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Resetting an HP OfficeJet 5740 #


Support and Engineering main menu entries

Support Menu (Press Back/Return 4 times)

Some potentially useful/interesting options:

Engineering Menu (Press Home, Back, Home, Home)

Some potentially useful/interesting options:


/misc | Mar 04, 2017

Still using Yahoo Mail? #

/misc | Feb 10, 2017

Objections to veganism #

Vegan Sidekick has a handy guide to justifications for harming and exploiting animals. TL;DR: this comic covers much of it.

/misc | Jan 23, 2017

Combine an animated GIF with a static image while retaining the animation #

in Adobe ImageReady CS2:
  1. Open both images in ImageReady
  2. Rotate the animated GIF if desired (Image > Rotate Canvas > Arbitrary...)
  3. Make the animated GIF's canvas size larger than the static image's canvas size (Image > Canvas Size...)
  4. Copy and paste the static image as a layer into the animated GIF (Select > All > Edit > Copy > Edit > Paste)
  5. Using the Move Tool (V), drag the static image to the desired position, then use the Crop Tool (C) to crop it
  6. Set the static image as the background (Layer > New > Background From Layer)
  7. Check the delay timers and looping options in the Animation pane (Window > Animation)
  8. Save the new combined GIF (File > Save Optimized As...)

/misc | Oct 19, 2016

All empty boats #

If a man is crossing a river
and an empty boat
collides with his own boat,
he won’t get offended or angry,
however hot-tempered he may be.
But if the boat is manned,
he may flare up, shouting and cursing,
just because there’s a rower.

Realize that all boats are empty
as you cross the river of the world,
and nothing can possibly offend you.

From chapter 43 of Stephen Mitchell's The Second Book of the Tao

/misc | Jul 19, 2016

Copy actual URLs from Google search results, not nested nonsense #

Redirects in Google search results are not only a privacy concern, but also a major pain when trying to simply copy and paste links: These two extensions/add-ons (via HackerNews) help reduce needless suffering:

/misc | Jul 10, 2016

Music of the gears #

Paweł Zadrożniak makes beautiful music with an orchestra of hard disks, floppy drives, and scanners:

/misc | Jul 08, 2016

Rockstar Dell sales rep #

For Windows-based servers and workstations, I have recommended Dell for ages, mainly due to their Next Business Day Service ("After telephone-based troubleshooting, replacement parts and a ProSupport technician arrive on-site, the next business day").

Once every kalpa or so, I run across an extraordinary Dell salesperson and feel compelled to share their contact info here, for the sake of others struggling with custom orders and the loathsome robot phone maze.

Eli Garcia, Business Sales Consultant, is one such rare gem. He went above and beyond the call of duty today for us in scoring just the right hardware at a great price (which wasn't available online). In this age of disconnection and depersonalization, Eli stands out as a shining example of how old-fashioned sales and service are done. His number is (512) 513-1774, his email address is eli_garcia at dell dot com, and his hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST, Monday through Friday.

/misc | Jun 16, 2016

Sufficient unto the day are the puzzles thereof #

/misc | Jun 14, 2016

Cross-platform CPU stress testing #

Prime95 is an open source program created by the GIMPS (Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search) project to find Mersenne prime numbers. It's also swell for stress testing CPUs:
"Prime95 has been a popular choice for stress / torture testing a CPU since it's introduction, especially with overclockers and system builders. Since the software makes heavy use of the processor's integer and floating point instructions, it feeds the processor a consistent and verifiable workload to test the stability of the CPU and the L1/L2/L3 processor cache. Additionally, it uses all of the cores of a multi-CPU / multi-core system to ensure a high-load stress test environment.


The Prime95 Wikipedia page has an excellent overview on using Prime95 to test your system and ensure it is working properly. The tips presented there should be helpful regarding how long to run the torture test and provide a solid guideline on how long to run the Prime95 stress test.

Performing a stress test is simple:
  1. Download the software and unzip the files to your desired location.
  2. Run the Prime95 executable and select "Just Stress Testing" when asked.
  3. The default options are sufficient to do a well balanced stress test on the system."
Source and binaries available for FreeBSD, Linux, OS X, and Windows 95-10.

/misc | Jun 14, 2016

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