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A computer scientist at heart with a conviction for deduction.

I'm a poor mathematician but pretty decent with TeX. Let me return the favor!

TeX.SE rules.

Check out my blog over on @GitHub! It has (or will have) a lot of good resources:

  • StackExchange markdown reference (to link; things like explicit syntax highlighting and a short rundown of markdown)
  • Recommended TeX resources and editors

Insanely curious, slightly snarky, and a little absent-minded.

Recommended resources:

Recommended editors:


1d
comment How many keyboard shortcuts are in Emacs?
There is simply no way to count them reliably. It's not hard to imagine that any editor worth professional usage will support adding shortcuts.
1d
comment How can I fold arbitrary tags with nxml-mode?
Try it out with transform.xsl --- particularly the xsl:for-each on line 11 (but interestingly not the xsl:for-each on line 43).
1d
comment How can I customize the background color for the active window in emacs?
@lawlist I discovered the active modeline group a little over a week ago---it's very helpful, but perhaps I'm just extremely unobservant :)
2d
comment How can I fold arbitrary tags with nxml-mode?
@lawlist The problem with that—near as I can figure with classical regular expressions—is that regular expressions cannot really handle nested things. That said, xsl:.* should cover everything I would like nested, although the ability to define a list of such tags to fold would be ideal.
2d
comment Printer losing image details when printing
Hey lookie here—a dead link.
Feb
26
comment Lisp error: (error “Lisp nesting exceeds `max-lisp-eval-depth'”) when using cl- functions
I just wanted to say thank you for this answer—it was still pretty instrumental in resolving :) I only accepted the other answer because it gave a why (and because I never would have thought I needed to re-install magit for this). I regret that I have but one upvote to give!
Feb
26
comment Lisp error: (error “Lisp nesting exceeds `max-lisp-eval-depth'”) when using cl- functions
Deleting both cl-lib and magit, closing emacs, re-opening and re-installing magit (only) did the trick. Thanks!
Feb
16
comment How can I simulate Make's targets within a Windows batch file?
@jdigital the point is that I could do it with a really nasty if–then sequence, comparing the first command-line argument against some constant. My question is specifically asking for a cleaner, idiomatic syntax.
Feb
16
comment How can I simulate Make's targets within a Windows batch file?
@jdigital I can't assume it will be installed; I'm distributing a couple LaTeX packages to my classmates---some of whom are computer-mostly-frightened math majors. It will be all I can do to get them to open up the terminal; installing Cygwin/MinGW/MSYS is unfortunately out-of-the-question.
Jan
19
comment What is this feature “a router divides the available bandwidth evenly among the online devices” named?
The bonus question is definitely and explicitly off-topic. AFAIK, the phrase you're looking for is 'bandwidth allocation'; perhaps this site can jumpstart your research: dd-wrt.com/site/index (I don't know much about networking—just a bit about TeX ;-)
Jan
5
comment Installed Git, not sure how to get it working
@Downvoters—this seems like a perfectly reasonable question for this stack. That said, it would help if you can link to the tutorial you followed and the actual package you downloaded.
Jan
5
comment Installed Git, not sure how to get it working
Homebrew is the easiest option, IMHO. You will still need to install Xcode, but you might be able to avoid its bloated CLI package.
Sep
3
comment Can't create new folder from anywhere in Windows 7
It did not fix the problem for me right off, but perhaps the following will help someone else in the future: when the registry editor window shows up (that is, you are no longer dependent on explorer.exe), close explorer.exe via the Task Manager (this shuts down your desktop,too, which is necessary), run the edit, and restart explorer.exe. Should be fine then.
Sep
3
comment Windows Explorer can no longer make new folders
@BenPlont nice links! The highest-voted answer on that one managed to fix the problem, but I'm going to add a caveat as a comment to it for something I had to do (quit explorer before install)
Sep
3
comment Windows Explorer can no longer make new folders
@moses No juice—no integrity violations.
Aug
22
comment Is there a CLI-only package to convert MS Office files to PDF?
While formatting is not a major concern, there needs to be some formatting. We've also considered Pandoc for this purpose, but feel it is best to keep as close to the original formatting as possible.
Aug
22
comment Is there a CLI-only package to convert MS Office files to PDF?
I realize that, and it's something we took under consideration before embarking on this.
Aug
21
comment Is there a CLI-only package to convert MS Office files to PDF?
Per the original question, I do not have a license for (therefore no copies of) any Microsoft Office products. winword.exe is definitely a Microsoft Office product.
Aug
21
comment Is there a CLI-only package to convert MS Office files to PDF?
@Keltari I believe every version from 2003 on supports export as PDF. 2007 confirmed. Note though that I do not have a version of Office available, as I mentioned in the bit @-terdon edited out...
Aug
21
comment Is there a CLI-only package to convert MS Office files to PDF?
@Keltari I'm not sure. I don't think I will be working with anything pre-2003, but I think 2007 is a safe baseline.