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    Tales from a Tech Archive

  • The Day of Printers

    Today was a long day at work.  I got to assist in installing about 2 dozen shiny new printers, and then configure and set them up.  It has been a long day.

    (The picture is not mine, I wish I’d thought to take one when we had them all lined up in the lobby.)

    All the printers are up and running, with only a few minor glitches.  One is printing a random line of gibberish, and I still need to configure the scanning portion of the multi-function printers.  

    I’m pretty proud that I managed to overhaul and update our insane printer mapping script without breaking it!  Not even once! Everyone is getting the correct printers mapped when they log into the server (knock on wood). Its pretty impressive.

    Tomorrow I need to re-claim my office.  Its full of a handful of old printers, and a mountain of boxes of the new computers and laptops that arrived today!


  • The State of the TRC Upgrade

    I had set my day off today aside to work on the TRC 9 Upgrade Project.  After 3 hours, I think I need to hold off on this for a bit more.

    My first step was to research what modules from Drupal 7 would migrate across to Drupal 8.  Most of them are going to work fine, but I came across several needed modules that aren’t there yet, or are only still in alpha release.  Unfortunately, several of these modules are pretty much required for TRC to operate properly as it is setup currently.

    I also looked into the end of life plan for Drupal 7, and it looks like I have a year or two more before they stop supporting it.  Once Drupal 9 is released in 2020, they plan on ending support for 7.  I feel pretty safe in putting off the migration for another few months.

    I’ll take another look in the spring and see where we stand.


  • Web Design Saturday

    I spent today doing some updates on a bunch of websites.  I also found a new theme for the Maine Balsam Libraries website, and planned out a big overhaul.

    I also accidentally loaded the Sethen.com Archives, and found all the pictures broken. Yet again.  The menu was also stuck in mobile mode… I fixed it all, one last time.  I swear that installation of WordPress is possessed.


  • Tech Rifle Repair

    This week at work I worked on something I never would have imagined.  I got to disassemble and repair an AR-15 Rifle for the Law Enforcement Simulator!  It has a recoil kit installed to work with simulator system, but the thing was having issues.  It runs off a magazine with CO2 cartridges, but as soon as you insert the magazine it rapid fires till it seizes up and runs out of CO2.  Replaced all the gaskets, but didn’t get anywhere with it.

    Was still an interesting project!


  • Stupid computer

    So Mike’s computer had a meltdown, so I used mine to repair his hard drive. In the process, my Windows decided to hose itself and refuse to boot.

    I spent 2 bouts reloading Windows, yet again, for the third time in what feels like 2 months. 

    It’s all fresh again. I’m getting pretty good at setting it back up the way I want it haha.