# ec: The Emacs Calculator

I have started using the Emacs calculator more and more as my daily driver, phasing out the irc bot I have used previously, as well as web calculators such as Google and WolframAlpha.

Two reasons for this:

1. When I think about it, it’s weird that I didn’t use a real calculator program, but always something with a different primary purpose and just happened to be able to do calculatory stuff as a side effect.
2. The Emacs calculator is simply better.

So I figured, if it’s so weird that I hop onto irc or enter Google to do simple calculations, why do I even do it? And I realised the answer is probably convenience. I’m often both mentally and desktop environmentally very close to either of those two, so naturally, I go there more often.

I set out to fix that, and I have. I made the following shell script, moved it to ~/.local/bin/ec

#!/bin/sh

case "$1" in -h|--help|help) echo "Usage:$0 [-g|--graphical]"
;;
*)
nw=$(test -z "$1" && echo "-nw")

emacs $nw -Q --eval="$(cat <<EOF
(progn
(tool-bar-mode -1)
(scroll-bar-mode -1)