Emacs for teh win?
July 9, 2010 8:59 AM Subscribe
TechFilter: Help me Grok Emacs as a not-uber-Techie Writer Type. I an 99% sure I really want Org-Mode among other things, how do I get it setup?
posted by DetonatedManiac to computers & internet (19 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I had this idea, a vision really, that tells me I should learn EMACS now as I embark on a number of writing/creative projects in the near future. But I'm not (really) a coder of any sort, I have Windows 7, and I'm going to need some serious hand holding.
The vision was: I need to take everything I write down in my pen-and-ink journals I keep with me (ideas, notes, dialog, tasks, people's names, phone numbers, appointments, grocery lists...), and consistently upload/organize them them in a giant plain text file (or organized system of plain text files) and then distribute them so I can access them wherever I go, say using DropBox and my Iphone. (maybe I won't upload EVERYTHING, just the important stuff).
Sounds good, sounds easy. Got DropBox, Got Emacs, was surprised and thrilled to hear about Org-mode and Mobile-Org-mode...
Now though, I have my Xemacs on my Win 7 machine. And I am wondering wtf I am doing? Emacs sounds amazing, and though I've coded (or at least toyed with) Python and Java and C++ in the past, I don't need an IDE, and I wouldn't consider myself a tech-geek. People at work think I am, but I know enough to know I know next to nothing about computers.
The things I want to use Emacs for are:
1) the universal text input system for organizing notes (as I said above) using Drop Box and mobile Org-Mode on my Iphone.
2) Storing ideas and writing (publishing?) fiction
3) Storing research and writing (publishing?) quasi academic non-fiction (references and footnotes would be nice)
4) Writing revisions of rules for boardgames (arguably like writing code)
5) Writing personal journal/life observations
6) General life organization/strategy/lists/schedules
7) keeping a budget
Speculative projects to use EMACS for in the future are:
c) writing websites / content for blogs / Wiki
d) Organizing film material and audio podcast material for documentaries and docu-pod-casts (IE a database of all the clips I've shot, tags of what they are, etc)
So... Emacs is the right tool, no? But I need a very nuts and bolts primer or I'll quickly get overwhelmed. Just something to get past the first hurdles until I can grok the help documents... like how do I install at this point?