Thursday, 12 October 2017

09:13 – It was 60.9F (16C) when I took Colin out at 0615, partly cloudy.

They’re still working on the house next door, but it looks as though things are winding down. The last few days, the flooring guy’s truck has been parked up there. It’s the same company and the same installer who did our downstairs and master bath flooring recently. He’s installing hardwood and ceramic tile throughout.

When Ricky and Kim bought the place at auction, they told us they were going to do a lot of work on it, but we didn’t expect as much as they’re doing. They basically gutted the interior, added a deck, replaced the windows, replaced the HVAC, and ripped out the floors and walls down to the joists. My guess is that they’ll end up spending as much on renovations as they spent on the house itself. When it’s finally ready for Grace to move in, I think she’ll be very pleased with it.

I spent two or three hours yesterday trying to get my Epson Perfection V350 Photo scanner working on my Linux Mint desktop. No joy. I’ve been using scanners on Linux boxes for 15 years now, with various scanners and various distros. Sometimes, it Just Works. Sometimes, it eventually works, but is a hassle to get set up. Sometimes, it works fine until a software update that borks it. Sometimes, I just can’t get it to work. This time, I actually started to wonder if my scanner was dead.

So I connected my notebook, which also runs Linux Mint, to the scanner. At first, I thought I wouldn’t be able to get it working, either. I did get it working with Image Scan! for Linux and xsane, although I haven’t tried to get the Epson scanner software working yet.