Excited to hear there’s a IWC London in the works!
Though I think you’re being hard on yourself (we are always our toughest critics) – it sounds like you did a lot! And I enjoyed hanging out with you at HWC.
Here’s to 2020 being a good one 🙂
It isn’t about choosing the perfect images for my walls, it’s about choosing a few good-enough ones that speak to me at this moment in time.
I think this is really true – the perfect is the enemy of the good, as they say. I think knowing something can be ephemeral, or improved upon, removes the friction of acting. I’m finding this with writing in my blog/wiki.
I feel we also have an obligation to re-use. The best way to keep things from humanity’s pool of cultural artefacts and knowledge available is by re-using and remixing them. What gets used keeps meaning and value, will not be forgotten.
I’m also enjoying this as a way of stimulating thoughts and writing too – by quoting and reusing parts of other people’s posts as a jumping off point.
I think one very helpful thing to do would be to display the GUI menu – if you press SPC T m (space then T then m) it will toggle the menu bar on and off. That is a fault of Spacemacs – they disable it by default as they say they are keyboard-focused. (I don’t know if spacemacs is the best beginning experience, I just went with it for the vim bindings!). But with the menu bar you should be able to find easily many of the things you want to do, along with their keybindings for future reference.
The main config file is the .spacemacs hidden file in your home directory. You can get to quickly from within Spacemacs by pressing SPC f e d. If you set the value of dotspacemacs-startup-banner to nil, it will hide the big logo on the splash screen. (You can press SPC f e R to reload it without restarting Spacemacs). Also if you just click on [Release Notes] it will hide that. There’s a list of Recent files and Projects below those two things.
The config file is written in Emacs Lisp. I found this pretty confusing for a while! But now, I also like that too, and am teaching myself Lisp. Perhaps I have brainwashed myself 😀
It’s good to read your posts about your experience, Frank. There’s no denying it, Emacs is not easy to start with, and it is good to document why. For me it has been worth persevering. But I haven’t used Sublime Text, VSCode, Atom for any long period of time, however, so I can’t compare and contrast.
The more I learn about it, the more it seems like I would like Nelsonian-style hypertext and hypermedia.
Also: according to Wikipedia, “HyperCard was created by Bill Atkinson following an LSD trip”. 😀
I persevered this time because I really want to use libre software wherever possible. Emacs must be one of the longest running free software projects out there, and I feel it will exist for a long time after other editors have come and gone. It is really hackable and has a great community of people hacking on it.
I would never make the claim that Emacs is better than any other editor, there are many good ones out there, and I think it really depends on what you want and why. But I can quite definitely say that after using emacs regularly for a few years, I absolutely love it, and can’t imagine myself using anything else anytime soon.
I can’t recommend a good tutorial as I never really did one end-to-end, just dipped into different things here and there.
Bit I think series of short videos can be better than text tutorials for this, sometimes.
I haven’t watched this series, Using Emacs, but I see it linked a lot, so it might be useful: www.youtube.com/watch?v=49kBWM3RQQ8&list=PL9KxKa8NpFxIcNQa9js7dQQIHc81b0-Xg
This one is quite good for org-mode, not least because he sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQS06Qjnkcc