Monday, February 25, 2008

make a shell

(let ((buffer (get-buffer-create "svn-shell"))) (shell buffer))


(shell "shell-name")

is much simpler. :)

Sunday, February 24, 2008


To run irb inside of Emacs:

M-x run-ruby

It's pretty sweet.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

git on emacs

The git contrib/emacs directory has some helpful files for interacting with git from emacs. The easiest way to get them is to just download the whole git distribution with git:

git clone git://

and then take a peek in the contrib/emacs directory.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

greasekit or w3m

lypanov blogs about using greasekit to set the CSS of webpages to a fixed font size and background.

I prefer using a combination of:

- w3m inside of Emacs for browsing webpages in a fixed font format. This gives me all the Emacs goodness, along with a nice font and a beautiful background image
- Firefox (with Firebug) for doing web development, this is tied into my Emacs with Mozex, so I can edit text fields C-M-e and view the source of whole webpages with C-M-u.
- Opera with the text size set very large for most of my web browsing

Thursday, February 14, 2008


AllOut mode is an interesting looking outline mode for Emacs. It sounds like it plays nicely with Planner-mode.


delicious.el sounds really cool, it's an Emacs mode to manage your bookmarks. I used for some time, but got frustrated with having to use a web browser to interact with it.

Unfortunately, it's broken right now because changed their API. It sounds like wjsullivan is working on a fix now, which will be great.

I use gblogger.el constantly for publishing my blogs to blogger from inside emacs, so when delicious.el is fixed, I'm going to be right on it.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


"Emacs outshines all other editing software in approximately the same way that the noonday sun does the stars. It is not just bigger and brighter; it simply makes everything else vanish."

Neal Stephenson

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Icicles is a mode for Emacs that allows for more sophisticated switching of buffers.

I graduated to iswitchb about 5 years ago, and I think it might be time to graduate again. I find iswitchb works really well for most projects, but these new Ruby on Rails projects that I'm working on require so many different files to be switched between that I find myself wanting something more.