MarioLang

Some information about me in no particular order.

I am located in Graz, Austria.

I am a Linux fan/user since 1997 and use Emacs since 1998. With every day passing by, I learn more and more about this wonderful environment.

I use Emacs at home and at work for nearly everything I do, except shell interaction.

I work as a UNIX system administrator at the technical university Graz. Here is my official work-home-page :).

delYsid.org is my personal homepage.

I am a blind Linux user mostly using a braille display. For reading long texts such as books or HOWTOS I often use EmacSpeak.

You can find me on #emacs on irc.freenode.net as delYsid

Things I wished Emacs could do

How I use(d) Emacs

I once used Emacs as my shell. That’s quite simple and funny, just put it into your /etc/passwd file, or in the database used by your nameservice switch. After a while, I learned about screen, which is a very nice tool for Emacs console use. I configured /usr/bin/screen as my login shell, and set defshell -/bin/bash in ~/.screenrc. That gives you a screen login shell using bash for the newly created windows. (Note: these days I do the same thing with zsh as default shell, bash is just not powerful enough.) But what does that mean? The fun part is that you can detach from a screen session without terminating the open programs in it. Simply use C-a d to detach from your session. This basically logs you out, but if you login later, all programs run like they were left before. If you add a line like screen -t Emacs 0 /usr/bin/emacs to your ~/.screenrc you even get an Emacs session automatically launched in Window 0 everytime a screen session is newly created. Note, to terminate such a screen session, logout from all windows; if no window remains, the session is closed.

Emacspeak fun

I always liked to play with computer interfaces. One of my ideas got implemented at home recently. I use a Savant 20-key programmable keypad from Kinesis. This keypad is fully programmable. I programmed the most necessary keybindings to be able to use Emacs, Emacspeak screen review features and Emacs/W3 navigation. Then I connected this mini-keypad to one of my unused machines, configured it to use ViaVoice? as software speech synthesizer, gave it a soundcard of course, and connected it to some speakers. Now I have a screen-less surf-station in my living-room, needing no space, and nearly feeling like a remote control. If I settle for a useful keypad configuration, I’ll post a description of the macros.


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