That’s a lot of chili peppers!

One of the many dishes I did not eat tonight:


Looks like it was 50% beef, 50% chili peppers. The entire conference (over 100 engineers) went out to dinner after a pretty full day of presentations. They stuck the two vegetarians (me and Tej) at the same table and gave us over a dozen dishes, but still managed to put another two dozen meat dishes on the table for the other 8 folks.

The schedule is pretty packed tomorrow, and I’m speaking again on Thursday, so it looks like I won’t get to do any sightseeing until Friday.

In Beijing

I’m in Beijing and checked into the hotel. Extremely nice place. Complimentary broadband Internet.

Air China flight 984 from LAX ended up being delayed 12 hours due to mechanical problems. It’s a real bummer, since I was supposed to give a “Platform Overview” talk at the conference this morning, but I missed the entire first day. I’ve been rescheduled to speak tomorrow morning.

Ironically, as I cleared immigration, I heard over the loudspeaker that United Airlines flight 889 from SFO had just arrived.

Santa Clara County Voter’s Guide

There are a bunch of initiatives on the ballot for the upcoming California and Santa Clara County election. Here is my slate:

1A – yes

59 – yes

60 – no

60a – no

61 – yes

62 – no

63 – yes

64 – no

65 – no

66 – yes

67 – yes

68 – no

69 – no

70 – no

71 – yes

72 – yes

A – no

B – no

C – yes

I – yes

Whatever you do, be sure to vote no on Prop 62. It would screw over the smaller political parties.

SMC7004AWBR Barricade Printer Setup from Mac OS X

I finally got Ariella’s iBook to print to our Brother 1440 printer via the SMC Barricade 7004AWBR print server. Here’s what I did:

System Preferences > Set Up Printers…

Add > IP Printing

Printer Type: LPD/LPR

Printer Address:

Queue Name: LPT1

Printer Model: Brother HL-1440 series CUPS.gz

I found some other pages on the Net that suggested using “lp” for the Queue Name, but that didn’t work. I finally ended up downloading the “How to install a LPR printing port on WinXP” document from the SMC support site, and that told me to use “LPT1” as the queue name instead.