HP never again

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I’ve never been a huge fan of HP (except for their workgroup class laser printers), but after my experience trying to submit a warrenty claim today (still haven’t found where to call or submit online), I am done with the company (it’s a shame too, as it was a decent desktop tabloid size printer). Thus far i have found centers for every country aside from the USA, options for products out of warranty, and registered the product, so it keeps letting my check my warranty information. Any help would make me happy.

Why TIFF

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A lot of my scripts focus on converting PDF to TIFF. The reason for this is that even though presentation software now pretty much universally supports the PDF format, it has some issues. Most software actually rasterizes the PDF, sometimes this happens in real time on fist viewing. Depending on the computer and PDF the real time conversion can dramatically degrade the display performance (increasing the time until the page the displayed). Additionally the Raster is often at a lower resolution than is actually useful (especially for monochrome images where lack of grays can really damage detail). I therefore ALWAY convert my documents to TIFF except for in the extreme case where I have less than a minute from receipt to display. Additionally, I use single page TIFFs, as first page display can be very slow on large multi-page TIFFs (this is done at the expense of network transfer time). I still use a PDF workflow until this final stage though, as it is far better until the loading into the display software.

Video Magnifiers

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This site that receives literally no traffic receives 5 fake comments a day trying to sell Fresnel Lens “video¬†magnifiers”¬†. I find it odd that this is a hot product to sell by SPAM (it outnumbers the amount of fake Gucci, Rolex, and Viagra combined).

Howard Dean says

(paraphrased from an interview)
Republicans, your fiscal policy resonates more with young voters, if you left social issues out of it, you’d dominate for a long time to come, as it is, you may have lost a generation.

He’s a good strategist, though not a particularly good candidate.

Interesting Things About the 2012 Election

I find it interesting that in the 2012 election VA leaned more blue than the national vote, and OH leaned red. This is going to cause some trouble going forward for Republicans as the blue leaning states now make a majority of the electoral college. Of the swing states that were actually in play (CO, OH, FL, VA, NV, NC) 5 went to Obama, and three (CO, VA, NV) favored Obama over the national vote.

NV went more blue than even PA!

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