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Printing@Columbia (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? 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 sia2111@columbia.edu with comments, feedback, or eternal gratitude for Print@CU.

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22 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Well played!

  • Anonymous says:

    @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?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous That feature is indeed planned.

      Geolocation + which printers are down

  • what if says:

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

    always better to be cautious…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @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.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @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.

    3. Anonymous says:

      @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.

  • Bwog says:

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

  • r/columbia says:

    @r/columbia showed me this weeks ago…

    (lurkers welcome)

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous there’s a reddit page for columbia? *mind blown*

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous yeessss…join us minion…

        jkjk, prepare for disappointment.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Barnard has had this for a while…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous We have?

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous seriously, what is it? Quad printers have made me late to too many classes…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous i approve sam’s boss status.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous seriously bwog…. you post this but don’t help me with my website. Total bullshit

    1. Anonymous says:

      @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!

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous this might be relevant to your interests: http://adicu.com/projects

  • I going to says:

    @I going to blame this for the NINJA system malfunctioning wednesday evening.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This explains why Tina Fey was printing in Furnald..

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous So late on this

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