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Ubuntu Printing Error, Line = 514

Fair warning: this is one of those tech type posts.

Recently, I updated my system from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The upgrade was flawless, with one exception:

I was unable to print to my Canon printer using Ubuntu.

Printing worked perfectly from the 12.04 systems (that weren’t upgraded to 14.04)… and with my 14.04 system I received the following error:

... Idle - src = libcanon_pdlwrapper.c, line = 514 ...

At one point I had also received a Waiting to Finish error… but that’s another story.

Despite reinstalling all drivers from Canon, no luck. Until, I gave it one more shot and followed a suggestion posted to “Ask Ubuntu” with 0 votes.

The same problem for Canon 4800 series (Canon i-Sensys 4890dw) and ubuntu 14.04 64bit.

  1. download “UFRII/UFRII LT Printer Driver for Linux v2.80″ from canon website.
  2. try to install 32-bit deb files: “cndrvcups-common_2.80-1_i386.deb” and “cndrvcups-ufr2-uk_2.80-1_i386.deb”
  3. Ubuntu package manager try to install them, and download some dependencies, but finally quit installation process without installing them.
  4. try to install 64-bit deb files: “cndrvcups-common_2.80-1_amd64.deb”
  5. ubuntu warn about repairing package.
  6. click “repair” button.
  7. try to install “cndrvcups-ufr2-uk_2.80-1_amd64.deb”
  8. now add printer.

I hope this work for you.MK Aftab

FYI: I’m using 2.90 vs 2.80.

For me, everything prints perfectly after following the above steps.

The bottom line here… don’t rule out the unpopular answers. In tech, as in life, the right thing to do isn’t always a popularity contest.

Seth Godin and Broadway

I subscribe to Seth Godin’s email where each day my inbox receives his latest blog post. The man writes often. Every day. So each day, by noon, I’ve read one of his posts.

Some I quickly skim. Others I read, think about how it may apply to me… and digest it. Others just click.

Take for example three marketing lessons from Broadway.

… activating people who already like you is far more productive and profitable than it is to spend time and money yelling at people who are ignoring you.Seth Godin, Three marketing lessons from Broadway

It’s a great read.

Life can be simple

I loathe drama. If there’s a simple way to do something, it’s generally also the best way to handle a task.

Ah, the wisdom we can learn from imgur. ;)

To sum up the photo:

Why Complicate Life?

  • Miss someone? Call them
  • Want to spend time with someone? Invite them
  • Want to be understood? Explain
  • Have questions? Ask them
  • Don’t like something? Say something
  • Like something? Say something
  • Want something? Ask for it

Life is better when we keep it simple.

East Coast / West Coast

This week, I spent a day in Seattle. Since I live 3,000 miles from Seattle, that single day cost me 3 (one day there, one day to fly there, and one day to fly back).

I’m an East Coast guy.

I’m not saying this as a negative to Seattle — I’m just saying that there are major differences in the way East Coast and West Coast people go about their lives.

I’m also certainly not throwing a “we’re better than you” gauntlet down. Hell, I live in Florida. My state (or even Florida Man) does something “interesting” on a daily basis.

It’s not better. Not worse. It’s just different.

Seattle was one the cleanest cities I have ever seen. Also… so many beards.

I enjoyed my time there. I had a cup of “slow coffee” with Flowroute (their place is amazing by the way). Slow coffee. On the West Coast, it’s something you order. On the East Coast, it’s bad service. ;)

Enjoyed the day. It’s great to look at things from a few thousand miles away.

 

Thanks for nothing

So, working the phones over at the bakery today while coding some dialplans… when a call comes in from a South Florida area code…

I’m calling to get a custom cake for a 70th birthday party.

Normally, these types of events are planned with some good lead time. It’s a significant birthday, one that generally has family coordination, etc. I generally love these calls. Unlike most of the tech work I do, bakery clients are always celebrating.

I work into the conversation how honored we are to be considered and ask for the date of the celebration… which ends up being Saturday. This Saturday. :(

Sometimes we can work on a shortened, fast schedule. Most times, Yeni needs at least two weeks notice to start planning, etc. The biggest issue, especially come Spring, is availability. For example, we’re booked this week. Solid. No space for more cakes.

I say “I’m very sorry, unfortunately we are unable to take on an additional cake this week—”

Thanks for nothing. [click]

Ouch. I hadn’t even finished the sentence… I didn’t get a chance to recommend another bakery. Thanks for nothing. Click.

The hard part is knowing that this person, who never has purchased from us… somehow feels we dis-serviced her in some way. It’s tough to get those calls and remain chipper. Hell, it sucks to say no.

I definitely would love if the bakery could sell more cakes. (So would my accountant)

How would you handle it when you’re told… Thanks for nothing.

Customer Service is Key

I’m a lucky guy. Besides having a smoking hot wife, I’ve also been able to meet some incredible people — some incredibly smart people.

One of these people, John Spence, is a great author, speaker, consultant, and advisor who makes the very complex awesomely simple. He also happens to post some amazing advice on his blog, such as:

Let me make this as Awesomely Simple as I can: for the vast majority of businesses today the ONLY competitive differentiator you have is the level of service you deliver to your customers. People can copy your product, your price, your location, your hours, your decor, your uniforms, your marketing and advertising… they can copy just about everything you offer… except the quality of the service your front-line employees deliver and the relationships they build with your customers. For many of you reading this blog, Amazing Customer Serviceor lack thereof – will be the sole determinant as to whether you are successful in your business or not. Please take a moment to read that last sentence again and think about it very carefully!John Spence re Customer Service

Great man with great advice.

Have you tried DuckDuckGo yet?

With a tag-line of friends don’t let friends get tracked, new search engine Duck Duck Go certainly new how to grab my attention.

Ok, I said new but in reality it’s a few years old… I’m just slow and it’s new to me.

DuckDuckGo.com is a search engine that doesn’t track your results… which means you can search for something online and not see advertisements related to your search on other sites you visit. As well as privacy protections (no searching history period), there are many benefits to this model.

It certainly has my attention.

Learn more:

Best Motivational Video

This one does it for me every time. Well, this one and the Sly one. =)

Secrets to success Pt. 1 from Eric Thomas (The Hip Hop Preacher)

2013, The Year That Was

I do use a variety of statistical data to review the websites I administer — and while I will monitor and review the others very often, I review FredPosner.com about twice a year… and with that long winded introduction, I present… 2013: The Year That Was at FredPosner.com. Continue reading

Smile. Listen. Agree. Then do whatever the fuck you wanted to do anyway. — Robert Downey Jr.

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