I’ve been using emacs since March 2003.
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I got into emacs because vi just doesn’t do enough. In the Windows world, I had customized Developer Studio to the point of being arcane; I’m used to typing a function name, hitting a hotkey and having a macro document the function for me, then being able to ctrl-click on a function name to open a browser to the generated documentation. When I asked in #vim how to do this, they stared at me like I had a third arm growing out of my forehead.
In many monster movies, there is a scientist character who gazes lovingly at the monster and gives a soliloquoy about the “animal perfection, the purity of instinct, the elegance of a being bred entirely for killing.” This scientist always gets killed by the monster immediately afterwards.
This is how I feel about emacs. It’s going to kill me soon, I can just tell.
8/17/2009: Six years now. Seems like just yesterday. Of note, if anyone cares: I switched to a Mac, and briefly, TextMate. My recent return to emacs brings with it a renewed appreciation for open source software. I’ve also sat down and made most of the TextMate stuff work in emacs, which rocks.
Seriously Cool Things about Emacs: