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The Dowside of Working a con from across the country - RonO's Ramblings

Jun. 5th, 2009 02:15 pm The Dowside of Working a con from across the country

It is time for the DucKon badges to be printed. In the past, this was often accomplished by me taking aeto's printer to my house and doing the printing. (In earlier years, this part was subcontracted to vorsalaba, who did the whole job and gave us blank badges for at-con use).

However, this year with me living in San Diego, and Aeto living in Seattle (presumably with his printer), a new plan was needed. To avoid shipping printers far and wide, dave_ifversen acquired a badge printer or two to use. So today he is trying to print the badges, and not getting very far.

In all likely hood we have a problem with some upgrade that has been made to a Java library which is causing the version on his computers (and the version we had on the computers at con last year) to send the information to the printer driver incorrectly.

Now this might or might not be an easily solvable problem if either I had the equipment (worst case, we use my computer as the server and see if it solves the problem like it did in the past) or could easily get to where the equipment is.

Instead, I have to do remote debugging -- a process hampered by the fact that I'm at work (without any tasks that need my action and a team leader who is out of the office for the day) -- and only have limited resources to look at the problem and make fixes.

At least I know what my plans for the evening have become:
1: Try to bundle up as much of the java libraries that are used by this program on my computer as I can find into a single zip file and try to set up a batch file that will point exclusively to them.

2: Try to rework the badge so that the printer thinks that it hangs the other way (will may my previews harder to read, but otherwise should be doable)

3: Work on other alternative ways to print the badge.

So much for my relaxing evening.

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