PaperCut Blog

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?

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.

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.

REVIEW: Melbourne Microsoft Insider Dev Tour

After many decades of using MacOS and Linux, I thought I’d broaden my horizons a little and take in this year’s Microsoft Insider Dev Tour.

This is the event where Microsoft pimps their developer tools and technical ecosystem to local (in my case Melbourne) developers.

So what did I find interesting?

Printer load balancing: Round Robin vs. “the algorithm”

Another ordinary day, another ordinary customer query. Or that’s what I thought before printer load balancing came to the party.

Join me as I reflect on a humbling solution journey, and dive into “the algorithm” – PaperCut’s ingenious method for handling print job distribution.

Trust me, it’s a thing of beauty.

Run your hackathon the PaperCut way

Another successful PaperCut Constructival hackathon has come and gone. Around 120 PaperCutters huddled together in busy little groups for 30-odd hours and hacked to their collective heart’s’ content.

Why have a hackathon? What’s the value? How do I run a hackathon with my own team? These are the questions we’ll solve today.

When software updates go wrong (a horror story)

When you’re responsible for software updates and upgrades, it’s best not to jump in without checking what the repercussions will be.

Systems architect Matt Lee shares his personal formula for ensuring a safe software update. As a bonus, Matt shares the horror story that led to his formula.

Everyday tools, tricks and automation

Often when I use a different computer, I’m initially a little lost because the machine doesn’t necessarily have all the custom bits and bobs that I have set up to save me time. Everyone has shortcuts, ways of working, and preferred apps that they like to use – so I thought I’d outline a few […]

Lesson: patch your system!

I am happy to be a new addition to the team here at PaperCut. I come from a large Pacific island where aging infrastructure and high prices are the norm. Farming is at the heart of the economy, without it we would surely fail under the economic pressure of having strong economic neighbours. I often […]

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