Tag Archives: mutt

Firefox: share weblinks and send mails with Mutt

Firefox and Mutt are my favourite applications for web browsing and checking mails respectively. But until last week I could not make them communicate, e.g. for sharing link/title of a website, or writing mails to mailto: URLs.

In order to solve this once and forever, I have written the following two scripts: mymailer_x.sh and mymailer.sh, and I installed the Email This! add-on, pointing the mailer to the first script from above (mymailer_x.sh).

The 2nd script takes into account, that the addresses that mutt is using are all in a file named .mutt/addresses.rc. The script sends a blind copy of the mail to the the address alias "ich" for archiving.

And that was it! The mailing through mutt accepts all aliases defined in mutt! That's speed!

absorbing states in the software I use

Absorbing states in Markov chains are states, that cannot be left once entered. As in physics of black holes, a "point of no return".

There are many such states in my life with respect to software. After working on this and that, I found a programme that attracted me for ever (at least until now). For example:

Mail User Agent: I went through Outlook Express, Netscape, kmail until I got to know mutt.

Editor: notepad → kwrite → emacs → vim/gvim.

Internet Browser: internet explorer → netscape → seamonkey → opera → mozilla firefox.

OS I have worked on: DOS → NeXT → SG → Windows 98 → Mac → Windows XP → Linux.

Now I feel that something similar happens with the Linux Distribution I got to know. After wandering with SuSE → Debian → SuSE → Gentoo → SuSE, I landed on Arch. And I think that I will never leave.

The reason for these states being absorbing is not only that they enhanced my existing tools, but that they revealed and keep revealing to me possibilities, that I couldn't even think of.


Έψαχνα καιρό ένα καλό πρόγραμμα διαχείρισης των RSS Feeds που να τρέχει σε τέρμιναλ, με Unicode, και υψηλή προσαρμοστικότητα. Έψαχνα, έψαχνα... Κάποια στιγμή έπεσα σε μια ιστοσελίδα του προγράμματος newsbeuter. Διαβάζω τα χαρακτηριστικά του: δουλεύει σε τέρμιναλ (πολύ ωραία), τρέχει σε λίνουξ (πάρα πολύ ωραία), μεγάλη προσαρμοστικότητα στον χρήστη (λαμπρά), πάρα πολλά καλούδια (τέλεια), διαβάζω, διαβάζω, όλα ένα κι ένα. Τέλος τέλος διαβάζω ότι «Newsbeuter is the Mutt of RSS feed readers». «Αυτό είναι!!» λέω, διότι ακριβώς αυτό έψαχνα...

Ε, από τότε newsbeuter, φίλες και φίλοι...