I was interested to find Slashdot made Time’s list of the top 5 over-rated blogs:
Reading Slashdot these days is like visiting the IT guy at work. He’s infuriatingly smug and cares passionately about stuff you don’t care about, and views your lack of interest as further confirmation of his intellectual superiority. Enjoy.
Tell me about it. I’m sorry but those guys on Slashdot are assholes. I first became aware of this when I visited their site over a question on how to print extra wide web pages. A guy posted the question because he wanted to print some origami samples from a web page. I give you the stunningly ridiculous conversation:
Q. “I’m an origami folder, and I have some diagrams stored as web pages on a cd. I’d like to print them out (since folding in front of a computer monitor is not the easiest of tasks), but the web pages have all of the steps laid out horizontally. I’ve tried using Mozilla, Opera, Netscape, and even IE (on a windows platform), but I can’t seem to find a printing engine that can handle wide web pages. Am I missing something? Hasn’t anyone ever tried to print wide web pages before? What I’m asking is: Do you folks know of any utilities (or browsers) that I’ve missed that can handle printing wide web pages?”
A. Can’t you just set the paper orientation to Landscape and click Print? What is so hard about that?
A. This is pretty lame. A stupid question was asked and posted by an editor. Everyone (at this moment) giving…
A. …or are Ask Slashdot questions slowly degrading to crap?
Are you f—ing kidding me? Don’t you think the first thing the guy tried was printing to freaking landscape? That’s supposed to be tech advice?
This is actually a legitimate question and I ran into the same problem myself which is why I happened on the web page in the first place. I guess what I find hilarious is that the so-called experts A) don’t even get the question, B) don’t offer usable advice, C) clearly don’t know the answer and D) accuse the questioner of being an idiot so that they can save face. Some web pages just aren’t meant to be printed and a web browser can be a poor tool for that purpose.
And just in case anyone is intersted, my page was an organizational chart about 10 treeviews wide. The solution was to change to landscape, change the paper size, and adjust the % of normal size or select scale to fit. In my case, I also had to print to many pages because the font was way too small. I then taped the results together.