[OS X TeX] is i-Installer cool?

John A. Blumer terrorbite at mac.com
Sat May 1 15:08:31 EDT 2004

I'm also one of those Jurassic-kind-of-guys (52 today).  If it hadn't 
been for this installer that Gerben Wierda has been doing wonders with, 
I probably would not have undertaken the long road to learning TeX.  My 
rote isn't as good as it used to be, so letting someone else maintain 
my installation is a blessing.  There are enough other things to keep 
busy with.  Thanks
On May 1, 2004, at 10:16, Mícheál Mac an Airchinnigh wrote:

> 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 Mathematician.
> 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 is
> ***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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