Another Linux success story - printing

The other day I got a request to print a colour sign on our Xerox Phaser 7400 printer. I printed out the sign as it was originally sent in .jpg format. JPG is a lossy format, meaning it strips out some detail to keep file size smaller. The sign didn't look very crisp so I asked for a different version. The sender sent an Adobe PDF version of the sign which when I proceeded to print spat out 15 pages of text (actually I caught it at 10).

Ubuntu 14.10 release party at 6:30pm Egg Roll King

Ubuntu 14.10 drops tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 23, 2014, Ubuntu 14.10 gets released. To celebrate this event I'll be holding an Ubuntu Linux release party (an excuse to eat at Egg Roll King). The event will start at 6:30pm. Anyone is welcome to come out, but at the moment we have the space booked for 10. Maria and I will be there and I'm betting Bob and Laurel (a bit later).

Waterloo Regional Drupal User Group - 7pm, October 16, 2014 - front of 58 Queen Street South

Drupal Wallpaper

The Waterloo Regional Drupal User Group meets at 7pm tonight, October 16th, 2014 at the front of 58 Queen Street South (The Working Centre building) in Kitchener, Ontario. This evening's scheduled talk is sure to be interesting as the folks at the University of Waterloo have worked with Drupal a lot over the past few years.

HFSExplorer - Accessing a MAC drive in Windows

HFSExplorer, browse OSX partitions

Recently someone asked me about accessing data off a 2.5" MAC OSX notebook hard drive. The person had since moved to a PC running Windows. Having used Linux for some time I knew it's simple under Linux. It turns out that it's not so difficult under Windows either thanks to an open source tool by Erik Larsson called HFSExplorer. While any 2.5" SATA enclosure would do I suggested getting a particular USB 3.0 enclosure because the cable had a common connector to the drive.

Updated XBMCBuntu download link

For a little while this year it looked like XBMCbuntu might have ended up discontinued. XBMC/Kodi was being updated, but XBMCbuntu was lagging behind to the point that it was still using the outdated *ubuntu 12.10 as it's base. Doing a do-release-upgrade didn't work because it was so old.

Thankfully the wonderful developers of the XBMC project have released a newer version of XBMCBuntu that you can get from the wiki download page: