Sunday, August 30, 2015

How to Print Coupons in Black and White

My printer is set to black and white, but whenever I printed coupons from the interwebs, they would still come out in color. The thing with printing coupons online is that you can't set your printing preferences as the coupons are automatically printed.

I Googled a bit, but I must have not been using the correct terms because the search results were not helping me.

However, I was finally able to figure out my issue. I still don't quite understand why I have to go through Terminal (mainly because I really don't know what Terminal does - insert embarrassed emoji), but I followed the directions and saw that the printing preference was still in color.

See here from Coupons.com (also pasted below).

How do I change the print mode of my printer on Macintosh?



Our Coupon Printer uses the default settings set in your printer software. You must make any changes there to affect what tray is used for printing, whether you print in color or grayscale, etc.

In order to have such applications adhere to your default settings, you have to interact with the underlying printing system CUPS. Please follow these steps:


1 You will need to use the Terminal application.


From your desktop, click Go menu and then click Utilities.
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Double click Terminal to open.
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Type and run cupsctl WebInterface=yes cupsctl.png

2 Open your internet browser and type http://localhost:631/

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3 Go to Printers.

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4 Select the printer to modify.

5 Choose Set Default Options from the second drop-down.

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6 Under General, set the necessary settings (the step may be different for your printer).

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7 Click Set Default Options button to save your changes.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

At the Tip of My Tongue - Remembering Old Books of My Childhood

One thing I wished I did when I was younger was to keep a log of all the books I read, because now as an adult, I can't remember most of them! For the most part, there is no need to remember them since they were honestly "fluff" books to read, but sometimes I have these random memories of books I used to read pop up in my mind, but I have no idea of the title or author, so it starts to bother me.

You would think that with everything being online now, it would be a lot easier to find them, but it's still difficult. It's easier to search for the popular/award-winning books; it's the smaller, lesser-read books, that have proven to be a challenge. Since most of those books are "fluff" pieces, I doubt people are clamoring to archive them.

Here are some random books that I'm trying to recall - if they sound familiar, let me know!

JUVENILE FICTION BOOK SERIES ABOUT ELEMENTARY-AGED KIDS DEALING WITH VARIOUS ISSUES
Hah, the descriptor sounds so boring! Anyways, here is what I can remember: this was a small (as in maybe 4-5 books) book series that one of my sister's owned. It was written in the late 1980s/early 1990s; this could have been a Little Apples series, but I'm not sure.

* One story in the series is during the winter holidays, and an little boy lives with his grandma/aunt who is a painter. She has some money to fly out his parents home from their job (they work abroad), or fix her leaking roof. She ends up using the money to fix the roof, but a nice older gentleman (a store owner or teacher) offers to buy a painting and the kid's parents are able to fly home. The kids also discuss other holidays, like Kwanzaa and Hanukah.
KEY WORDS: holidays, leaky roof, art

* Another story deals with a little Latina (?) girl who has a best friend (I think named Mary-Kate???) in possibly another class. A new girl moves in and tries to weasel her way in with the BFF. The new girl and Mary-Kate form a soda club (the first letter of their first names has to be the same as a soda brand in order for one to join) - I remember a Mountain Dew...possibly a Shasta and Diet Soda too?? The Latina girl goes on a trip to visit relatives, and she tries to start a soda club with her cousins, and she excludes her littlest cousin who starts crying. She feels bad, and lets her in the club. I forget what else happens, but I think the girls all end up being friends (or someone moves away).
KEY WORDS: soda club, Mountain Dew, Shasta



JUVENILE FICTION/YOUNG ADULT BOOK SERIES ABOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL-AGED GIRLS DEALING WITH VARIOUS ISSUES; THEY MEET DURING THE HOLIDAYS
From what I can remember, this was also a small series; if I recall correctly, the characters in the book had holiday parties (Valentine's, Halloween, Christmas). I think it was written in the early to mid 1990s - I remember reading this between 5-7th grade at the base library. I don't remember details of the particular stories. 
KEY WORDS: middle school, girls, holiday parties, boys



JUVENILE FICTION/YOUNG ADULT BOOK ABOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL-AGED WHITE GIRL WHO MOVES TO CHINA AND BEFRIENDS A CHINESE BOY
From what I can remember, the story centers around a 7th (?)  grade (the token middle school grade level) white girl who moves to China with her family. She starts biking around China and makes a friend with a Chinese boy. I think she ends up liking him. I'm not sure what else happens. I think this book was written in the early 1990s. I think the author's last name started near the middle-to-the-end of the alphabet (I remember getting it from the middle shelves at the library).
KEY WORDS: China, biking, moving


And because there is too much text, I'm throwing in some pictures of old books - most are from Cliquey Pizza (I've referenced them before), but a few are from Google searches.








MEMORIES!!!!! I remember these exact cover images too.

BONUS:
Elizabeth Wakefield looking very Amy Poehler-ish (do you like the 'shopped beret I added on?? SKILLLS!)