[OS X TeX] To macro or not to macro (Was: Local additions and multiple TeX distributions)

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 22:39:15 CET 2007

Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 09.03.2007 um 17:38 schrieb Bruno Voisin:
>> Le 9 mars 07 à 16:53, Alain Schremmer a écrit :
>>> My wife recalls her time in Meudon working with a computer that  
>>> used a paper ribbon in which she had to punch holes. But this is  
>>> really getting off topic.
>> Even more off-topic: my first time with a computer was in 1983 in  
>> Saint-Cloud, not very far from Meudon IIRC, and we were taught to  
>> use perforated cards and output on a printer. That's how I wrote my  
>> first lines of code ever (a Fortran 77 program for Gaussian pivot  
>> matrix inversion).
> Holy Cloud! I hope you did enumerate your card stacks in a flexible  
> way (I did)!
> I wouldn't have thought of the Schremmers punching Paperscript ...  
> without a Mac!

Hard to believe but, at the time, circa 1962, to have access to a CAB 
500 was a VERY BIG deal. As for myself, I was churning out my 
manuscripts by writing them by hand with a pencil and an eraser. Later I 
used a typewriter and "cut and paste" then meant using much rubber 
cement and correcting meant using a lot of correction fluid. So, the Mac 
256 saved my lungs.


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