Stupid Printers…

I admit, I usually don’t use printers. The closest thing to a printer I normally use is PDF printing, and even that is usually reserved for doing taxes at the end of the year. Today must have been my day. I needed to print something at work. I could have moved it over to the Windows box that goes largely unused on my desk (planning on making it Ubuntu 7.10 when the full release comes out), but that just annoys me. Why not configure a printer today?

The process itself was relatively painless. I am currently using Ubuntu 7.04 on my D800 laptop. Just clicked the menus and entered the nework information, and BAM (man, I hope that’s not copyrighted), I had a printer installed. I fired off a test print and waited for the familiar sound of my printer warming up. Nothing. I wander over to the printer to see an error on the screen. No paper in Tray 1. OK, no biggie. Tray 1 is the manual feed tray, so I steal some paper out of Tray 2 and put it in the Manual Feed Tray. Right away, the print job comes out in vibrant grays. OK, no major issues so far, and I’ve got a working printer. Just need to fix the tray problem. There’s the rub. It doesn’t seem to matter what tray I tell it go to, it always goes to the Manual Feed. I can’t make it go anywhere else (other than to another printer).

Stupid printer.

Linux on your Mobile Phone

Today I’ve been reading articles about Linux on mobile phones. Articles can be found here and here. Personally, I think this is a great idea. Here’s the phone that I use:

With the full keyboard, the idea of having some kind of command line access from my phone to my server is very tempting. Full Internet Access using a standard browser instead of some lame kinda-browser is also very tempting. Firefox on my phone? Who wouldn’t like that? With a Linux based OS, OpenOffice could potentially be available, and many other Linux applications. The idea of having these options on my phone is pretty tempting.

From an Enterprise perspective, at my company, we use a lot of Blackberries. We have several Exchange servers, and a VPN. If a Linux based phone were to include WiFi, which many phones are coming out with these days, air time to access your corporate network would be zero.

Right now, I think that the Linux Mobile OS is a little fresh to jump to all these conclusions, but how sweet would this be?

Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

I’ve been running Windows Vista Ultimate Edition on my desktop computer for a little while now. I picked it up because I was able to get a massive discount on it. Less than $50. If the price had not been so low, I would not have bothered to buy it. I’ve been demoing the new Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 5 release of Ubuntu, and have been really liking it. Liking it to the point that I’m seriously thinking about ditching the hugely expensive (normally) OS for a free one. Today I was reading about the people that are complaining about the Windows Vista Ultimate Extras package, and while I didn’t pay nearly as much as other Windows Vista Ultimate users did, I have to agree that Microsoft has treated us with indifference, if not disdain. Their treatment of their customers only pushes me closer to leaving their OS behind entirely. Is there any reason that I shouldn’t?