(if (fboundp 'scroll-bar-mode) (scroll-bar-mode -1)) (if (fboundp 'tool-bar-mode) (tool-bar-mode -1)) (if (fboundp 'menu-bar-mode) (menu-bar-mode -1))
in you .emacs turns off scroll- tool- and menu-bar:
also item 5 is a great idea:
One of the most powerful things about Emacs is its ability to swiftly generate a new buffer that isn’t associated with a file or process. Once you get used to using this technique, you’ll sorely miss the functionality in other editors and applications. To create a temp buffer, just switch to it! Ctrl-x b invokes the command switch-to-buffer, and you just type in adsflj or whatever comes out of drumming on the keyboard. Instantly you’ve got yourself a scratchpad,
some programmers use sed: http://wactbprot.tumblr.com/post/15082694100/lol-3-80-vim-5-emacs-user-im-saal-war
80% vim & 5% emacs user im Saal …
… war wirklich lustig!