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Linux Printer Addition

October 31, 2015

Linux has come a long way, I’ve been running it for too long to remember when I started. One little issue that continues, and would throw a new user a curveball, is the addition of new hardware. The manufacturers are geared toward the two big operating systems, so you’re not likely to get a disk with your new printer that installs a driver in your Linux (am I supposed to say GNU/Linux) system.

I bought a new Epson WF-2630 printer and had high hopes for magic to happen when I set it up and plugged it in. Well, of course, no magic. No driver, no printer.

I know my way around only as a layman long time user. CUPS is a good place to start; http://localhost:631 but still lacking the driver, no luck there. This job is going to require: the COMMAND LINE! Not necessarily a big deal, but scary for newbs.

So the point of this post is to point you to a couple of resources that made my install reasonably easy. First get the driver from Epson, note their instructions for installing LSB and download the right version for your system.

EpsonPrinterOK, you may need to do more research on .deb, .rpm, and .tar.gz and I may have this piece overly complicated. I run Mint and chose the .rpm path. The .rpm will get converted to a .deb (this is sounding like an unnecessary step, I’m always learning) through instructions found at the Linux Foundation.

And with that done you can go to your printer control, system-config-printer on the command line will get you there, where you’ll find the new printer as an option to add (assuming it is connected and turned on).

It’s not a big ordeal but it needs to be easier for those who are not familiar with the command line.


Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton

June 5, 2010

Carl Palidino tell me this is a lie: you donated to two of the worst politicians on the planet, Schumer and Clinton. According to Warren Redlich you gave $1000 to Chuck Schumer in 2009 and $4600 to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. That may be chump change to you but it still smells of the political class purchasing a little friendship. Tell me it’s a lie so I can set the record straight.

The War on Drugs II

February 25, 2010

The Tompkins County District Attorney, Gwen Wilkinson, promises transparency in the investigation of the killing of Shawn Greenwood. Then goes on to say in the Ithaca Journal story:

“This investigation will likely end up as a grand jury presentation,” Wilkinson said. “It would be inappropriate for me to taint that process by sharing a lot of details. But I am going to share with you what I can.”

Which is to say, ‘I’ll tell you things I want to tell you but you’ll only get details if there is an indictment and trial’. This will always be the problem when the government is left to investigate its own actions. Grand juries need independence from the District Attorney. Will the grand jury be allowed to report their findings:

  § 190.25 Grand jury; proceedings and operation in general.
    4. (a) Grand jury proceedings are secret, and no grand juror, or other
  person  specified in subdivision three of this section or section 215.70
  of the penal law, may, except in the lawful discharge of his  duties  or
  upon written order of the court, disclose the nature or substance of any
  grand  jury testimony, evidence, or any decision, result or other matter
  attending a grand jury proceeding. For  the  purpose  of  assisting  the
  grand jury in conducting its investigation, evidence obtained by a grand
  jury  may be independently examined by the district attorney, members of
  his staff, police officers specifically assigned to  the  investigation,
  and  such  other  persons  as the court may specifically authorize. Such
  evidence may not be disclosed to other persons without  a  court  order.
  Nothing  contained  herein  shall prohibit a witness from disclosing his
  own testimony.

    6. The legal advisors of the grand jury are the court and the district
  attorney,  and  the grand jury may not seek or receive legal advice from
  any other source. Where necessary  or  appropriate,  the  court  or  the
  district  attorney, or both, must instruct the grand jury concerning the
  law with respect to its  duties  or  any  matter  before  it,  and  such
  instructions must be recorded in the minutes.

That pretty well tells you that the grand jury is just another organ of the state. The purpose of a grand jury is to investigate corrupt government officials as well as standing guard over the People’s right not to be railroaded into court proceedings.

There is a piece in the article that brings to mind a very important point:

In clothing marked with police insignia and badges clearly displayed, the officers approached Greenwood’s van, which was parked but running in a parking spot in front of the liquor store entrance, Wilkinson said. When they identified themselves and tried to persuade him to exit the van, Greenwood resisted arrest, drove over a curb and hit a Dryden police officer with the front of his van. The officer was thrown onto the van hood, then off the hood a few feet onto the grass in front of the van, she said. Officers on both sides of the van screamed for Greenwood to stop as he continued to accelerate toward the downed officer.

The front of the van apparently went over the officer, and Bangs fired his service pistol at Greenwood, Wilkinson said. The incident took about three seconds, and though reports vary, Bangs may have fired three rounds, she added.

“At that moment in time, Sgt. Bangs had to make a decision about the employment of lethal force,” she said. “He made his decision, he discharged his service weapon, and Mr. Greenwood was struck by bullets.” The shooting followed officers’ attempts to pull Greenwood from the vehicle and Taser him, she added.

Now it may just be a reporting style but most people will report an incident in chronological order. I’d really like to here the details of this Taser attempt. Without the details I have to wonder if the victim was in fact shot with the Taser. If he was shot with the Taser he might not be responsible for the accelerating vehicle. I don’t like speculating. We need facts.

Nobel Bullshit Prize

October 9, 2009

Almost as absurd as giving the Nobel Peace Prize to the war criminal Henry Kissinger. Clearly, Obama has a lot of killing to do before he actully earns the ‘honor’ of being in a class that includes Kissinger. I’m sure he will do his best, he may even bring peace to Iran.


September 18, 2009

Here is something I discovered:

Is extortion a service?

Is extortion a service?

I don’t consider registration for my car to be a service. Maybe Discover can come up with a better category. Suggestions?

$100 Bills?

March 26, 2009

I don’t recall where I saw it and it seems meaningless, someone had reported banks running short on one hundred dollar bills. I had a large check that needed cashing and went off to a Bank of America branch to cash it. The report was not at the top of my mind so I was just a little surprised when the clerk asked if I’d prefer 20’s or 50’s. I asked if the Fed was having a hard time keep up with their printing. He said they were getting a shipment.

I did a bit of searching to see if there were any stories to be found but haven’t even been able to find where I originally heard this rumor. With my government paranoia raging I have to wonder what they are plotting. Is this part of a plot to end cash? Will they leave us with only $1 dollar bills so we can buy gum and candy without resorting to plastic?

It seems to me they should be going the other way and rolling out the $1000 dollar bills so we can get lunch at the street vendors.

Global warming in an Ice Age

January 28, 2009

Climate change, is it science or politics? Of course, politicians will latch on to anything they can use to further their control and manipulation of the masses. With Al Gore leading the charge I’ve been skeptical from the start. Being surrounded by hoards of true believers I figured I should at least look into the issue. The believers will hit you with some impressive charts showing the past century of data. Sure enough, temperatures are rising over the last hundred years.

Sure enough, temperatures are rising.

Sure enough, temperatures are rising.

If this were just a scientific issue the next question would be, is that all the available data? But this is political so the question will not be brought up.

Let’s look a little deeper into the data. Now, you can see the pre-human data.

450 thousand years of data

450 thousand years of data

As you can see we are near historical peaks. You should note man (Homo sapien) has only been around for 20,000 years. Since we are not higher than historical peaks of temperature it is pretty hard to believe “global warming” is produced by humans. But if we can find evidence of Homo rhodesienis and their fossil fuel burning industries, I could be turn into a believer.

One last chart shows that temperatures over the past 8,000 years have been slightly declining.

Note a slight cooling trend for the past 8,000 years.

Note a slight cooling trend for the past 8,000 years.

The historical data suggests that we are more likely to be headed for a deeper ice age. Nothing to be alarmed about the earth survived all of the previous “climate changes”. Nature is very adaptable, evolutionary in a way.

Musical Interlude

January 19, 2009

It’s nice when a good message meets good music.

Flo White Money Bomb 3:37

How To Deal With Telemarketers.

December 10, 2008

Thanks to Jim at Political Class Dismissed for pointing me to this great treatment of a telemarketer. The best 3 minutes you’ll waste today.

Tax Revolt Convoy to Albany, December 3rd–Truckers Welcome!

November 21, 2008

Tax Revolt Convoy to Albany, December 3rd–Truckers Welcome!

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