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WS Printing from HP Printers - more blues...

I had a pretty good experience getting a Canon WiFi photo printer installed via WS Printing, the feature in Windows that allows printer sharing without a Windows computer sharing the printer.

Long Delay in Receiving Email from Gmail

A party trying to send me an email via gmail got this error:

From: Mail Delivery Subsystem 
Date: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Templating with DOM

DOMTemplate is a new templating system that doesn't use any markup.

Information Technology Workers: an IT Labor Union?


If you have reached this page through a search engine, and are interested in IT organizations, please check out Bright Future Jobs. Their URL is http://brightfuturejobs.org/

This is a short list of links to groups that organize or try to organize programmer labor unions and other computer-based worker unions, as well as lobby organizations. This document is undergoing constant revision.

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I just found out about CyberUnions a podcast and community about FOSS and labor.

Printing Blues

What I learned today....

Back when there were only two types of printers, parallel and serial, it was a lot easier. But even then, there was this annoying issue of incompatible interfaces. Today, the three dominant interfaces are ethernet, wifi, and usb, which takes over the role played by parallel cord interfaces.

PHP DOM to Implement a Form Class with Pure HTML Templates

So, I had this painful gout attack today and was mostly bedridden. It sucked. But I got some reading done, which was nice. My mind wandered and came up with this idea (and a headache).

Managing and Displaying External Links in WordPress

I've been having a helluva time figuring out how to manage and display a list of links in WordPress. The program has a links feature, but it's aimed at managing the list of links in the sidebar.

Roff, Groff, and the Roots of Computer Typesetting

Today we take it for granted that computers can set type, but from the 60s to the 80s, most computers used either teletypes or character-based screens. The Xerox Star and Apple Lisa and Apple Macs, and PostScript changed this, but before them, typesetting was done using weird command languages that would send pages to special typesetters. The most well known setup was troff, which lives on in groff and in Solaris. The troff system used a computer typesetter called a CAT, and it wasn't a bitmap laser printer. It has these fonts that were spools of film that were photographs of letters. The font sizes were created by projecting the image of the letter onto the page at different sizes. I believe the rest of the process was like a photocopier - the toner goes on, and then is transferred to the paper, and fused.

Distributing a Large IMC Website P2P

It's always a concern that an IMC can be taken offline. As the sites get larger, it's more of a challenge to keep it backed up and distributed. There's also the problem of software upgrades.

Does software get old and wear out?

This isn't addressed to anyone in particular, but it's a common question: does software get old and wear out. They ask because their computers have gotten slower, or features have stopped working.

Database Libraries versus Database Servers

MySQL on my server is fading out more often than in the past. i wonder what's up.

An Idea for More Memorable Identicons

Identicons are those odd graphics you see next to peoples' names in comments. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ide...

Using PHP's ArrayObject to Implement a Primitive Data Tainting System for URI Parameters

[Turns out there's a PECL extension for tainting: http://www.php.net/manual/en/boo...
So this article is already kind of obsolete.]

Comparison Shopping for Toilet Paper, in multiple computer languages.

It's hard to concentrate when you're tired and cranky, so I wasted some time writing a simple calculator in several different languages.

Hauppage WinTV-1600 on Linux

I bought this several months back, and finally installed it on the Linux box. It works, sort of. ATSC (HDTV terrestrial broadcast) works fine. FM Radio does not. More info:

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