[OS X TeX] is i-Installer cool?

Mícheál Mac an Airchinnigh mmaa at eircom.net
Sat May 1 11:16:02 EDT 2004

On 1 May 2004, at 15:36, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> I am thinking of entering i-Installer 2.63.0 in Apple's Design Awards. 
> Given that my view on the matter is by definition parochial and not 
> necessarly correct, I would like to ask you as my main user community 
> for help in answering the questions. As a user, what is your view on 
> the matter?
What a wonderful opportunity to praise the author!
The tool is kool as in Blue Kool! (Is this Aqua?) :))

> The main question to answer on the contest form is:
> • Briefly state the outstanding design features of your contest entry. 
> (For example: what's unique? what's super cool? what is particularly 
> noteworthy?)
I have been a Computer Scientist all of my life (when I have not been a 
Now at age 54 I find that it becomes more and more difficult to do the 
simplest things
that I could do at 30 :)))
I have learned to program in about 15 P languages.
Now ... my abilities fail and fade!
It is a little surprising ... but then so do my natural language 
abilities (4+ languages).

This is where the i-Installer needs to be praised.
Already I am using Apple since 1983 ... best move I ever made (apart 
from getting married).
Words (of a technical nature) fail me to tell how wonderful i-Installer 
***for elderly people like me***

[Is that brief enough?]

> Other questions of interest are:
> • Describe your contest entry's target users (i.e. who uses your 
> product, what is their occupation, work environment, workflow, etc.)
I have used TeX and then LaTeX (and now experimenting with XeTeX) all 
of my professional life since about 1983!!!
I am a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Dublin, 
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
I take great professional pride in the quality of my public examination 
papers (and lecture notes) that have always been
typeset (originally in TeX, now in LaTeX).
Bottomline: I calim to be representative of a certain AGED class whose 
failing faculties are rewarded by
Mac OS X (panther), iBook, eMac, and the ability to keep up with the 
wonderful world of TeX(-live)
(thanks to you Gerben).
> • Explain what you have done to make your contest entry better on Mac 
> OS X when compared with it's counterparts or competition on other 
> platforms.
What competition is there to i-Installer?
... pause ...
fink, of course ...
which I also use ...
but for some strange reason I *love* the (new) i-Installer interface.
> Gerben

Edit my text as you will!
I guess that my key contrib *must* support for the "geniuses" who are 
now aging :)))
Been in Computing since approx 1970 (I think).

... o O o O o ...
Dr. Mícheál Mac an Airchinnigh
Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
University of Dublin, Trinity College
Dublin 2,
... o O o O o ...

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