalable networks
by Rex Young and Dominique Cimafranca

Building an extensible enterprise-class network requires the right tools and forethought. This article, the first of two parts, introduces the possibilities and issues of large-scale network design.

Isn't he cool? =)

Relax, Everything Is Deeply Intertwingled

March 11, 2004 - Categories: emacs

I'm also interested in personal information management. Fisher sounds really cool, although naturally I'd need it to be open-source and Emacsable. I find that planner _is_ already changing my life, changing my patterns for doing things. I like how it helps me manage my mail, keep my blog, search the bits and pieces I remembered.

Browsing through Adam Rifkin's entries, I think that he's someone I should learn from.

Incidentally, I have 115,729,742 bytes in my mail.misc now. That's mostly personal mail. I have 3,095,920 bytes in my ~/notebook/plans . That's my blog entries, schedules and tasks. =)

E-Mail from Adam Rifkin

Response to Adam Rifkin; personal information management

March 11, 2004 - Categories: emacs

I like your technical and personal and I think I can learn much from you. =)

In particular, I am interested in personal information management. I maintain PlannerMode, an organizer for Emacs. I use it to blog ( My Emacs setup allows me to hit a keystroke to remember anything from almost anywhere. It automatically captures context and allows me to jump back to that. The source pages are on my hard disk, so I regularly regexp-search through them. This lets me use my blog to remember things.

People are surprised to find my task list, schedule and notes online. They ask me why I don't mind the lack of privacy. I find that publishing my notes works to my advantage. Almost every other day, someone writes in with a bit of info or a tip that'll help me finish a task. Plus, publishing my task list shames me into procrastinating less.

I'd like to work on making it easier to retrieve information from my blog and my e-mail. The Remembrance Agent ( is great for indexing mail and a few other resources. It brings up entries that are relevant to the words around your cursor. You've probably run across the software and related papers—if not, check it out!

I'm also interested in XML. I hacked in RSS export for my blog. It autocategorizes my posts based on a regular expression. A minor modification will let me define arbitrary rules.

Answering JP, someone else on the technical groupblog:

I like the idea of RSS syndication because I want to aggregate and search blogs without having to scrape HTML. With either a simple regexp search or search-engine-like relevance ranking, finding information in other people's knowledgebases becomes much easier. If I download feeds, I can even search offline. Push on creation is useful, but people still need a way to get to old posts.

Orkut community for graph visualization

March 11, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Might be fun for social network analysis

TLA semi-tutorial

March 11, 2004 - Categories: emacs

I used to really like CVS, but I found it hard to make my CVS stuff available to other people. I didn't want to have to rely on an external CVS server. For a while I used vc's double-backend support to do RCS locally and CVS on savannah, but I found it hard to switch back and forth.

Damien Elmes introduced me to tla. I really like the way I can publish my repository online, over HTTP - no need for special server support. I also liked how I could easily pull in patches from other people. It was a bit hard to learn, but I eventually got a repository up and running. I like how the metadata is kept locally, so I can develop even when I'm disconnected, and yet I can synchronize it with my webserver so that other people can pull updates.

Are you sure you don't want to give it a try? =) Here's how to do it. (Don't worry, I won't feel bad if you don't use this.)

# Set up your own archive

     tla my-id "Your Name "
     tla make-archive -l ~/arch
     tla my-default-archive
     tla archive-setup emacs-wiki--you--1.0

# Register my archive

     tla register-archive

# Mark this revision as the starting point for your own

     tla tag emacs-wiki--you--1.0
     tla get emacs-wiki--you--1.0 emacs-wiki
     cd emacs-wiki
     tla cacherev

# To see my changelog

     tla changelog

# To prepare a log for changes: this will create a ++ file in your
# directory. I usually use M-x add-change-log-entry, and then
# copy-and-paste the changelog entries into the log file with
# a short summary.

     tla make-log

# To see changes

     tla changes --diffs

# To commit

     tla commit

     (or tla commit -- file1 file2...)

# To get any revision, like, say, patch-81

     tla get

# To merge in changes from my tree

     tla star-merge