Archive for January, 2007

Mike Sweet’s replacement for “(recommended)”

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Last week Mike added some code to CUPS to remove “(recommended)” from PPD NickName attributes, quite rightly saying that static recommendations without the benefit of the full context are not much use. Now he’s proposing a better system.

See the full text of it, but here is a summary: new PPD attributes are proposed, to store information such as how well fully the capabilities of the printer are supported by the driver, and how long it takes to print a variety of test pages.

Frightful weather

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Snow on stepsUnexpectedly, we have snow this morning, so that’s nice. So much for early Spring though — hope it hasn’t caused too much trouble for the confused flora and fauna that jumped the gun.

Lots of pristine patches of snow to put footprints in!

Form-feed funny

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

I wish I could pinpoint the reason for this HP duplex printer having ‘form-feed funnies’. (It’s like a funny five minutes, but for printers.) I’m sure it’s to do with when it runs out of paper mid-job and then I refill its paper tray, but I haven’t caught it red-handed yet.


Music too quiet: bad; ReplayGain: good

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

I listen to music a lot more since discovering Pandora and getting a SqueezeBox. Now Mugshot’s Music Radar is better for criticising each other’s musical taste I listen to our own music collection on the computer more as well. Some of our older CDs are noticeably quieter than newly-produced ones, so we have to keep fiddling with the volume control to turn it up for too-quiet tracks and then getting startled by too-loud music. But there is a solution!

Manipulating PDF documents

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

I heard about pdftk today, and installed it to take a look. Quite nice, but I wish there were a nice graphical interface for it.