Tuesday, 27 November 2012

installing hp laserjet 1018



LaserJet 1018 is not properly supported on Mac out of the box. There is a way to make it work however
Make sure it's turned on and plug it into your Mac. Open printing preferences. Add new printer - HP LaserJet 1018. It will ask you to select driver: search for HP LaserJet 1015 and add this printer. Now this will not work, yet.

Open System Update and search for updates. It will find update for HP printing software, install it.
Open printing preferences again. Delete the printer you just added. Now add it again. This time tell it to use printer driver HP LaserJet 1022

Friday, 9 November 2012

signs of a cult

1. They have a charismatic "infallible" leader. Hero worship.

2. They ask you for money.

3. They do not want you to tell other people what their 'teachings' are. Secrecy.

4. Groupthink. Thoughtcrime. Unquestioning acceptance of teachings.

5. They have a fixed system of teachings that you may not question or doubt, and if you're allowed to "question" the teachings, the ultimate conclusion is that you're wrong and the Leader is right. Even if questioning is tolerated, ultimately you're "led" back to the "truth". Drink the Kool Aid.

6. They try to substitute your family and friends for other members. Closed social circle. If interference by "outsiders" is detected, those "outsiders" are "encouraged" to "experience it for themselves" or they're treated as enemies, and you're encouraged to think of them as such.

7. You're discouraged from leaving, either by emotional blackmail, or direct threats of excommunication or refusal to be allowed 'back', or worse. Ostracism. 

This description describes some MLM companies, political groupings, some religious organisations, and some self-help organisations. I won't name them but you know who I mean. If it checks all seven, it's a cult. In fact, early Christianity as depicted in the gospels matches all criteria except (2).

Friday, 2 November 2012

open or launch apps in background on Mac OS X

It's annoying when you're working in an app on Mac OS X and you want to launch some other app, and because Mac OS X takes so long to launch apps, you switch away and start working on  something, only to have the splash screen of the previously launched app come to the foreground and annoy you by stealing the focus.

As far as I can tell, the only way to do this is to launch apps from the commandline, ie make your dock contain unix shell scripts for all the apps you want to launch.

The syntax is, for example, to open TextEdit:


open -g -a /Applications/TextEdit.app

once you've written the script (in TextWrangler, and saved as a UNIX textfile with .sh on the end), make sure you do this:


chmod 755 textedit-launcher.sh


and then rightclick it and choose "Open With -> Terminal.app"

lexmark help

If your lexmark is printing blank on Mac OS X ,  delete the printer under system preferences and recreate it.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

bookwhirl legitimacy


php 7 nightmare

OK so Centos 6 insists on installing php 5.3 and even if you download other RPMs and install them, they do not replace the existing 5.3 whic...