Category Archives: geek

2020-08-03 Emacs news

Links from reddit.com/r/emacs, r/orgmode, r/spacemacs, r/planetemacs, Hacker News, planet.emacslife.com, YouTube, the Emacs NEWS file and emacs-devel.

2020-07-27 Emacs news

Links from reddit.com/r/emacs, r/orgmode, r/spacemacs, r/planetemacs, Hacker News, planet.emacslife.com, YouTube, the Emacs NEWS file and emacs-devel.

2020-07-20 Emacs news

Links from reddit.com/r/emacs, r/orgmode, r/spacemacs, r/planetemacs, Hacker News, planet.emacslife.com, YouTube, the Emacs NEWS file and emacs-devel.

Why I love free software

Update 2020-07-17: Spanish translation by victorhck


2020-06-17a Why I love free software.png

Image description:

  • (Image: shelves full of gifts) Text: Free software is like having more gifts than I can even imagine.
  • (Image: building blocks) Text: Each gift is a building block that I can have fun with.
  • (Image: me playing) Text: Whee!
  • (Image: blocks with people in them, labeled “What if?” “I need…” “We did it!”) Text: More than that, each block is a glimpse into someone else’s life.
  • (Image: blocks glued together) Text: I can combine things with bubblegum and string…
  • (Image: hand with an outline) Text: … to make something that fits me so well.
  • (Image: path with notes, with a stick figure in the distance) Text: I try to leave notes along the way.
  • (Image: gift in outstretched hands) Text: Sometimes I can even make my own gift.
  • (Image: two gifts on a shelf, with space between them) Text: There’s always space.
  • (Image: A person picks up a note on a path and saying “Thanks!” There are lots of other paths that split off and explore other interesting Text: places.) Sometimes people find my things helpful…
  • Image: (me picking up a note further down the path and also saying “Thanks!”) Text: … just as I find other people’s things helpful.
  • (Image: “Free software” with wiggly lines surrounding it, growing outwards) Text: So, bit by bit, we grow.

You can see this image in context on the Free Software Foundation’s blog post about their summer fundraising campaign.

Updated my blog index using Org Mode

I just spent 40 minutes updating my blog index to include all the non-Emacs News and non-weekly/monthly-review posts since April 2017. I had kept a blog index as a way to quickly organize my posts into finer-grained categories without mucking around too much with WordPress. Updating it was pretty easy since I had built an Org Mode list view into my theme eight years ago. A URL like https://sachachua.com/blog/2020/?org=1 gets me a list like:

- [[https://sachachua.com/blog/2020/01/2020-01-06-emacs-news/][2020-01-06 Emacs news]] 
- [[https://sachachua.com/blog/2020/01/weekly-review-week-ending-december-13-2019/][Weekly review: Week ending December 13, 2019]] 
- [[https://sachachua.com/blog/2020/01/weekly-review-week-ending-december-20-2019/][Weekly review: Week ending December 20, 2019]] 
- [[https://sachachua.com/blog/2020/01/weekly-review-week-ending-january-3-2020/][Weekly review: Week ending January  3, 2020]] 
- [[https://sachachua.com/blog/2020/01/weekly-review-week-ending-december-27-2019/][Weekly review: Week ending December 27, 2019]] 
- [[https://sachachua.com/blog/2020/01/2020-01-13-emacs-news/][2020-01-13 Emacs news]] 
- [[https://sachachua.com/blog/2020/01/2020-01-20-emacs-news/][2020-01-20 Emacs news]]
...

which is easy to narrow to in Emacs with narrow-to-region (C-x n n) and filter with flush-lines to get rid of all the fairly routine weekly reviews and Emacs news posts. Then I could use my/org-file-blog-index-entries from my Emacs config to file things to the high-level trees, and (while t (my/org-move-current-item-to-category (completing-read "Category: " (my/org-get-list-categories)))) to file things within a list.

Yay Emacs!

2020-07-13 Emacs news

Links from reddit.com/r/emacs, r/orgmode, r/spacemacs, r/planetemacs, Hacker News, planet.emacslife.com, YouTube, the Emacs NEWS file and emacs-devel.