Marcel Kapfer


There are always some ideas floating around in my head of things that I want to write. Some fade away, and others I capture in my GTD system. And on some rare occasions, I invest the time to move my thoughts from my brain into a nice blog post.

If you’re asking about what I write: I really can’t tell. Most things you can find here at the moment are about Linux, coding, and similar stuff. But I won’t promise that this won’t change. We’ll see.

Quitting 100 Days To Offload


I was thinking a long time about this step. To be precise, I had my first doubts back at the end of January, just two or three weeks after starting the project. Although, the reasons for considering quitting were a bit different back then than now. When I decided to jump into the project on January …

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hledger for personal finances: two months in


For years I wanted to use some kind of personal accounting system to keep track of where my money goes. This is perhaps mostly founded in some sick interest or based on the idea to better manage my expenses. However, I always failed to successfully implement such a system. I vaguely remember that I …

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My Emacs Package of the Week: CRUX


Some packages get mentioned over and over on different blogs and other Emacs related platforms. And other packages do not seem to get the same degree of attention (or at least I don't see it) although they deserve it. IMO one of these is CRUX, which is most fittingly described as "a Collection of …

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Using stow for managing my dotfiles


For more than four years, I've been using a self-written installation script for linking my dotfiles. I didn't search for any pre-made solution back then but instead just tried to automate my workflow of creating a symlink for every file in the repository individually. Since I was a big fan of the …

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Small changes to my website design


For some years until May 2020, I used WordPress for this site with the initial goal to focus more on writing instead of tweaking the templates. If you look in the archive of my blog you may see that this didn't work as intended. So nearly two years ago I decided to switch to a workflow that better …

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Another Update on Publishing my Emacs Configuration


A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I experimented with publishing my Emacs configuration (which is written in Org) using org-publish. Kashual Modi, the creator of ox-hugo, replied to me and asked me if I thought about publishing the configuration using ox-hugo. I didn't! And it turned out …

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Mirroring my Gitea Repos with Git Hooks, again


My Journey In August 2020 I started hosting all my Git repositories on my own Gitea instance after previously using it for my private projects for some time. Since a self-hosted Gitea instance is not very discoverable I decided to keep showing my repos on GitLab and GitHub. At this point, all my …

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Why I failed using Org-mode for tasks


I started using Emacs back in 2016 and shortly after that I discovered Org-mode a little while after (I don't know the exact date but I have tasks in my archive going back to 2018 and I know that I used it some time without the archiving functionality). For some time my bio on Fosstodon even …

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Using Emacs tab-bar-mode


Everyone knows tabs. From your favorite web browser, your file manager, your terminal emulator and perhaps many other programs. And if you know Emacs or heard anything about it you perhaps wouldn't be surprised if I told you the it has not one, but two tab modes. There is tab-line-mode which is …

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Publishing my Website using GitLab CI Pipelines


I wrote some posts recently, like Update on Publishing my Emacs Configuration, where I mention that my current workflow of deploying changes to my website can be improved. Well, I could always improve it, but this is one of the more urgent things. The Status Quo Currently after I writing some blog …

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My Emacs package of the week: org-appear


It may be a little boring for some, but the second post in my “My Emacs package of the week” series is again about an Org-mode package (well, if you follow my blog you shoudn't be surprised). I use org mode a lot (though I used to use it more (a blog post about this is coming soonish)) …

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Update on Publishing my Emacs Configuration


After posting my last blog article about publishing my Emacs configuration on Fosstodon, Kaushal Modi (the maintainer of ox-hugo the org mode to hugo exporter that I use for my Blog) wrote me and brought the idea up to publish my Emacs configuration using ox-hugo and hugo. I didn't even think about …

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Publishing My Emacs Configuration


Introduction As you may know, I'm using Emacs for various task and I have a configuration for doing so. I think that documentation is an important part of a configuration, especially if it is not something I read or work with every day and I want to read up on certain things and decisions after a …

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Update on my Org-roam web viewer


About one and a half weeks ago I announced that I'm going to start a new (code) project for viewing my Org-roam files over the web (especially on mobile devices). Since then surprisingly much happened and so I want to give a short status update. First of all I chose a working title for the …

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RSS aggregators and a hard decision


If you read my previous blog posts you may think “Boy, what a nerd. Only writes about Emacs. Doesn't he have a life???” and honestly I couldn't even be mad on you. But---jokes aside---as a matter of fact there is more. And so I though I should also write some blog posts about other stuff. For a …

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My Emacs package of the week: orgit


As you may now I joined the 100 Days To Offload challenge and therefore need some content. Since it seems that I always write about stuff that is more or less connected with Emacs anyway I though I could start a series called "My Emacs package of the week" where I present some package I stumbled …

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New Project: Accessing my Org-roam notes everywhere


Currently my information storage "strategy" is a disaster. I have four (at least I think so, maybe even more) places where I write down information: A single org file called which is synchronized across my devices (including mobile) using Syncthing. This contains 14 first-level Org …

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Improving my new blog post creation


In my last post I wrote that it is currently quite cumbersome for me to start writing a new blog post. There are mainly two reasons for that. The first is opening the file. While this sounds quite unimpressive it does not make fun to navigate three directories from my home until I can open it. At …

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How this post is brought to you…


The #100DaysToOffload challenge starts very well. I'm sitting here at my desk with the to-do in front of me to write post number two. And I have absolutely no idea what to write! Well, there are some topics I want to cover on the blog during the next months and the can be part of the …

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100 Days To Offload


Since I joined the Fosstodon community over one and a half years ago (boy, time really flies...) I constantly read posts with a hashtag #100DaysToOffload and wondered what the heck this is. Well, someday I read the description and just thought "what a nice idea!" (tl;dr: during a time span of a …

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