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? Print@CU 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 Print@CU files your print request to NINJa, it does so under a random celebrity pseudonym like Larry the Cable Guy or Kristen Stewart.
Print@CU 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, feedback, or eternal gratitude for Print@CU.
@Anonymous So late on this
@Anonymous This explains why Tina Fey was printing in Furnald..
@I going to blame this for the NINJA system malfunctioning wednesday evening.
@Anonymous seriously bwog…. you post this but don’t help me with my website. Total bullshit
@Anonymous what’s your website?
I agree, Bwog. I’m interested in seeing more student initiatives and apps such as this featured. It’s inspiring!
@Anonymous this might be relevant to your interests: http://adicu.com/projects
@Anonymous i approve sam’s boss status.
@Anonymous Barnard has had this for a while…
@Anonymous We have?
@Anonymous seriously, what is it? Quad printers have made me late to too many classes…
@Ahem. you’re a week late: http://spectrum.columbiaspectator.com/spectrum/the-greatest-thing-to-ever-hit-columbia-printing
@r/columbia showed me this weeks ago…
@Anonymous there’s a reddit page for columbia? *mind blown*
@Anonymous yeessss…join us minion…
jkjk, prepare for disappointment.
@Bwog is so fucking late. seriously. late AS FUCK. come on
@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.
Then again, this Sam fellow is probably just as trustworthy as CUIT.
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 print@cu. 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 print@cu.
Also, did I already say the previous also?
Grow up, kids.
@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?
@Anonymous That feature is indeed planned.
Geolocation + which printers are down
@Anonymous Well played!