I love learning obscure and under-utilized things in the tech world; PJL commands fit that bill. You can use PJL commands to get and set printer preferences. This includes getting the page count, setting the serial number, and changing the LCD display message.
I was recently tasked with evaluating our printer usage to determine if we could save money by removing low-usage printers. Like many companies, the majority of our printers were HPs, and we were on a tight budget, so something like Papercut was out of the question. I also wasn’t about to go around to each printer and print out the usage report, nor did I want to enter the Web interface of every printer to manually get this information. Continue reading “Run PJL Commands From A Shell Script”
Just to be clear, Dropbox isn’t backup software; it’s a syncing service. If you delete a file and that change is synced, and your file no longer exists.
I really love the things you can do with Dropbox. And since I’m stingy, I wanted to use Dropbox for backing up–and more importantly–restoring my computer.
One thing I always hated about getting a new computer was losing all of the customizations and settings that accrued over time.
Before this little trick,
I would spend an entire day re-configuring my computer to get it back to the way it was.
Continue reading “Using Dropbox For An Easy Restore Of All Your Computer’s Settings”
WinPE is a useful tool for booting a computer and laying down a new operating system. In this post, I’ll show you how to make WinPE a little more useful by automatically running a custom script at startup. Continue reading “Customize WinPE With Wallpaper and Custom Startup Script”
UPDATE: If you installed this script today (2016-08-15), you may need to update it. I added a line in the script that should prevent duplicate pages from being appended.
There are plenty of apps that help you merge PDFs into a single file, but if you want something faster with a “native” feel, you can set up an OS X service to quickly merge selected PDFs simply by right-clicking them. Continue reading “Merge PDFs Natively With A Right-Click In OS X”
Microsoft Office for OS X is usually very sluggish and slow. This is one reason I don’t like working with DOCs or DOCXs in OS X. Yes, you can easily view the document using QuickLook (pressing the Space bar while the file is highlighted), but if you actually want to open the file and manipulate it, you need to either buy Office, or get an open source alternative.
Download a pre-built workflow (or create your own by following the steps below).
Continue reading “Convert DOCX to PDF Natively With A Right-Click”
I’m happy to announce that
tccutil.py is now available on Homebrew. A tool for modifying access to assistive devices from the command line. You can install it like this:
brew install tccutil
tccutil (designed by Apple’s engineers), found in
/usr/bin, only has one feature: to reset the services (
tccutil: Usage: tccutil reset SERVICE). From a system administrator’s perspective, this is very restricting. Continue reading “OS X Accessibility Command Line Tool Available On Homebrew”
Take a look at the picture below for the updated interface on it’s way. The coding is 90% done, but I have some bugs to fix first. I prefer to make the software stable before adding new features. If you would like to help, feel free to submit a pull request. Continue reading “Whitelist And Historical Stats In The Pi-hole Web Interface”
Ever since I discovered Dropbox, I felt weighed down by the clutter of physical documents. I use it for all of my digital documents. After a while, physical documents and pieces of paper began to get on my nerves. It was much easier to have searchable PDFs that I could access anywhere. To that end, I wanted to be able to convert any physical document I received into a searchable PDF. See the video below for the entire workflow in action. Continue reading “How I Went Paperless And Clutter-free For $32”
Create animated GIFs from the OS X Finder in just seconds. It only takes a few minutes to set up and will give you a “native” feeling without the need to install any additional software. Plus, you never need to open an app to create the GIF, you can just highlight files > right-click > Make Animated GIF. Continue reading “Make Animated GIFs In OS X With A Right-click”
Update 2016-04-24 : Please note this guide is now out-date, and it is recommended that you use the automated install to install and update Pi-hole.
Technically, this guide will still work, but it does not include any of the features and improvements that have been added. This article will, however, still give you some insight into how the Pi-hole functions.
Continue reading “Block Millions Of Ads Network-wide With A Raspberry Pi-hole 2.0”