I wrote before about EWW, the text-only browser built into Emacs. Last night I’ve implemented a quick lisp function to have it search certain words in Wordnik. I got some help on the Emacs channel on IRC (My lisp gets rusty, I forgot that “let” in lisp lives only in the instant of the function, it doesn’t implement a permanent change). There, I also learned of Abo-abo’s define-word, which seems promising.
One of the things that came back to me with my morning jogs is listening to podcasts. I’ve discussed how I download YouTube videos and podcasts before, and now I want to share the ones I keep getting back to. This Week in Tech: You won’t find scoops or complicated technical jargon here. Instead, you can expect interesting dialogue between people in tech media who discuss current mainstream events.
In my last post I wrote about alternatives to Google Maps. That post is inline with what I’ve written here for the last year: my attempts to get away from the big tech companies and keep as much information as possible private. After my recent trip, I decided to give up this Privacy crusade. I came to realize I’ve been sabotaging my passion for photography. Previously, photo taking took place mostly on my Pixel 4a.
Everyone knows Google Maps. There are competitors: Apple Mas, Bing maps, others. On smartphones though, Android of course but also iPhones, Google Maps is usually the go-to app. There are alternatives. I’m going to explore two here, for different purposes.
Having run this blog for almost three years, I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a more prominent method for folks to leave a tip1. As I found out once again, this is no easy task without giving up privacy.
Last week, I managed to colorize all-day events on my agenda in a unique color that stands out from the rest. A bit of a hack and a workaround, this is a highly specific solution to a challenge I’ve been trying to solve for about a year. In this post, I will explain why I need this, and how I did it.
It’s probably safe to assume that if you’re here reading this, you enjoy reading personal blogs. Do yourself a favor and go to this collection of awesome blogs on hacker news. I promise your reading list will grow. When you’re back, I want to talk about Julie Evans' excellent post about blogging.
I didn’t write about my scripts in a long time. This here is a simple script that automates video editing and uploading to a remote host. I’m not sure who’s the right audience for this: if you’re experienced in bash scripts, you won’t find all the explanations needed. If you’re a novice, you might find the script too confusing. I hope you find this interesting, and please feel free to comment, I’m learning more every day.
Like many Emacs users, I’m a big fan of Dired and its cousin, TRAMP. For remote work like the one discussed here, there are two crucial tricks I want to share today.
Beyond the technical, an important part of my “Privacy Voyage” is inspiration. Books, as I’ve come to re-discover, offer plenty of that. I recently picked up a copy of Little Brother1 and I find it hard to put down.