[OS X TeX] OS X TeX newbie needs help installing TeX on non-boot volume
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Mon Sep 12 15:24:36 CEST 2005
> On Sep 11, 2005, at 5:19 PM, Rowland McDonnell wrote:
> > I'm merely disagreeing with the wildly overenthusiastic Unix fans
> If you want to avoid the impression of flaming, you could choose less
> loaded words than "overenthusiastic" and "fans".
(this really doesn't belong on the mailing list and I expect I'm
annoying lots of people. With luck I'll shut up before I get *too*
Well, the sort of person who makes unjustifiable sweeping claims such
that my experience with MacOS X is seriously atypical *is* wildly
overenthusiastic. I know they have no reliable data. So how is
I'm not sure what you mean by `loaded words' either. They're not loaded
to my mind.
> > That is not flaming Unix - just pointing out that there are
> > experiences and never mind that The Steve and his cohorts says
> > everything's better now: it ain't. Is it flaming to engage in a
> > disagreement? I don't think so.
> You use words that impugn those you disagree with.
Hmm. I'm not sure I know what you mean.
> considered the possibility that OS X is better for a majority of
> users, even though it might not be better for you?
This is entirely irrelevant to the mailing list.
But have you considered that maybe I have considered all the things
you're asking me about? And have you considered that I know quite a lot
about what people want to do with computers? And have you read
carefully what I wrote?
Carefully, I said.
Note what I said about the improvements in MacOS X reliability.
Note also that you don't know about my opinions on the general utility
of any particular OS because I've not said. So please - don't be so
hasty in your conclusions.
> Have you also
> considered the possibility that the problems you had are not typical?
Have you considered the possibility that talking about typical
experiences is incredible arrogance on anyone's part - for the reason
that none of us has good data about typical experiences. It's also
pointless: the `thing' about modern computers is that different people
have wildly different experiences. A typical user is one of the
majority. What if 45% of users have problems, and each of those
problems falls into one of (say) a hundred different categories?
You'd have most people having a nice time, and a bunch of people all
with weird problems that no-one else seems to get (so they're told).
The typical user is happy - but many users are seriously disgruntled.
This is the sort of situation we have with MacOS X - although I do not
claim to have any knowledge at all of the fraction of users with serious
problems, nor do I claim to have a clue what sort of problems people
have with MacOS X *in the general case*.
I could rattle off scores of stories of serious MacOS X problems
suffered by those other than me, mind. Everything from missing presumed
dead Mac Help all the way up to the amazing vanishing user account
But I don't claim to have any knowledge of what's typical.
> Computers and operating systems are very complex, and subtle factors
> may cause problems for a few people that the majority do not feel.
I knew this so long ago that I suspect you might not have been born at
> Because of that, specific discussion of specific problems (to do with
> TeX) is much more useful than sweeping claims that no one here can
... sweeping claims that no one here can validate - such as the sweeping
claim that my experience with MacOS X is atypical?
So yes, you are correct to point out that it's not very useful to make
such sweeping claims. That's what I was pointing out too. The
difference is that you think it's okay to make sweeping claims that you
agree with. I don't think any of 'em are valid.
Anyway. None of this belongs on a technical mailing list. I'll shut up
on such matters now.
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