Supporting users on LaTeX.org

I’m on a carribbean cruise for three weeks and don’t have so much time as before for answering questions on LaTeX.org. Especially since I actually do work here, on improving the WiFi onboard the cruise ship.

It would be great if somebody could jump in from time to time and answer a few questions, if you know how to help the user. Unlike strict q&a sites, it’s a discussion forum where any friendly LaTeX chat is welcome in supporting our LaTeX friends.

Big thanks already to Johannes, who is moderating and helping users all the time!

Quick links:

Thank you all!

03. May 2019 by stefan
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Netzwerk-Jobs in Hamburg und der ganzen Welt

Tl;dr: es gibt da ein paar Jobangebote.

Nach meinem Mathestudium wollte ich ja erstmal in die Ferne und bin als IT Officer auf ein Kreuzfahrtschiff gestiegen. Leben und Arbeiten in der Besatzung mit der Technik war spannend und die Reisen so erlebenswert, so dass ich auf verschiedenen Schiffen zehn Jahre um die Welt gefahren bin.

Als ich sesshafter werden wollte, wechselte ich ins HQ einer Kreuzfahrt-Reederei ins Netzwerkteam. Routing, Switching und Firewalls waren mein Thema, für eine Flotte von Schiffen, am interessantesten waren neu zu bauende Schiffe. Team und Job waren super. Es war halt immer noch einiges Reisen und Pendeln zur Arbeit, und ich hatte mittlerweile Kinder in Hamburg.

Daher wechselte ich zur Lufthansa nach Hamburg, in eine Abteilung mit Schwerpunkt auf Software und Infrastruktur für Kreuzfahrtschiffe. Der Zusammenhang ergab sich, weil auch Lufthansa onboard-Infotainment und Technik hat, was man auch auf Schiffen einsetzen kann.

Unsere Abteilung hat das Netzwerk für zig Kreuzfahrtschiffe designt und gebaut. Ich bin manchmal wochenlang in Hamburg im Büro für Testaufbauten (Datacenters und Distribution für große Schiffe) oder Papierkram (Designs), manchmal so 1-2 Wochen auf Werften in Deutschland, Italien, Frankreich, Japan, Singapur, Bahamas, oder Finnland, mal eine Woche auf See, manchmal bei Kunden in Miami oder Seattle. Ich finde es eine gute Kombination, so bin ich weiter bei Cruiselines und dennoch bei einer Airline, kombiniert. Das Spektrum reicht von entspannt im Büro zu robuster lärmender roher Werft-Arbeit mit Helm bis hin zu Support auf wunderschönen Schiffen auf See mit Filet-Steaks. Halt auch oft im Flieger. Aber nicht dauernd, ich hab ja auch meine drei Kinder und bin entsprechend sesshaft in Hamburg.

Wieso ich das auf einer TeX-Seite berichte? Weil ich manchmal TeX für alles mögliche einsetze: Dokumentation, Grafiken, ich programmiere sogar Switche mit TeX-Makros.

Warum ich das überhaupt erzähle? Weil unser Team Verstärkung sucht. Wir sind ein erfahrenes Team, wo man sich einarbeiten kann. Die Projekte werden halt mehr, also brauchen wir mehr Leute. Aktuell suchen wir Netzwerk-Kollegen, und zwar mindestens zwei: einen für Cisco-Netzwerke (genau das was ich mache) und einen für HP-basierte Netze (Aruba). Dafür gibt es öffentliche Stellen-Ausschreibungen. Erfahrungen mit Hardware und Designs des jeweiligen Herstellers sind wichtig. Ansonsten? Was drauf haben und engagiert sein – mal aus Kollegen-Sicht ohne HR-sprech. Wir arbeiten Hamburg-basiert, doch ich kann mir vorstellen, falls man gleich in externe Projekte reingehen kann dann muss man nicht gleich dauernd in Hamburg wohnen. Unter uns – ich sehe auch Bedarf an Leuten mit Erfahrungen in VMware ESX oder Voice (Cisco).

Falls jemand neugierig ist und Interesse an der Arbeit hat, schreib mich gern an unter stefan@texblog.net – ich kann noch das eine oder andere erzählen.

Und erzählt es gern weiter am TeX-Stammtisch oder am Linux-Stammtisch. Vielleicht hat ja einer eurer Bekannten Interesse?

20. November 2018 by stefan
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Förderung durch DANTE

DANTE, der Verein deutschsprachiger TeX-Anwender, fördert weiterhin TeX-Webseiten wie TeX-Internetforen und mehr. Installiert und betreut werden zwei Server von mir. Die finanzielle Unterstützung von DANTE deckt den kompletten Betrieb zweier Server ab, von Hardware-Miete und Gigabit-Internet-Anbindung bis hin zu Backup-Space und Servicegarantie. Die zwei Root-Server stehen bei Hetzner Online als dedicated Server, dort kann man Kosten einsehen. Die 125€ monatlich summieren sich auf 1500€ im Jahr, die von DANTE übernommen werden.

Vor ein paar Jahren habe ich eine Auswahl hier vorgestellt: https://texwelt.de/blog/dante/

Es ist ein bisschen mehr geworden mit der Zeit, hier ist eine fast vollständige Liste: http://tex.world/list/

Bei Gelegenheit gern mehr zu diesem und jenem.

Vielen Dank an DANTE und die Mitglieder!

15. September 2018 by stefan
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What happens on StackExchange

An intensive discussion is going on here: https://tex.meta.stackexchange.com. Let me summarize, what I read:

  • TeX.SE got a new design
  • There was a design discussion before, but no TeX user suggestion has been considered
  • There are a lot of opinion and suggestions
  • Some very active users call for boycott, some simply leave
  • People in the TeX community feel ignored and lost trust in StackExchange
  • The option of hosting an independent site is being discussed

New site theme live

When I read about the removal of the custom design the first time, about streamlining to be more effective, it reminded me of similar activities when a company goes to the stock market, tries becoming more effective for investors or buyers, outsources its IT department, or simply tries saving money. Speaking of that, I doubt the classical ways of a social network to earn money from the users works with TeX friends (selling advertising of stuff or jobs, working with user profiling data).

In the TeX.SE chat it was discussed as well. My last suggestion, a few minutes ago, was, to nicely ask SE if they would allow the TeX community to go free as an independent (TUG supported) site like it was with our blog tex.blogoverflow.com, when they decided to not support the site blogs any more. With the content that TeX uses created and with thanks to SE as the company with the technology that raised it.

I would happily support technically, as I already run three non-English TeX Q&A sites. Just a design should be done by somebody else. :-)

 

12. August 2018 by stefan
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LyX 2.3.0 released

LyX 2.3.0 has been released. I listed the quite a lot new features already here:

LyX 2.3 release candidate with new features

So I will be brief. :-) There’s no Windows (binary) version yet, I guess it will come soon. There’s one for the Mac and for Cygwin here and of cause you can download for compiling yourself.

17. March 2018 by stefan
Categories: IDEs and Editors | 1 comment

Long time no see

The blog is not abandoned… I just used to post here recently:

Probably you saw it in the TeXample blog aggregator. Who cares anyway :) still I enjoy writing and sharing news.

 

17. March 2018 by stefan
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TeX Live 2017 released

Today TeX Live 2017 has been released. Some of the changes:

  • TeX Live manager (tlmgr): new shell mode, that allows scripting. Commands are like invoking tlmgr with options. For interactive use but especially useful for scripting.
  • TEXMF tree structure: users can now easily add and remove additional TEXMF trees, supported by the tlmgr
  • LuaTeX: more
    • callbacks
    • control over typesetting
    • access to the internals
  • XeTeX: Unicode/OpenType math is now based on HarfBuzz
  • updmap and fmtutil: now requiring mode specification (system or user), to avoid accidental wrong usage
  • texosquery-jre8: new cross-platform program for getting OS information within a TeX document

For download and documentation visit tug.org/texlive.


Deutsch: TeX Live 2017 erschienen.

More news on the TeXample.net/community news feed (hourly updated).

04. June 2017 by stefan
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Reading LaTeX articles

Yesterday I read the LaTeX2e-News of April 2017. At first I tried it using a smart phone, then with a tablet. The news don’t appear as text on the project’s web site, there’s just a link. It has to be read as a PDF file, in US letter size (8,5 x 11 inch) format, non-tagged, twocolumn. If one is able to read it scrolling to the left and right, one still needs to scroll far back above and to the right, at the end of a column. That’s laborious to me. And it’s just simple text with a few headings. It doesn’t contain any tables or figures or bulleted lists. No reason that it really needs LaTeX.

Continue Reading →

18. April 2017 by stefan
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LaTeX2e News

This month saw a new release of LaTeX2e. The following has been changed or added:

  • In addition to the yyyy/mm/dd date format, LaTeX now accepts ISO 8601 format date strings in the date argument of \ProvidesPackage , \usepackage , etc. That simply means dash insted of slash. So, today can be 2017-04-17.
  • The new TU encoding for specifying Unicode fonts with LuaTeX and XeTeX got extended support for the dot-under accent, \d.
  • Verbatim environments now use a \language setting to prevent issues with fonts that were not loaded with hyphenation disabled via \hyphenchar=-1.
  • \- now inserts the current font’s \hyphenchar instead of a simple -.
  • LaTeX now supports a default document language parameter, that may be relevant to language packages such as babel.
  • While LaTeX normalises the baseline spacing inside a \parbox already, it now resets \lineskiplimit in addition.

Regarding changes, the latexrelease package may be used to force the older behavior.

The whole announcement is here. This text was posted in German on TeXwelt.de.

17. April 2017 by stefan
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Impressum and Privacy Policy

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PREFACE

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16. April 2017 by stefan
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