Any idiot can drive fast in a straight line

Monday, September 30, 2002

Ever wanted to print a man page in unix? You can't simply pipe the output straight to a printer device, it just won't work. Most normal workstations will have a2ps installed, a tool that converts ascii text to a PostScript file.

To print a man page: man {someSubject} | a2ps -m -P {printerName}

To save a man page in PS format: man {someSubject} | a2ps -m -o {fileName}


One of the best Slashdot posts I have ever seen, it actually made me laugh out loud:

I can see it now; toe to toe late one night ata stoplight. One man revs his engines, the other responds with a growl of his own. The other prepares his mind for the upcoming duel, the other is hurriedly inputing up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a.....
Original here.

Sunday, September 29, 2002

More important than a new laptop, I got to see Elaine last night! She moved from Ann Arbor to Philadephia quite awhile ago, so it was great to see her. She was having dinner with a bunch of her friends from her last job, working at a comic book store. She was a bit concerned that I wouldn't fit in. Me, not fit in? I was just as geeky as the rest of them, it just didn't show as much... Just kidding, they seemed like a great bunch of people.

I would like to thank IBM for having such a crappy online ordering process that I have decided to buy from a different company. I would have purchased an IBM Thinkpad R, but whenever I would try to pick the parts I wanted, the price would always be "NA". Maybe that means they are sold out of Thinkpad Rs, but they could have told me in a better fashion.

Because of this set back, I might just buy a laptop from Compaq. If someone had told me last week that I was going to get a Compaq, I would have laughed my ass off. Instead, I have fallen in love with the Compaq Presario 900. As of right now, it is looking like I will be getting these specs:

  • Mobile Athlon XP 2000+
  • 256 MB 266MHz DDR
  • 30 gig hard drive
  • 8x DVD drive
  • 14.1" XGA Display
  • Built-in 56k modem and 10/100 NIC
The laptop is a bit beefier than my last one (1.5" thick and 6.8 lbs), but it shouldn't be a noticeable difference.