Canon printer and TurboPrint

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri May 29 14:17:12 UTC 2009

On Fri, 29 May 2009 16:04:22 +0200 (CEST), Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at> wrote:
> nothing stupid. As CUPS (and lots of modern software) is based on 
> windows-like philosophy even if runs on unix, it's quite natural.
> Someone decided that the right steps of installing driver is to connect 
> printer and then install, so user HAVE TO FOLLOW the steps.

Allthough CUPS is for UNIX (the U in CUPS), I think it's a bit sad
that it doesn't have something that we would call "professional mode"
as an option, where someone who knows what he does can install a
printer that is not attached to the system at the moment, or that
cannot be autodetected (maybe some dotmatrix or daisywheel printer
that is needed to print carbon copies).

> Any departure is simply bad, as main windows-like philosophy theorem is 
> that user are not allowed to think, because of the danger he/she will 
> become a master of his/her own computer, while making him a slave is a 
> target.
> Only those who are slaves of their own computer, and programs they use, 
> will constantly need help and pay for it.

Translated from a PC commercial: "My computer knows who I am, and knows
what I want."

Another attitude at least famous among german "Windows" users: If the
PC says (!) something, it is alright. Asking for the bankomatcard PIN?
Well, enter it! An obscure web page wants your name and postal address
in order to let you see the dancing elephants? Go aheead, type it in!
"The computer will know what it does."

For any consequences, the "I don't care" campaign, set up by the
MICROS~1 initiated misbelief that "Windows" administers itself, has
spread terrible results in regards of virus infections, trojans,
pirated copies and illegal file sharing. People just don't care, they
just want the dancing elephants - for free. The logical implication
is that the PC is made responsible for everything the user did

That's why I often think PCs are often personified; apotheosis is
the next step (cf. the Forbin Project). Is it possible that people
attribute the intelligency to the PC that they don't seem to have

If you think that's stupid - well, at least it's the reality here. :-)

>From Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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