Monday, March 9, 2015

A Printer For Mint

Linux Mint still runs like a champ on my Lenovo u530, and although I've not written about it in some time, I recently purchased a printer/scanner and thought I'd share how easy it was to setup in Mint 17.1 (Rebecca). The HP-Envy 5530 is the first inkjet printer I've hard in almost 4 years. I personally am not a fan of printers, and would like to see them dwindle into extinction as society adapts to more and more touch screen devices. That's a different blog post though.

Literally, all I did was go to the "Printers" application under the Administration option of the main menu and Mint detected the printer on my wireless network all on it's own. It then proceeded to update my drivers a tiny bit and the printer was spitting out a neat little test page. Obviously, the HP had it's own setup first, but it was quick and easy and utilized a page from their website. After printer testing I ran a successful scan using X-Sane. I was quite impressed at how easy it all was. See screenshot:

So if you're running Mint and looking for a good printer scanner I can at least let you know I had no issues getting Mint to play nicely with the HP Envy 5530. As for the printer itself, well- it's a printer, so it probably came with it's own set of demons, but at least initial setup was easy and I can scan my little scribbles again.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Next Gene Wolfe Book Out In October 2015

I've been quite out of the loop lately and just saw on Ultan's Library that the next Gene Wolfe book, A Borrowed Man, has been listed on Amazon with a release date of October 20th, 2015. According to a recent interview with Robert K. Elder of the Chicago Tribune he's also already started writing the book's sequel.

A Borrowed Man on Amazon
A Conversation With Gene Wolfe on Chicago Tribune

The interview gives mention that he's still open to returning to the Urth Cycle universe. As I finish up my 3rd read of the Books of The New Sun, that's something I would definitely appreciate seeing. His world building is nothing short of incredible.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Recently On The Wolfe Front

MIT Technology Review has a great interview with Gene Wolfe. The opening touches on some more recent developments in his personal life and then goes on to ask him a lot of standard questions that writers are usually asked in interviews like this one. Though Wolfe does a great job at being his entertaining self and tosses us a few gems.

Chris Gerwel guest writes and easy that examines Gene Wolfe as "The Reliably Unreliable Author" on A Dribble of Ink. It really delves into his history, style and influences quite well.

Last week I discovered (for the first time myself) that "The Shadow of The Torturer" exists in comic book format. Three issues of an unfinished series of seven were published back in 1991. The covers are pretty amazing and I'll be adding them to the Flickr gallery.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Asimov's Blunder Inspired Wolfe

File770 has a cool post on how Isaac Asimov's blunder during the Nebula awards inspired Gene Wolfe to write more short fiction. It's also a great tale of the best way to face what feels like defeat!

Read the article here.

It also mentions Harlan Ellison, whom I saw with Gene back at the 2010 MadCon. Harlan, who is known for being rather mean spirited, is very kind to Gene, and I find that dynamic fascinating. I think it would take a lot to earn Ellison's respect, how much it's worth is subjective of course, but it's still fascinating.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Gene Wolfe

A great celebration post for Gene Wolfe's birthday over at Gollancz Blog! Here's to many more years and many more fantastic stories!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The HP X4000b Is Great For Toddlers!

A while back I wrote about my experiences with Linux Mint and the HP X4000b Bluetooth Mouse. As far as bluetooth devices go this one definitely isn't the worst ever, but quite possibly the most disappointing ever. The experience started out really well, with only the occasional drop in connection between the mouse and my Linux Minted Macbook. However, has time passed it became more and more painful to use as the device would simply cease to operate regardless of whether it registered as paired with my laptop or not. I blamed batteries, I blamed Linux, and I even speculated that maybe I kid had gotten a hold and dropped it a good too many times. Turns out it was none of the above.

Windows 8.1 came with my new Lenovo. I had a good feeling about my X4000b and this system. New OS, new hardware, surely it would work. It was worse. From my own limited experience I can only say that Linux has better bluetooth support than Windows, and my mouse? Well I replaced it with a wireless Logitech that uses a USB dongle for it's connection instead of bluetooth. My HP X4000b on the other hand, has become a wonderful little decoy for my 17-month-old to steal when he's after a piece of my technology.