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Archive for June 20th, 2016

Y Combinator’s Xerox Alto: restoring the legendary 1970s GUI computer

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/06/20

Just wow: Source: Y Combinator’s Xerox Alto: restoring the legendary 1970s GUI computer

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On Windows 7, Visual Studio 2015 wanted Internet Explorer 10… here are the direct links to download it

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/06/20

Boy, don’t you dislike how hard it is to find direct download links

Well, thanks to kenorb and jjlin (slightly edited):

Check: IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10, IE11 Offline Installers Download Links – kenorb Mar 20 ’15 at 13:39 – – note this does not provide hashes.


Try these Microsoft offline installer links:

These may refuse to work if you already have IE 11 installed, though. If it is refused, try this:

And in case these links ever stop working and you must obtain a copy from a non-Microsoft source, here are the SHA-512 hashes for posterity:

  • 32-bit: d89ba3f9978be428ac05b182481198ab0f7b0c0651e4716e63cd0cf907d739cbc30f44ec9c444da683869473a548cd99e5c396467b2898f7c382b6345b3e70d2
  • 64-bit: f1752bb6517fe15071e5f7a4fee4b8680da1bdad1df7054ab22bab78fe0f46aee177787f60ea2cfc86a2db2b08429e2cba3cfdd20ba6a2ab69e091c7784dfdae

Source: internet explorer 10 – Does Microsoft still have a link to download IE10 for Windows 7? – Super User


Posted in .NET, Development, Internet Explorer, Power User, Software Development, Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio and tools, Web Browsers, Windows, Windows 7 | Leave a Comment »

HP Color LaserJet 9500HDN and stock Windows 8.1 x64 drivers: PCL XL error Warning: IllegalMediaSource – via: Server Fault

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/06/20

HP Printers, PCL6 and drivers are always a fight to get right.

In this case the Microsoft stock Windows 8.1 x64 drivers always result in my HP LaserJet 9500 HDN printing a page like this from the same tray the last print job ran:

PCL XL error

        Warning: IllegalMediaSource

I’ve seen similar results with other Windows, printer and driver combinations (not limited to Microsoft drivers, but always PCL related), but never knew the solution.

Reading the answer, I totally recognise it: always some form of PCL6 driver was involved, and switching to PostScript solved it.

Note that there are three varieties of the HP Universal Print Driver for Windows:

  • PCL5
  • PCL6
  • PostScript

So now I know to always install the first and the last (:


via: windows xp – PCL XL error Warning: IllegalMediaSource – Server Fault.

Posted in HP Printer Drivers, Power User, Printer drivers, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

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