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Formatting Text in Skype

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Today I found out some features of the Skype chat that must have sneaked in in the last versions, since nobody has posted about it yet. I was having a hard time when pasting text into the chat which contained character that were easily misinterpreted as emoticons, e. g. (0) as well as using basic text formatting like bold, italic or strikethrough.

TIG - Git Curses Interface

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Since some weeks, I am almost completely using tig for my work with git repositories. It requires a unix shell and git to be installed (I have not tried to install it on windows) and I have found that the keyboard shortcuts need some tweaking.

The shortcuts are easy to remember and are particularly easy to use on a US layout keyboard (i. e., where |, {}, [], etc. are easily avaialble).

Using xargs on OS X to rebuild all my tikzdevice images with Rscript

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The last update of R’s tikzdevice (0.7.0) broke all my manually tuned graphs and now I have way too large margins, symbols and text sizes, etc. Even though this update was actually a fix to the previously broken tikzdevice (it simply needed insane amount of margins compared to the other output devices due to fishy metrics), I had workarounds in each graph which I had to fix now - again - manually.