Probably the most pervasive system for printer discovery – at least in the SOHO market – is Apple’s Bonjour. It’s based on mDNS, which provides decentralized name announcement and resolution. DNS-SD is layered on top of mDNS to provide a mechanism for service discovery. By their powers combined, clients can find services provided by other nodes on their local network (i.e. networked printers) without needing a central directory or any manual configuration. Apple has published a standard for how network printers should advertise themselves.Read more...
VMware Fusion offers the ability to share OS X’s printers with guest OSes via its ThinPrint driver, but that often doesn’t support the more advanced options of business-grade printers and copy machines. Most Linux distributions use the C UNIX Printing System (CUPS), which is also used by OS X. CUPS is inherently networked even when working within a single machine, so it’s fairly simple to set up a Linux guest to print to the OS X host’s CUPS server.Read more...
GCC has an interesting take on optimizing a localization table:Read more...
When the topic of profanity filtering comes up on forums or other community sites, it is nearly always discussed in terms of whether or not filtering is censorship. That framing produces much acrimony and little useful discussion. This is my response to one such thread. By the time I had written it the discussion had devolved into ad hominem attacks and been closed by a moderator, so I’ve chosen to post it here instead.Read more...
I accidentally left my mobile phone at a friend’s a while ago, and I needed temporary phone service until I could get it back. Since I use Google Voice, forwarding calls to another number is easy. I thought a prepaid mobile phone would be an ideal solution. I’d use it for a few days, then when I got my phone back I could just stop using it and the unused balance would stick around until I needed it. I had an old Android phone from Sprint lying around, so rather than get a new prepaid phone I decided to activate it with Boost Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid division. That seemed like an especially good idea since I already had the phone and CDMA doesn’t need a SIM card, so I could sign up on the web without needing to go anywhere or get anything shipped to me.Read more...
I just finished installing Windows 8 drivers for all the hardware in my
new laptop. One device in particular,
me for quite a while. There’s no open, centralized database for ACPI IDs
like there is for PCI and USB. All I knew was
that it was made by Asus (ATK is their vendor code) and searching Google
was turning up nothing. I eventually resorted to looking at the ini
files from random drivers on the Asus site for the UX31A until I found a
match. Apparently it’s the wireless radio control interface, used to
enter airplane mode from the Windows UI. It’s covered by the “ASUS
Wireless Radio Control” driver in the “Utilities” section of
the download page.
I recently bought myself an Asus ZenBook UX31A. I upgraded the OS to Windows 8 Pro. After I installed BIOS update 212, I stopped being able to get into the BIOS setup menu. I would press F2 during the POST screen just like before, but it would just boot straight into Windows. I’m pretty sure the BIOS update was a coincidence.Read more...
Based on the discussion in JIM-254 I’m extending the JIRA
Importers Plugin (JIM) to support RT. I was trying to start
JIRA for testing with
atlas-run -DskipTests, but after the initial
setup process it failed to load with this error message: