ok, it’s been a while since my last post, but I’m going to try starting up again.
I just want to rave about “tramp mode” in emacs. If you haven’t yet seen this, it allows you to load up files from a machine that you have ssh access to. Accessing it is super-easy. Rather than C-x C-f to load a local file path, just enter the file path as ssh://userid@host:/path/
After that everything you save will be saved over ssh/scp. Brilliant.