On Fri, 31 Aug 2018 22:14:02 +0100
Post by Peter Flynn
(Curious that the instructions for installing TL under Mac OS X and
GNU/Linux take 3-4 lines each and the instructions for installing
MiKTeX need 3-4 pages with screenshots at every step :-)
I sure know what you mean there! I think some of the younger folks are
losing the ability to explain things in words.
Some time ago I searched the net for how to configure something - an
application or setup some driver. I came across a YouTube video in
which we get to watch the screen of some guy to see how he does it on
his own computer.
What should take 5 seconds and 5 lines of text ends up taking tens of
minutes and megabytes. Video sure can have great value in instruction,
but must we so casually reach for a sledgehammer to drive a tack?
Later on the future, I can imagine a virtual reality plugin in which
some AI guides you (at first with hands on the keyboard and mouse and
later on via "direct to mind") through the 3D process - then we'll be up
to gigabytes and hours, and maybe a lobotomy bonus thrown in for good
Anybody else remember that episode of the 1990's version of the TV
show The Outer Limits, "Stream of Consciousness":