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September 21, 2012

An open letter to my Mac users group: What's it all about, anyway?


Above, an email I sent Wedneday in response to a question that popped up in my mailbox from a fellow UVa Mac User group member.

Am I nuts to feel the way I do?

You tell me.

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My suggestion: Drop out of user groups. User, in that context doesn't refer to an actual user. It refers to an 'enthusiast' who know what the heck scripts are for.

Posted by: Rex | Sep 22, 2012 2:08:41 PM

People regard "smarter" tools as "human" in a way, no matter their education.

If you really want to see lunacy,

go to a PC user group and the answers will astound you more than the questions.

Posted by: JoePeach | Sep 21, 2012 6:55:49 PM

No, Joe you're not nuts. I suspect that your "TechnoDolt" status keeps you from adding every piece of dodgy software to your machines as well as keeping you out of the Terminal, Keychain, and the UNIX file system.
You've never seen page one of the BSD UNIX Manual (invoked from the Terminal Shell prompt by typing "man man" and hitting return), e.g.:
man(1) man(1)

man - format and display the on-line manual pages

man [-acdfFhkKtwW] [--path] [-m system] [-p string] [-C config_file]
[-M pathlist] [-P pager] [-B browser] [-H htmlpager] [-S section_list]
[section] name ...

man formats and displays the on-line manual pages. If you specify sec-
tion, man only looks in that section of the manual. name is normally
the name of the manual page, which is typically the name of a command,
function, or file. However, if name contains a slash (/) then man
interprets it as a file specification, so that you can do man ./foo.5
or even man /cd/foo/bar.1.gz.

See below for a description of where man looks for the manual page

-C config_file

You see, the people who dig too deeply into their computers, tablets, and phones will run smack-dab into this kind of stuff and the temptation to mess with this stuff is just too great.

The TechnoDolt skill-set has protected you for years and I suggest that you continue down that path. Some of us are too busy reinstalling the OS or tweaking our servers from the command line to appreciate how user friendly the Mac really is.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 21, 2012 3:57:23 PM

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