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Re: don't show the $-bar that indicates text before and/or after the win

From: Rustom Mody
Subject: Re: don't show the $-bar that indicates text before and/or after the window view, horizontally
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:34:41 -0700 (PDT)
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On Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:22:45 PM UTC+5:30, Emanuel Berg wrote:
> OK, Mody: 1) I have a degree in CS myself, probably not as fancy
> as yours, but fancy enough to know this is not CS, but CP
> (computer practice). You can't pull rank.

No rank or pulling. Basic education-stuff.
You want to learn calculus? Ok first need to clear algebra.
Algebra? First need arithmetic.
So... Basic stuff: abc before xyz.

Eli asked you to read some basic stuff before grappling with more advanced 

emacs is quite a formidable piece of software -- hopefully that you will agree 
with. And in dealing with that, listening to the sequencing suggestions of 
insider-guys (like Eli) seems like a good idea.
eg if you were teaching emacs to a noob, would you not put C-x C-f before M-x 
find-file before M-: (find-file) ?
Ok Eli spoke more roughly/rudely than necessary.  Maybe there are other 
contextual reasons for that?... Dunno...

> 2) And, I happen to be a teacher myself. 

If you are serious about that (and everyone who is trying to learn something 
needs to be serious at least about teaching himself) you can take it from 
someone who has taught some thousands of students: the single biggest problem 
in teaching/learning is closing the meta-cognitive loop. Or less jargoned: How 
to debug yourself.

It matters little
- how much you know
- how hard you work
- which degrees you possess
- which muscles bulge how much

Yeah it matters... but very little compared to the ability to debug.

You could debug emacs with gdb.  Maybe guys like Eli do such things 
occasionally... Dunno.
For more ordinary mortals, edebug is usually more than enough heavyweight.
Drew's suggestion to use customize (note as a debugging tool) is even more 
lightweight. (I personally hate customize as a customization tool though its 
neat for exploration)

And Eli's suggestion to approach the corpus of stuff inside emacs in a certain 
order is more lightweight still.

Its really quite easy to NOT be in the category to which Dunning-Kruger apply:
Just be ready/easy to say: "Yeah... I dont know... How to learn???"

[The wikipedia article is as usual boringly written.
It links to
  which explains better ]

Let me end with something that we veteran teachers always fear: The Einstein 
One of Einstein's school teachers told him he was an idiot and a useless who 
would never make anything of his life.
And so when you cross to the other side and become a teacher, theres always the 
nagging fear: Is there some idiot in my class who will become Einstein in 

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