Arnt Gulbrandsen
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2010-11-26

More on the Samsung SCX-4828FN

I've had the 4828 for half a year, and have had several bad experiences.

I have crashed the printer twice. Once by printing the guice guide using chromium and once by printing a book-length ΤΕΧ (dvips) document, mostly text with some tables and figures.

The copier is really, really bad at copying grey-on-white or green-on-white text. Much worse than my old HP 3035 was.

Using scan-to-email (the only way to scan in my linux-based setup) is cumbersome enough that I've put off billing because it required scanning receipts. That's a disaster for me. Billing is critical.

All told, I think there's a new printer in my near future, perhaps an HP M2727nf. Billing is critical.

Update: I bought a Brother 8880. How do I get rid of the Samsung?

2010-11-24

Indian election machines

Earlier this year Hari K. Prasad and others got hold of an Indian election machine and proved beyond doubt that they can be manipulated. I wrote a long, angry blog post, which I forgot to post. Now I post it, edited to be a less angry and with an added link.

Indian election machines don't suck. They're a great design for Indian elections. The attacks on them (bad seals, etc) also worked against the previous paper-based system. (more…)

2010-11-04

Family life, the programmer's way

Now that we have two children, the daily routine has grown even worse. So we've adopted cross-paradigm best practice to manage and control complex projects, on-budget and on-time, improving parent/child satisfaction matrices.

We've adopted scrum. (more…)