First post - sorry, toot. I'm a physics student with interests in efficient software and interesting computing, currently playing with and learning about .

Emacs suggestions 

Hello Fosstodoners, I am trying to get into Emacs customization but that's such a vast topic I feel overwhelmed. Could you suggest me a good place to start tinkering with my .emacs file? I found sooo many resources online but each one is either too specific or too simple (e.g. just copy paste someone's dotfile and learn that), nor anyone focuses on the Emacs LISP basic. I had a look at Awesome Emacs but I'm still too noob to do some conscious tinkering (hardcore vim user tough).

Hard confessions 

I have to admit, after years being heavy Vim user I tried to use Emacs for org mode (+ evil layer)... and it's bloody awesome. 🧐

I still use Vim for all my coding activity but I'm publishing/organizing stuff in org mode and find it quite handy. I'd like to migrate slowly towards Emacs even if my muscular memory still goes for my usual keybindings: maybe it's the time to prune a lot of unused Vim plugins. Thanks @nathand and everybody who told me to give Emacs a try!

Suggestion buying smartphone 

Hello fediverse!

My old Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has just taken a bath in the river so I am meditating to buy a new phone.

I think I'll need Android-based phone, for a range of 200/300 EUR. I'm not too much concerned in powerful cameras or other fancy graphics, I'd rather be more concerned on privacy.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Blame on Windows, LabVIEW 

And it gets horribly frustrating when you diff the new file and the original one and see ably caption text is different.

Oh yes, I forgot to tell you that LabVIEW crashes when you try to load back the original localization.

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Blame on Windows, LabVIEW 

Today at work I started implementing some tools to ease localization of LabVIEW panels we develop.

So basically LabVIEW produces some xml-ish text files, so I wrote a simple python script that extracts caption texts and arranges them in a Excel spreadsheet to ease translation. Then on the way back it just replaces English captions with translated ones...

So far nothing mysterious.
But LabVIEW crashes miserably asserting new tags are present.

Torrent, sharing 

@artrotrogus might want to narrow that down. Torrents of what? Ubuntu ISO, TV shows, games, or research papers?

Torrent, sharing 

Hello fediverse! Could anyone please suggest me any survived and pretty decent place to find torrents? Thanks is advance.

Here are my most prized ...

Left: Larrivée Parlor Rosewood Special Edition 200? (bought used in 2006/2007)
Right: Larrivée LV-03RE 2005 (best impulse buy of my life! And one I couldn't afford anymore as retail price has nearly doubled in 15 years)

I rarely play the parlor, it's missing a bridge pin, and it badly needs a setup with fret sanding... Unless the raising humidity solves the issue.

While I'm still forced not going back to work, at least let's workout.

Calling COBOL a decades-old language is missing the point. All computer languages are decades old. C is 1.3 decades younger. Python is 3 decades old. Even JavaScript is multiple 10s of years. People still learn those today. COBOL was abandoned for bad design.

Article, blogpost 

My new article for my friend's blog, just to try to overcome quarantine boredom. If you have 5 minutes, it's written in Italian.

imsergio.it/blog/08_gp00_è-que

Data science, machine learning, motivation 

Today I started the day by making my dog play in the fields near home, then I practiced Pencak Silat at full regime and now I am sooooo full of energy to face extreme frustration in another machine learning video course. Yay.

I had to get back to the Windiws partition in my laptop to make a 4 minute Skype call, then it took15 minutes to shut down.

Video lectures, courses, surgery 

Just done dental surgery and guess I'll have to recover staying home this days (also because of virus lol)... I was meditating on some machine learning course or other cool stuff at level of intermediate Python, better for free but not mandatory. Any good suggestions?

"If we can agree that universally, all people have a right to be protected in a pandemic, then we must also be able to agree that universally, all people have a right to be protected when crossing borders and seeking safety."

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