Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Printing on an HP OfficeJet 6310 from Solaris

I thought this would be hard but essentially it was very easy - I guess and seemed to get it right first time.

You don't need to install CUPS as the SUNWhpijs package already supports Sun's own print system. Simply run:


... as root, choose PRINTER->NEW ATTACHED PRINTER from the menu and then add the printer. I found it to be attached to /dev/usb/printer0 and I had to claim it was an OfficeJet 6110, but essentially everything worked perfectly and seconds later I was printing in colour on A4 paper.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Excellent beer!

Following on from my cider related shenanigans, I've just found a beer I haven't had before that's really improved my evening.

Summer Lightning by the Hopback Brewery. You can get it in Waitrose. It's a nice light flavour with an excellent roundness. Perfect for the glourious summer we're not having here in the UK.

See http://www.hopback.co.uk for details.

Saturday, 4 August 2007



So I'm trying flock out again.

It's been a while since I last looked at it.  All I can say is it's improved massively.  It's actually just like Firefox with lots of lovelly extra interactions with my favourite web sites. So far so impressed.


I haven't drunk cider since a University, but at the Walkabout bar in central Birmingham I was introducer to Kopperburg, Swedish cider (thank you GUADEC!) which was actually really nice.    Since then I've had no end of trouble getting hold of the stuff.  Every place I go either doesn't stock it or is out of stock.  It's a shame because it's lovelly.

Worse than all that however is that I have resorted to trying other ciders to see if I'd just forgortten how good cider is.  I haven't.   Every other cider I have tasted has been unreservedly shite. 

Unless I can find a supplier of Kopperburg in the immediate future I've a feeling cider will be off my menu for at least another decade.


I've got too many projects to work on and that makes it hard to focus.  Right now I have:

  • Reading "purely functional data structure", which in turn requires me to learn Standard ML (can I just say,*yuck*).
  • Working on VonTeese, a DITA handling system in Scheme.
  • Learning about concurrent Scheme programming in Termite.
  • Writing a ELISP to allow me to edit item on a Twiki based Wiki directly.
  • Working out a good data acquisition UI strategy for mobile GNOME devices (via PokyLinux for the time being).

.. plus a whole load of other ideas floating around in my head.

Blogged with Flock