Behind Schedule

The plan today was to start a movie and finish restickering my 7 cube. That hasn’t quite happened yet.

The movie (Inception) came with a digital copy code so I can also download it through iTunes. That’s a nice feature (besides the download time), and it expires so I figured I’d start that downloading. The only problem is that I had the hard drive on my laptop crash a while back so I tend to back things up now, but I never did get around to configuring the Samba share on my linux server to share to the windows network. I’ve been using it by switching to linux on my laptop, but I figured I should just go ahead and get that set up.

Setting up Samba to share files was rather easy (Samba Guide), but I also have a printer hooked up to that server that’s supposed to be accessible over the network. I know when I first set it up I was able to print the test page, but I haven’t gotten it to print since. With Samba finally configured I could see the printer across the network, but I haven’t been able to get it to print still (even after finally getting win7 to find the driver).

Update: Even though win7 had found the correct driver through windows update and set that printer to use it the driver apparently wasn’t installed. Talore got bored watching me fight this and went to sleep on the shelf by the balcony, which happens to be right next to the printer, so when windows finally (on the fourth time I told it to do so) installed the driver and printed the test page Talore was awakened by the printer. Once it stopped printing she looked around a bit and went back to sleep.

Now I guess I need to figure out why my laptop complains that access is denied when I try to print from it, but I think that can wait. I also should probably figure out how to install the driver for the printer on my server so I can print to it without having the driver installed locally.

The other distraction I’ve had was my Pyraminx. I figured out how to solve it the day I got it and even timed some solves, but we now have scoreboards for the 2-5 cubes and the pyraminx so I need to get better at solving it quickly. I did get a new personal fastest solve of 27.69 seconds (the world record is under 3s), but my average now is slower than the day I got it.

For the sake of the 5-cube scoreboard I did 5 solves the other day to get a 3 of 5 average (9:45.18), but that took me around an hour for 5 solves so I may try to get faster at it but I don’t know that I’ll dedicate all that much time to it.

I have a single time put on the 4-cube scoreboard, but I haven’t memorized the algorithm to fix one of the parity errors (I figured everything but that out on my own) so a reasonably quick solve is completely dependent on luck for me. My 4-cube was also rather hard to turn, so I took it apart to clean it and it’s sitting on my table waiting for me to be finished with the 7-cube. From the looks of the insides of it cleaning and re-lubing it will help a lot, and it really needs it.

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