2016 Entries

Editing with Emacs: Python - Part 2
Posted by Hristos T. on 2016-09-28, under the category Computers
Tags: python, programming, emacs

This is a follow-up to my earlier post about editing python with Emacs, as well as the start of a series on using Emacs effectively with a number of languages. I'll go into what I use for editing python with Emacs and why, as well as how I set it all up. Let's go!

If you want the satisfaction of putting together a fine python editor, that is also capable of serving as a sophisticated editor for many many other languages, with the added benefit of having at least some control over how it all works, then read on! You just might learn something ...

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MPD for local listening
Posted by Hristos T. on 2016-03-27, under the category Computers
Tags: music, mpd

UPDATE! Check out my other post on MPD to see how some of the flaws of the setup described here are resolved!

Recently, out of a desire to use less memory while listening to music, I've been exploring different ways of listening to music under GNU/Linux. There's a wealth of GUI-based as well as terminal-based music playing itrfaces out there, and I've never really been a fan of most of them. Terminal-based players never appealed to me; I'm not someone who needs to do everything in the terminal and find it limiting for some things.

For a few years now, I've been using (and still really like) Clementine, but the size of my collection (more than 10,000 tracks) causes it to use quite a bit of memory. This becomes a problem when I'm doing other things that are also memory-hungry (virtual machines, games, most anything java) and I start swapping. But what are the options if you want something minimal?

In this (long) post I'll talk about using MPD for local listening enjoyment!

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Moving away from Debian
Posted by Hristos T. on 2016-02-05, under the category Computers
Tags: void-linux, debian, change

I've been using Debian since I first began using GNU/Linux. Through the years I've tried other distros, and ultimately settled on a Debian-based distro rather than vanilla Debian. But now the time has come to leave my comfort zone behind and go boldy where I've gone but not really loved before - away from my comfort-zone distro!

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