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1. Elbert T. Or : 10:26

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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.

3. mail oops : 10:41

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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.

4. disabling plugin requests in mozilla : 10:42

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You can also delete in the mozilla plugins directory.

6. Gnus CVS for Debian --- emacs : 11:24

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Add this to your /etc/apt/sources.list
# For daily Gnus snapshots
deb ./packages/

Source: EmacsWiki:GnusCvsForDebian

8. dvorakng - a dvorak typing tutor : 12:00

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

9. dasher and jogdial? : 12:04

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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...

10. pointless presentation package : 12:09

Categories: None -- Permalink is a text-source presentation package that might be worth looking into, although it's just on its first public release.

11. : 12:15

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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...

12. "Hello, tech designers? This stuff is too small" : 12:37

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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.

13. Finite-state automata in LaTeX : 12:43

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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.

14. Remote X terminals : 12:45

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The link for remote X terminals is

16. scroll / wheel mouse in Emacs --- emacs : 12:54

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According to fsbot on freenode#emacs, , wheel is

- - Put (mwheel-install) in .emacs

17. Info-goto-emacs-command-mode --- emacs : 13:30

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

18. Emacs menu accelerators --- emacs : 13:33

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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...

19. substring completion --- emacs : 13:38

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20. kana-kanji user dictionary for Japanese LEIM --- emacs : 13:41

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