Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hooking up network printer

Trouble accessing hp officejet printer on home network (windows xp) from vista laptop. got error that driver could not be found on the server. solution

connect the printer to the laptop via usb cable
printer recognized and drivers loaded
follow the below to redirect the port. this fixed the problem.

Create a local printer, and then redirect the port to the network server. Follow these steps:
  1. Create a local printer and, under Ports, add a new port.
  2. Click Local Port, click New Port, and then type the server and printer name for the printer in \\ServerName\PrinterName syntax.
  3. Use the new port for the local printer.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Superior Court of California - Jury Duty

what to expect

you can show up two weeks before or two weeks after your date without notifying anyone
pay parking is $14 to $22/day depending on which lot. cheap ones fill up by 7:30
ok to bring laptop (wireless connectivity). i preferred my psp
show up at 7:45
1st 1/2 hour is 10 minute "intro to jury duty" video and 10 minute intro by a judge
judge said it would be a very busy day and most trials are between 3 and 9 days
paperwork collected and a short break
1st group (about 45 names) called around 9:30
lunch break from 11:30 until 1:15
2nd group (another 45 names including me) called around 1:30
jury selection process took over 2 1/2 hours. i was one of last ones bounced via defense peremptory strike