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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Identifying and documenting bugs in Sun Java Printing


I have had a fair amount of trouble with odd behaviors and bugs in printing with Java. The time I have had to spend at work to eliminate troublesome behavior in a heavily used Java application (both before customers see the problem, and after customers report problems) … is embarrassing. After getting stuck on the […]

Tilting at windmills


Bought a Canon MX860. Did my research beforehand, and was able to force-install the 32-bit Canon drivers (for printing) on my 64-bit Ubuntu desktop. Getting scanning to work is another exercise as yet not done. The fact that Canon has published sources that (with the exception of a missing library) could be compiled as 64-bit […]

Apples iTunes store hacked?


Just arrived in email. Billed To: Preston Bannister 14 Vallecito Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 Order Number: MGLN2G836G Receipt Date: 11/19/09 Order Total: $4.99 Billed To: MasterCard …. 1234 Item Number 1 Description 변환기, v1.0, Seller: Wang Xi|299225365 (4+) Unit Price $4.99 Write a Review Report a Problem Subtotal: $4.99 Tax: $0.00 Order Total: $4.99 Please retain for […]

Shallow or deep?


The current trade dispute between China and the US – on the surface – really makes no sense. China to investigate U.S. car subsidies China is preparing to launch a trade investigation into whether US carmakers are being unfairly subsidised by the US government, according to people familiar with the matter. The move comes at […]

GTK bug in Ubuntu 9.10


Upgraded my desktop from Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10. That was a mistake. I could really use an “undo” button right about now (as ZFS users have for large scale file system changes). The problem is buttons. A change in GTK+ 2.18 broke Eclipse, and anything based on Eclipse. There are a number of bug reports […]