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Weekend Project: Getting Organized with Emacs Org-Mode

Jan 23, 2011, 07:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"Fancy planners and complicated systems may be more trouble than they're worth when trying to get organized. But Linux users have a secret weapon for getting organized that's as simple as writing a text file: Org-Mode for GNU Emacs. It has the simplicity of Taskpaper, but can expand to do much more. Why not spend some time this weekend learning your way around Org-Mode, and be fully prepared for work on Monday?

"I know what you're thinking — Emacs is just too complicated. Being a Vim guy myself, I was not eager to jump into working with Emacs. But I've heard outlandishly good things about Org-Mode for years, and decided that it was time to give it a whirl. It doesn't matter if you're a die-hard Vim fan, do all your text editing in gedit, or prefer to do your editing in nano. You can use Org-mode side-by-side with your favorite editor and simply use Emacs to get organized.

"If this sounds like a whole lot of work for a plain-text todo list, you're right. It would be a lot of work for just a plain-text todo list! But Org-mode is quite a bit more, it just lets you start simply."

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