Know this is a welding newsgroup, but anyway, remember that now you
have an AppleMac with OS-X operating system you now have access to
loads of Unix utilities and programs from the Free Software movement.
All put together by a bunch of hippies into a "packages" distribution
The mighty "emacs" text processor and handler of all things text-based
Wordprocessors and "office applications" if you are into that sort of
Just install the downloader then click on what you want and it
downloads and installs, no further intervention.
Puts in all in a directory, /sw, down in the file system root so it
doesn't interact or depend on anything else on the system. Longstop
assurance - if you were to delete that directory and all its tree of
contents there would be no "fink" unix presence anywhere on the
computer. Not as you'd want to...
My stainless steel /
TIG work - all the blank shapes, template shapes
(cut with a jig-saw from MDF board) and the jigs (plasma-cut and
"precision angle-ground" from steel plate) were calculated using a
program written in Lisp and run on the "clisp" ANSI Common Lips
interpretter I grabbed from "Fink".
If you see the "curvaceous vase", first picture in
shape was decided on playing around with "gnuplot" the
graph-plotting program, also grabbed from "Fink". I put in various
mathematical equations until I saw a shape that was pleasing. And that
became the shape of the vase.