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I did! I learned it's a whole load easier to cheat and print text into a bitmap and then rotate it than to work out what origin relocation factors you need when you use RotateTransform. But then I threw it away as a kludge and did it properly.
Sent from my Amstrad PC 1640 Never throw anything away, Griff
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Another old printer story: Philips is a lesser known printer manufacturer. First time I saw a Philips printer was when we started selling one with our office automation software and our own machines. This printer was unique in that it used powder like a laser printer, but didn't fuse it to the paper by heat, but by pressure. The paper was fed between two polished steel rolls, forced together with high force. One important sales point was that you could use any preprinted, multicolor letterhead or whatever: The colors would not be affected, since no heat was used.
Yet one of our customers got really upset after the printer was installed: Trusting that colors would survive, they had had printed lots of business letter paper, not only with a colorful company logo, but on a really distinguished paper quality with a structured surface (somewhat resembling proper watercolor paper). When the sheets came out from the steel rollers, the nice structured surface was rolled so flat that it was shining. All that structured high-class appearance had vanished. (Even plain copying paper got more shiny after being through the high pressure rollers.)
The customer complained to us, insisting that we pay at least part of the extra expenses for that fancy paper, but I believe our managament flatly rejected it. Maybe the customer then turned to Philips to complain. In any case: This is the only printer model I ever saw using pressure fusing. Maybe they had lots of customers complaining about too shiny printouts.
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"we do not have pornography, sir, do you mean phonograph ?"
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«Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?» T. S. Elliot
Some time in the last few months, I remember reading something of a rant about how difficult it was to add features to Oracle - something about having tests run for hours to days, hundreds of feature flags, causing completely random things to break, having to add hundreds of your own tests, and having to wait weeks for management approval after additional testing.
However, I can't seem to find it anymore. The only other clue I have is that I got to it through a link from the "Daily News" email.
I tried searching on the site, but I can't seem to find it.
It doesn't sound familiar to me; I'm guessing it came somewhere other than the insider news.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
I’ve replaced spinning hard drives (HDD) for SSDs in several computers recently and the difference is amazing. An SSD on a SATA interface is about 10 times faster than a 7200rpm HDD and about 13 times faster than a 5400rpm drive. On my wife’s 2012 laptop (Intel i3-2350M CPU running at 2.3 GHz with 4GB of DDR3-1333), I replaced the original 5400rpm HDD with an SSD and the computer is around 10 times faster. It boots in seconds rather than minutes (Windows 10 Home) and there’s no waiting for web pages to load, no pauses in videos, and so on. I’ve now done the same thing for three of her friends. Prices on good SSDs are incredibly low on Amazon right now. I’ve been using Samsung 860 EVO or SanDisk Extreme Pro SSDs.
To make the swap, you typically need just three things. The new SSD, a USB 3.0 external disk enclosure and disk cloning software. USB 3.0 enclosures from Sabrent or Inaco are in the $10 range. I’ve used the free versions of EaseUs Todo Backup or Aomei Backupper or Acronis TrueImage to do the cloning. Put the new SSD in the enclosure, clone your existing drive to the SSD and swap out the HDD. A serendipitous advantage is that, after the swap, you can put the old hard drive in the enclosure and use it for backups. Total cost can easily be under $100 depending on the size SSD you need.
With GHz CPUs and memory, if you're still running off a HDD, you're probably losing 75% or more of your computer's potential.
Note: I just refurbished by own desktop computer with an Intel H270 chipset motherboard and an M.2 SSD with a PCIe x4 interface (Samsung 960 EVO). The configuration is 3 times faster than hooking an SSD up to SATA, but you need a compatible motherboard and SSD, obviously.