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#1 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Mutt setup guide - DRAFT » 2013-09-02 01:18:49

bleach wrote:

actually with color it works with 256 if you use xterm color with color in front of it like ie color65 or color151 for two shades of green 5f875f afd7af respectively. I have a rgb hex color converter in python(it shows its color to) which helps with most of these ncurses programs.

Yeah, I've tried that with the ncurses version. Mutt just threw up on me and went back to defaults. But if you got it working, more power to you smile

#2 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Mutt setup guide - DRAFT » 2013-09-01 23:27:37

Thanks for the feedback. Most of what has been mentioned is actually on my todo already. I've been away for a while for reasons this forum has little or no interest in what so ever, but rest assured - I'm back to work, and will be implementing most of your feedback in the (hopefully) near future.

@Demi, that's some proper subtle "color" you have going on there smile I'm partial to the mutt defaults. When I started using mutt back in the day, I used an amber terminal and just never gave color any thought smile

Note to those wanting to play around with more than 16 colors in mutt: Make sure you get the slang version rather than the ncurses one). AFAIK Debian doesn't have the slang one, so you'll have to do a little compiling.
Note 2: the mutt devs still recommend using ncurses for compatibility reasons, so YMMV.

#5 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Joe's repo grab-bag (testing like it's 1999) » 2013-07-04 10:25:50

(require 'package)

;; Packages fresh from GitHub
;; Handle with care
(add-to-list 'package archives
  '("melpa" . "") t)


;; let us make things better
;; we like to see exactly where we are
'(column-number-mode t)
;; if you happen to be on a laptop
'(display-battery-mode t)
;; good to know what time it is
'(display-time-mode t)
;; because we want ALL the pixels
'(scroll-bar-mode nil)
'(menu-bar-mode nil)
'(tool-bar-mode nil))

#6 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Mutt setup guide - DRAFT » 2013-06-24 15:57:59

DebianJoe wrote:

You certainly bought yourself some "Joe isn't harassing me about the zsh today" time by getting me started on Scheme...I spent hours just playing with defuns today.

Oops smile

DebianJoe wrote:

You write about the subjects that interest me, though, so please let those thoughts out.  They need to be shared with the world.  There's not enough cli-cosmonauts out there, and they simply don't know what they're missing.  Keep up the good work.

Along with this weeks' newsletter, I will hopefully have the zsh guide somewhat usable. So stay tuned.

#7 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Mutt setup guide - DRAFT » 2013-06-23 20:52:25

Thanks guys.

I've added a few things to the Mutt todo list: Emacs specific options, VIM specific options, Using GPG, Mutt-patched and Theming Mutt.

Joe is however crawling all over the walls, so I'll probably let the Mutt draft sit for a bit and get the Zsh one into a useful state smile

btrfs is an interesting one. I haven't played with it much. I might pick that up again. I'll at it to the pile smile

#8 Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Mutt setup guide - DRAFT » 2013-06-23 15:05:05

Replies: 22

I'm working on several guides at the moment, and have uploaded the draft for the first one - Mutt.

Mutt is an email client that I have come to use for gmail more than the gmail web client itself. While the web client does have a lot of conveniences, I like to do most of my work from the command line.

Bear in mind, that it's a draft, so changes are to be expected. The configuration in the draft will give you a fully working mutt client for gmail, though. In that sense, the guide is very useful in its current state.

Let me know what you think.

#9 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Joe's repo grab-bag (testing like it's 1999) » 2013-06-23 12:05:35

Joe - There are all kinds of F***** up people out there who will bash for the sake of bashing. In this case I think it was a mix of simply being ignorant, and arrogant enough not to care.

Guile - well, Scheme, will grow on you fairly quickly if you give it some time. Check out just how much people are working with scheme out there in the wild. It's amazing.

The wikipedia page on scheme has received a lot of love over the past year or so, and actually serves as a nice introduction to scheme. … _language)

#10 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Joe's repo grab-bag (testing like it's 1999) » 2013-06-23 10:03:42

You're welcome ... I think smile

Guile is several kinds of awesome all wrapped into one, and that Emacs Guile project ... I really hope that gets off the ground properly. It's just what the doctor ordered. It may not be what RMS wants, but it's what the rest of the community have wanted for years.

It takes time to write those guides smile Besides, Mutt is my first order of business. Zsh comes later. That and I still need to keep up with my ranting. (Issue 0006 was just released today).

#12 Re: Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-20 09:32:16

@kbmonkey - workin' on it smile

@VastOne - Thanks smile

@arcum - First thing I did when I got my 286-12 (A Commodore no less) was to install Borland Pascal and start punching those keys. It took me another 10 years to find C. And apparently Pascal lives on as FreePascal. Apparently reasonably popular as well.

@Barnabyh - Thanks. Pascal and BASIC ... The world was open to us. Anything was possible.

#13 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What are you listening to right now ? » 2013-06-16 18:01:31

"The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy" - narrated by Stephen Fry

#14 Re: Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-16 09:15:48

Thanks junkie. I'd love to hear those tracker tunes as well. If for nothing else, then just for laughs. However, I suspect they've bit-rotted away. I've heard they're sitting on an old BBS harddrive somewhere in Argentina, but that's where the trail ends. I tend to be a bit careless with data, and it tends to disappear after a few years. I guess I lack sentimental values in that area smile

I have been toying with GoatTracker (a SID tracker) lately. If I get around to making more than a 125bpm sequence of beeps, I'll be sure to throw it up on my site. I wouldn't hold my breath though.

#15 Re: Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-16 08:34:31

Thanks for the welcome fatmac. Glad to be here smile

@dkeg ... If you want to go hardcore of course, there's always the raw telnet connection to contend with smile

#16 Re: Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-10 20:51:54

Thanks lcafiero.

It's good to be here. I enjoy the people here on the forums and ditto on IRC. There's a bunch of good folks here, eager to help and keen on sharing their knowledge.

As far as Douglas Adams goes (R.I.P) I used to have a FidoNET Node I called "Marvin", because the poller usually took forever to do anything and it clearly didn't enjoy it. I hacked the poller to put depressed messages into the log window when a pull failed because the line was busy. I tend to name servers Zaphod, Magrathea, Milliways, Beeblebrox and so on.

Does it show that I'm a bit of a fan of the work Mr. Adams showered upon the world? smile

#17 Re: Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-10 20:46:39

Thanks dkeg.

i3 is a wonderful WM. It took me a few attempts to find it, so to speak. Stapelberg's Google Tech Talk in Jan2012 was a real eye opener. I basically threw AwesomeWM out while the video was running. Can't imagine using anything else now. But who knows. There might be an i4 out there at some point.

No real reason for choosing weechat over irssi other than weechat is new and shiny. I've been using irssi since the 0.7.x days, happily hacking it with perl scripts, but it felt like it was time to try something new (that and irssi has gone into hiatus it seems). I've also been an avid ircii and bitchx user. Right now weechat simply fits the bill, but when it comes to IRC clients I can be a bit wishy-washy and just say "screw it" and start up ERC in emacs.

#18 Re: Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-10 20:06:59

Thanks Wux.

The PINE guide will of course be done with Alpine ( .. Gotta have that Unicode support.

I haven't checked the BBQ, but I'll make sure to do that very soon (that's kinda now-ish).

My nick is indeed a reference to thhgttg .. back in the early 90s most IRC networks didn't allow long nicknames, so Slartibartfast was out of the question. I shortened it to slartie and it stuck with me ever since.

#19 Re: Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-10 19:40:28

I have the following in the pipeline:

Mutt (The E-Mail client of the gods)
Pine (An E-Mail client with a great forest scent)
Weechat (Because somewhere, someone is wrong about something)
Tmux (Life is too short for just one terminal window)
Ranger (Herding files requires a strong personality)
Emacs (Because you've always wanted more than a text editor)
Zsh (A shell that bashes the competition)
Cmus (Music is a great stress reliever)

They'll be posted on my site as well and hopefully continually updated with reader suggestions (and as I go along). Also - suggestions for others are most welcome.

#20 Re: Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-10 19:07:22

DebianJoe wrote:

Well, welcome to the Crunchbang family formally Slartie.  It's a pleasure to have you with us.  You have the best "preferred apps" list I've ever seen in an introduction post.  big_smile

How's your systemd? tongue

There's just something magical about being able to to chain a series of commands as aliases or scripts (or a combination thereof) to do your bidding. The terminal is immensely powerful.

Long live zsh.

Systemd - ah yes. Those new fangled technologies. I'm sure I'll get around to apt-getting it and play around with it one of these days. But I really do love my init scripts smile

#21 Introductions » I should probably do one of these » 2013-06-10 18:28:48

Replies: 21

Back in 1994 my college professor and school sysadmin told me about something new and amazing he had found on the so-called Internet. He was and still is a Unix fan (System V) and longed for a Unix like system he could use on his PC. Enter GNU/Linux.

From the moment I was introduced to the convoluted install process of Slackware in the year when the Linux kernel was still in its version 1.1.x days, I was hooked. Not so much on Slackware, but the open source software scene in general.

I switched to RedHat as soon as it became stable enough. I just never got chummy with 'ol Slack. I kept an eye on Debian, and in 1998 I switched. Hamm had just been released and everything was smooth sailing (well it was considered smooth sailing to still rebuild a lot of stuff from sources back then, sshhh!).

Up until that point I had been doing all kinds of geeky things. Running my own BBS for 6-7 years, hammer away on Pascal code and making my own music in the MOD, S3M and XM formats.

Not long ago, I wanted to spice things up a little. Debian is fine, but I really wanted a more lightweight distro, rather than having to shave off a lot of stuff from a fresh Debian install. It had to be Debian based. Sure, I've tried many of the others on spare hardware, but Debian has always felt like home. #! appeared on my radar (I don't have a radar, but I have browser that I use frequently) and I decided to give it a try.

Out of the box - what a wonderful experience. After turning off all the eye-candy (yeah, really) and getting into a proper WM (i3) I found my new home.

I do most of my work from a series of terminals, so tmux, ssh, urxvt, cmus, emacs, mc, wget and many other tools in that vein is where I feel the most comfortable.

While I do try to keep up with the forums, I tend to hang out on the #! IRC channels.

So now you know a little about me.

#22 Re: Introductions » #! <3 » 2013-06-10 18:01:00

Welcome saxypie. Back when I got started we didn't have much of anything to choose from. I think it was Slackware and Debian. Redhat and S.u.S.e showed up later. Ahh, the good old days. How I don't miss 'ye.

#23 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Firefox/Iceweasel version 21 » 2013-06-10 17:34:47

If I remember correctly, you can, quite simply, put the mozilla repo at the top of your apt/sources.list file and do an update. After that apt should grab from that repo first.

#24 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Display not working properly when I close and then open my laptop! » 2013-06-10 17:28:06

Just curious, but could you snap a few photos of the phenomenon.

It could be an X driver problem. Simply that it freaks out a little bit after coming back up after being suspended.

Which GPU are you using?

#25 Re: Introductions » Hello » 2013-06-10 17:26:22

Hi there, and welcome to the forums. #! will give just about any old computer a new lease on life smile

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