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Jun 21, 2013

Bill ur a fag

it's a fact

Feb 20, 2013

Where does the German ä, ö, ü, and ß come from?

German has four unique characters, Ä/äÖ/öÜ/ü, and ß (called long s, or sz) which doesn't have an uppercase. None of these are considered part of the alphabet (unlike the Danish Ø), so if you're in school in Germany you say the alphabet from A to Z, then you say these at the end "äöü und ß". In a library you'll find book titles starting with Ä mixed in with book titles starting with A.

The umlaut characters (äöü) indicate a change in sound, and shouldn't be confused with the diaeresis which indicate a break in a syllable (usually in French and Spanish). In German, these characters began in the 16th century began using using the vowel paired with an E (ae, oe, ue, like seen in some old German last names), but over the centuries the e shifted above the letter, then slowly faded into the two dots we see today.

The ß is a symbols formed by mixing the old s, ſ, (as seen in the word Congreſs), and a cursive z. This pair of symbols were mixed together until it became a symbol of it's own.

Oct 6, 2012

Hacking a Brother printer - Response

We have Tommy over here forcing a Brother printer with only black ink to print in greyscale. He puts electric tape on the cartridge "window", but I didn't even have the empty colour cartridges any more, so I put duct tape directly onto the light sensor. 

Just one cartridge needs to work
1 - Full Black Cartridge
2 - Yellow Cartridge
3 - Cyan
4 - Magenta
5 - you can see the right side of the light sensor. It appears only one side needs to blocked out, the tape underside works fine

This is what I call a $41 fix.