Vim Terminology in Latin


Find yourself having trouble conversing about your favorite text editor in Latin? Here’s a list of phrases to help you out (Estne difficile tibi de editorio optimo latine colloqui? Ecce tabella locutionum utendarum):

Term Latin Translation
Modal editor Editorium modāle
Normal mode Modus naturālis
Insert mode Modus initiālis
Visual mode Modus visuālis
Command-line mode Modus iubens
Buffer Effigiēs
Window Fenestella
Tab page Pāgina
Type in insert mode In modo initiāle dactylographāre
Visually select text Textum dēsignāre
Delete a word Verbum dēlēre
Change a WORD VERBUM mutāre
Yank a sentence Sententiam exscribere
Paste a paragraph Paragraphum glūtināre
Install a plug-in Adnexum instruere
Cursor position Positio iniciī
Error message Nūntius erroris
Home row (of keyboard) Ōrdō domestica
Don’t use the mouse! Nolī mūsculō uti!
Emacs is a great operating system Emacs systēma internum optimum est

Hemisu for (Mountain) Lion Terminal

Screen shot of dark and light variants

Light and dark variants site by side in

The counterpart to the dichromatic Hemisu color scheme for Vim, Hemisu for OS X (Mountain) Lion’s comes in two versions, dark and light.

Vim Color Scheme: Hemisu


Introducing Hemisu, a color scheme for the command-line editor Vim, that comes in two flavors (dark and light) and nicely complements Peppermint.

A screen shot of Hemisu on the desktop

The dark and light themes running in MacVim


  • Two modes: one optimized for daytime, the other optimized for low light conditions
  • Made to work with both GUIs (gui) and 256-color terminals (cterm)
  • Provides harmonious colors and styles for all predefined UI elements and syntax groups


Mac OS X Lion Terminal Theme: Peppermint

Terminal Theme: Peppermint

I do a lot of work in Mac OS X’s, and I’ve spent some time tweaking the colors, font, and other settings to get it just right. The result is Peppermint, a Terminal theme for Lion (and Mountain Lion):


Snapshot Coda Plug-in

Coda Snapshot Plug-in

I authored a very small plug-in for Coda that will save a copy of an open document with a timestamp appended to the name. The reason being that I constantly find myself making small edits to sites that I don’t maintain myself (which makes putting them under version control impractical), and I want to make a quick backup of a file I’ve downloaded before applying my changes. I realized today that it would be worth my time to automate the process of copying the file and renaming it.

To make a backup of example.txt, open the file in the editor, go to Plug-ins > Make Timestamped Snapshot or hit Ctrl+Option+Cmd+S, and example_20110412.txt will be created in the same directory. I’ve only included the year, month, and day in the timestamp to suit my usage, but it can be easily modified if need be (just edit the bundled shell script).

Update (02/08/2012): Updated for compatibility with Coda 2.