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December 19th, 2006


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04:42 pm - This one's for the Ladies!
You know what I hate?

PostScript.

And you know what I hate worse than PostScript?

Attempting to make a TIF image, converting that to PostScript, attempting to make that into an appropriate encapsulated postscript file with the correct translations and rotations so that I can call .PSPIC from a troff document and use that as letterhead without mucking with the troff in twenty-seven million Perl commands.

All because the company I work for decided to move their main office.

Working with PostScript, Perl, and troff makes me both happy and grateful to live in a world where such tools exist, while at the same time makes me feel like smoking some serious pharmaceutical mind-altering substance which has no modern equivalent.

Thank you.

And have a nice day.

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From:ipuhlot
Date:December 20th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
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[ head goes =boom= ]
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From:mrsveteran
Date:December 21st, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
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Yeah, mine did too.
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From:diachrony
Date:December 20th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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Er ... d'oh.

Troff?

Nevermind. I believe you, whatever it was you were saying. ;)

::passes the mind-altering substance::
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From:mrsveteran
Date:December 20th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Well, technically, it's "groff" not "troff," but it's really not much of a difference for all practical purposes. It's like "vi" vs. "vim."

*puff*
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From:astro_babe
Date:December 20th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I have a way of fixing that- Latex and /beginfigure.

Oh wait I am the dork here *runs away*
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From:mrsveteran
Date:December 20th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
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You know what I hate worse than troff?

LaTeX.

NEEEERRRRRRRDDD!!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 21st, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
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brings up the point, why eps? even pdflib would be more sane
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From:mrsveteran
Date:December 21st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
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.PSPIC can only handle PostScript, AFAIK.

And PostScript can be easily printed, faxed, displayed as a PDF and so forth.

And troff to PostScript is a lot easier than writing PostScript directly.

And lots of other reasons that mostly have to do with the fact that we have a boat-load of legacy code that works perfectly for our purposes but is focused on troff, PostScript, and so forth.

~sigh~

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