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Tmux and Mouse Mode

UPDATE 17 March 2013: I am placing this post into the public domain so people are free to incorporate it into their existing files which may be in the public domain already. As I commented in my last post about tmux, tmux mouse mode left some things to be desired. Namely, there are two problems. First, it completely takes over the mouse. Meaning that you can no longer do a simple “mark text and copy” operation on the native OS....

July 16, 2012 · 3 min

iTerm2 Keymaps for Tmux

UPDATE 17 March 2013: I am placing this post into the public domain so people are free to incorporate it into their existing files which may be in the public domain already. UPDATE 16 July 2012: I have updated this post to reflect my current keymaps, which I settled on after writing the original post. As I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of iTerm2. I am also a huge fan of tmux, the terminal multiplexor....

April 28, 2012 · 7 min

Vim & Octopress

I wrote a Vim syntax mode for Octopress. https://github.com/tangledhelix/vim-octopress

December 4, 2011 · 1 min

When Even the Death Penalty Doesn't Deter Copying

A bit of history to give some perspective on our modern issue of piracy (music and movies): A few centuries ago, the penalty for unauthorized copying was breaking on the wheel. It is a term we’re not very familiar with these days, but it was a form of prolonged torturous death penalty where the convict first had every bone in his body broken, and then was weaved into the spokes of a wagon wheel and set up on public display....

August 8, 2011 · 1 min

This Is Why Your Newspaper Is Dying

Ryan Cash complains about online newspaper sites: Another HUGE complaint I’d like to add to Brad’s list is when these websites draw a story out over 10 pages. Welcome to the Internet – a place where physical pages don’t exist, and there’s no such thing as “no space left”. There is absolutely NO REASON for any story to span over more than one single page. I wholeheartedly agree. But the problem here isn’t cluelessness on the part of the editors....

July 27, 2011 · 2 min

The Internet Is Not an Elephant

Now and then you hear an old-timer rant about how we young people never sit down and write a real letter anymore. (Young in this case is probably defined as under 75.) We’re too busy with our email, our Twitter and Facebook, our IMs and texts. Clearly, they are technically correct. Nobody writes letters anymore. It’s archaic, a relic of a bygone era. It’s simple economics. In the old days, a letter was the best option to reach across a great distance and communicate with someone....

April 25, 2011 · 4 min

Paul Graham on: Stuff

Paul Graham, on our obsession with material possessions: Companies that sell stuff have spent huge sums training us to think stuff is still valuable. But it would be closer to the truth to treat stuff as worthless.In fact, worse than worthless, because once you’ve accumulated a certain amount of stuff, it starts to own you rather than the other way around. I know of one couple who couldn’t retire to the town they preferred because they couldn’t afford a place there big enough for all their stuff....

January 22, 2011 · 2 min

Instapaper's Fatal Kindle Flaw

That’s very true. Unfortunately, Instapaper’s support for the Kindle is missing one pretty big feature: the ability to assign a specific Instapaper folder to send to a Kindle. The only choice today is to feed “Read Later” to a Kindle. That’s great, if you only use Instapaper for articles you want to read later. But how many people actually use it that way? I feed all sorts of things into Instapaper....

January 18, 2011 · 3 min

Who Says Help Files Aren't Funny?

I just found this gem in Vim’s help files. :help map-overview :nunmap can also be used outside of a monastery.

December 26, 2010 · 1 min

iTerm2 > iTerm

I recently wrote that iTerm is better than Terminal.app. Later that day, I received this reply on Twitter. @tangledhelix iTerm2 > iTerm –George Nachman (@gnachman) He was right. iTerm2 is a fork of the original iTerm project. By and large, they are the same, but iTerm2 has a considerable number of improvements. Here are a few. Smart cursor color This may seem minor, but it’s nice to have. iTerm2 watches the colors being displayed, and will adjust the cursor color to ensure it is fairly visible on the screen....

December 6, 2010 · 3 min