A wise man once said… Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln In this statement there is a lot of truth. For instance, it is closely mimicked by on of one of the 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey. Obviously, it applies to writing software as well, as a sharpened “developer’s axe” means:

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TL;DR This post explains how to set up emacs so that the writing and sending of letters is always just a whim away. The resulting letters will adhere to the German DIN 5008 standard, and fit neatly into envelopes designed on that standard, as shown in the cover image on the top. Prerequisites All you for the implementation shown in this tutorial is Emacs with org-mode and a LaTeX installation with the dinbrief.

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The Final Result Let me start this article by showing you the final result of this article. Below you see a screengrab of me checking the new mails I received today, from across 3 separate mail accounts (including a gmail account) deleting two mails on the fly, while skimming the remaining two searching through all my mails for the keywords "thalia AND FIFA" and finding the result immediately

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The Final Result Let me start this article by showing you my usage of the functionality described. I work as a Data Scientist and use org-mode in Emacs for a large number of every day tasks. One of them is the documentation of new findings within datasets or other software's documentation or websites etc. In order to easily collect all these informations into a single reference, I like to use screenshots:

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Suddenly, Attention So, it seems like my blog is getting some attention. Recently, I was even featured on the front page of Hacker News: Number 17... only 16 more to go! Obviously, I am delighted and flattered by the number of people reading and discussing my blog. But since we're living in a material world, and I am a material guy, I kept on wondering "is there any way to monetize this in an ethical way?

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As I recently pointed out, I have grown rather fond of Emacs and org-mode especially in recent months. On an entirely unrelated note, the FIFA world cup is right around the corner. Wouldn't it be nice to combine my passion for the greatest sport in the world (even including all the inevitable diving, arguing with the referees etc...) with my new-found passion for clear and concise org-agendas? Just so...

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A couple of weeks ago, I started to work with Emacs, and I grow fonder of it every day. During a very short time period, it has become my go-to editor for nearly everything I do on my computer, including (but not limited to) planning my Todos (in org-mode, to be precise), setting up my agenda (org-mode again), taking memos during meetings writing my (longer) e-mails play around with new stuff write blog posts (this is the first of these.

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Sebastian Schweer

Theoretiker, Ingenieur, Berater, Erzähler.

Data Scientist (Teamlead)

Heidelberg, Germany