I usually compile .tex files online. Though I will be without Internet connection for the following days and yet absolutely must work with some .tex stuff.
Now I know this is the stereotypical question that warrants a "UTFSE" response, but believe me when I say I have been fiercely looking for "tutorials" on how to do that on the Internet but to be completely honest, so far they couldn't be less useful for me --- all go over my head. I am not a programmer and just can't follow the lingo. MikTeX site is down. I downloaded proTeXt but that seems to be for Linux; "pdflatex mydocument.tex" did not work, there was no file such as pdflatex on any of the folders in proTeXt. As per someone else's suggestion, I am downloading TeX Live, but it is looking like it ain't gonna be straightforward.
Can anyone break it down to me plain and simple?