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Re: Re: Re: Re: Orientation of characters in FrameLabel

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  • Subject: [mg22095] Re: [mg22085] Re: [mg22076] Re: [mg22040] Re: Orientation of characters in FrameLabel
  • From: Wagner Truppel <wtruppel at uci.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 02:03:47 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <200002130614.BAA10144@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I beg to differ. I'm a fairly technically oriented person (MSc in 
Theoretical Physics, another MSc in Astrophysics, and currently 
working on a PhD in Computer Science), but I still prefer to use a 
Mac rather than any other computer, and it's not because "I don't 
have to use the keyboard". In fact, I prefer to use the keyboard. I 
*have* left my Mac running a Mathematica computation for several days 
and, no, it hasn't crashed. At most, it ran out of memory, which was 
due primarily to my occasionally careless programming practice in 
Mathematica.

>I DO know professionals in DTP; they use Mac's for digital image
>processing. What do they do after EVERY PICTURE? They reboot their Mac's
>because if they don't, the odds are it will crash in the middle of next
>picture. This is a real-life example.

I'm sorry, but I cannot believe that people with the kind of 
time-table which DTP professionals are subject to would stick to a 
computer, ANY computer, for ANY length of time, if they had to reboot 
the machine after EVERY PICTURE. Exageration is not going to win you 
any argument.

>would you prefer to drive a nice looking car that broke down
>EVERY SINGLE DAY or a less pretty one that drives forever
>without breaking down?

Clearly you don't use a Mac, so how can you say with such vehemence 
that it breaks down every single day?

>If you're a Mac user, I bet you never changed the oil or a flat
>tire on your car yourself, did you?

And the connection there is??? I think this is just another example 
of prejudice. I can be prejudiced too... if you're a UNIX (or one of 
its variants) user, I bet you don't know how to create a drawing on 
your computer yourself and you have to ask a professional house to do 
it even for simple pictures. So what?, I ask.

>Not changing the oil or ever doing any work on your car
>yourself doesn't make you a bad person; it just makes you
>unqualified to discuss properties of an engine or the
>transmission. Well, the same hold for OS; if you buy a
>particular computer because it comes in nice colors, it
>doesn't' mean you're a bad person; it just makes you
>unqualified to judge the "primitiveness" of other operating
>systems.

And not ever using a Mac for any extended period of time makes you 
unqualified to make statements about its performance, reliability, 
etc. In particular, it makes you unqualified to use such superlatives 
as "EVERY SINGLE DAY" when talking about it.

Wagner


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