CUA-mode, where have you been all my life?!?!?! Found in some comments on Gerv's search for an editor. Could it be true? No more impedence mismatches between emacs's sense of paste and the rest of the gnome/mac/windows world?
Much of my hacking life has been spent in wondering whether to mac or not to mac. I don't know how many times a day I curse emacs or firefox or gnome-terminal for screwing up copy-and-paste. I have so much angst every time I try... "if I close the window that I just copied from, will paste still work?" "oh crap! I don't want to paste what I just selected; I want to paste what I carefully spent 10 minutes copying to the clipboard!"
Speaking of to-Mac-or-not-to-Mac, and imporovisation, I wrote/discovered another little three chord ditty last night (did I mention I love having a piano in the house?). Part of me wants to try out the western music notation support in Garage Band 2, but the rest of me knows that recording my knowledge using proprietary stuff is a step backwards. I have spent many, many hours trying to get RoseGarden and the like working under debian linux... preempt kernel patch... OSS vs ALSA vs Jack vs ARTS... argh! I look forward to the day when Ubuntu can afford to make it a priority.