Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday Morning

It's funny how when you get up at a certain time every day for work when the one day that you've got to sleep in arrives you get up around the same time as you would have the rest of the week.  When I got up this Saturday at around seven in the morning I went for a walk and took some pictures of a Saturday morning starting at Trinity Bellwoods park; walking up to Dundas St. then south along Manning back to Queen St.  I then stopped off at City Hall to see the revitalization construction at Nathan Phillips Square and the roof-top gardens.

Have a look at the album in Picassa here: Saturday Morning

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Add a Network Printer for All Users

If you've got a windows machine that multiple people log in to and a printer that's shared via windows printer sharing on  the network you've probably noticed that you have to go in to the add printer wizard for each user who logs into the workstation and add the network printer.  There is a way to add the printer globally so that--like a local printer the network printer is available for anyone who logs into the machine.

To add the global network printer log in as a user with administrative rights then open up a command prompt and type:

rundll32.exe Printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ga /n"\\printServer\printQueName"

(Substitute 'printServer' for the hostname or ip address of your print server and 'printQueName' with the name of the printer as defined on the server.)

Don't worry if there's no output that's normal.  Then restart the print spooler windows service in the control panel --> administrative tools --> services.

That's it.  You're network printer should now be available to all users who log into that machine.

If at some point you want to remove the globally added printer you'll need to re-run the command from the command line.  Just change /ga to /gd then again restart the print spooler service.

Monday, September 6, 2010

TTC Short Turning Vehicles

Hi All,

I thought I'd share a note I just wrote to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) after being on 3 street cars that got short-turned within a two day period:

A quick comment about short-turning.  Three times between Sept. 3rd and 4th (once westbound and twice eastbound) and got caught on a car that was short-turned (the westbound one at Bay, and the eastbound one at Broadview) short of the stop I needed.

Now I realize that it could just be bad luck on my part and that there is track construction preventing cars from short-turning at Gerrard and Coxwell but I need to at least ask that for streetcars and buses that aren't malfunctioning please stop short-turning them.  Or at least keep it to a minimum.

When I board a ttc vehicle that says it's destination on the front I'd like to believe that it will make it to that destination.  To be fair it does most of the time.  Or at least as far as I need it to go.  For this route I guess the people who live past Landsdowne in the west or Gerrard in the east experience this more often than I do.  It's always disappointing to hear that box start beeping at the front.

It's easy to get frustrated with the driver but it really has nothing to do with them.  If you agree and want to let the TTC know how you feel please address the right people ( and not rant at the drivers.  Between hauling our asses around the city and dealing with traffic they're jobs are hard enough as it is.  I suspect that drivers don't particularly like being short-turned either.  It's not like the drivers get to go home early when their vehicle gets short turned; they've got to go back 'round the other way again.  If you work for the TTC you may be able to comment on this better than I can.