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 keyboardit'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.
- the X11 package that didn't seem to be on the DVD
- an X11 (v1.1.2) and a native MacOSX (1.1 release candidate) version of OpenOffice, so I can look at the files from the Windows box that are in MS Office formats
- Firefox 1.0.2
- Thunderbird 1.0.2
- the X11 version of the Gimp v2.2.3
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 http://tug.org/i-packages/iid/gwrelative.iid):
- tex (with the full, 2004 stable variant)
- xfig and its dependency Xaw3d
- ImageMagick and its dependencies libwmf and freetype2
This set up the teTeX distribution
/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-Rand adding the
dmdbbdirectory into that file.