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Xerox Phaser 6022 on Gentoo Linux with CUPS

So, my Dell 1350cnw printer got jammed up pretty good, and I didn’t want to bother repairing it.

While it has been a great printer, it has been becoming less reliable. And, finding toner for it was getting to be a bit more difficult. (Although 4inkjets.com has been great.)

So, I decided to retire it after close to 10 years of use, and set out to get a replacement and settled on the Xerox Phaser 6022. It had the same features plus IPv6 and wireless support. And, I got it on sale for $90 from Staple’s.

Using CHIRP to Program Baofeng BF-888S

I recently purchased some radios to use at the local community theatre. Since we’re a small, non-profit organization, we don’t have a lot of spare money lying around. The radios I previously purchase from Best Buy were terrible. The end of transmission beep was much louder than the transmission itself. So, I set out to see what how much the radios my work used cost as they’re vastly superior. I got four Baofeng BF-888S for less than the two barely usable Cobras.

Perl Conditional Replace Depending On Match

So, as I write patches for various awful build systems, one of the things I try to do is slim down the patch file and make it easier to read. Changing “foobar-1.orig” to just a and “foobar-1” to just b makes a difference. Rather than manually edit the patch file, I turn to my dear friend, the regex search-and-replace. But, it gets to be a bit tiring editing essentially the same regex twice to get nearly identical results.

Now On Linode

So I got a bit tired of trying to run a server from home on an old Pentium II 233 MHz computer with a whopping 128 MiB of RAM.

Dell 1350cnw on Gentoo Linux with CUPS

You’d think that a company that had produced and does produce some Linux based products would also provide CUPS drivers for their printers, like the Dell 1350cnw. Not so, it seems. Still, I was undeterred and found a way to make it happen.

Unifying PostgreSQL Ebuilds

After an excruciating wait and years of learning PostgreSQL, it’s time to unify the PostgreSQL ebuilds. I’m not sure what the original motivation was to split the ebuilds, but, from the history I’ve seen on Gentoo, it has always been that way. That’s a piss-poor reason for continuing to do things a certain way. Especially when that way is wrong and makes things more tedious and difficult than they ought to be.

Hello, World!

Original post title, I know, but is there really a better post title to have when you want to say just that? So, hello, World! Especially, to my fellow Gentoo-ers.