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Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated. Covey quadrants - Q1 & Q3: urgent, Q1 & Q2: important
A1XDownload Java documentation
A2XDownload CS21A Syllabus
A3XDownload Jargon File
C1XDocument my use of PlannerMode so that other people can see how cool Emacs is. (PlannerMode)
Schedule
19:00 Diane's grad ball
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Notes

6. The Wonderful World of Emacs - planner.el --- emacs, planner : 10:12

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Migs, the one who wrote in recently about non-working Year2003, Year2002 and Year2001 links, has this to ask:
I'm very curious as to how you get so much done with a console based (?) text editor. Like do you have sort of summary view of your calendar, tasks, etc in emacs? Maybe you can post a few screenshots of what you look at everyday. Personally, I'd be lost without an app like Evolution or Korganizer. I can't imagine how you manage all that with emacs.

Migs, that is precisely it. =) planner.el is an Emacs module that gives me a summary view of my tasks, schedule, and notes inside Emacs (which incidentally has a nice graphical interface, too). Together with emacs-wiki.el, it lets me easily manage my website. Another ultra-handy thing is M-x remember from remember.el, which pops up a buffer asking me what I want to remember and stores a note in my daily planner page. For example, this is one such note created by remember.el. A patch contributed by Thomas Gehrlein allows easy navigation of planner pages - simply select dates from M-x calendar.

Personally, I prefer this text-file-based system to Evolution or Korganizer. I remember dropping down to M-x grep to quickly search for something in my daily planner files. I can backup my data files in a .tar.gz. I can perform diffs and version control (although I haven't gotten around to doing so yet! =) ). I can even run it in conjunction with the Remembrance Agent.

My tasks and notes can be linked to my address book through BBDB integration with Planner, and I've modified the BBDB url support to take advantage of certain fields in my database. For example, typing [[bbdb://Sacha.Chua][Sacha Chua]] results in the following link: Sacha Chua. Locally, this brings up the address book record that matches that regular expression. On the Web, it is transformed into a URL following these rules of preference: blog, web, e-mail. That allows me to link to other people and even sites much more easily than HTML or the usual blogging systems might let me do, since HTML and http://www.blogger.com still require me to type the URLs to which I want to link.

Because all of these things run inside GNU Emacs, I can easily access all of my data. I can embed Emacs LISP code into my planner files and have them automatically evaluated and displayed. I can switch to my planner file easily from my IRC chat session or from my mail. I can hook into built-in Emacs functionality or make use of modules developed by other people. It's tons of fun!

And I didn't even write planner.el. Ubercoder John Wiegley did. I discovered planner.el around 2001.11.03. I liked it so much I e-mailed John Wiegley to volunteer tech support and bugfixing for it, and he suggested that I take over maintaining planner.el instead. (2002.11.21) Open source is so much fun! =)

To see a sample of the text files I work with, you can check out my planner directory at http://richip.dhs.org/~sachac/notebook/plans/ . The published files are listed at http://richip.dhs.org/~sachac/notebook/wiki/WikiIndex.php.

People interested in duplicating my setup may want to check out my configuration files. They are all found in my notebook/emacs/ directory. Files of interest are planner-config.el, emacs-wiki-config.el, and remember-config.el. Please write to me at sacha@sachachua.[email protected] if you have any comments or suggestions, and don't hesitate to ask for help in setting up a wonderful personal information management system in Emacs.

5. Tech blogs : 11:03

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In http://techscene.com/b2/index.php?m=200303#72, Migs Paraz notes the tech blogs he knows about: Chris Haravata, Eric Pareja, Sacha Chua, and of course, Migs Paraz. Alex Ibrado also blogs.

Hmm, http://www.pinoyblogs.com exists. (2003.12.30: Does not exist any more, I think.)

4. Computer science - is it an exact science? --- education: 12:24

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On [email protected], Ritchie Roi Y. Chua writes:
Computer Science is a science, but not an exact science like physics...

Interestingly enough, computer science is as exact as you can get. =) Physics? Even grade-schoolers know about experimental errors and the fact that measurements are never completely exact. Biology is similarly based on guesswork. In contrast, you know that 3 in mathematics is exactly that - 3, not 3.000000000001 or 2.99999999999999999. Computers are somewhat less precise due to the limitations of our hardware, but the theory can be as precise as you want. Think of Turing machines. Think of algorithms.

One of the things I find pretty darn fascinating about computer science is that it is far cleaner and more exact than the natural sciences. Computer science is the work of man.

3. Philippine Chapter of International Game Developers Association? : 13:14

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MrMusiko (mrmusiko AT eastern DOT com DOT ph) writes on the [email protected] mailing list:
Hello! Those who are into game development or into gaming may want to join the Philippine chapter of the International Game Developers Association. We had our first meeting last April 4. Those interested to join may look up the Manila (Philippine) chapter in http://www.igda.org.

Eric might be interested in this. I suspect a majority will be all talk and no code, but who knows?

2. The Art of Unix Programming by Eric Steven Raymond : 13:46

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