Monthly Archives: April 2009

Kubuntu 9.04 – Jaunty Jackalope Joy!

Kubuntu 9.04 – Jaunty Jackalope Joy!

I have been using the latest release of Kubuntu on my Sony VAIO VGN-NR110E and I am impressed with the advancements the Linux community has made. When I first got into Linux and the open source movement, KDE and Gnome were fun to tinker with, but they were not usable for daily tasks and were hard to set up. Of course, this was in the days before broadband was widespread and winmodems were the standard. Linux was definitely not ready for the desktop. Read the rest of this entry

Kodak ESP 7

Kodak ESP 7

We normally don’t do product reviews of consumer hardware, but I had to post my frustration with Kodak’s wireless ESP 7 multi-function printer. Kodak touts itself as saving money with its new line of Easyshare printers, but even though the print is cheaper, it seems to run out faster. It is also a problem since the color ink is all in one cartridge – you run out of one color and you have to replace the whole thing. The printer is also loud, and slow to start.

Mine was among the many printers that have issues requiring the unit to be returned to Kodak and often, returned again. The first issue I ran into was “Top Tray Jammed, Pull Tray Out….Top Tray Jammed, Push Tray In…Top Tray Jammed…” error. Pressing “Cancel” got me past this problem, as there is no paper jam. That is just an annoyance, but now I am stuck with an “error 6202” which is apparently because of the scanner motor not being able to move. The reason for this became apparent as soon as I opened the printer up and noticed that a cable had come loose. As soon as I hooked the cable back up, the printer was back to working again. But, now I am out of ink again after I have only printed about 20 pages. Bottom line, avoid these printers at all costs. I have never had this much trouble with a printer. 

Don’t take just my word for it, here are links to other reviews about the Kodak ESP 7:

http://cnet.nytimes.com/multifunction-devices/kodak-esp-7/4852-3181_7-33342058.html
http://reviews.bestbuy.com/3545/9018519/reviews.htm
http://www.photographyblog.com/news/kodak_esp_9_esp_7_all_in_one_printers/ 

Even the ESP 5 is apparently flawed:

http://www.fixya.com/support/t1905975-paper_jam_error_light_kodak_esp_5

QCodo/QCubed

QCodo/QCubed

I have been developing applications from a PHP framework and code generation system called QCodo recently. And more recently, its community-driven branch dubbed QCubed. The QCubed platform is beneficial to me mostly because it allows object-oriented PHP code to be generated from a MySQL database structure (as well as many others) . I use PHP/MySQL almost exclusively in projects here at Piranha Method, so this is a perfect tool for me. Read the rest of this entry