Go Away, I’m Busy… #socs

I’m having a hard time with this because I don’t feel especially social right now. I get this way sometimes when I’m working on something new. In this case, the “something new” is figuring out the Z shell (or zsh), which I just learned Apple is going to deliver as the preferred Unix shell when they come out with their next major release of MacOS, Catalina (or 10.15, if you prefer). Most Mac users don’t really care about the Terminal, but there are times when it can save you time, and a lot of the stuff I like to do requires at least a working knowledge of it. The shell is the interface between the operating system and the user. There are about six shells delivered with Mac, and up to now the default one has been the Bourne Again Shell, or bash. I guess there are licensing issues with bash, which is why they’re switching. It’ll still be there, so I could switch back, but after working with zsh, I can’t see that happening.

I’m not an especially social person, anyway. I don’t think I ever was, even though I can be the life of the party. Mary’s not especially social, either; I guess that’s why we’ve gotten along so well.

And that’s really all I have to say…


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19 thoughts on “Go Away, I’m Busy… #socs

  1. If I had to figure out whatever it was you were talking about (I’m not a Mac user for starters), I’d go into a shell too! LOL! I’m an introvert, married one too, and so I can so relate to you and Mary. I love that commercial – that was funny. For the first time ever this weekend, Mr. and I watched the original movie – The Courtship of Eddie’s Father – that commercial you shared made me think of it.

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        1. Right: Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, and Ronny Howard, who by then had been on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Music Man” (with Shirley Jones) the year before. I’ve seen the show, but not the movie. I’ll have to keep a eye out for it.

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  2. My husband is the social one, I usually just go along for the ride. He talks to everyone, even strangers. I have no idea what all those things mean in the OS world. All I know is that for a while Mojave was not being sociable with some of the programs I need to use for my transcription business so I couldn’t change (actually, I did change and that’s how I found out they weren’t friends so I had to have help getting back to High Sierra). Now I think Mojave and my programs are okay with each other but I still haven’t switched yet. Scaredy cat me.

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    1. Catalina comes out this year, so you might as well wait for that, and of course your transcription software won’t be compatible wth it, for whatever reason. My guess is that the transcription software is 32-bit and Mojave and later releases require a 64-bit version, so maybe you need to get your transcription software folks to get on the stick and bring it up to 64-bit. Maybe they already have it…?

      If you don’t use Terminal, the change won’t affect you. If you do, zsh is pretty much the same as bash, so there’s nothing more to learn.

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  3. I wonder why, in society, not being social is classified as bad or a negative. There are some people who are very happy not being social and that is just fine. There are others who are social butterflies and I have a good friend like this. If I had to live my friend’s life, I would have a nervous breakdown. I am in the middle, I like to go out and be with people for a bit but then I need my retreat and not see anyone except my hubby.

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    1. I’ve become much more introverted since the stroke. I do like to get out, but usually don’t feel all that sociable. Mary and I sit in the same room every evening and don’t say much, but for us it’s enough to know that the other is there. There was a time when I was a lot more social, but I think it was the alcohol talking…

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    1. zsh has some neat features, but you can use the same commands as with bash, so it shouldn’t change things much for you. Plus, they’re keeping bash around, just not updating it, from what I understand.

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