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Monday, February 27, 2012

computable document format

If you've got 20 minutes to spare, this is a great presentation to watch . Here Conrad Wolfram explains about a new file format that he calls "computable document format". IMHO, it is an excellent idea. One that could change the way we think about e-documents like pdf files, presentations, research publications etc.,

Monday, February 06, 2012

cygwin mintty vim output is not to a terminal

Inside the cygwin terminal if you do

$ uname -r

$ mintty.exe

The mintty terminal pops up. However, if you run vim in the mintty terminal, there are warnings such as

$ vim junk1.txt
Vim: Warning: Output is not to a terminal
Vim: Warning: Input is not from a terminal

To get rid of these warnings, start mintty with "mintty.exe -". The .exe is optional. It is the '-' that is more important.

Why bother with the mintty terminal in the first place? Because it has a lot more functionality than the default cygwin terminal. For eg., the mintty terminal can be resized, maximized, minimized in both the directions; copy pasting text from/to the terminal is a breeze.