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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: December 06, 2013, 06:40:42 AM
It's a German version that will not be freely upgradable

Not sure about the language (XY's language files are usually exchangeable...?), but interesting that my work is "freeware" now. Bah.  huh Grin
127  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.213.01 - Nov 29, 2013 on: December 02, 2013, 11:49:44 AM
Back on FARR now. Launchy seems to be dead. Initially I switched due to Launchy's better performance, but that seems to have improved...

Any chance for a better font display on the options window/status bar? It could need more blur.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: November 27, 2013, 12:09:50 PM


Uhm. Well...
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Musician Lou Reed has died on: October 29, 2013, 05:58:10 PM
edit// there's actually a couple of really nice tracks (imo) on ^that album "Another View"

Yes, but also a lot of boring stuff ("Andy's Chest", "Coney Island Steeplechase", ...). Late VU didn't want to provoke anyone anymore. (Good thing everyone forgot "Squeeze", although I like "Louise" on this one more than some of late '69s Velvets music.)

(Random fact: The last studio recording all four Velvets did together was "I'm Not" from Moe's '91 solo album; finally something that reminded of their 60s work.)
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Musician Lou Reed has died on: October 29, 2013, 10:52:01 AM
I love how everyone likes his music now after his death; when he was alive, most people hated it. Hypocrites!

OTOH, Lou Reed will re-enter the charts next month, as always.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Which MP3 tagger do you use? on: September 28, 2013, 01:43:38 PM
1) Yes.
2) I'd recommend Similarity for that.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Which MP3 tagger do you use? on: September 28, 2013, 08:15:11 AM
I switched from the (long dead) ID3Tag to Mp3tag years ago. I tried AudioShell, AIMP's internal tag editor and The GodFather, but none of them worked so well for me. Still, Picard has a reason to live on my hard disk as it can find tags by checking the fingerprint, but for my daily, uhm, "work" Mp3tag might be the best choice.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: September 26, 2013, 07:52:15 AM
Herbie Hancock, "Chameleon".  Cool
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgQegqw9IrI

edit: And if you like Coltrane, you might want to dig into Zeuhl, like Magma's "Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61cIieQOdac
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 Powertools 2014- Endorse Study Results Before They're Published?! on: September 25, 2013, 09:45:05 AM
Sigh. Back in the early 2000s, when the Powertools were sane...
135  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Review of Zeus Edit on: September 24, 2013, 10:07:03 AM
Does this still count as a mini review?
136  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 22, 2013, 08:54:39 AM
Maybe you should report anything that looks strange to you. The development is quite active.
137  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 21, 2013, 04:40:20 AM
Yes, especially since you can bind all functions to mouse keys. smiley More flexible than ST once it's done.
138  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 20, 2013, 12:03:08 PM
Now that's old. tongue

There's also XEmacs branch for those who have not memorized the Emacs key bindings.

With GNU Emacs 23/24, the differences between those two are almost gone, except for some font rendering. smiley
139  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 20, 2013, 10:03:44 AM
Multiple cursors by just clicking into the text can be used in Emacs too, thanks to the multiple-cursors package.
140  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 20, 2013, 02:13:06 AM
Hmm, interesting. Not sure if this can be (ab)used...
(admittedly, I still can't. Maybe someone else can.)

I have my speedbar as a sidebar (sr-speedbar).
141  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 19, 2013, 07:00:54 PM
Indeed it is. This is one of the few GUI add-ons I miss: Emacs does not allow me to code "popup boxes". I could add a rule that opens the helm dialog in a new buffer in the top right corner (similar to what I did with my Gnus configuration above), but just for the sake of it... well, no.
142  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 19, 2013, 06:57:07 PM
In Sublime Text, when you press Ctrl+P (or Cmd+P on those... what do they call it? "Mac" or somethings), a small box appears in the top right corner of the window, allowing you to open files, jump to a certain function/symbol or line in the current file and a couple of other things.

Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36NIIgcrYzE
143  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 19, 2013, 05:53:04 PM
I try to keep my settings simple and tend to start over when I set up new machines instead of carrying around something that grows over the years.

Have you tried keeping it simple "over the years"?  smiley
Mine is near completion, I guess.
144  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 19, 2013, 04:11:43 PM
That's one of the major "cons" of Sublime Text whose highlighting (and indentation) rules are rather FUBAR. Once you've stumbled upon Emacs, you'll notice what has been missing...
145  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Mini-Review of GNU Emacs on: September 19, 2013, 09:51:28 AM
Basic Info

App NameGNU Emacs
App URLhttp://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/
App Version Reviewed24.3 (precompiled Windows version)
Supported OSesAny, I'd assume. OK, they recently dropped support for a couple of historic DOS and UNIX versions.
Support MethodsThe gnu.emacs.* mailing lists are probably preferred.
Upgrade PolicyFree as in free speech and in free beer.
Pricing SchemeSame (unless you get Emacs with a proprietary UNIX system).
Screencast Video URLhttp://www.youtube.com/re..._query=emacs&oq=emacs


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Intro:

I have been a pretty happy Sublime Text user since ST2 was in its alpha state. I even bought a license, and that's something I don't do quite often. Now Sublime Text 2 development was stopped in favor of Sublime Text 3 which brings no changes I would be interested in. So, in order to get only bugfixes, I would have to buy a new license for too much money. I'm a poor man. Wink

I tried a couple of alternatives. The one big ST feature I was looking for was "GoTo Anything", missing in all other editors except, well, Vim and Emacs (where it was easily imitatable). I took the chance to spend some time learning Emacs. Coming from Vim (which was replaced by ST2 on my Windows), I always like new challenges.

The history of Emacs dates back to the 1970s. While several Emacsen popped up and disappeared through the years (Linus Torvalds is known to use µemacs), only a few of them have stayed. GNU Emacs is the standard by now, having inspired a couple of other applications (even Mac OS X's keybindings are taken from this Emacs).


Who is this app designed for:

In contrary to pure text editors like Vim (which can be extended to full-featured IDEs too), Emacs can do anything. It comes with a quite good Usenet and Mail client ("gnus") which was the initial reason to install Emacs on my machine (yes, it is really good), you can browse the web with it, you can use the IRC and Twitter from it, you can blog from it. Emacs is designed to live in it; you should never have to leave it during your work day.

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Admittedly, most users don't need these features, they just want a good coding editor. Now guess what Emacs can be!


The Good

I already mentioned the extras, so let me just list a very few of the good parts of the editor component here:

1. The scratch buffer.
Some kind of a "notepad". Close the application and its contents are gone; great for quick notes (like this review) though. Supports syntax highlighting.

2. Perfect highlighting and indentation.
Emacs has the most sophisticated syntax highlighting and code indentation mechanisms I have ever seen. Reindentation of a copy&pasted code file is only one command away.

3. Package management.
Starting from Emacs 24, you'll get a good package manager as part of the Emacs core. New packages can even be installed automatically, updates are also taken care of. (See the "Needs improvement" section for examples.)

4. Flexible configuration.
OK, Emacs needs Emacs Lisp code for configuration. On the other hand, Sublime Text needs JSON. I'm not sure what's worse. Seriously, there are a lot of preconfigured Emacsen on the web, and while I would not recommend anyone to completely apply third persons' configurations without chacking them manually, a couple of more-or-less well documented configuration files should be enough to learn it "by doing". Here's mine (automatically installing all missing packages; read the file carefully).

5. The client/server model.
Start an Emacs server (Alt+X server-start) on your server or wherever, log into it with any Emacs client from anywhere. Neat!

... and more ...
Edit files directly on a server of your choice. Choose between Notepad (cua-mode), Vim (evil-mode, requires an extra package) and Emacs keybindings. Run your shell from within your editor window. Install emacs-eclim to integrate Eclipse with Emacs (if you feel like using Java for anything) Grow a giant beard. Never leave the house again. (OK, that's a joke. Don't grow a giant beard please.)


The needs improvement section

1. Emacs does not come with PHP support. This has (weird) copyright reasons. You'll have to obtain it by typing Alt+x package-install php-mode.
2. Emacs has a weird keybinding. This has historical reasons. You'll have to enable the CUA ("Notepad") or Evil (Vim) mode to change this. Or add your own bindings for everything. Good luck.
3. Emacs does not support PCRE regular expressions. Unlike Vim, there are not even "Perl-enabled" Emacs builds. You'll have to use "PCRE to Emacs Lisp RE" converters or external applications (like sed) if you feel like using them.
4. Emacs - OK, Aquamacs (on Mac OS X) does - has no shiny, blinking GUI (although the helm-mode which I use to simulate "GoTo Anything" comes near).


Why I think you should use this product

If you need an advanced code editor which will probably survive you without requiring you to ever pay for any update, this is yours. Grab it while it's hot. (Seriously, many people switch to Emacs these days.)


How does it compare to similar apps

If I'll ever find an editor which is similar to Emacs... no, this won't happen. (Now don't mention Vim. Vim is a text editor, Emacs is a runtime environment. Hey, you can run Vim inside a shell inside Emacs...)


Conclusions

Try it. Grin
146  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Odd/Fun Ways You've Learned Programming on: September 18, 2013, 09:32:40 AM
Hm...

(No, really, I started with Visual Basic. Don't ask why.)
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FastStone Image Viewer on: September 12, 2013, 09:45:16 PM
Photoshop as an image viewer? Wow.

When it comes to lightweight, probably still nothing beats nomacs.
BTW, are you a spambot? @ your URL.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kiss Encryption Goodbye... :* on: September 11, 2013, 09:07:16 AM
The interesting part of the encryption thingy is that it affects Linux users too.  tongue

GnuPG should be safe, unlike "online" encryption, right?
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: ANDROID: What app do you use to read digital books? on: September 09, 2013, 10:33:49 PM
Probably it has none then. TBH, I never needed one.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Entirely unsure about a simple discussion forum on: September 07, 2013, 10:24:16 AM
pivory is not a "forum", similar to Vanilla. Some might use it as such, but I find it too... weird.

mwForum uses Perl (see my initial posting), UNB looks nice indeed. It has no PM system, right?
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