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  • Playing with planner (linux, emacs)
  • acp bugs
  • Restored iPAQ
  • Wearables
  • Borging out — wearables
  • Online submission system

Playing with planner (linux, emacs)

Today’s been a busy day. I don’t suppose I can get planner to nicely work with all the rest of emacs, can it? I rather like emacswiki…

Alright, seems to be fine. Planner’s actually pretty nifty. I’ll pop the description into my remembrance agent index on the next scan, I suppose; maybe it’ll be useful.

I wonder if I can get the wiki to recognize non-wiki words. That would be pretty nice.

Off to dinner with me now.

May 8, 2012

This was my very first post. I was trying out the note-taking capabilities of Emacs Planner. In the beginning, it didn’t support blogging. I built that feature afterwards, and eventually migrated my posts over to WordPress when I decided to move blogging systems.

Planner was a personal information manager for the Emacs text editor. I had picked up Emacs again after rereading Unix Power Tools, and I was curious about some of the packages that were available for it. Planner looked like a great way to keep track of my tasks and notes. The Remembrance Agent mentioned here was another bit of software available for Emacs. It continuously looked at a few hundred words around your cursor and suggested relevant files, which was a really cool way to find out that you’d written about something similar and had completely forgotten about it. I’ve since then moved on to using Emacs Org Mode to manage my tasks, although I haven’t quite replaced the “Here are other things similar to this” functionality provided by Remembrance Agent. I just write about things again and again.

acp bugs

Gosh, today is stressful. I thought I’d finished all the bugs already, but of course there’s always one more bug – probably caused by my, ahem, editing earlier. Lemme see if I can convince mom to let me go back early. I am such an idiot!

Just remember, Sacha. Even big, well-known companies like Microsoft have bugs. Serious bugs. Bugs that let people get away with messing up other people’s money.

Alright. Today I’m going to clean up my schedule…

I’ve learned a little more about emacs. Right now I feel really, really sleepy, so I’ll probably turn in soon. I have to learn more about the different tools I have on my system, but let’s take care of my requirements first!

Restored iPAQ

Good karma: Restored WinCE on the iPAQ so that she could use
it. Procedure was pretty uneventful and not as scary as I thought it
would be.

Wearables

Apparently the mini banana plugs for my wearable display battery are
quite rare. CE guys are looking for it.

Slowly finding other wearable enthusiasts and sharing resources. We
may yet see a research group here.

Borging out — wearables

Richi and my mom started bugging me about my journal. Here it is!

The CE guys came through with my battery power supply, so I have been walking around with my M1.

I am Borg. =D

I showed it to some CS teachers waiting outside the department. Everyone was, like, “Oh my God. This is sooo cool.”

People walk up to me and ask me what it is. I show them the display. They think it’s cool.

I like being able to read my mail or check my messages. I like being able to read my history notes or dash off a quick note. I like this.

No accidents yet. Good thing. I don’t read while crossing the street, and I can pay attention to the real world well enoguh.

I’ve also freaked out some of my students. I asked for someone’s ID number, pulled up my records, and started rattling off full name, contact info, project submissions…

Life is good.

Glossary: CE – Computer Engineering M1 – head-mounted display available from www.tekgear.ca Borg – short for cyborg. Also term made popular by Star Trek, a television series.

Online submission system

The online submission system I was hacking together works, and I’m now
just fiddling around with ideas for the next one.