Spent some time this morning looking at what remains to be done for ABT
and realizing that, no, there's no fscking way I can have it done
by Monday. And besides, I want the versatility of being able to have a
mix of CDROM, CD-Extra, and pure-audio disks on hand. So I fired off an
RFQ to proactionmedia.com (they're not open on weekends). Wish there was
someplace local that did inkjet printing on CDRs.
After the usual weekend 4-mile walk I stopped by Staples, because I'd seen
them on a web search for CD duplicators. What the heck; if they had the
DupliQ I might just buy one. No duplicators, but they did have
a shiny new HP D5160 that (wonder of wonders) prints on CDs!
Apparently somebody's patent has expired, because it used to be an Epson
exclusive. Filed the information away for future reference, and headed
across the street to Fry's to see whether they had it for less.
It was the same price, $89, but there was somebody there from HP who, in
response to my query, said that it worked fine in Linux. HP has been
pretty good about Linux printer drivers, while the latest Epson (the R260,
successor to the R200 that's been giving me grief lately) is listed as a
"paperweight" in the linuxprinting.org database. That clinched it, and I brought it home
just in time to spend the next hour trying to find some way of
printing a character sheet for the Y.D. Turned out that not only was the
Epson suffering from clogged jets, but the cheap print server it's
attached to appeared to be hosed (or at least unresponsive, even after a
power cycle), and the SMB server on Nova appears to be inaccessible to
the Windows machines. Again. GAAAH! And in spite of having what I
thought was a reasonably complete set of fresh ink cartridges, I was
suddenly reminded that I couldn't find a magenta cartridge the last time I
went ink shopping. Guess which one I need. Finally put the page on my
keychain drive, hauled it over to the Linux workstation, and printed it on
the laser printer.
There are lots of reasons why I do most of my reading on the screen these
days, but a well-founded loathing for printers and printing in general,
and Windows printing in particular, is right up there.
Still haven't installed the HP -- no useable print server at the moment --
but I'm hopeful. I've never had particularly good luck with HP equipment,
but I really like the fact that their ink cartridges include the nozzle
assembly, so that even if you haven't used it for months, all you have to
do is change the cartridges to get a totally new, clean, print head.
Unlike the Epson.
Spent the rest of the afternoon fixing ABT's Makefile to correctly (I
hope) write cd-extra (pressed-multi-session) disks, because although it's
perfectly feasible to add audio tracks to a CD-ROM, I don't think most of
my customers will be amused by 20 minutes of silence on track 1.