Emacs cmd-key on Mac

Emacs on my Macbook Pro uses the “alt” key (the one to the left of the “cmd” key) to be the Alt (meta) key when doing things like Alt-Backspace to delete backwards by word. This is quite annoying for me as I naturally try and use the command key for this. To fix this put the following in your .emacs file.

(setq mac-command-modifier 'meta)

The Death of Blogging

The Economist recently had an article on social media’s impact on blogs, especially how sites like Facebook have meant the death of a large number of blogs. I have been thinking recently about this myself. I haven’t posted on my own blog for over 6 months, partly because Facebook’s status updates has fulfilled part of my communication needs. Partly because I’ve been going through a phase of focusing on work and reading, and haven’t been interacting much with my social network.

I do think that blogs have a part in our future – I just think that the people who used blogs as a telephone will move to Facebook, those that used blogs as a form of SMS will move to Twitter, and those that feel the need to expound on a particular topic, and want their missives to have a greater scope and longevity will continue to use blogs.