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401  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 08, 2013, 11:23:03 AM
Mouser, I can partially agree with if we are talking about a hundred dollar printer, then yeah, repairs probably wont be worth it.  But brand new the P3005 and 4100 HP are many hundreds of dollars.  The 4100s are known to be real workhorses and some probably have a million or more pages.  Te older ones tend to have heavier and possibly more metal parts in them than the newer plastic printers.

Agreed! I still miss the LaserJet 4100 I used to have in my office...it was fast, quiet, and never missed a beat...even though it already had over 1.2 million pages on it.

Consumer grade laser printers do tend to be like Pezz dispensers and are frequently not worth repairing. This is due to the service hostile way in which they are designed. However true business class laser printers allow for the fact that the fuser has a semi-predetermined service life expectancy, and are designed to allow for easy tool-less (or very few) fuser replacement. The only tricky part is usually clearing/resetting the (easily googled) maintenance count error message so it stops giving the fuser maintenance required message.

One thing you may want to look into is the Managed Print Services (MSP) trend in the industry that had been gaining popularity over the last ~5 years. Our company has been into it for 6 or 7 years now, and it is extremely popular with companies that have large printer fleets and an IT department that is feed up with servicing them. Short version is that prints are only paid for on an as printed basis (billed monthly at a rate of ~.4-1 cent per page mono and~ 7-10 cents per page color), and toner, parts, and service are provided free of charge (as part of the contract). This way cost is better controlled because you only have to pay for the toner that you use, as you use it. Which means that the days of trying to budget $1,000 for a set of color toner cartridges for a business class color laser printer are over. Now obviously a certain print volume has to be maintained for this to be profitable for the MPS provider. But a good one will be able to allow for the obviously seasonal nature of a school.


Many of the better MPS providers will also provide the printers at no cost (or cost deferred over the life of the contract), if you sign a contract for a 3-5 year term. We currently have over a 1,000 printers in the field now that are generating print revenue, but didn't cost the client a single dime to have delivered and setup.
402  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kiss Encryption Goodbye... :* on: September 06, 2013, 01:00:04 PM
doesn't the US have some sort of paper and isn't there some sort of vague provision in there for an individuals right to a private life?

While this was for some time a popularly held belief, it is no longer possible to confirm existence of said verbiage as that section was rendered illegible when someone wiped their ass with said document. Hence the prevailing wisdom of our time now holds this as a myth.
403  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kiss Encryption Goodbye... :* on: September 06, 2013, 06:43:35 AM
Sometimes I really hate being right.  Sad
404  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: September 05, 2013, 02:39:28 PM
@Stoic Joker
I'm still open to suggestions and bug fixes... don't worry Wink I just hoped I was done with my prior work... but it seemed like not xD (and I still wonder if there are any users out there that hate my calendar changes...)

I like the new calendar options ... Running it with the Windows calendar option now.
405  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to enable NAT Loopback on ZyXEL C1000Z router? on: September 04, 2013, 03:14:32 PM
Might as well cancel it. The screen buffer isn't that big so it'll only have the last 320 lines of the dump when it finishes.

Try either | or > filename to see if you can dump it to a file.

Also try the dumpcfg (Dump Configuration) command first as it's most likely the one you're after (I'm guessing the other is a binary dump of the firmware).
406  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: September 04, 2013, 11:40:57 AM
Well... I guess and hope I'm done Wink

There is no done with T-Clock. It is like the ornate puzzle box in Hell Raiser ... Once opened you are drawn into an alternate universe where demons (some of your own making) torment you (with ideas) for eternity. They visit me still...the voices, the whispers at night...as if just at the edge of hearing...taunting me "Try this" they say. But the idea is never fully formed. It's always just enough to make you wonder, is it? will it? Could it be..? They dare me with curiosity to once again open the Project Folder...knowing I will be totally consumed, by its power.
407  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to enable NAT Loopback on ZyXEL C1000Z router? on: September 04, 2013, 07:15:50 AM
Common guys, think like a hacker... run the dumpsys & dumpcfg (to get a list of all the available settings and their values), look for the setting that you need changed, and then Google that specific setting. The specific router isn't as important as the OS that runs on it...because that's what you're interacting with. Wink
408  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!! on: September 02, 2013, 07:04:26 PM
Well, after 20 years of faithful service and a good deal of agonizing...(I do tend to get attached)...I finally decided it was time to update my ride.

So... my new "little friend" (as of yesterday) is a 2010 FLTRX:

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409  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Remmina - superb remote access client on: August 30, 2013, 03:54:50 PM
IMHO, Remmina works even better in that capacity than Microsoft's own RDP client.

Challenge accepted... Wink cheesy
410  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: August 30, 2013, 11:30:25 AM
Focus Peek-A-Boo issue ... The behavior rings a bell...

I remember having a great deal of "fun" with this one back when I did a bunch of code cleanup and removed something I thought wasn't necessary. The calendar would sometimes close on lose focus and sometimes not, and the mouseover tool tip was hit or miss.

What I found was depending on which version of screwed up I was trying was that the calendar and tooltip would work perfectly the first time...and then never again...until the clock was restarted. Or the situation would reverse so that it never worked the first time, but did fine afterwards.

The cause was a piece of code that deals with swapping the message loop between threads on the fly ... Which I had removed (in retrospect) basically just to make myself nutz for about a month. I don't recall where the function is, but I do recall it was towards the top of one of the .c files. Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of the source handy and am (as usual these days) pressed for time. But hopefully the function description will make it findable as I suspect based on the hit-or-miss behavior described above that the problem most likely resides there.

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@WhiteTigX - The SNTP code (with hotkey and logging functions) is already in T-Clock 2010, it's just been EasterEgged due to its requirement of administrative rights to reset the system time.
411  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ArsTechnica - One Week Eating Nothing But Soylent on: August 29, 2013, 03:49:29 PM
...Because everybody has that one lazy relative that they'd like to put to good use someday.

 undecided ohmy cheesy
412  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: August 29, 2013, 03:46:27 PM
I guess the negativity is to do with the dumbing down of language (and entertainment, and maybe even life in general...).

+1 - Nailed it!

Sorry Vurbal, tomos and I are changing the meanings of a few words to allow for "properly" conveying the English language's newly acquired level of dumber-ness.  cheesy

I'd love to see how you measure that.  tongue

Why using the formula you gave us earlier in another post of course!
2 + 2 = fish

Wink
413  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: August 29, 2013, 12:06:31 PM
I guess the negativity is to do with the dumbing down of language (and entertainment, and maybe even life in general...).

+1 - Nailed it!

Sorry Vurbal, tomos and I are changing the meanings of a few words to allow for "properly" conveying the English language's newly acquired level of dumber-ness.  cheesy
414  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Apple Mighty Mouse - Wireless (Bluetooth) Model No.A1197 - Mini-Review on: August 29, 2013, 11:38:26 AM
if i have to upgrade, it would be for a mouse that works on glass surface

In the ~15 years I've been in IT, I've only run across that scenario once ... And when I finally (noticed the red dot on my shoe...) figured out what was happening damn did I feel like an idiot.

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Got to thinking about it and there is something worse than a laser mouse on glass. A few years ago (okay several) when laser mice were just gaining popularity. Dell started using a holographic logo on the mouse pads that they included with their new computers. One of our clients still has these infernal pads in their exam rooms and I have to toss the things in a corner every time I'm there to get control of the mouse...or deal with it spastically ricocheting all over the screen.

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I actually like the plain old $12 MS optical wheel mice.
415  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Showing CPU core temperature(s) in system tray on: August 29, 2013, 06:56:37 AM
I've been using Open Hardware Monitor. It's not in the tray, but is pretty good.

http://openhardwaremonitor.org/

Damn! ...And no install required - Me Like!

But what is the 0CT103 trying to tell me? It says I can rename it, but I've not a clue what it is.

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416  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Edward Snowden's Email Provider Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds on: August 29, 2013, 06:36:56 AM
I like the idea of hiding things in plain sight. Like having two women on Facebook having an ongoing pissing contest over their children's minor scholastic achievements...that should bore the hell out of anyone in no time flat. However if each child and achievement is actually a weighted reference to something else, well... (slang is such a funny thing) it all becomes a matter of what's not said.
417  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Trying to Trademark "Startup" on: August 29, 2013, 06:17:56 AM
Now if we can just find a judge that is astute enough to fine them for contempt of reality while throwing this nonsense case out we can get on with the process of trying to find a glimmer of hope for our currently seriously jacked-up excuse for a society.
418  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Zealand bans software patents on: August 29, 2013, 06:12:31 AM
"WOOHOO!" for the Kiwis!
419  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: August 29, 2013, 06:11:26 AM
clearly they're going to have to add a k to the spelling of dictionary...

+1 - cheesy
420  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 3D Printing: Food on: August 28, 2013, 07:03:41 AM
Not to sidetrack my own topic...but I had not realized that they had gotten 3D printing to scale out this far:

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Link is actually from 2nd article above: http://www.fastcoexist.co...d-pizza-printer-prototype
421  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 3D Printing: Food on: August 28, 2013, 06:42:34 AM
Don't recall seeing this mentioned elsewhere on the board, so...

NASA is looking into creating a 3D food printer.

3D Pizza Printer Prototype.

So it looks like Star Trek wins again...unless Dominos decides to sue. cheesy
422  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Petition with Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales + Demand Progress - re Richard O'Dwyer on: August 28, 2013, 06:15:41 AM
Good to know - Bummer they didn't just drop the silliness.

When somebody hasn't done anything wrong, and you want to punish them, you don't drop it. You simply sick the dogs on them and ruin them in court through lawyer's fees, lost time, etc. Whether or not you win doesn't matter. You've still ruined them.

Indeed, as I've covered in comments elsewhere on the board. Once you're in-the-system...you are hosed .... Regardless of whether or not you "beat" the charges.
423  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Petition with Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales + Demand Progress - re Richard O'Dwyer on: August 27, 2013, 05:59:31 PM
Quote
Another example of "emergency" powers being abused

"The UK has a rather lopsided extradition arrangement with the US that was put in place in the context of the 'war on terror'. Under the arrangement, the US can demand the extradition of a UK citizen to face charges there without probable cause. The reverse does not apply."

Some TV shows may qualify as "atrocities" but it strikes me as abusing the "arrangement" to use it to demand extradition of this guy. Isn't there any way of repealing it? Or at least balancing it out?

THIS.  I hate that this set precedent. Sad

+100 - Danger Will Robinson... Danger! Danger!
424  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Petition with Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales + Demand Progress - re Richard O'Dwyer on: August 27, 2013, 03:37:53 PM
Good to know - Bummer they didn't just drop the silliness.
425  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert on: August 27, 2013, 12:00:14 PM
Given that I primarily think in pictures as words to me are a rather slow and clumsy way of expressing ideas. My inner monologue is primarily dark humor and profanity. Most if is/can be related to (picture in my head) image quality, other bits are related to who/whatever is interrupting my (frequently tenuous) inner train of thought. Then there are the Free Association updates...that frequently result in my laughing at inopportune moments.
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