Thursday, October 30, 2008

Connecting a network printer without a print server

I don't know if this works for all printers, but I got it to work with an HP P3005n.

Basic script:

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /b "printer" /f %windir%\dir\to\your\inf /r "http://IP/Hosname" /m "driver name" /Z

Example: (what actually seemed to work for me)

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /b "HP LaserJet P3005" /f %windir%\hp\hpc300xc.inf /r "" /m "HP LaserJet P3005 PCL 6" /Z

The kicked is you need to make sure that all the driver files are on the client pcs and you are good to go to use this script.

Some Randomness

David Tennant quits as Doctor Who

David Tennant is to stand down as Doctor Who, after becoming one of the most popular Time Lords in the history of the BBC science fiction show.

Tennant stepped into the Tardis in 2005, and will leave the role after four special episodes are broadcast next year.

He made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards.

"When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won't be with me," he said.

"Now don't make me cry," he added. "I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don't take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you'll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair."

'I'll miss it'

Three years was "about the right time" to play the role, he told the BBC in an exclusive interview.

"I think it's better to go when there's a chance that people might miss you, rather than to hang around and outstay your welcome," he said.

His stint in the show had been "the most extraordinary time, it's been bewildering, life changing, very exciting", he said.

"And just so much fun, such a great show to work on.

"That's one of the reasons I think it's right to take a deep breath and bow out when it's still fun, when it's a novelty.

"I don't ever want it to feel like a job, so I want to move on when it still feels exciting and fresh and that means I'll miss it."

Drama award

Tennant, the 10th actor to play the Doctor Who, left fans guessing about his return at the end of the latest series.

In the last episode, in July, the Doctor had to defeat his enemies the Daleks to save the universe.

Almost 10 million people watched as the Time Lord apparently started the process of regeneration - but did not complete it.

Tennant will appear in a Christmas special, titled The Next Doctor, before filming four more specials in January.

"They'll be the four last stories that I do," he said.

In a sign of his popularity, he was voted best drama performer in a public vote at the National Television Awards.

He has been named most popular actor at the same ceremony for the past two years. That prize has been discontinued this year.

An average of 8.1 million people a week watched the latest series - the fourth since it made a comeback in 2005 - in its Saturday evening slot on BBC One.

'Spectacular' exit

Russell T Davies, executive producer, said: "I've been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years - and it's not over yet, the Tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left!

"After which, I might drop an anvil on his head. Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano. But we're planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching."

A fifth series of the show is scheduled for 2010.

Tennant replaced Christopher Eccleston, who resurrected the show after a 16-year break.

Tennant made his name in TV dramas such as Blackpool and Casanova.

He started his career in theatre and in recent months has returned to the stage with well-received performances in Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In December last year, Tennant denied rumours that he was planning to quit after Catherine Tate - his new companion in the Tardis - told the Jonathan Ross radio show she thought the next series of Doctor Who would be Tennant's last.

He said at the time: "Catherine Tate stitched me up good and proper. She goes on Jonathan Ross and makes up a load of old nonsense."

David Tennant in Love's Labour's Lost
David Tennant has recently acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Do you ever notice no matter how things don't stay clean? Yet we spend so much money and time on cleaning supplies and cleaning things up. I find that as a species we are too caught up with being clean, although some lesser animals also like being clean, cats come to mind. Although people are clean discretely, in that they'll want one thing or another clean at time, rather than everything. Like say your kitchen could look super clean and sparkle and have a lemon scent, but your bedroom could be littered with dirty clothes and dishes. You know what I mean?

I just wonder why we clean everything so much. Why is our need for sterility so great. Are we so afraid of contracting some plague like disease? Or are we more afraid of what other people think? People who should not be judging us to being with. Did society create this stigma and are we stuck with it?

Research up and running!...almost...


All the machines in research are up and running. All the networking, works. I was more surprised at anyone, since I installed a good deal of it over the summer. There are now 64 Dell Optiplex systems, a mix of 620s and 280s. Plus 22 Solaris machines, 11 Ultra Sparc IIi systems and 11 newer systems. Not really sure what they are running.

Now we just need to get printing worked out, maybe. Oh and some racks and other misc. equipment.

I apologize if the picture suck, my phone camera is limited in its abilities.

Another use for duct tape

Well we have this floor tile with a hole in it and cables going through these holes. However there is all this free space where all this cold air comes through. We fixed that though. Of course we can't say that this will be a permanent solution, but it seems to work. Anyway, yet another use for duct tape.

Oh it is also really good at covering up holes in cement you find unexpectedly.

I have no friends, but it is okay!

I came to conclusion, or better yet realization that I have no friends. Now you're probably all thinking well sure you do, but do I, do I really? It is like I have no one to talk to about stupid guy stuff, you know what I mean. What's up with that. Although I suppose I should be very happy, I am happily married after all. I mean do I really need friends? I certainly do not have time for them, especially with school and family. So why am I complaining?

I suppose I just don't get it.

Have you ever said or done something that makes someone think you're crazy or stupid? Sure we all have, but more specifically was it something you considered alright or normal or not all crazy or stupid? Exactly, it is like, "why do people get all up in your kool-aid" when they should be fine with what you think. Of course I suppose I am over thinking this a bit too much.


About 2 months ago we bought a tomato plant and it finally produced a decent amount of fruit. They're cherry tomatoes, though the tag says they are a hybrid, of what I am not sure, but I would assume 2 different types of cherry tomatoes. It took a great deal of watering and care, but it was well worth it.

Seperate, Relocate, Re-assemble.

I almost this thing was not worth the trouble of working on, but since I had to do it, I did. We had to totally remove all the nodes and UPS's in the rack and move it + all of the equipment some 40 to 50 feet into another room. Then we had to move network and power cables across the floor. Then we had to install the old UPS's as well as some new UPSs. Of course, we then find out, hey this big UPS is broken. Or well something isn't working. Then comes the best part, configuring a dell power connect 6248. That is one annoying POS switch, but eventually, with a lot of help, I got it all working. Though it took almost 12 hours to configure properly. Now however everything is up and running.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008