[OS X TeX] R, paradigm to bring into the LaTeX world?
bvoisin at mac.com
Mon Oct 23 19:28:11 EDT 2006
Le 23 oct. 06 à 18:52, Claus Gerhardt a écrit :
> The internet (together with nowadays powerful computers) belong to
> the great culture achievements which changed the way we communicate
> and find, retrieve and publish information. I would be severely
> hampered in my work without access to the internet, like most of us.
Not sure about that. What I end up with is spending more time
searching for information (including some I don't absolutely need)
than using this information to perform the actual work that motivated
the search in the first place. Not to mention never being really
focused on a specific task, always interrupting the train of thought
to look for complementary information, ask and answer questions, etc.
Hence eventually, at the end of the day, working less efficiently.
DEK wrote <http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/email.html>
about how email is wonderful for people whose role is to be on top of
things, to keep always up-to-date with the latest developments, and
how detrimental it can be for people whose role is to be on the
bottom of things. That's how I feel about the internet: in the
scientific field I work in, my activity tends to be on the bottom of
things, and to require long hours of studying and uninterruptible
concentration. With respect to this, the internet is a curse as well
as a blessing.
LaTeX, by its constant evolution and the disorganized -- however
valuable -- contributions it attracts from everywhere around the
world, requires its users to be on top of things. Too bad for those
> Hence, these scenarios being without access to the internet, either
> by fate or by determination, seem to me unrealistic and
> unconvincing as an argument.
> An example of software, which you call nice, coming with complete
> documentation, is the old Textures,
Which is precisely why I miss Textures so much. Gerben wrote a
message recently in which he mentioned briefly how closed software
felt often more comfortable to the user. I can't find the message
right now, but I miss the comfort anyway.
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