Technical Notes: 4/3/06

April 3rd, 2006  |  Published in old and busted  |  2 Comments

From Ask Metafilter:

> In an effort to increase productivity, I’ve been trying to escape my all-too-familiar laptop with all its enticing shortcuts and bookmarks and start using my school’s sexy G5 workstations. How can I install teTeX or some other LaTeX package on these babies …?

I’d submit that noticing how “sexy” a workstation is pretty much means any computer is going to offer distracting enticements. Lotsa luck.

p.s. Adopting TeX as some way to “get more productive” by going all minimalist is like deciding to write your diary only in Spanish because the spelling is more consistent. Which is to say, the time spent learning Spanish well enough for writing in your diary could be better spent, you know, just writing in your diary and risking the occasional typo. s/Spanish/TeX, s/writing in your diary/finishing your thesis, s/typo/game of minesweeper.

From reddit:

> How to run IE6 on Linux (wine is getting pretty impressive)

WINE will be impressive when I don’t need to find a blog somewhere in Germany to explain to me how to run IE 6 on it. (Though I guess it’s kind of impressive that anyone can run IE 6 on it before IE 7 is out of beta.)

From LinuxPlanet:

> Novell Chips Away at Microsoft’s Desktop Dominance

> “In an effort to break some of Microsoft’s stranglehold on the desktop, Novell is taking new steps in the product and pricing arenas to attract customers who want to move either gradually or quickly to Linux…”

I think we have the key to Linux press headlines now: Do absolutely nothing besides make an announcement and lower prices and you’re “chipping away” at the market leader. Make a few actual sales, and that scale of progress will probably yield headlines like “Novell Threatens Microsoft with Utter Annihilation” and allow you to present ledes like “Microsoft continues its death spiral.”

From Michael’s Minute:

> Bye Bye Microsoft Word, Hello ajaxWrite

“What if there was alternative for Microsoft Word that would install and open in 6 seconds, read and write Microsoft Word .doc files and run on Macintosh, Microsoft Windows or Linux computers…?”


“Confronted with utter indifference to OpenOffice despite numerous cheerleader ‘reviews’ from people who think the pinnacle of word processing technology is ‘those little red squiggly lines,’ the Linux community has decided the real key to destroying Microsoft will come from word processors with even less features than OpenOffice that run in a Web browser. Now will you all switch to Linux? Pretty please?”

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