Org Mode Narrowing and Widening Buffers

Narrow to focus, widen to review and plan. tldr: “C-x n s” to narrow and “C-x n w” to widen

February 26, 2024 · Mario Jason Braganza

Note to Self, Emacs Help Stuff

Various things, when rooting around for help in Emacs

February 15, 2024 · Mario Jason Braganza

I Found Rainbows in Emacs!

I must admit to stealing … quite a lot … from a bot at that! Zoetrope’s, “random color contrasts” gets colours from Adam Morse and John Otander’s Randoma11ly and posts them a few times a day. I’ve been writing down the ones I love and find interesting, in an Org note, in the hopes I’ll use them someday. (I know I’m just hoarding colours 😂. But hey, I used one1 out of the thirty-odd colours, I’ve jotted down so far)...

January 20, 2024 · Mario Jason Braganza

Updated to Emacs 29.2

Updated to Emacs 29.2, just now. Took me and my four core workhorse about fifteen minutes tops, from start to finish. Emacs 29.0 was the first version I compiled from source, because I wanted the latest release as soon as it was out and I no longer had the patience for the kindly distribution folk (or third party packagers) to give me a binary. The first time was a nightmare....

January 19, 2024 · Mario Jason Braganza

Emacs, Three and a Half Years On

If someone had told me three and a half years ago, that I would: Use Emacs as my primary editor nearly everywhere. Not just as an editor. In fact, I would stop thinking of it as an editor and come to see it for what it really is. A whole computer with an editor bolted on. Use Emacs not just for writing, but also have it serve as the cornerstone for two other extremely important activities in my life, organising my life (with Org Mode) and tending to my commonplace book (with Org Roam) Come so far as to scrape a web page, set it up as a connected node in my Zettelkasten, strip close to fifty superfluous lines, edit the rest to my liking, change the title to title case, and then file it way within minutes, and learn do all this by osmosis and research over the years, just by using it daily and being curious1 Have a kind community support all my crazy attempts to bend Emacs to my will I would have told you, you were off your rocker....

December 30, 2023 · Mario Jason Braganza

Weirdly Placed Emacs Org Branches Are Only Cosmetic

Every evening, after my shutdown ritual, I move my current day’s branch to the bottom of my Org Mode file, so I begin the next day at the same fixed place, at line 36.1 The day is done; moving it to the bottom of the pile Every time I move though, it goes there and sits, right next to the last branch, instead of under it. So I would grumble a bit, and then go hit the return key as required, to get it all right and proper....

November 27, 2023 · Mario Jason Braganza

Getting Emacs Windows to Not Be Shy

Figuring out my webapps problem yesterday made me ask myself if I could somehow repurpose that little xdotool script to solve another niche itch that I had. Spoiler alert: It did. I run Emacs as a daemon, and use EmacsClient to connect to the Emacs process. Makes it really ease to launch, work on, sling around and close lots of Emacs windows.1 Which brings me to the hiccough. I launch EmacsClient and a window (frame) does indeed launch, but it just … stays there in the background....

November 18, 2023 · Mario Jason Braganza

On How Emacs Adapts

I love it whenever the Roger Ebert of the Emacs world aka Jon Snader aka irreal, gets his hands on one of my posts and uses it for his insightful annotations. His conclusion is something I totally relate to, because that is exactly what has kept me using Emacs ever since I began using it. It bends to my will. Or as Jon puts it … It’s yet another way that Emacs adapts itself to its users rather than insisting those users adapt themselves to Emacs....

November 18, 2023 · Mario Jason Braganza

Having My Emacs Tasks and Notes Ready

Updated: 2023-11-17. Read more below Nearly everything I write is in Emacs.1 It’s been slightly more than two years, since I made the move to using it as my everyday text editor. I have a spartan Emacs config, with only a few customisations, that I found by watching David Wilson aka System Crafters’ Emacs From Scratch #1 video and the rest by searching on the web and asking around on the fediverse....

November 16, 2023 · Mario Jason Braganza

Emacs Can Transparently Encrypt and Decrypt File With Gpg

I’ve been struggling to get org-caldav working on the desktop. Nothing to do with the program itself. It’s excellent, fairly intuitive and really well documented. There just seems to be some gremlin in the works, that does not let the darned calendar see my org files.1 Will keep at it. What this note is for however, was the pleasant realisation that Emacs can transparently work with gpg encrypted files.2 I wanted to keep my calendar user/password credentials in a file, because the to and fro between my Baikal caldav server was generating too many requests for my password....

February 28, 2023 · Mario Jason Braganza