Saturday, July 19, 2008

Leslie Lamport recepient of 2008 IEEE John von Neumann Medal

Leslie Lamport of LaTeX fame has been awarded the IEEE John von Neumann medal.

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person.

Maximizing your screen real estate

One thing that you'd notice as you become more proficient in Emacs, is that how rarely you use the menus and tool bars. Depending on how frequently you use Emacs, a lot of the basic commands get hard wired into you.

And after a sufficient level of proficiency you tend to dive into the help system or the info manual to learn about of version control or ediff, say.

Then, it makes sense to use the real estate occupied by the tool bars and menu for editing. You'd get an extra 2 lines of editing text; golden, if you're using a cramped laptop or small desktop screen. On my laptop, I could always use more space,as I tend to use larger fonts in Emacs.


(menu-bar-mode -1)
(tool-bar-mode -1)

to your .emacs will nuke your menu and tool bars. Though, it does appear that Emacs looks a bit naked or like a badly designed application.

Don't worry, you'll get over it.