When emacs enters idle, a random quote will appear in your echo area. I use this to help me learn new things. At different points in time I have had tips from programming books, syntax notes that I seem to always forget, or new emacs key strokes I want to learn but use very infrequently. You can customize the quotes to anything you would like, maybe you would like a laugh here or there, or maybe memorize some scripture, who knows, but enjoy!
random-idle-quote.elstarts it fetches quotes from EmacsWiki? And of course it should have customisable variable like
‘M-x yow’ !!!!! – DrewAdams
I knew about
‘M-x yow’ and don’t care too much to reinvent the wheel, but this being one of my first elisp projects (if you can call it that), I did it from scratch. I guess, I could have simply setup yow on an idle timer but for some reason, I had this in my mind, and it’s what came out. I was just happy it worked – JeremyCowgar
I do think it’s a great idea to have use submitted “hints and tips” that can be used with random-idle-quote, or yow for that matter. It would be a great teaching tool if there were pages like YowEasyEmacsKeys?, YowAdvancedEmacsKeys?, YowCoolEmacsCommands?, etc… – JeremyCowgar
It is very useful indeed, and questions: 1. Can I add new quotes in .emacs rather than go to the .el; 2. How to make some of the quotes to come out more often, for example, the first ten on the top? – Chaoji Li