Getting nearly any application to export a PostScript file

I’ve run into many Windows applications that for whatever reason don’t have an option to save a modified file or export into a readable format. There’s a trick that I learned back in the Windows 3.1 days that makes any application that can print be able to export a PostScript file. The trick is as follows:

  1. Set up a Generic PostScript printer as a new printer that can print to FILE only.
  2. Print your file in the obstinate application to the new printer. Make sure  you use the .PS  file extension on the newly created file name.
  3.  Enjoy your new output file in Ghostview, Inkscape, or other applications that can read PS files.

Embedding YouTube videos with a start time

I recently wanted to embed a YouTube video in a page, but wanted the video to start at a specific time in the middle. There are a lot of obsolete instructions out there based on the way YouTube embedding worked in the past. I finally figured out that the trick is to use the code that YouTube gives you under the “Embed” option, but add a ?start=XXXX parameter at the end of the URL, where XXXX is the start time you want to show in seconds.

Looks like this:

<iframe width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" 
style="width: 640px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" 

Maker Faire Atlanta

I’ll be manning the Big Blue Saw booth at Maker Faire Atlanta this weekend. It’s a celebration of creativity in downtown Decatur.

With luck the weather will be on our side.