I think I will be keeping emacs around for a while. Part of that is because of its line-wrapping ability, which I mentioned yesterday and which makes Charm my blog client of choice, and now because of org-mode, which Mikko was kind enough to mention a few weeks ago.
The net result is this.
It’s hard to explain but easy to understand when you see it in action: I can fold out those starred items and build a hierarchical list, which is basically what happens in Zim, although it looks and feels a lot more like a wiki and not just a text file. But the function is the same for me; I have no needs beyond a way of tracking things I do as I experiment, and this will work perfectly.
So yes, emacs is a bit heavy and I find it a little unintuitive (but I’m learning), but it has two strong points that I feel I need, and as a result it will be on the machine for a while longer.
All this means that after a month of work and experimentation, and a few months more of troubleshooting and tweaking, I think the time has come to start using this machine 24-7, and see what it’s like to set aside the “faster” machines for a week or so.
I’ll have access to the Internet, e-mail, blog … just about everything I use regularly. And for entertainment …
Nethack. There is none higher.
Watch this space. …