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Re: [Groff] Introduction

From: Larry Kollar
Subject: Re: [Groff] Introduction
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 23:22:34 -0400

Clarke Echols wrote:

...  By learning to use the tools, and
nothing more complicated than simple shell scripts (I don't
have the skills to get fancy because I don't think they're all
that necessary when an easier approach works well), I was
able to consistently get more done than any 4-10 people
around me without straining myself.  This is not to brag, but
people waste an incredible amount of time and productivity
by not learning to exploit the capabilities of a Unix-like
machine instead of really dumb PCs.

Amen. I'm lazy too, so I try to let the computer do as much
of my work as possible.

I once had a boss tell me I was twice as productive as the
other two writers put together. While I would argue with
the number, it was true that I would script away as much
busy-work as possible. And this was on older Macs using
AppleScript. Since OSX gave me back the Unix tools I
learned so long ago, I've been able to pull miracles out
of my... back pocket. Things like sales people asking,
"um, can you get the Word file back out of this PDF? Joe
Random quit and deleted the doc file."

Larry Kollar     k  o  l  l  a  r  @  a  l  l  t  e  l  .  n  e  t
Unix Text Processing: "UTP Revival"

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