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January 19, 2005 9:52 PM   Subscribe

A multiplayer text editor. Free and realtime. I think this is my new favorite thing.
posted by 31d1 (21 comments total)
2DChat .. dot com
posted by stbalbach at 9:58 PM on January 19, 2005

holy crap.. it's like trying to do text editing with an IRC channel..
posted by MrBobaFett at 10:04 PM on January 19, 2005

For OS X check out SubEthaEdit.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 10:12 PM on January 19, 2005

Shame its such an awful editor. I can't even select a block of text with the mouse.
posted by krisjohn at 10:27 PM on January 19, 2005

From the readme:

A built-in music sequencer allows you to type in music as text and then play it.
To make quick single-track song, just type a few notes in a row and press F4:

g e. e. f d. d. c e g .

there's some crazy beats up there!

krisjohn - use shift+arrow keys
posted by 31d1 at 10:37 PM on January 19, 2005

posted by angry modem at 12:14 AM on January 20, 2005

That was fun. (See the mefiwashere file.)
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 12:16 AM on January 20, 2005

posted by TwelveTwo at 12:23 AM on January 20, 2005

This is what MeFi gave to the world by way of this text editor.

Miguel awoke from his afternoon nap, only to find a two-handed sword +6. "Am I in an RPG", he wondered?

But then he remembered that he had been drinking maple syrup for the last 5 hours, and must have been in a sugar coma. "That explains all of those freakin' Qs in the corner," he thought. Shortly after this realization, his heart burst from his chest in an Alien-like fashion, and did a nifty little tapdance across the bar. (It also hummed a short number from "Phantom of the Opera", but that was of no consequence.) It would fly if he hadn't had 6 beers. After a short bit, it flopped off the bar and into a naked old man's lap, which was unfortunate business indeed--for the heart anyway.

For the old man, it was a bit of a thrill.

Luckily for Miguel, he had uploaded all his brain memory data to his McPod shuffle, which Carl used to transfer it all to Andrew Lloyd Weber's iBook. "Ah, technology!", he sighed, though loudly, as if it were an exclamation.

It seems we are at an impasse, Carl exclaimed. You see, Miguel's brain held an important secret, neccessary for the redisambiguation of doubleplusundeath (+1 def 1984 reference) as we never knew it.

It seems we are at an impasse.

But this was all immediately made moot as Cthulhu burst from the chaotic universe and devoured the insane republican souls. (Luckily Miguel had his two-handed sword +6.) And they lived happily ever after.

Until they discovered that they were actually created by a blind watchmaker. Who liked to steal souls, keep them in small boxes, and shake them occasionally. Not stirred. Like James Bond, the watchmaker did enjoyed watered down martinis, prepared with vodka. (It's not a faux-martini if there's no vodka!)

Narrator: "Have you ever had tanqueray?"



BARTENDER: I'm waiting....


BARTENDER: "Is that a duck?"

DRUNKEN McFOOL: Yes. Do you have a problem with that?

BARTENDER: I seem to be missing my underpants.


Bartender: ?

(The drunken fool passes out under the bar, while a voluptuous siren walks into the bar with a red dress on. The bartender wonders why loud appliances would be walking around like that, and noted that this one used to be at the top of the local bomb shelter. If he were an alarmist, he'd know. But he's not a Republican. [obligatory MeFi political stab]

You can add a password

I'm not posting my email here

WOMAN: Who touched my ass?!

BILL O'REILLY: Me. Did you like it?

METAFILTER: Sigh. Not again. This is why we can't have good things.

DEMOCRATS:The other white meetup.

BILL O'REILLY: Tastier than pork. ... and babies.

(Meanwhile, the drunken fool under the bar is staring up Bill O'Reilly's skirt)


TOM DELAY: Insert another quarter.

Miguel gives Tom Delay a nice stab to the heart with a chopstick, moves to the other side of the room, and is promptly killed by a massive lemon. But that's alright. We made lemonade.

Me? Fail English? That's UNPOSSIBLE!

posted by Plinko at 12:38 AM on January 20, 2005

Please, please, the world wants MeFi to keep this to themselves.
posted by TwelveTwo at 1:00 AM on January 20, 2005

Emacs has had multiuser collaboration on the same file for years. You can even have different views and you can do this over a network.
posted by abez at 1:17 AM on January 20, 2005

Emacs has had multiuser collaboration on the same file for years. You can even have different views and you can do this over a network.
posted by abez at 3:17 AM CST on January 20

And with its modern intuitive interface, even a toddler could use it effectively within minutes!
posted by angry modem at 1:34 AM on January 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


I want the several hours I'm about to waste here back.
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 2:32 AM on January 20, 2005

On unix, there is a program called "kibitz" that allows you to share a shell with someone else. Once you are sharing the shell, you can use any text editor you want. Of course, it better be someone you trust not to type "rm -rf *" at the prompt :)
posted by about_time at 3:13 AM on January 20, 2005

Of course, it better be someone you trust not to type "rm -rf *" at the prompt :)

Clue me in, if you please, about_time.
posted by sklero at 3:23 AM on January 20, 2005

"rm" is the delete files command in unix. "*" is the wildcard that says delete anyfile, the "-r" means do it recursively (i.e, every subdirectory), and "-f" means force (i.e., it's ok to delete files that are write protected).

So "rm -rf *" delete every file and subdirectory I have. Which is bad.

In fact, I haven't tried the emacs mode that lets you collaborate, but you (or your friend) can type "M-x shell" (i.e., "escape-x shell") and get a shell prompt from inside emacs from which to type "rm -rf *". I wonder if moonedit has a similar feature.

Abez, what is the name of that emacs mode?
posted by about_time at 3:47 AM on January 20, 2005

It is impossible for a cube to be the sum of two cubes, a fourth power to be the sum of two fourth powers, or in general for any number that is a power greater than the second to be the sum of two like powers. I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition that OH NOES!!!!!111
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:23 AM on January 20, 2005

this is great!
posted by blacklite at 6:52 AM on January 20, 2005

My friend and I started a server at port 32123. Mefites welcome anytime :)
posted by 31d1 at 11:47 AM on January 20, 2005

wasn't there a flash thingy somewhere that did essentially the same thing?
posted by blendor at 1:50 PM on January 20, 2005

I read that top ten bugs of computers list recently, one of them was how they never just save your state instantaneously.

If you use this thing offline as a text editor, saving your work as .me files, it saves every keystroke from the very beginning. And you can scroll around to any point in the documents history, or play it like a movie. the mefiwashere thread on is interesting when seen that way. I can really see this shining for a single author writing the great work, too...
posted by 31d1 at 6:06 PM on January 20, 2005

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