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Posts Tagged ‘software’

Goodbye, MapMyRide. Hello, Ride With GPS.

MapMyRide is a pain to use. The interface is confusing, and the route editor has too many bugs to make sense. Reddit agrees. I’ve moved my logged routes to Ride With GPS instead. The two developers (Oregon residents!) have done a great job making things easy to navigate and keeping the system bug-free and reasonably […]

Suspended cell phone, OpenStreetMap, and stuff

I don’t think my phone service is worth the $45 or so it costs my family per month. $30 of that goes towards an unlimited data plan, but even that I can do without for now. So I’ve suspended my service. Besides, when people ask for my number, I give them my Google Voice number […]

HP LaserJet 2100 + CUPS

I bought: A used HP LaserJet 2100 on eBay for $25, including shipping. A C4096A toner cartridge on eBay for $8, including shipping. A USB to parallel 1284 cable (36-pin, not 25-pin!) from Amazon for $4, free shipping. Configuring CUPS The printer showed up as /dev/usb/lp1. CUPS automatically detected this as cnijusb:/dev/usb/lp1, but no matter […]

New Domain Name!

I finally have my own domain name,! My blog at will no longer be updated. At first I tried to register, but they didn’t let me because I don’t live in Germany (.de). Oh well. After some research, I decided to go with Namecheap as my registrar. They’ve reasonable prices and the […]


Bugs in KDE and Plasma had been getting on my nerves lately, so I thought about switching to something lighter like Fluxbox. A quick search gave me the impression that Fluxbox had the best (interpret that however you’d like) balance of configurability, resource use, and up-to-date-ness. Theme: Dyne xcompmgr provides basic compositing (fade in/out, shadows). […]