Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Sat 2nd Aug 2008 14:28 UTC
Humor "Once upon a time there was a printer who lived in the woods. He was a lonely printer, because nobody knew how to configure him. He hoped and hoped for someone to play with." That is an excerpt from the Readme file for gnome-cups-manager. There are more snippets from different programs that might pique your interest.
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RE: NetBSD
by hobgoblin on Sun 3rd Aug 2008 00:46 UTC in reply to "NetBSD"
hobgoblin
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2005-07-06

heh, stuff like this always makes me think of that classical unix printer error: "printer on fire".

its a very old error message in computing terms, from when printers used ink ribbons and write heads.

basically the heads where sometimes cleaned in alcohol or something similar.

so, if you take a newly cleaned write head, stick it next to a ream of paper, and then have the printer jam.

this would then all heat up, and one could very well guess what would happen next.

so the programmers put in code that would put those very words on screen if the printer port sent a signal that would indicate a jammed paper.

then it was up to the sysadmin if he would grab the fire extinguisher, or some frozen hot dogs for the bonfire ;)

that, and order up a new printer...

Edited 2008-08-03 00:46 UTC

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