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Yeah, never leave an inkjet sit. A number of things can go wrong between the cartridge and the paper. The last inkjet I let sit had the jets themselves gum right up and there was no rescuing them. We've since replaced with a sub $500 HP laser we've been happy with.
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The Officejet Pro 8600 is a business-class inkjet printer, which as a group tend to have lower ink costs than do consumer-class models.
is not going to pan out if I print 12 copies, let it dessicate for 6 months and then have to buy four new cartridges to make another copy.

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Think I'll try Ari's suggestion and bag 'em, see if it helps.
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In other news I'd never before seen a spam junk link from a .su domain.

Even had to look it up.

But apparently Jana who might be James but says they're Adeline is bored and lonely and looked me up on the Facebook I never signed up for.
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Python has brought computer programming to a vast new audience - Programming languages

Moderately interesting. Success metric is google searches:



And yes, the article includes other Monty-Python-related puns.

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But in the past 12 months Google users in America have searched for Python more often than for Kim Kardashian, a reality-TV star.
Which led me to reflect that Python is indented, whereas Kim Kardashian is outdented.
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I have been surprised by the results for "python skeleton" in the past.

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I've been learning Go (Golang) over the last few days. Seems like a cool language based on what I've learned so far. I could see it eventually displacing C, C++, Java, etc. in popularity if it continues to evolve sensibly.
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Python has brought computer programming to a vast new audience - Programming languages

Moderately interesting. Success metric is google searches:
For some odd reason, I can never type "python" correctly the first time. It's been a serious barrier to me picking up the language.

If they had a lot of searches for "pythin" they would all be from me. :)
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I've been learning Go (Golang) over the last few days. Seems like a cool language based on what I've learned so far. I could see it eventually displacing C, C++, Java, etc. in popularity if it continues to evolve sensibly.
Go has some really neat qualities, I should spend more time with it, but I don't really have the bandwidth to keep up with Go and actually do my work, which is all Rust and C#.

Rust and Go are very similar in concept, but differ wildly in execution. I've been liking Rust because it compiles down to very fast native code, while Go uses a runtime.
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Go compiles to native code - it's just that a run-time library (also native code) gets statically linked into every executable. The run-time library only does things like garbage collection and formatting.

The disadvantage is that even tiny 'hello world' programs compile to big executables, but as a program grows the executable doesn't increase in size more than, say, a compiled C program would. The advantage is that distributing executables is dead easy as you don't have to worry about installing all the correct versions of necessary libraries (DLL files in Windows).

Another advantage is that the Go compiler runs much faster than C or C++ compilers, and you don't need hugely complex make and cmake files to build your executable (or bloated IDEs that hide that complexity away - which is fine until they bite you doing something complicated that you don't understand).

I use mostly C# for my job, and it's nice. I use C and C++ for some of my hobby programming.

But I'm liking the way Go works - it's different enough to make me think in some fresh ways when coding - always a good thing - I'm sure I will want to try to implement some of the new techniques I'm learning when I have to go back to C#. Go's syntax isn't too alien so it's not a ridiculously unpleasant learning curve to adjust to it.
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From what I've read, Rust is really great, but harder to learn than Go. Rust executables run really fast, but Go executables still run faster than Java or C#, so plenty fast enough for ordinary work. Go compiles faster though.

I'll stick with Go for now - maybe Rust in a few months time if I fancy the challenge.

Isn't it great that all these languages are free? Remember when you had to pay a fortune for a C compiler, or even just an Assembler?
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I wish I could do more coding at work, instead of intermittently. Hard to develop a working memory the way it is, and I'm constantly looking things up or reading posts at Stack Overflow. Oh well. They pays me.
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I'm always looking things up, even simple things in languages I'm familiar with. It is the new normal.
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Me too.

By the way, if you want to try Go, the website is awesome. It compiles and runs Go code on their server so you don't have to install anything on your PC, and it remembers you between one visit and the next (cookies I suppose) so when you go back, your code from last time is still there, ready to edit and run. There is a tour of some basic language features, with some exercises where it remembers your exercise attempts - you can put anything in those, but they're really meant for attempting the exercises of course. There is also a playground for you to try out whatever you like.

A Tour of Go
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Thanks!

I mostly code in Swift using Xcode on a very nice MacBook. App I did for a client passed their internal code review and that was a very nice feeling.
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Dress Code.



This may be objectifying.
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Javascript? Eeeew! :gross:

Also, :lol: @ "dress code" and "objectifying" :lol:
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Some wag hoped that there wouldn't be a missed period. Or an access violation. :hm:
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Fully immersive is not the experience I wish in a toilet.

Kohler's smart toilet promises a "fully-immersive experience" - The Verge
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Fully immersive is better than a floater, surely.
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Kohler's smart toilet promises a "fully-immersive experience" - The Verge
The Alexa support also means Amazon will be recording the audio every time you use the toilet. What could go wrong? :chin:
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Yeah, I've run a laser for years now, as I print only infrequently.

They don't cost so very much now, and are *MUCH* cheaper to run - even if you don't count the cost of throwing away part-used dried-out ink cartridges. Look on line for the cost per sheet of printing with inkjets - scary.
We bought a laser printer for the home business many years ago and it continues to be our favorite (and only) printer. It's black & white only, which covers 99.9995% of our printing needs. I don't know if we've ever replaced the toner. :chin:

SO! My question is.

I want to be able to wirelessly print, like over wifi, but I don't want to replace our whole printer, which is too old to have wifi built in.

Is there like an adapter or hub or something I can plug into the printer to make that work?
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I want to be able to wirelessly print, like over wifi, but I don't want to replace our whole printer, which is too old to have wifi built in.

Is there like an adapter or hub or something I can plug into the printer to make that work?
If the printer is permanently connected to a system, like a desktop, you can probably share it.

Otherwise, I'm sure you can either make or buy a print server. For example, Newegg has a bunch of small <$100 devices that have wifi and a USB port.

I'd read the spec carefully, because some need UPnP, or don't support Windows 10, or the specs don't actually match the ad copy.

Or you could probably make one with a cheap desktop PC or a Small ARM computer like a Raspberry Pi, but that's a bit more legwork.
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