Nov

30

[email protected] (Minus the Pain)

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What is it that makes Columbia students so obsessed with printing? Maybe it’s the excessively long lines right before class, those excruciating warm-up times, the thrill of guessing between printer A or printer B (only to discover that the one you chose has a printer jam)—or maybe it’s just the fact that printing at Columbia is simply not an enjoyable experience.

When you’re printing, you just want no nonsense, straight to the point: enough sheets of warm ink-laden paper to deforest the Amazon. What more could you ask for in a web tool than a single screen, intuitive interface that allows you to print from any Internet device to any NINJa printer? [email protected] is your remedy: It doesn’t do much more, but it does do that singular task exceedingly well.

The simple interface allows you to select the building and printer number to which you desire your magnum opus ferried, then all you have to do is trample on over to that printer, enter your UNI, and then, right before your eyes, the magic of modern technology will transform your painstakingly composed characters into a crisp collection of freshly printed sheets. We recommend using it in conjunction with OwlPrinters for maximum efficiency. The site even offers options to collate, double-side, and print multiple copies of your document. As an added bonus, when [email protected] files your print request to NINJa, it does so under a random celebrity pseudonym like Larry the Cable Guy or Kristen Stewart.

[email protected] is the brainchild of Sam Aarons (SEAS ’14). Sam wrote the entire site in just 16 hours (!!!) to alleviate the printing perils of the NINJa system. He developed the site using documentation available for free on the Internet from CUIT, which just goes to show: RTFM, kids!

Contact Sam at [email protected] with comments, feedback, or eternal gratitude for [email protected]

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22 Comments

  1. Anonymous  

    Oooo, perhaps it should combine with the geolocation features of modern browsers + the printer status stuff in OwlPrinter and suggest the closest, working printer?

  2. what if  

    this is just a way for sam to jack all of our files?

    always better to be cautious...

    • Anonymous  

      anyone could jack your files previously if you printed remotley (ie. not from a lab comp)... so this is a non-issue. my laziness >>>> my fear of getting my shit jacked.

    • Anonymous

      I don't know if I'd trust a third-party webserver with a digital copy of your documents without an explicit privacy policy, or an assurance that my files will be deleted as soon as I print them.

      Then again, this Sam fellow is probably just as trustworthy as CUIT.

      Wish list:
      Add list of supported file types, print preview, and if not done so already, a preselected printer based on the user's IP address.

    • Anonymous

      It's already possible to intercept the requests going to lpd even if you don't use [email protected] Besides, the girl sitting behind you is already watching the pages come out of the printer as she stares impatiently.

      Also, why are you printing sensitive data on public printers?

      Also, your concern is ridiculous.

      Also, it's already possible to intercept the requests going to lpd even if you don't use [email protected]

      Also, did I already say the previous also?

      Grow up, kids.

  3. Bwog  

    is so fucking late. seriously. late AS FUCK. come on

  4. r/columbia

    showed me this weeks ago...

    (lurkers welcome)

  5. Anonymous  

    Barnard has had this for a while...

  6. Anonymous  

    i approve sam's boss status.

  7. Anonymous  

    seriously bwog.... you post this but don't help me with my website. Total bullshit

  8. I going to  

    blame this for the NINJA system malfunctioning wednesday evening.

  9. Anonymous  

    This explains why Tina Fey was printing in Furnald..

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