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Comment: Emacs "Org Mode" file (Score 2) 170

by helixcode123 (#46802203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

I use Emacs with "Org Mode". It lets me collapse each day's information to single line, but all of the information can be searched like a normal Emacs buffer and expanded as needed. You even get the handy table formatting. If you need to output sections they can be rendered to PDF, HTML, etc.

Comment: Re:emacs (Score 1) 531

by helixcode123 (#46381801) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Emacs is a necessity for me.
For editing local and remote (via tramp) files.
Run simple shells, compile, grep, diff, clean directories. All within emacs.

Long time Emacs user here. Can you expand on "clean directories" please? Parent posters have mentioned Tramp, the ability to (nearly) seamlessly edit files on remote system. This is a wonderful feature, along with ediff, for merging updates on my development system (i.e. my laptop) with my deployed code on my remote VPS.

Comment: Re:I wonder... a time machine and a NetBSD install (Score 1) 154

by helixcode123 (#46062467) Attached to: Apple Macintosh Turns 30

Remember that many of the early UNIX variants (SunOS, HP/UX, some others) started out on the 68000 chip. It was a very well designed and flexible chip. Then PowerPC was supposed to be a platform. (Remember CHRP? of course not).

Macs have this image of oddball hardware, but except for NuBus it really wasn't all that true.

Early? You call Unix on a 68000 Early? By cracky, I started out back in 1981 on our shared university system that ran on a DEC PDP-11/70. Boy were we all excited when a few years later we got to run on a VAX!

And fortunately this was in California so the 5 miles I had to walk up hill to get to the computer lab was free of snow.

Comment: Oh Sure. More Supply == More Demand (Score 4, Insightful) 274

by helixcode123 (#44136515) Attached to: Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

> If anything, one recent study suggests, the growth of immigrant workers in American companies helps younger American technical workers

Of course. Isn't that a basic law of economic theory? As the supply of labor increases so do salaries.

I have some doubts.

Comment: Move to Win 8 doubtful (Score 4, Interesting) 438

by helixcode123 (#43976267) Attached to: XP's End Will Do More For PC Sales Than Win 8, Says HP Exec

I don't know if this is any sort of indication about the popularity of Windows 8, but I got my daughter a new Acer laptop with Windows 8 for a graduation present. She asked my to put Ubuntu on instead. Interestingly, she prefers Mate to the default Unity desktop. Aside: boots in seconds because I put /boot and /usr on the SSD drive. Very nice.

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