mmmmm LaTeX. I wonder what was the major motivating factor for various people getting hooked on LaTeX. I got hooked while writing physics lab reports full of equations and derivartions. Now I cringe at the thought of having to put together a bibliography without bibtex, let alone try to get figure references right.
I'll also admin to being a LyX fiend. I may have been using it a bit too much; I had to put together a group report the other day, at home, sans LyX.. and I help having to look commands up. doh!
I try to jab at my friends studing things like communications at their reliance on thing like word, and how pales to LaTeX. They usually fire back with how not-gui-ish it is; Oh well.
I've been meaning to try and check up on that disc to see if it was any good; I guess its time for a cd store spending spree. Its only debt...
What do the IT folks there with 'depreciated' hardware? There must be a big storage someplace here, because folks are forever replacing machines, and the old ones never show up in the trash. When I did my undergrad, the IT dept would put old or dead hardware outside their building for the trash people to collect. Many an evening were spent trying to get old macs to boot.. Anyhow, if there is a mass grave for hardware nearby, might be able to 'acquire' a machine for 'research'. Finding a laptop might be difficult, but you could probably assemble enough parts for a functional desktop..
Have to give a presentation tomarrow, basically improvements on a previous presentation [The old one was about a paper on pulling mattes with principal component analysis; this one is about the same, but with robust PCA]. No motivation to make slides.. Hopefully I can reuse most of them.