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Re: [Emacs-orgmode] Org-mode 4.39

From: mtheo
Subject: Re: [Emacs-orgmode] Org-mode 4.39
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 15:55:15 -0700
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This is another big release with two exciting (I think...) new features.
This is also the last big release before the summer, I expect to have
one more bugfix release early in July.

On seeing this new release appear (and after undertaking a little exercise I'll describe in a moment) I feel impelled to offer a public word of gratitude to Carsten Dominik for the creation of org-mode, and by extension to all those who have contributed in any way to this remarkable software.

After over 25 years as a contented and loyal vi user, I finally took the plunge into emacs entirely because of org-mode's arrival on the scene. Better late than never -- I've never been so delighted with a major change of tools.

The little exercise I mentioned only takes a moment, and I heartily recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it in a while. I simply opened up my TODO.org in an "ordinary" text editor. When I realized how seamlessly org-mode takes this tangled forest of stars and brackets and raw text, and transforms it into a supple and effortlessly navigable tool for keeping on top of so much -- so many things that would otherwise be lost or forgotten in the maelstrom of daily life -- I had to make some public offering of thanks in addition to the private one I expressed to him a couple of months ago (and a dozen and a half releases ago). Carsten could quite justifiably have replied "You ain't seen nothin' yet!" and it would have been a major understatement.

But he's way too modest for that; so once again, many thanks, Carsten!

Mark Theodoropoulos
Berkeley, California

producer / classics without walls
the anti-warhorse zone / www.amural.com
kusf 90.3fm / san francisco

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