The other day when I tried to open a zip file WinZip popped up with the following dialog box.
How many options?!
I shared it with my colleagues, via Slack. Most laughed. Particularly the final option: “Setup proxy server settings”. (And it wasn’t because they had used a noun rather than a verb: see ‘setup’ vs ‘set up’.)
Anyway, I clicked “Don’t check, but ask me again in a week”.
Wait a minute?! Did it… Did it just…?!
Did it just check? I definitely clicked on “Don’t check…”
It’s maybe time to go looking for a new zip application, WinZip is getting unnecessarily bloated and slow. And now it doesn’t even listen to what I want it to do.
Would you like me to check for the availability of an alternative?
Any suggestions, folks? I’m running Windows 8.1 Pro.
This morning my father-in-law kindly drove me to Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy for what turned out to be my last ophthalmology clinic appointment.
I started going there last August after an episode of suspected vital meningitis took a side-swipe at my eyesight. Nine months later and my eyesight has recovered remarkably well, with only a little ‘wobble’ in my right eye to show for it.
I went through the usual eye clinic rigmarole: which letters can you see on the eye chart? what’s the smallest writing you can read in this book? eye pressure test (where they flick a tiny piece of paper onto your eyeball); eye drops to dilate my pupils; then scan and photographs of my eyes, before I returned to the waiting room to… well, wait.
Having found the waiting room a rather tiresome experience the last few visits this time I brought a book. Completely forgetting that by the time I get back to the waiting room everything is about three times brighter than normal and completely blurred. Still, I persevered, removing my glasses and holding my book (The Orthodox Way by Bishop Kalistos Ware) about 10 cm from my face and got through about 10 pages before I was called by the eye doctor.
He was a doctor I’d never met before. He looked middle-eastern, spoke quietly and calmly and examined my eyes using that thing above.
There was nothing obvious from either the earlier scan or his examination, and not much change at all since my previous visit six months ago. So the doctor disappeared to another room for a few minutes to double-check with the consultant that it was okay to discharge me.
Before I left the nice doctor told me that they still had no real idea why this had all happened, but he did assure me that one of two things might happen: my eyesight may simply continue to improve. Or it might not.
I have an HP LaserJet Professional P1606dn, which has been great. It prints double-sided (duplex) — that’s the ‘d’ in P1606dn — and it connects to the network — that’s the ‘n’ allowing Jane to print wirelessly from her laptop.
But today… for some reason my P1606dn stopped printing double-sided. The option was still there in the printer properties—on the Device Settings tab, under Duplex Mode both “Allow Automatic Duplexing” and “Allow Manual Duplexing” were both ticked.
I tried changing various settings but nothing seemed to fix it. I checked if the driver had been updated. I rebooted the PC. Again, no improvement.
How I fixed it
I was actually in the process of trying to downloading the HP Smart Install software when I stumbled upon the answer.
If you have this printer, you’ll know that you can also connect to a configuration screen via the network. All you need is the printer’s IP address. Mine is at 192.168.1.73 on my local area network.
Well, lo and behold, under the Settings tab there is a section called Paper Handling, and the Duplex option was set to Off. Changing it back to On fixed things for me.
At least, it did for the first document. I then discovered that (again for another mysterious reason) the next document’s paper settings were blank. Setting it to A4 restored the option to print double-sided.
So, in summary:
Check settings (Control Panel > Devices and Printers > Right-click the printer and select Printer Properties > Device Settings tab).
Connect to the printer settings via the network.
Make sure the print dialog shows the correct paper size.
Honestly UK, you just had one job: get the Tories out of Downing St. Five more years of punishing the most vulnerable in our society.
As the result trickles in this morning and the political map of the UK begins to look like Maggie Simpson and that the Conservatives are likely to remain in government, I have had this song from Warrior Soul’s debut album Last Decade Dead Century (1990) going around my head.
Can you believe how little you care?
The friendly face of the empire leader
Conquest of style, ego hate
Walk amongst the dogs
While the violence kills the declined state
Have you eaten today?
Your digestion is the sorrow of the hungry
So tired of rejection and stupidity
I want the world to heal
I want the world to love
But it cannot
4 more years
4 more years
4 more years
4 more years
There have been a few occasions over the last few months when I’ve been standing at one end of my office and needed to keep an eye on the time. Each time I’ve pulled up What colour is it? on my browser. Because it’s fun.
What colour is it? is one of those really simple why didn’t I think of it ideas: use the time to specify RGB values.
How does it work?
RGB is a system for representing colours on a computer display. Red, green, and blue can be mixed in different proportions (on a scale of 0 to 255) to display any color in the visible spectrum.
A few examples:
rgb (0, 0, 0) represents black: no red, no green, no blue.