Saturday, November 18, 2017

Linux and the Cups Printing System

If there is one horrible thing about Linux it's the relationship with peripherals, such as printers.  All this is handled through Cups.  Although I am amazed at how many printers they can do, the whole thing regularly screws up.

So, if you want to go all Linux, get a generic Postscript network printer.  Those things always work.  I, however, have an old Phaser 6125n which is generally fantastic, and you can put in really cheap knock-off toner cartridges.  I'm sure that modern printers have all sorts of gimmicks that preserve their income from very expensive toner.

Nevertheless, this printer has a bizarre protocol, super secret, and there is only a 32 bit driver available.  Following my instructions that I laid out earlier, you can make it work, but it's horrible. 

Reading things for the last 10 years, I have found out that Cups regularly bombs out when it is upgraded.  That happened to me, and my printer didn't work with my main machine.  I tried endless things, but the main conclusion is that cups is busted in this version, but may work in the next. 

However, I kept the other machine at another release, and it still works.  You can use a shared printer and it works for all machines.  The lesson is to never upgrade all your machines at once.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Toronto Red Car Found

This is exciting.  As an early-morning dog walker in the Humber River park, I am expected to find criminal things, like dead bodies and such.  I never have.  However, there was a fatal stabbing up in Weston, and my dog buddy said they were looking for a red suv.



This is in a local park where the gate is locked every night and it was locked now.  It's funny that 10 dog walkers knew about the whole thing, but I was the first to phone it in.  They were convinced that the car was probably innocent.  :)  The girl at 911 had nothing on the stabbing or the car, and I had to insist this was really important.  As she said "We get stabbings all the time."  :)

ps.  Just before that, on a hill covered with wet leaves, a crazy high-speed bicyclist came up behind me and put on the brakes when the dog made a sudden move.  Naturally he skidded and jumped off the bike.  He road-raged us while I held my coyote stick parallel to the ground and prepared to have the dog attack (big chance!).  No injuries and he yelled at me "At least you could say you're sorry."  Sorry, but self-defence comes first.  :)

pps.  the guy was a big hockey coach and was stabbed at noon in the main street, and thereafter shortly died.  He probably tried to stop a fight.  Run away from those things!  Report it.  The got the name of the accomplice right away, probably from this car.

Arctic ice volume now follows the normal curve


I thought this graph was dead because of a satellite malfunction, but it was just late.  Having made a very dramatic cut into the main curve, it is now following the trend.  Probably because of the warm air of Sept. and Oct.  I am expecting another cut against the trend in the next few months as we get horribly cold.

Right now in Toronto, we have middling temperatures for November, but cloudy and gloomy.  That's because we are getting some warmer air from the Gulf of Mexico.

Everybody around the Arctic is living with -25oC right now.


Later, it will be -40.

ps.  I really don't have anything yet to wave at the Climatics.  Darn.