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Printing transparencies on epson 1400 photo printer

This is mainly information for me, because i keep forgetting the best settings to use to print my transparencies.

here’s a part of the design in question that was being printed out.

1. i designed it in illustrator CS4. There is probably a way to do this in illustrator, but i’m not sure how, so for my purposes, i copy the design and then

2. Paste the design it into new photoshop file (RGB / 16 bit – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. See results at the bottom.)

3. Add a layer of solid black above the design. (Set the lighting to “Overlay”)

4. Now you’re ready to print. These are the default settings that i found work best.


Results: (Below the “EG” file was not converted to RGB / 16 bit. – The Black part above that file was converted.)

the one where i’m called a POS

Update at bottom
our story begins as most tragedies do, with a craigslist ad.

the protagonist (me) sets the stage for failure with a simple email.

we’re introduced to the antagonist (shawn) in his natural habitat.
a simple, non-threatening email, begins this corespondance well enough. No gross spelling errors. (only one by my count – which is easily enough explained in the appendix of the email )

The following discourse ensues.

It was at this point in the story, that i took pause to contemplate whether this transaction should in fact take place. – can someone who has access to a full keyboard (via blackberry) be trusted* when they don’t take the effort to fully type out the word “and” or use an ampersand or slash mark? or the word “you”?

*The answer to this is of course: “No. They can not be trusted.”

Against my better judgement, i called Shawn and we arranged an agreed time and place (to which he was 15 minutes late) and i bought the printer for $20, and we discussed other items that he had to sell. – the next day he sent me an email to follow up on these items.

i was not really interested in the mac, but i knew some friends who would be, so i was seriously entertaining the idea of buying both pieces.  some research had led me to believe that a Sprint MiFi device will not at all work with virgin mobile.

Well hello pushy salesman, how are you today. – i would like to point out that “nothing needed for virgin, just activate and buy time.” is a flat out lie.
The following the big confrontation where the protagonist calls out the villian on is lies.

So that was Sunday night. i still had not had a chance to set the printer up and test it yet.

Act 2: “Monday” or “Hey your crap doesn’t work”

This is me, glad that i didn’t buy the other stuff he was selling.

I for one was not expecting to hear back from him, so when i did receive this, i was completely surprised.

A phone call was place. This is the basic gist of it.
“It was working perfectly at his house, and it must have been during the transportation in my trunk that it got all messed up. – try to blow it out with some compressed air and if that doesn’t work, i’ll be more than happy to clean it for you.” said the liar
“Ok, Great” said jon jackson.
Several days later, printer is still not working, i emailed shawn back.
No response.
A few more days later… i emailed again.
i did indeed get a response this time.
Wait, What? – let’s read that again.
Yeah, that’s what i thought it said.
after waiting  a little bit, i got to thinking, “Ok, maybe he’s just having a REALLY bad week, or maybe he was drunk, it was pretty late when he wrote that. – let’s give him the benefit of the doubt here, he seemed like a pretty cool guy – or at least not a total douche.”
Ergo, i response.
Heads up, not a misunderstanding, he’s just really a big douche.

Ok, totally cleared up now. Thanks Shawn.

Our final chapter. in which that jon jackson emerges as the larger man.

if there’s a moral of this story. if you live in Tulsa Oklahoma, and you think it’s a good idea to buy something from a guy named Shawn whose email address is shawn@h**** it is not.

here’s some of his postings now.


a visual guide to eliminating a trouble client before you start.

So you might be checking out the job section of craigslist for your local area and come across one that seems promising, you think: “Hey i can do that, it would only take me a couple of minutes, might make some quick money”

And then you contact them.

there are a couple of things that make you uncomfortable at the beginning, but you do it anyway. the client is a thorn in your flesh, and never pays you for your work. OR use this handy guide to avoid that.

Setting a Facebook Username for your Page.

step 1: log into facebook if you aren’t already.

Step 2: go to:

(You will see a page like the one below)


Step 3: Click "set a username" for your Pages.


Step 4: choose which page you want to set the username for:


If it is not eligible to choose a username, then you will see the message above.

How do you solve that problem? Get some more fans.

Step 5: If you see a box pop up that asks you to enter a username, do that, and the click "Check availability"

That’s it.

How to print more than one page from an embedded scribd document

Ok, so you have a crappy powerpoint, or word document embedded on blog, because that web designer of yours insisted on you using wordpress for your website. He went on and on about "how easy it would be to work with it."


BUT now that you’ve got your document embedded,  somebody called you and said:

And you think to yourself "What in the world does that mean?"
and you send an email to your designer, and say:

and your designer says:

what the deal is, is when you go to the page, where the document is embedded

and click the "print" button, it only wants to print the current page that you are viewing.

See? it even says so…



So, what you need to do, is one of two things,

1. click the download button, and save that sucker to your harddrive.


2.a – click the "<> Share" button


2.b – and then the "Click Here" under the: Read on Scribd heading.


2.c – Now, you can print to your hearts desire.

and that my friends, is that.

The end.

why should i use dropbox?

So this designer friend of mine said that he shared a folder with me via 
(Come on, use the referal link if you’re going to click, it’s the least you could do… freeloader.)

question: Why should i sign up for another service?
answer: Because you’re paying that designer for something… or if you’re not, maybe you should be.

question: how do i sign up if i received an invite.
answer: come with me, i’ll hold your hand. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Click on that “view the “WHATEVER THE NAME IS” folder that WHOEVER shared.


2.  you can see what type of files are in the folder and maybe that will help you determine whether you want to accept this folder or not.
A good rule of thumb is: if i sent it to you. THEN FREAKIN ACCEPT IT! I don’t do this because i don’t have better things to do.


3. Create a Free Dropbox Account.


OR if you’re already savy, then login to your dropbox account and accept it that way.

4. Here you have an option – i would recommend “download dropbox” but if you don’t want to, read below…


… So you’re a tool, and you don’t trust me? that’s ok. Maybe your network administrator won’t let you install stuff on your PC. that’s ok, i’ll hold your hand, just click on the “Dropbox website”


Then you’ll get a sweet looking interface like this:


“OH NOW i see why  you wanted me to get these files, you had something to share with me…”
Yep. that’s why. glad we’re banging on all cylinders now.

5. Holy Crap! What’s that recent events tab?
Oh not much, that’s just where you can see what the heck i’ve been doing, and when i’ve been doing it.


(hey, see that little RSS icon… you wouldn’t even have to log in to see what’s going on… but who are we kidding, if you had to read this article, you probably think that “RSS” stands for “Robots Serve Satan”.)

6. Ok so there’s the files now what?
Really? Do i have to bottle-feed you?
Check the files you want to download, then click “More Actions” / “Download File”


7. Send me an email telling me how awesome this is.
In Conclusion. i like

that’s a video: defining and using custom patterns in photoshop

defining and using custom patterns in Photoshop

I’m using Photoshop CS4, but this works with several versions as well.

step 1: Open whatever you want to use to make the pattern,



step 2: Copy and Paste that design into a new  document,
Black and white, or transparent backgrounds work the best.


step 3: Select “Edit / Define Pattern…”
go do it.


step 4: Name that Pattern
have you named it yet?


step 5: Open the image you want to create a pattern on.
i can’t hold your hand all the time…


step 6: Create a New Layer.
This isn’t how i would do it, but it will work for you noob.


step 7: Layer / Layer Style / Pattern Overlay.
The WRONG way to do it is select / Fill.


step 8: Click on the Pattern dohicky, then choose your new pattern you just made.
Now click “OK” – Did i really just have to type that?


step 9: TADA!…nothing happened…
Yeah i know that. you have to have something for the pattern to work with.

step 9a: Fill that Layer with White.
Yes, Use the paint bucket. tool…


step 9b: And magically…
it looks like crap… but wait, there’s more.


step 9c: Under the Layers Menu
click the arrow by the “normal” dropdown box. then try Multiply (to leave the dark colors of the design) or Lighten/Screen (to leave the white part of the design)


step 10: double click on the effects you put on your white layer.
if you can find it…. it’s under layers / layer effects.


step 11: If by some miracle you’re back to this window…
By jove, you’ve done it.


step 12: Now adjust the Scale / Blend Mode and Opacity to your heart’s content…
Congratulations, you can read. now go try a book.


step 13 Done Already?
Yes. yes you are, and i don’t appreciate the sarcastic tone.


HOW TO: windows live writer posting to a self hosted wordpress blog

i just recently started using Microsoft Windows Live Writer for posting to my self-hosted wordpress website (running 2.91) and i love it, if you post info to a blog then you should try out this program, below is a video of me adding a post to my website with live writer. (Scroll down / push play)

ironically as i write this post it is from the wordpress dashboard.

Entourage X pop 3 access for google apps

Entourage X pop 3 access for google apps
1. Enable POP in Gmail.
2. Open Entourage.
3. Click ‘Tools,’ and select ‘Account Settings…’
4. Click ‘New.’ (If you receive the ‘Account Setup Assistant,’ click ‘Configure account manually.’)
5. Select ‘POP’ next to ‘Account type:,’ and click ‘OK.’
6. Enter a name for your new account in the ‘Account Name:’ field.
7. Enter your full name in the ‘Your Name:’ field.
8. Enter your full email address ( in the ‘Email Address:’ field. Google Apps users, enter your full address in the format ‘’
9. Enter your full email address (including ‘’ or ‘’) in the ‘Account ID’ field.
10. Enter ‘’ in the ‘Incoming Mail Server:’ field. Google Apps users, enter the server names provided, don’t add your domain name in this step.
11. Click ‘Click here for advanced receiving options’ in the ‘Receiving mail’ section.
12. Check the box next to ‘This POP service requires a secure connection (SSL).’
13. Enter your email password in the ‘Your Password:’ field.
14. Enter ‘’ in the ‘Outgoing Mail Server:’ field.
15. Click ‘Click here for advanced sending options’ in the ‘Sending mail’ section.
16. Check the box next to ‘SMTP service requires secure connection (SSL), ‘ and click ‘OK.’
17. Check the box next to ‘Override default SMTP port:,’ and enter ‘465’ in the box.
18. Check the box next to ‘SMTP server requires authentication,’ and click ‘OK.’

this information was taken from gmail help on google