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Comment: Re:Ghostscript,Foxit PDF or other virtual PDF prin (Score 1) 132

by NJRoadfan (#47627637) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?
I've seen commercial programs actually do this to support PDF report generation. They just leverage the existing code they have for printing reports and redirect it to a virtual printer. I think it was the Amyuni libraries which are clearly closed source. One thing I can say is that a virtual printer that directly generates PDF files from the GDI output (we're talking Windows here) tends to create cleaner output files (smaller size, less rendering errors) than the Postscript printer output to PDF route.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 132

by NJRoadfan (#47627575) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?
Adobe pushes PDF as a method of data collection. People make fancy PDF forms and e-mail them out. Inside of the form is a button that says "when complete, click here to submit form" which attaches the filled out form to an e-mail and sends it back to the publisher. From there, folks somehow extract the fields from the file and dump it into a database, which seems like a messy and complicated process. Honestly a web form would be easier to implement in many cases.

Comment: Re:An interesting death spiral (Score 1) 502

by NJRoadfan (#47613213) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company
Since 2011, TVs sold in the US are required to have an EnergyGuide label detailing power use. What made 55" TVs popular is the lighter weight of flat panel displays. 32" CRTs were 200+lbs and took up a ton of room, when the average 50" LCD is less than 100lbs and mounts on the wall.

Comment: Re:In other words (Score 1) 192

by NJRoadfan (#47500359) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000
That is basically what I landed up doing. I got one that was free of battery acid, but badly needed a recap (had weak audio output).

Initial delivery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

All fixed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

It took a while for the right machine to come up for sale, but it was worth it. I have been wanting a Video Toaster setup for a good 15 years at that point! One thing potential buyers should be mindful of, get the machine with a mouse and keyboard! Both sell for quite a bit more than the average PS/2 equivalent and the adapters to use USB or PS/2 devices aren't much cheaper.

Comment: Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (Score 1) 192

by NJRoadfan (#47500111) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000
The A2000 was built to be an upgradable platform in Commodore's eyes. It was pretty clear that their R&D was limited, so they created an expandable base machine that could be kept on the market for a long time (1987 to at least 1991ish). Hence the creation of the Amiga 2500 (A2000 with CPU cards) late in the machine's life.

Comment: Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (Score 1) 192

by NJRoadfan (#47500007) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

The A3000 came another ~2 years later -- was a little late to the party -- and delivered in a number of areas, but perhaps tellingly, many professionals would stick with the A2000 + 68030 accelerator boards. Accelerators from the leading company GVP were stable and much faster than initial A3000s, beyond which many video/CGI orientated cards would not initially fit in the A3000. That people moved the A3000 hardware to third-party cases is perhaps saying a lot about expandibility vs sexy cases.

Newtek didn't seem to ship any turnkey Toaster workstations based on the Amiga 3000. They kept building systems based on A2500 machines until the Toaster 4000 card was released. The lack of slots in the 3000 was a problem, since they were usually crammed full of TBC cards. There was nothing great about the A3000 case, but it was way nicer than the joke of a case that the Amiga 4000 desktop came in. Taking that thing apart is.... ugh.

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