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Honoring Pandrosion of Alexandria for Ada Lovelace Day

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day I thought I’d take the opportunity to write about another underrated woman of STEM, Pandrosion of Alexandria.

As far as we know Pandrosion developed a technique to calculate approximate, but numerically accurate, cube roots using a three dimensional geometric technique.

Renaming the Git master branch

We’re renaming our Git master branches to main.

This post from PaperCutter Alec explains why we’re doing it, how we’re approaching it, and provides useful suggestions if you want to make similar changes.

Ready to get your Git on?

Adopt a “defensive posture” when using APIs

Today a lot of the world’s information is accessible using web APIs of various types.

A few times recently I have seen developers make assumptions about the information they would get back from a web API call.

This led to trouble when the server supplied data that was slightly different than expected.

3 lessons learned leading a team from home

Near the beginning of 2020, I entered a lead role for the first time in my career.

Becoming a leader is challenging (albeit rewarding). But leading a team remotely during a global pandemic? This notches up the difficulty.

I make no claim to have figured it all out. But here are 3 lessons I’ve learned.

How to write Pandoc filters for PM Wiki in Lua

A few months ago our resident IT geek Alec Clews was hosting a talk about Pandoc, an open-source document converter.

It got me wondering.

Could Pandoc convert a nicely formatted document like Word or Google Doc into the PM Wiki markup used by our KB articles?

Don’t forget your wide format printers

If you’ve got a wide format printer (also known as a plotter) in your office, it’s probably playing a vital role in your day-to-day business.

Tracking wide format printers in PaperCut MF/NG is easy. It works in exactly the same way as the rest of your printers.

Powershell and the PaperCut MF/NG Health API

PaperCut MF/NG has a handy RESTful API that allows administrators to discover lots of useful information about the PaperCut MF/NF Application Server.

PowerShell helps glue all the data together with other APIs and sources of information.

3 boring sysadmin to-dos made easier with PaperCut

Being a sysadmin can be boring.

I’m talking boredom induced by daily tasks that just ooze tedium: validating backups, repairing file systems… You get the picture. It’s a hideous picture…

…but not with PaperCut. See how we make your everyday to-dos a lot more doable.

Handy PowerShell hacks for PaperCut MF/NG

PaperCutter Alec had a major life experience earlier this year – migrating from MacBook to a Windows 10 laptop.

The change led him to the mysterious wonders of PowerShell and .NET Core (as you do).

In this post, Alec shares his latest PowerShell discoveries.

NEW IN 19.1: Fantastic scripting powers and ways to use them

With Device Scripting joining print scripting, today’s PaperCut admin has unprecedented control over user printing behavior.

From conditional copier access to on-the-fly pricing, it’s about creating rules to improve how people go about printing.

Join me in exploring three scripts bound to be an excellent starting point for any workplace.

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