I Want

Sep. 19th, 2008 12:24 am
mandysee_mandydo: (Default)

I think when I get some spare money I shall like to get one. Most of what I'm interested in with a computer these days is Internet based and doesn't really require a lot of computer. For the more resource-heavy computing, we have our home desktop. This things is just so portable, so inexpensive and way cute! ^_^
mandysee_mandydo: (Frylock)
adly I had to get rid of my cherished Apple LaserWriter 8500. I didn't think we could set up a LAN in our campus apartment (I found out I was wrong), but even if I could it was just too freaking big to fit in such a small apartment. As it is we've gotten rid of a bunch of stuff and still are struggling to fit everything. I'm going to miss owning a laser printer, especially a cool old workhorse like that one!

Since I had to get rid of it, I figured why not donate it to work? I was in desperate need for a reliable non-inkjet printer for the office but couldn't find much justification in my budget considering all of the other equipment needs. Can't beat free!

I forget how I set it up at home. I may very well have used the Apple Printer Utility on my Mac SE to configure the IP address and all, but I just couldn't get this thing to work in the office. I struggled with it most of the day. I downloaded the LaserWriter Utility for Windows and couldn't get it to communicate with the printer. I found out that Apple dropped support for Classic with Leopard, which is the OS on the iMac, so I couldn't use the old Apple Printer Utility on it to configure the printer. It seemed no matter how much Googling I did, I could not find a way to make it work.

Thankfully I finally found a site with instructions to configure the printer by a combination of Terminal commands and eventually telnet to access the configuration utility on the printer itself. Sweet! I reset the printer to factory defaults. I read the configuration print-out to find the IP address (assigned by the router using DHCP), the MAC address and the Printer Name. I used this information to ping the printer to make sure it was communicating, arp it and then telnet into the printer to make the IP address permanent and set the subnet. Success! The iMac can now print to it! Still I could not get Windows to access it directly using a Standard TCP/IP port, so I gave up on that route.

I set the iMac to share the printer. I downloaded Bonjour for Windows and installed it on my office XP computer. I used the Bonjour Printer Wizard to browse for and install the network printer on my XP machine in a matter of a couple of minutes and voila! I am now able to print from all of my office computers to the old LW8500. Sweet.

I wonder if this method would also work with Vista. One of my recent frustrations with this old workhorse printer was that there were no drivers available for Vista, but using Bonjour I only need to use the generic PostScript driver to make it work through the share. I have to assume the same approach would then also work for Vista. I shall have to try it!

“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed” - Benjamin Franklin

Mac G4

Jun. 12th, 2008 03:44 pm
mandysee_mandydo: (Shooty Dog Thing)
This morning I went to the recycling center to bring my office trash when I found among the stuff left for people to reuse was a Mac G4 tower. Sweet! I have no idea what condition it's in, but I intend to find out. Considering our G3 tower is nonfunctional (needs a hard drive and possibly RAM considering the troubles it was experiencing before), it can't get much worse. I may finally have an OS X worthy Mac for us to use! As much as I love th little SE, it's purely entertainment. It doesn't serve much of a practical use.

EDIT:
HOLY SHIT IT'S CHRISTMAS! It's only a 533MHz G4 with 192MB RAM running OS X 10.2.6 on a 40GB hard drive, but it's still free and fully functional. Sweet! ^_^ No signs yet of any apparent malfunctioning. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the G3 at this point. I'm pretty sure it just needs RAM and a hard drive, but do I really need a G3 and a G4? *shrugs* Maybe I'll convert the G3 into a *nix machine. Maybe not.
mandysee_mandydo: (Default)
Quick post since I'm at work. This is work-related and I'm seeking any technical advice anyone may have on this subject.

First, let me just say again that I ADORE Ubuntu Studio! I am just generally impressed overall with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) and especially this particular multimedia-centric installation of it.

So anyhow, here comes the work-related question, and I'm asking it publicly here in the hopes that perhaps someone may know the answer. I have installed an IEEE 1394 (you may better know this as FireWire or iLink) card in the computer and it's picked up fine and works without trouble. I am able to plug in our two MiniDV camcorders and they are recognized. Using Kino to capture, I am able to manually control the camcorder and capture video just fine. The trouble is the camcorders, despite being controllable through IEEE 1394, are not being recognized as AV/C compliant and so I am unable to control the camcorders through the software interface. I simply get the error message "No AV/C compliant cam connected or not switched on?" even when the camera is in fact connected and switched on and sending audio and video. I'm using /dev/dv1394/0 as the camcorder device for the dv1394 configuration.

The question is: does anyone know how I can get these AV/C compliant camcorders to actually play nice with Kino and have full software control over them through IEEE1394? It would be nice to have more precise control over the start/stop in capture rather than doing things manually.

EDIT:
Okay, so I opted to use /dev/raw1394 instead and made sure the group permissions were all set for video and the group had rw permissions on /dev/raw1394. Even still, the only way I could get Kino to assume AV/C control of the camcorder was to start Kino as root. Not even sudo worked! So there's obviously some sort of permissions issue here, but I'm not sure what.

FURTHER EDIT:
Curiouser and curiouser. Having found no easy way to get a normal user to run Kino and get AV/C control I decided to retreat for now and do a bit more research before tinkering more. I changed back to /dev/dv1394/0 and tested capture as a normal user to make sure I didn't accidentally kill it. Not only did it work fine, but... I had AV/C control! Not that I'm trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I would have liked to have known how I managed it, especially without touching any permissions on /dev/dv1394/0.
mandysee_mandydo: (cute doctor)
I is a happy turtle. I have installed Ubuntu Studio successfully on a PC at work and will be using it soon to do non-linear editing. I am very giddy to try it out and see how well it works. ^_^

EDIT:
Can I just say I LOVE Ubuntu so far? Because I do! Granted, I haven't played with a Linux or *nix flavor since Fedora Core 1 and certainly not anything extensive since some rather old version of FreeBSD about 8 years ago, but... I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO MOUNT MY EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE! I love that it can autodetect and hotswap! Okay, that is all. Back to work now.

"The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes, that's it." - Linus Torvalds
mandysee_mandydo: (captain jack sparrow)
Kathy and I are both rather fond of Age of Empires III, so we were both very pleased when we saw The War Chiefs. One of my only reservations (pardon the pun) with AoE III was that it takes place in Colonial America, a time when most wars involved Native Americans or were against Native Americans, yet in AoE III... where are all the Native Americans?! They make a cameo. Ummm, something is amiss here...

So now with The War Chiefs you can play the Aztecs, the Iroquois or the Sioux (I don't generally like using that term but that's what they use in the game so reluctantly I use it here). Yay! I can't wait to play it! The downside is that we still haven't upgraded our graphics adapter after the original in this PC had malfunctioned, so AoE III bogs down after a short while due to lack of VRAM. No problem. Guess that will be the big splurg next week. ;)

They also added a few things to the game in general, such as a couple extra scenarios, pirates and, mind you this is quirky but so geeky, ninjas. WTF?! Ninjas in Colonial America? I guess the pirates need to fight someone, right?

"Oh, I'm sorry. I have a tendency of startling people like that. It's probably from training with Batman. I'm Dr. McNinja." - Dr. McNinja
mandysee_mandydo: (cute doctor)
So while I'm waiting for it to finish downloading...

I'm going to put together a machine from spare parts at home and install Ubuntu Studio 7.04. It's a multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu. If I can get it to work successfully then I can use it to save us a bunch of money at work and get up to speed with digital post-production. The big ifs: will Ubuntu recognize and play nice with the PCI firewire card, will it recognize and play nice with our digital camcorders and will the system produce broadcast-quality video? That's what I hope to find out from testing. If I can pull this off I will be so exuberant!

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. - Clive Barnes

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