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Lexmark Sues 24 Companies Over Toner-Cartridge Patents

JediTrainer Re:Brother printers are your friends. (294 comments)

You can fight this nonsense by not buying Lexmark, Canon, HP, Epson, etc.

Must depend on the Canon printer. I've got one that's happily working away, that simply uses an optical sensor to see if the ink is low. Granted it's old (Pixma MP750 - I think about 5 years old now) but it's been a great workhorse. Ink cartridges run about $16-18 CAD. Should be trivial to refill, from the looks of them, but at that price point I don't need to bother.

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA President Says Copyright Law "Isn't Working"

JediTrainer Re:What a coincidence (473 comments)

You know, when individuals start to exhibit this kind of behavior we stick them in a padded room somewhere with medication and therapy till the symptoms go away :)

Or we charge them with mischief?

more than 4 years ago
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The 'Net Generation' Isn't

JediTrainer Re:Tech is still Tech, yucko! (435 comments)

I'm in the late 20s/early 30s bracket, the gen who grew up having to fiddle with DOS just to get games to run.

Oh the memories (me too - same age bracket here)

Tweak the order in which things will load in your config.sys and autoexec.bat. Work like hell to squeeze that extra few k out of your memory. Special boot disks just to play one game. Practice your swear words trying to get the Gravis UltraSound to work properly as a Sound Blaster emulator. Goddamn it, I bought a new game that needs 45MB and my whole hard drive only has 80 - beg, borrow, steal space. Stacker is a godsend. No, it's not - doesn't work nearly as well as advertised. Goddamn it, I'm out of IRQ ports. Plug and play will never work, no way, no how. And we liked it that way.

Now get off my lawn :)

more than 4 years ago
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To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

JediTrainer Re:I don't get it. (764 comments)

Really? Ask Wordstar, Wordperfect, Lotus 1-2-3, dBaseIII, Netscape, and countless other companies what fat lot of good the early lead did for them?

I'm no giant MS fan, but at the same time with most of these should serve as an example as to why if you're in the lead, you can't rest on your laurels. Stop innovating, and your product becomes inferior over time. Your competition will catch up (and with that momentum, quickly leave you in the dust). I stuck with Wordperfect, Lotus and Netscape for the longest time. I resisted, but eventually the realization came that something better has come along and everyone else has moved on already.

So I used IE for a while. Then Firefox came along. Et al, et al.

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle's Java Company Change Breaks Eclipse

JediTrainer Re:Yes and no... (397 comments)

It'll be even more fun when they decide to rename the com.sun.* packages :)

more than 4 years ago
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AI Predicts Manhole Explosions In New York City

JediTrainer Re:death by manhole cover? (213 comments)

They should just put them on bungee cords so they shoot into the air and then slam back down in place.

Now that we can detect when they will occur, I'm smelling a new opportunity for a Darwin Award winner....

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Opposes Plan To End Saturday Mail Delivery

JediTrainer Re:Canada doesn't have any saturday deliveries (504 comments)

Not Canada Post, not FedEx, not UPS, not DHL, not Purolator. Nobody delivers on saturday except pizzerias.

Swiss Chalet, FTW! :)

more than 4 years ago
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Tracking Down a Single-Bit RAM Error

JediTrainer Re:Cosmic rays, my ass. Occam's Razor time. (277 comments)

I agree, but I would start thinking even simpler. My wife and I had all sorts of weird issues with our computers a few years back.

My biggest clues were that the issues all appeared shortly after we moved, and with 2 out of 3 of our machines.

Long story short, after much hair pulling, a decent UPS solved the problem. Our machines were acting weird and random things weren't working because of unclean power, and apparently the PSUs weren't tolerating this all that well.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Says Farewell To PCI Bus

JediTrainer Re:Now What? (415 comments)

I still have my two ISA Gravis UltraSound cards (1 MB DRAM! Whoo!) that I can't bear to throw away. Sigh.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive

JediTrainer Re:No, it's just HP bei (651 comments)

I've got a Pixma MP750 (it takes 5 cartridges). Had it for 5 years now - the original print heads are still working great. Photos are still coming out of it looking good (though I don't print pictures often, it's nice to still be able to).

more than 4 years ago
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Hacking Automotive Systems

JediTrainer Re:So what? (360 comments)

I thought those types of explosives were only armed when you hit 50 or so. They blow up when your speed drops below 50.

Think I saw a documentary on that once... name escapes me. Velocity? Momentum? Something like that. I think I saw it during a bus trip.

more than 4 years ago
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Canonical Bringing an Instant-On Ubuntu

JediTrainer Re:Horizontal vs. vertical space (251 comments)

Ugh. Indeed but I think the problem is more widespread. To my dismay, Excel 2007 makes it really, really hard to open up two separate Excel windows. You can open two documents within the same Excel instance, yes. But it looks really awful when I'm trying to use my dual-monitor setup as God intended. Was never an issue with MS Office 2003.

Window Managers and applications should be capable of elegantly handling widescreen and dual-monitor situations by now.

more than 4 years ago
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Purple Pokeberries Yield Cheap Solar Power

JediTrainer Re:Pokeberries? (206 comments)

Thank you for that. You just made my day.

more than 4 years ago
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Simple CMS For Mixed Mac/Windows Team?

JediTrainer OneNote + Sharepoint (119 comments)

OneNote as a desktop app, linked as a shared notebook on Sharepoint.

Everything dropped into OneNote can be easily managed through drag+drop. Works offline with synchronization when online. Auto-merges most things at the paragraph level (and has ability to manually merge other stuff). Sharepoint can handle the version control and you can fish older versions of each document out of there if needed.

Much content can be thrown in there (text, emails, screenshots dumped from clipboard, whatever), annotated and/or drawn over, and external files can be dropped right into it or linked via URL.

Using it internally for our team and it's bloody fantastic. The issue we had trying other CMSs (including various types of Wikis, shared folders, vanilla Sharepoint etc) is that they're tedious to use, therefore they don't get used. Our staff love using OneNote so it's being used extensively now. Don't know about its search capability (both OneNote and SP have search but I have no idea how good they are) but we have our folder layout carefully chosen so we can find what we need pretty quickly.

Have even used it recently on a larger project to assign tasks, with milestones and due dates, each one linked to their corresponding Bugzilla ticket that the owners can update as needed. For our small team this worked pretty well.

Not sure about sharing, but some ideas: OneNote can email individual pages as needed, or you could create separate notebooks per client (and let Sharepoint handle the security). Or you could print to PDF and email that out as well. Depends on what your needs are whether this would be a good fit.

more than 4 years ago
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Japan To Standardize Electric Vehicle Chargers

JediTrainer Re:how about cellphones first? (240 comments)

Funny thing, that. The idea that USB automatically gives me the ability to swap plugs. Then I made a discovery:

I have a TomTom ONE XL, and a Motorola RAZR (yes, it's old). Both have mini USB connectors.

Both will happily charge off the Motorola car adapter. Yet the TomTom adapter will only charge the TomTom (the RAZR will say 'unable to charge' connected to the TomTom cigarette lighter adapter).

Seems that proprietary connectors are still possible if the plug refuses to give the device enough juice, depending on the device. I'm not quite sure how they pulled that off, or whether the TomTom adapter simply doesn't provide the amount of power that the cell phone is requesting. Maybe someone who knows something about these plugs could comment?

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

JediTrainer Re:Print Screen (806 comments)

Both still add an unnecessary step if I can do all of this at the point of capture. If it's just for one image, then fine. Gets pretty tedious if I need to do 100 for a manual.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

JediTrainer Re:Print Screen (806 comments)

I'm aware of this as well, but alt-printscreen still suffers from two things

1 - being unable to capture part of a window (w/o cropping). Happens all the time when doing documentation

2 - being unable to capture multiple windows side by side, if I want to illustrate an overlay of some sort

Being able to select an area of the screen to capture to clipboard is infinitely more useful

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

JediTrainer Re:Print Screen (806 comments)

Yes, I'm aware of that tool. I guess I shouldn't have digressed so much, but screen capture wasn't the primary reason why I wanted OneNote on Linux - the anecdote was more of a side note.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

JediTrainer Re:Print Screen (806 comments)

I don't even bother with that anymore. If you have it, OneNote puts a better screengrabber into Windowkey+S which lets you select the part of the screen that you want to capture (no more cropping!)

I managed to get that part of OneNote working on Ubuntu as well, although through the tray icon instead of the hotkey. Unfortunately most everything else that I need in OneNote remains broken under the version of CrossOver I have.

more than 4 years ago

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Canadian Elections Debate - Questions for Bev Oda?

JediTrainer JediTrainer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JediTrainer (314273) writes "I'm planning on putting my money where my mouth is. The infamous Bev Oda, our Canadian Member of Parliament is running again to be elected in our Durham Riding.

There is a candidate's debate on October 6th in my town (at the Uxbridge Arena — feel free to join me!). I would like to put all of the candidates on the spot regarding DRM and recent attempts to pass laws supporting it, most recently bill C-61.

Any suggestions for how to frame the question to avoid having them dance around the issue, particularly regarding "digital lock" implications that the rest of the public can be made to understand?"

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