The virtual TeX guru (was Re: [OS X TeX] TeX is not for the faint of heart)

William F. Adams wadams at
Thu May 6 10:36:01 EDT 2004

On Thursday, May 6, 2004, at 10:15  AM, Jérôme Laurens wrote:

> The problems are
> - printing

That's so 20th century :/

> - it can take too much time to get the answer

Usually less than posting and waiting for a reply.

> - in general you know where to look for some information because you 
> already read the doc

There's that read the doc bugaboo.

> - you cannot carry every book/doc when you are travelling with your 
> powerbook

You're mistaking me for someone Apple wants to sell hardware too --- I 
ain't got no PowerBook, and until Apple does a replacment for my 
Newton, I ain't buying nothing from them.

Instead, I've got a ``manuals/tex'' directory on my penslate, w/ the 
best of the on-line references loaded into the library in the Glassbook 
Reader program --- lshort, memman, psnfss2e, TeX for the Impatient &c. 
(this is party of why I did the free on-line typography books list)

Saves a lot of wear and tear, esp. on work's copy of _TeX for the 

and my pen slate is probably smaller than the copy of _The LaTeX 
Companion_ which I'm waiting for.

>> There's a new, up-dated _The LaTeX Companion_, and some of its 
>> proceeds goes toward funding LaTeX3 --- what more could a typical 
>> LaTeX user want?
> a dynamic, searchable, electronic TeX companion

Well, I've got a ``periodicals/tugboat'' directory too, w/ all of the 
on-line TUGboats... and for years I've been saving interesting posts 
from comp.text.tex and filing them away into a ``texts/tex/...'' 
directory structure.

I've also saved pretty much every message from this list and texhax and 
the latex3 list in here at work --- all searchable, need to 
look into transferring that to my pen slate.


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