January 14th, 2006

I sort of forgot how great it was.

I'm trying to get the Book of Power properly set up for the things I need to do, and Andrew pixelherder recommended this flavor of Emacs for OS X. It's been a long, long time since I used Emacs with any frequency. I'm re-learning the key bindings (the tutorial's good, as is this book) and un-learning various bad habits I've picked up in the last couple years. What I really need is for one of you to rig up something that will make the computer start beeping and swearing at me if I so much as look at an arrow key while Emacs is running.

When I was in school, if I wanted to edit remote files, I would just ssh -X and fire up XEmacs remotely. It worked pretty well. If I try to do that through X11 on OS X, though, it just sucks. I can start the program, but it's very slow (after all, this is our flaky wifi, not Grinnell's T3), and it keeps barfing up things like "X protocol error: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) on protocol request 38". And, well, it's just really ugly compared to everything else on the screen! Heh. I started thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if I could edit remote files in my local Emacs?" Turns out there's a way, and lots of folks use it. We use a nonstandard port for ssh at work, but once I figured out how to tell it that, it was able to do its thing. Pretty soon I might even be able to, you know, do actual work.

I'm excited to be using Emacs again. I sort of forgot how great it was.