Using Monaco in an xterm

If you split your work between a mac and linux a lot, you may wish to try to have the same terminal font across the two. I like Monaco that comes by default on the Mac, and today I figured out how to use it on my Linux box at work too. (Disclaimer: you might […]

No locking = No nothing

So it turns out all kinds of stuff fails when your locking calls fail. Dovecot can’t create indexes of your mailboxes. It also spits out a IMAP warning about it, and mutt pauses a second to display this warning. mutt can’t create its header cache without it, making the use of IMAP with large mailboxes […]

Is that your final answer?

After a long period of trial and error, I think I’ve finally chanced upon the best email solution for work. It turns out that, the solution follows the principle of using the best component for each task, and building a solution out of all the components — the so-called UNIX way. Anyways, here’s what it […]

Is XEmacs dead, or dying?

xemacs related mailing lists seem to mostly be filled with spam. Feature-wise, it no longer has many advantages over emacs21. It still has a bit more guification, but that seems minor. Gnu emacs21 has all the X-y stuff (variable width fonts, embedded images in buffers, updated look) Every email post, webpage, or piece of writing […]

My first emacs lisp function

So mew has special variable call mew-refile-guess-alist which lets you control how ‘refiling’ works.. i.e. how to guess the target folder of the ‘refile’ operation. Mew seems to, in general, offer a different way to read mail that comes from many lists… it works better if you have them all come to your inbox, read […]


Why is there never a perfect piece of software. Wanderlust almost all of what I want, but it has several annoying bugs/misfeatures: It’s single threaded, so if it get’s stuck during an imap sync, the whole damn thing get’s stuck, the whole emacs session is stuck It doesn’t have any way to tell you that […]

A bit better

For some reason ubuntu had a really old version of wanderlust (2.10 series, which is more than two years old). I guess no one updated the debian repository until very recently, so when ubuntu 5.10 came out, it was already too late to get included. Thankfully, the ubuntu universe pool has a .deb for the […]

My ideal work setup (almost)

Nerd alert. You’ve been warned. So I’m back on emacs. I like emacs’ perforce integration better than I do vim’s. I’ve also set up “mew” to read my imap mail. It works reasonably well, but one annoying limitation is that it can’t view imap folders with spaces in them!? But I’ve gotten mew to work […]