[colug-432] Presentation Proposal - Any interest in hearing how emacs's org-mode can organize your work in 2012?

Patrick Shuff patrick.shuff at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 22:56:08 EST 2012

One vote here!

On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 22:47, Jon Miller <jonebird at gmail.com> wrote:

> Looking for people's interest in a topic. I've spent probably 20+
> hours over the holidays reading
> and learning about emacs's org-mode[1] and developing a strategy to
> finally and completely organize my
> work. It's all still quite fresh in the mind and after spending this
> much effort into learning and
> planning my org files, I feel it would be a waste not to offer to
> share with others.
> Yes, it is squarely an emacs topic and wouldn't directly apply to our
> vi/vim folks of the
> crowd. That said, however, I've seen people try out emacs solely for
> the purpose of checking out
> org-mode. I have been using it for two years straight with only
> scraping the surface of what it is
> capable of until watching a presentation given by the current org-mode
> maintainer[2]. After watching
> that video and having extra time on the holidays, I devoted to
> completely read through the manual
> while developing my own personalized organization of my work.
> What I am proposing to present is primarily two-fold: 1. Give an
> adequate overview of org-mode and
> what it is capable of and 2. Provide a suggested methodology in
> organizing your own work using
> org-mode.
> Mini sales pitch on org-mode:
> 1. It's just text. Everything is just text but org-mode understand the
> structure and provides
>   sophisticated movement, re-arranging, reporting, tracking, and so on.
> 2. Great exporting features from html, LaTeX, DocBook, iCalendar,
> Freemind, others.
>   I use this when sharing my meeting/project notes with others at work.
> 3. Custom Views of your work (called Agendas) for getting a snapshot
> on what needs attention/work.
> 4. Pretty nifty way to create and manage ascii tables. (Have to show
> you to understand)
> 5. Nice way to create links to other portions of your org files, other
> files, hyperlinks, etc.
>   Doesn't sound cool but it quite handy if your files grow to 1000+
> lines or more (like mine).
> 6. State tracking of items. States, Tags, Priorities are the main ways
> for categorizing work.
> 7. Good support for datetime recognition. Set deadlines and indicate
> when you plan to work on
>   something or when was it recorded. Can also track how much time was
> spent working on a particular
>   item.
> 8. Quick capture of new tasks. Perhaps my favorite feature.
>   Menu driven keystroke prompts me with a custom template to capture
> that thought that just came to
>   you that you need to capture and work on later but do not want to
> distract you from what you're
>   working on currently.
> I'm going to stop there. It can honestly be daunting for the newcomer
> but you don't have to take
> advantage of each feature day 1 of using org-mode. Again, what I'm
> proposing is a quick overview to
> understand what is capable and perhaps suggest a way for you to
> organize that work you'd like to get
> done in 2012.
> So, anybody interested in such a presentation?
> -- Jon Miller
> [1] http://orgmode.org/
> [2] http://vimeo.com/30721952
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