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Emacs Chat with Sacha Chua

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I just had a nice Emacs Chat with Sacha Chua about PIM, Emacs, Org-mode and how I manage my digital stuff with it.

There is also a nice summary of the Emacs Chat by @jr0cket and the full transcript of the Emacs Chat.

In case you watched the chat, you might be interested in my notes I wrote upfront. There are many links which provide you more information on the topics.

Please comment below if something is missing to you.

  1. My History of Editors
  2. My Big Motivations
    • Curiosity
    • Laziness
    • Optimizations
  3. Personal Information Management (PIM)
    • using tools
    • testing methods
    • I'd like to conduct workshops, give talks, teach, ...
      • Where
      • Topics
        • org-mode-workshop
        • LaTeX (introduction, advanced topics, template, ...)
        • Shell (zsh, bash) and command line tools (GNU screen, gvim, ...)
        • PIM (efficient workflows, todos, email, file-management, ...)
        • Security/Privacy (GnuPG, cloud-awareness, NSA/Snowden, ...)
        • Git
        • so much more
    • Research
      • my PhD which I am very proud of!
        • Method: TagTrees
          • a new method to manage and organize files and folders within traditional file systems
        • Research platform: tagstore
          • fully compatible to all current software products and major operating systems
          • target group: non IT professionals, Joe Average computer users
      • some other papers about security, Memacs, and so forth
  4. Python/Org stuff on github:
    1. dot-emacs
      • my current GNU/Emacs configuration for Debian GNU/Linux and Windows 7
      • a reasonable up-to-date GNU/Emacs on my old OS X 10.5 doesn't work any more
    2. extractpdfannotationstoorgmode
      • very handy (and basic) extraction of PDF annotations
      • I annotate scientific papers on Android using RepliGo reader (unfortunately discontinued), sync them via Dropbox and extract the annotations directly to my reference management (Org-mode of course)
    3. org-contacts2vcard
      • my very own Org to VCard export with some additional foo like privacy filters, alarms, ...
      • Google Calendar stopped accepting those files without reasonable error message though :-(
        • did not invest time to fix it yet - I want to stay independend of any cloud service
    4. muttfilter.py
      • generating procmail filter rules from my Org-contacts information
      • no email from org-contact gets filtered out by my spam filter
      • my mutt alias list is extended with org-contact entries
      • I generate my from-addresses according to the recipient
        • e.g., when I write an email to company "foobar", I use foobar@MYDOMAIN as from-address
    5. lazyblorg
      • my shiny new very near perfect blogging system with minimal effort for lazy people like me
      • Org-mode -> lazyblorg (Python) -> public voit (my blog)
        • you are currently reading the output of lazyblorg :-)
        • English (and German) blog posts about cool topics I am interested in
      • lazyblorg implementation is still work in progress!
        • expect some progress end of 2014
      • features in progress and planned features
  5. non Org-mode related: How I manage my files
  6. Memacs

For even more information on how I organize my digital life, please take a look at my blog. You might want to start with my tags pim or emacs to find entries like my personal hard- and software setup, tools that I use, other peoples setup, and so forth.


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