Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Gah! After my frustrating attempt to bypass HP's printer driver installation the other day, I installed the drivers on my kids' computer. I have a 3-year-old who likes to use that computer and I wanted to restrict his ability to print (to save myself the dollars associate with print cartridges as he dumps everything from Nick Jr. to the printer). Of course, his account on that computer is not an admin account and I quickly ran into problems with HP's setup not working in this configuration. I finally bumped into this blog post of Joshua Street's where he describes the workaround (ironically, referencing my original post on the subject of HP's tech support). Looks like you basically have to junk the default install and use HP's JetDirect protocol for everything, similar to what the tech guy told me in the previous transcript. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm guessing it'll work.
Now, here's my rant: HP, you stupid dorks, please stop inventing technology where none is required! Please use the dumb Windows printer architecture as every other printer does so we don't have to suffer with random incompatibilities just because you want to do things differently!
What does this have to do with Lisp? Well, nothing, I guess, other than I sometimes dump a Lisp listing to that printer, but this is my only blog and I had to vent. ;-)
Maybe what your post has to do with lisp is the following:
Moral of the story?
HP engineers must not be lisp programmers. They behave like people who use the language 'du jour' for their engineering needs and reinvent the wheel often and then pat themselves on the back about it. Lisp programmers utilize elegant solutions, because they are artists as much as they are engineers. And real Lisp programmers most certainly do not reinvent the wheel; unless it happens to be the most elegant solution. ;-)
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