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Quotes about Org mode from the mailing list and the web.

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I honestly don't know how I ever lived without org-mode @@html:

@@Luke Gaudreau on Twitter.@@html:
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I'm having the same feeling for org-mode that I did when I first learned to really program and use emacs. @@html:

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Org-mode is one of those tools that change the way you work and think forever. @@html:

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This handy system uses a fairly simple, single-file outlining paradigm, upon which it overlays concepts like due dates and priorities. I find its method both non-intrusive and easy to edit by hand, which are absolute necessities for me. @@html:

@@John Wiegley in 2007 in his blog post.@@html:
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I've passed 2500 tasks logged with Org-mode! This has been, by far, the most consistently I've used any organizational tool on any system, ever. :) @@html:

@@John Wiegley in 2009 in an Email to the Org-mode author.@@html:
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Someone mentioned that org-mode is a bit like perl. I agree. Way back, someone described perl as "the Swiss army chainsaw of UNIX programming". Over the last 12 months, I think org mode has evolved into something akin to the "Swiss army JCB of organisational software" (to stretch a metaphor until it screams for mercy!). @@html:

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I think a main reason for [Org-mode's] utility is that basic use requires little thought. When I'm using it for brainstorming, it's almost like I'm not aware that I'm using any program --- I'm just thinking. @@html:

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Org-mode bends the definition of outliners until you realise that outlines are text and text is outline. [...] In org-mode, I'm... not editing a document. I'm editing a piece of fiction, one piece at a time. On a computer. In a way that makes sense. @@html:

@@Urpo Lankinen in a blog post.@@html:
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I'm continually amazed by what org can do, and also by how intuitive it is. It's not at all unusual that I find myself thinking that it would be great if Org/Emacs did "x", trying what seems to me to be the way that it would do "x" if it could, and discovering that it functions just as I expect. @@html:

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I love Org's timeclocking support, and I think you will too. Because it's integrated with your task list, you don't have to switch to separate application or reenter data. @@html:

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I've been trying lots of different Web-based GTD task managers like Remember the Milk, Toodledo, and GTDAgenda. I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that there's nothing quite like Org for Emacs. @@html:

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BG: We’ve got a lot more books coming out in the pipeline. [...] The one which is my favourite is the Emacs Org-Mode Reference Manual. [...] Honestly, it’s the greatest Emacs mode in 20 years. [...]\\ *CW:* Would you say Org-Mode is one of the more exciting projects in the Free Software world at the moment? \\ *BG:* Definitely. Maybe it’s even the most exciting. Certainly it’s transformed the way that I organise my work, and I think it has for a lot of other people as well, so it’s software that can revolutionise your life, not just perform a function. @@html:

@@Brian Gough of Netork Theory Limited in an interview by Chris Woolfrey, published in this blog post.@@html:
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By far my favorite featureset in org-mode that muse lacks1 is the table support, which piggybacks on calc to form more of a spreadsheet than table support. Insanely cool. @@html:

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Org is a new working experience for me and there is nothing comparable to working with emacs AND Org-mode. @@html:

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Org-mode definition:\\ Org-mode is an emacs mode for doing anything you dream of. If it can't do it yet, post a message on the mailing list at night, go for a sleep, and grab in the morning a fresh copy with your features implemented. @@html:

@@Paul Rivier in an email message to the Org-mode author.@@html:
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From: Christian Moe\\ Re: Copy/Search Outline \\

I post a howto over my morning coffee at 8:38am. By 11:30am, Florian has encapsulated it into a neat function with added goodies. Within 40 minutes, Carsten reports

> there is a key (C-c C-x v) and a menu entry,\\ > and documentation in manual and refcard for it.

Gotta love this community.

Yours, Christian @@html:

@@Christian Moe in a message to the Org-mode mailing list.@@html:
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[...] Org-mode [...] continues to amaze me with its power and utility each and every day. @@html:

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PT> Damn! Org is again a step ahead of me. :D\\ Nick> Yup - get used to it ;-) @@html:

@@PT and Nick Dokos on emacs-orgmode.@@html:
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Org-mode has changed my life! @@html:

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If humans could mate with software, I'd have org-mode's babies. @@html:

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If I hated everything about Emacs, I would still use it for org-mode. [...] @@html:

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Org-mode is like half the awesomeness of emacs @@html:

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[...] It's fascinating. I'm still dubious as to the mental sanity of the developer, but intriguing. [...] @@html:

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Org-mode is so awesome because everything is ultimately still plain text files. @@html:

@@Philip J. Hollenback on Twitter@@html:
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The sheer elaborated insanity of the org-mode spreadsheet is a distilled microcosm of all that is wonderful and brain-damaged about emacs. @@html:

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If Emacs is an operating system, Org-mode is the office/productivity suite. @@html:

@@Eric Schulte in his screenshot on Worg@@html:
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I think I understand the difference between org-mode and /planner.el/ now. The former is more like an outline with dates and hypertext and lots of other features, while the latter is more like a schedule with outlines and hypertext and lots of other features.\\ @@html:

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Org-mode seemed like a way to tame the text file beast and ride it off into the sunset.\\ @@html:

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I have no idea how long [these files] are, probably 1000 lines each, but it doesn't matter. I can combine long winded notes about my latest fabrication process with that thing that I have to do on it next week, fold everything back up, and then keep easy tabs on everything using the agenda view. @@html:

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If you're like me, over the years you'll have had your todo lists scattered over multiple programs and places. First a simple text file with homebrewn format, then various Windows programs, then various Linux GUI programs, then back to Notepad and joe/gedit/kate, then various apps on cellphones, then pencil & paper (due to cellphones keep getting lost/stolen), then some cloud apps, then todo.txt, then finally org-mode. And if you're anything like me or many others, you'll find that org-mode is it. @@html:

@@Stephen Haryanto in a blog post@@html:
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Org-mode is a note taking tool unparalleled in it's simplicity and ease of use.\\ @@html:

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Org-mode is like doubling the RAM in your brain.\\ @@html:

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Org-mode is like heroin. After the first hit. You're addicted. Then, that's all you can think about.\\ @@html:

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Org-mode; gestalt of The One True Editor. Sentience is close at hand.\\ @@html:

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Ceiling Cat, bestow your benevolent purring upon the authors of Org-mode for #Emacs, as I'm not sure how I'd manage my life without it.\\ @@html:

@@Tom X. Tobin on Twitter@@html:
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Emacs org-mode makes my geek heart flutter. [...]\\ @@html:

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It looks like it's from 1983, and it feels like taking a course in 7D geometry but org-mode is truly (and I use this word rarely) awesome.\\ @@html:

@@David Griffiths on Twitter@@html:
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Once again found what looked like a door to a sub-basement actually leads to a cathedral: emacs org mode\\ @@html:

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Org-Mode is without a doubt the most useful piece of software that I have ever installed.\\ @@html:

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While on-topic, just want to clear up misconceptions of org-mode. It is different from all the software/website task managers mentioned here. You can think of it as a meta-organization tool. A org software factory if you will. You can customize it to exactly how you want your thoughts, tasks, notes, etc organized. See http://doc.norang.ca/org-mode.html for an idea of the sheer breadth of options available to make it work exactly for you. This may sound like a lot of work, but there are a lot of sensible defaults, which is why most org-mode tutorials that scratch the surface make it seem like a sibling to other task management software. [...] If I may pilfer a quote, org-mode "outshines other [task management solutions] in approximately the same way the noonday sun does the stars." (Neal Stephenson on Emacs)\\ @@html:

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I've spent a few days reading the manual, and looking at various guides/tutorials on using it, especially with GTD approach -- and it does everything I want, and so easily (once I've understood what to do!).\\ @@html:

@@Michael Maloney by email@@html:
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TODO lists in #orgmode is the best thing that happened to creative writing since the metaphor.\\ @@html:

@@Keith R. Potempa on twitter@@html:
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Little by little org-mode will take over my life. @@html:

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The best thing that happened to Emacs since Emacs itself: Org Mode. @@html:

@@Tomas S. Grigera on twitter@@html:
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Every time I go to use Org-mode, I find something new and helpful. @@html:

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What makes me so excited about org mode is that it's the first time I've seen literate programming move a tick up into the realm of actually creating a tellable Story. @@html:

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Org is amazing. I don't know elisp, I'm certainly not an advanced user of Emacs, and I don't know how to do that really sophisticated Org stuff that others talk about on this list, but I can make a functional web site with Org without trouble by using the basic export functions. Adding new pages, editing old pages, and updating is trivial. I know a lot of people who use Markdown and static site generators, but Org is much better for my purposes. And I can use it for many other things too. Sorry for this unnecessary rant, but I just love Org. @@html:

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Some 24/7 lectures about Org-mode

The famous 24/7 lectures are part of the ceremony for handing out the Ig Nobel Prizes. All speakers have to give a 24/7 lecture on their subject. This means, they have to give a complete technical description of their work in 24 words (may be totally cryptic), and then a 7 word explanation that is more or less understandable for the public, and it may be either tongue in cheek or serious. In summer 2008, a few people tried to formulate such lectures about Org-mode:

Technical description in 24 words

These was only a single entry in the "24" category:

  • Org-mode does outlining, note-taking, hyperlinks, spreadsheets,
  • TODO lists, project planning, GTD, HTML and LaTeX authoring, all with plain text files in Emacs (/Carsten Dominik/)

Simple summary in 7 words

This is only a selection of the submitted entries. My loose criterion was to use entries that are either a good description or are funny - both valid approaches to the "7" part of 24/7 lectures. I also left a few entries which are not exactly seven words, because I liked them a lot.

  • Organize and track everything in plain text (Bernt Hansen)
  • Organize outlines, lists and table in text. (Eddward DeVilla)
  • Emacs Org Mode: your life in text (Matthew Parker)
  • Do work and play in plain text (Kene Meniru)
  • Plain text with frickin' lasers. pinky to lips (/Russell
  • Adams[fn:2]/)
  • It is the text that binds us. Shekaka! (Russell Adams2)
  • Org-mode --- lifehacker's orgy :-P (Dmitry Dzhus)
  • Back to the future for plain text (Carsten Dominik)

Orgtbl-mode to get the same tables in Muse.

by me.


  1. Muse now understands the syntax of Org-mode tables, so you can use
  2. The linked text is from Adam, but the link itself has been added