The trees are in full bloom at the moment, so I’ve taken a few pictures of some of them to share here.

Weeping Crab Apple Tree

This tree given to me in August of 2004 at the death of my Mum has amazing blooms this year. Thank You Friends!!!!!

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Preamble

The arrival of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard meant the end of support for AppleTalk (see my previous article on some other aspects of Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”), and so the ability to print from computers running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard directly to printers that used AppleTalk. In my case, for many years I have been using my HP LaserJet 4MP (it’s now into its 17th year!!!!) connected to an AsanteTalk box so that the printer could be seen on our home network by any/all computers on the network.

But after I installed Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on my MacBook, that computer could no longer print to the LaserJet. The workaround was to set up another computer (my FileMaker Server eMac) running Mac OS X 10.4.11 (or one running Mac OS X 10.5.x would have worked too) to share the LaserJet 4MP using Printer Sharing.

But eventually as I upgraded our other computers to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard this wasn’t going to continue working. So after some digging around online I learned that using an HP JetDirect Print Server should allow me to keep the trusty LaserJet 4MP, and get to use the 3 spare $100+ toner cartridges I have on hand for it.

HP JetDirect 300x Print Server

I purchased an HP JetDirect 300x Print Server on Ebay – not for the $250 that the HP page says they cost, but for $5 plus $8 postage to me. For that I got the print server, and a short parallel printer cable. I didn’t get a power supply with it, so fortunately in the collection of about 100 various power bricks I’ve accumulated over the years I had one that had the right connector on it (see below).

HP JetDirect 300x Front View

Front of JetDirect 300x shows the two indicator lights "Status" and "Activity" and the "Test" button between the 2 lights.

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Saturday April 24 was “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” in Grand Rapids. A grey drizzly day as it turned out. Fortunately not really raining. The event started this year in Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids (the green arrow on this map) and wandered around a little before heading up Ottawa Ave, past Calder Plaza where we had started in previous years, across the Grand River, back south on the River Bank walk, past the Fish Ladder, Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum before crossing the river again to finish back at Rosa Parks Circle.

Roger was all in pink again this year.

The Finish Line - Lisa and Roger at the Start/Finish Line.

The Finish Line - Lisa and Roger at the Start/Finish Line.

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A very intense hailstorm this morning dropped the biggest hailstones I’ve ever seen – still no where near the size that you hear about – golfball size, baseball sized – but yet the noise they made was “impressive” as they hit the roof of the house and banged into the front door as they bounced across the porch.

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