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Veganism in a nutshell #

If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?

-- Pam Ahern of Edgar's Mission

/misc | Sep 03, 2017

Proving the existence and content of a webpage #

ICanProve generates "digitally signed screenshots and session logs for legal evidence, proofs and discovery".

It uses a "remote controlled browser to create screenshots with extended logging of user actions and data transfer to create a timestamped and digitally signed document to give a very reliable proof of the website contents while allowing to selectively exclude sensitive information and transparently decoding ssl (https) sessions".

Would the generated files hold up in court? No idea. I am not a lawyer (thank heavens), this is not legal advice, etc, etc. It may be prudent to have an actual notary (or twelve) verify and notarize as well (after conferring with a phalanx of attorneys, of course).


/misc | Aug 16, 2017

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

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