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Category Archives: Technology

A Guide to Installing Arch in VirtualBox | Revised December 2015 Dec 23, 2015

Author’s Note on December 23, 2015 I’ve gone through and applied a long-overdue update and overhaul to these instructions. They will, do doubt, become dated again before long, though. So please continue to check for useful contributions from commenters in … Continue reading

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Simple Command Line Pomodoro Timer Jul 10, 2014

I’ve found Francesco Cirillo’s Pomodoro Technique to be a useful way of organizing my work and getting stuff done.  It involves breaking up your work into four 25-minute intervals (“pomodori”), separated by five-minute breaks.  At the end of the four … Continue reading

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LaTeX Letterhead for Quinnipiac University Dec 4, 2013

January 2017 Update: Quinnipiac recently updated its visual identity, making this template outdated. As I am no longer at Quinnipiac University I do not have reason to update this document myself, however I will leave it live for any enterprising … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Useless Forum Post Sep 9, 2011

After my recent experiments with installing and learning various Emacs modes, I’ve been thinking a lot about online help forums, and more specifically a particular breed of frustrating forum post.  Anyone who seeks to become more tech savvy—to learn programming … Continue reading

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Sending Email in Emacs Aug 1, 2011

In the past, I’ve written some step-by-step tutorials on how to get the w3m Web browser and the VM mail client working in Emacs.  In the latter tutorial, I explained how to read mail in Emacs.  Today, I’m posting another … Continue reading

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First Impressions of VirtualBoxed Ubuntu Jun 24, 2011

I recently switched my Linux install from a dual-boot partition to a VirtualBox on my MacBook.  So far I’m liking the change. I’m using VirtualBox on OS X with Spaces, so I can easily switch between my OS X and … Continue reading

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Setting Up a VM Mail Client in Emacs Jun 22, 2011

Here’s another Emacs setup guide, this time for checking your email within Emacs using a mail client mode called View Mail, or ‘vm’.  Like the Emacs-w3m Web browser I went over earlier, this one is easy to use, but can … Continue reading

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Installing the w3m Web Browser in Emacs Jun 22, 2011

In a previous post, I discussed all the amazing things you can do with Emacs, including browsing the Web and reading your email. At the same time, I admitted that some of the extensions, or “modes” as users call them, … Continue reading

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Linux in Your Web Browser May 19, 2011

This experiment by Fabrice Bellard is pretty wicked. It uses JavaScript to emulate a 1990s-era PC running Linux on an Intel 486 processor. Note that it only works in Firefox 4 and Chrome 11. You can find the original here. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Learning Emacs May 13, 2011

Emacs, a supremely powerful command line tool, is one of those programs that takes “ten minutes to learn, a lifetime to master.”  For my own part, I greatly enjoy messing around with it and finding out more about how it … Continue reading

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