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statico (5018)

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Sunday July 04, 2004
04:58 PM

xgrid, openbsd on my powerbook, 10.3, many StudlyCaps

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I finally broke down and upgraded to Panther. I'm not looking back.

My little 500 MHz PowerBook G3 (Firewire) really felt pokey with 10.2, but 10.3 appears to have given it a 150% speed increase. I'm now able to use essential tools like Quicksilver and nifty features like FileVault. SSHKeychain and SideTrack are useful, too.

I've also partitioned my drive and installed OpenBSD, without a CD-ROM nonetheless! I made a neat picture in PhotoShop and wrote up an article on doing this.

I also just installed Apple's Xgrid on my laptop and on the two 1.6 GHz G5's in my student group's lab. It's pretty fun to see the tachometer go to "3 GHz" of processing power! Now, to see if I can do distributed compiling. Or maybe just use distcc.

Oh yes, 1.0 of the Perl Testing Reference Card is out. I fixed a few bugs and accredited Matthias :)

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  • Oddly enough, while the reference card displays nicely on my screen, it prints as a blank page. Turning on postscript error catching gives:
    ERROR: undefined


    I got the same results printing both both Mozilla and IE (of course, it is the Adobe plugin in both cases that is doing the printing).
    • That's not good!

      By "Adobe plugin" do you mean the embedded Adobe Acrobat Reader?

      If you're using Unix, try:
      $ ps2ps -dLanguageLevel=1 perl_test_refcard.pdf
      $ lpr -Pmyprinter
      qw(Ian Langworth)
      • Yes, the embedded acrobat reader. The print dialog in Win2k for my printer (an IBM Infoprint 40 PS) offers a choice of postscript level 1, 2, and 3 - I tried all 3 and got the blank page for each. I also saved the page and used a separate invokation of Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 (to avoid the embedded reader), but got the same result. This is at work, running Win2k - I'll try it again from home and try the ps2ps method if basic printing still fails first.