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Books I Read, October 2020

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Nothing really exciting this month.
I had lots of work and could not quite focus on reading hard books or non fiction.
I needed to escape from the humdrum of life

So, I read a lot of Jack Reacher.
I decided to read all of the Lee Child novels featuring the character.

And all of that, started because I read a book, that followed Lee Child around for a year, describing his writing process and the work that goes into a Reacher novel.
It’s been fun, reading. Like meeting an old friend.
Considering that he writes about one a year, I find it slightly alarming that I have now read seventeen years of Child’s work in a month.

I wonder what I’ll do when I get done with all the books.
Well I don’t really have to wonder. I’ll just go read another one.

I have more books, I want to read than I have life left :)
So here’s to reading! See you next month!

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Putting Emacs Backup Files in a Separate Location

Whenever Emacs saves a file, it makes a backup of the original.
So if I had a file.txt and I make changes and save it, Emacs firsts backs up the original to file.txt~.
While I love this functionality, and it has saved me from a pickle more than once, I don’t love the way my folders get polluted with ~ files all over the place.
My blog’s drafts folder had hundreds of these.

Mercifully, Emacs offers a way to stow all these files in one central folder of your choosing.
All I did was add this little snippet to my init.el

;; Set the folder for backup files to a subfolder in the 
;;.emacs.d folder of the user. 

(setq backup-directory-alist 
  '(("." . "~/.emacs.d/file-backups")))


Emacs now stops littering all over the place and saves the backups it creates, to a file-backups folder in my .emacs.d folder.
You can choose a location, you like better :)


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