Great news! From now on, all issues of the TUGboat except the current one are now publicly available for download. To tell this to as much TeX users as possible, I posted this plus download links and additional information here: on TeX StackExchange.
The iX recently published a LaTeX tutorial. Quick reviews are on
At this occasion, some recent and older articles from heise and iX, in German:
- Donald E. Knuth: Der Informatik-Papst wird 80 (see comments)
- Der hexadezimale Dollar von Donald E. Knuth (see comments)
- Einführung in LaTeX
- Editoren für LaTeX
- LaTeX im Browser: Overleaf und ShareLaTeX fusionieren (comments)
- LaTeX-Editor Texmaker 5.0 (comments)
Why do I mention it? Because it’s interesting to read about TeX and LaTeX in general IT media, and comments by IT people can be quite entertaining, such as the usual rants of guys who used LaTeX fifteen or more years ago and still complain about old stuff without having seen how it developed in the meantime.
On PCs, tablets and smart-phones you can easily access TeX manuals and documentation via a web site: TeXdoc.net.
What does it provide?
- Keyword search with auto-completion as you type, listing all matches
- OpenSearch for browsers with a search engine toolbar
- Documentation sorted in categories by topic
- Accessing TeX documentation even without having TeX installed
- Reading TeX documentation on any PDF capable device with a web browser, such as a smart-phone.
- Newest documentation even if your PC has an older TeX version
- Reading a package manual before installing it
- Easy-to-remember standardized link syntax http://texdoc.net/pkg/<packagename>
- Forums, such as LaTeX-Community.org and goLaTeX.de have buttons and BBCode tags for linking keywords (package names) to the corresponding documentation
Recently it got an update: read more.
The 2016 version of TeX Live (and MacTeX for Mac OS X users) is now available for download at tug.org/texlive (or tug.org/mactex in case of OS X). You can install TL 2016 beside older versions harmlessly and optionally delete the old version(s) afterwards to save some disk space.
1pt (TeX point) is defined as 1/72.27 inch. Many other applications like Word and Adobe InDesign etc. however use a slightly bigger point – defined as 1/72 inch – the DTP or PostScript Point. In TeX this unit is named Big Point:
You may download a complete list of available units from my website: Length units in TeX (1.25 MB; direct download)
I’m a network engineer, and a part of my job is configuring switches, routers and firewalls. I usually work with projects that have some thousands switches each: some core switches, server switches, many distribution switches, and a large amount of small access switches for users. I mainly make networks for cruise ships – just imagine a cruise ship with about 3000 passengers and 1000 crew: each cabin gets network access for IP-TV, IP telephone, air condition, programmable door lock, computer port. Not to forget let’s say 1000 WiFi access points, 300 CCTV cameras, cash machines, vending machines, office computers everywhere, even in the Spa, IP clocks, engine and nautical workstations, broadcast center and of cause redundant data centers with racks full of servers. For security reasons, there are hundreds of VLANs (virtual networks) in several (virtual) security domains.
How to configure and to manage all of this?
Let’s take a look at configurations:
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