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Michael T. Richter ttmrichter at
Sat Apr 29 10:52:53 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-29-04 at 15:42 +0700, Chanchao wrote:

> I could paint the main switch on my UPS red.  That's kind of big and
> more satisfying to hit in a fit of rage compared to holding a flimsy
> plastic power button for 5 seconds.

I've found that I need to move my hatchet and my cleaver to the other
end of my home when working on anything vaguely supported under Ubuntu.
If I don't there's a severe risk that I'll reprogram the system very
drastically....  ;)

> > So far I've managed to dodge the printing bullet, but I expect in the
> > relatively near future to need a printer attached as printing in the
> > office is inconvenient.  I've heard nothing good about setting up
> > printing under Ubuntu either.

> It's okay. :)  Just whatever you do: Make sure you get an HP printer,
> preferably a Laserjet, and then preferably one with a print server built
> in that plugs straight into your network hub.

My first problem with printing under Ubuntu was with a Laserjet.
Everything worked except the actual, you know, printing.  System found
the printer, identified its type correctly, figured out the port it was
on, etc. etc. etc.  Then it sent the test page and nothing ever
happened.  (Except for reporting that the test page was successfully
sent, natch.)  This was back with Hoary and the system I set it up on is
long gone.  But eventually I will have to take the hit, buy myself a
printer and do it all over again.  Bugger.

Michael T. Richter
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