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30 March, 2012

Emacs

Ever since switching to Ubuntu from Windows, I’d never really found a text editor I was truly satisfied with. I spent most of my time using either Geany or GEdit, and while both are quite fine, somehow neither ever felt complete.

So a few weeks ago, after meeting probably the most hardcore power user I’ve ever known (he types in Dvorak with a blank keyboard), I decided that I would embark on the long voyage towards teach becoming proficient with the legendary text editor, Emacs.

At first it felt incredibly masochistic, like the computer science equivalent of cutting your wrists just to feel alive. Yet after two weeks, the benefits are slowly beginning to become apparent. I’m still not sure if have become a convert yet.┬áThe pain is still there of course, but somehow that almost serves to convince me that I am in fact doing the right thing.