Saturday, March 26, 2005

Where did I put that key?

The MP3 files finished transferring overnight, so I've imported them into iTunes. The default setup would make copies of the file (in ~/Music/iTunes), but that can be turned off (iTunes, Preferences, Advanced, clear "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library").

The other brief puzzle that needed a quick google to sort out was how to get a hash mark from the keyboard ("hash"/UK = "pound"/US = "octothorp"/pedantic). The "UK" keyboard on the machine isn't really a proper UK keyboard—it's basically a US keyboard with an English pound sign where the hash would be (shift-3). For example, shift-2 gives @ and the double quote key is on shift-single quote (at the right hand side of the keyboard). Anyway, the secret is Alt-3.

Overall, I think it's going to take me a while to get used to a completely different keyboard. Not having the Control key in the bottom left is odd, and I've still not found an equivalent of the Delete and Insert keys.

The other slightly worrying aspect of the keyboard is that the Control and Fn keys seem to catch occasionally; I'll have to keep an eye on that and see if it persists.

Also started in on installing a bunch of extra things.

Getting TeX set up was the next task. The first step was to install an installer, namely i-Installer 2.69.0; with this installed, I could pull down a bunch of things from "Gerben's i-Directory @ TUG" (which seems to be

  • tex (with the full, 2004 stable variant)
  • xfig and its dependency Xaw3d
  • ghostscript-8
  • gv
  • ImageMagick and its dependencies libwmf and freetype2

This set up the teTeX distribution under /usr/local/teTeX, and basically worked immediately. The only wrinkle I had to tweak by hand was the installation of a font of my own, which involved:

  cd /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/fonts/source/public
  ln -s /Users/dmd/text/dmdbb
  cd /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex
  vi ls-R 
and adding the dmdbb directory into that file.


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