Unable to Reset Printing System on MacOS High Sierra

If you are having printing system crashes on MacOS High Sierra, read on! After recently upgrading to MacOS High Sierra, I found that every time the OS loaded up a print dialogue, the application in question would crash.

Google reveals the best first step for this as to Reset the Printing System as documented by Apple. Please be warned, you will lose all your printers if you do this, however, it is likely a bad driver you are encountering so this will at least give you access to add new printers in.

However, I was unlucky enough to find this to be impossible. In my particular case, holding control on the System Preferences panel and clicking on printers, resulted in a crash of System Preferences.

So, if you have exhausted all possibilities MacManager put has a neat little script as defined on the MacOS Hints forum to get around this.

#!/bin/sh

for printer in `lpstat -p | awk '{print $2}'`
do
echo Deleting $printer
lpadmin -x $printer
done

If you save this to a file called deletePrinters.sh, then run on the command line/terminal ‘sh deletePrinters.sh’, you will be able to remove all printers and should get access to the Printers and Scanners menu in System Preferences again. Note, you could adapt this to comment out the lpadmin -x $printer line and instead see the printer names, then try deleting them one by one, to hopefully find the bad one before you delete them all.

Hope this helps, now time for me to get back to installing printers again!

UberEats and Deliveroo Coupon Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth)

UberEats code: ‘eats-btud5f8xue’ – $10 off your first order.
Deliveroo code: ‘stuartr1362‘ – $5 off your first order.

So you are hunting for a discount coupon or promo code for your first UberEats or Deliveroo order in Australia? I can’t blame you as coupon codes are great, especially when they give a discount to both the giver (moi), and the receiver (you).

In the interest of sharing the Food NOMMING love, I thought I would share my discount codes for UberEats (August 2017) and the voucher for a discount on Deliveroo (August 2017) also.

So, if you are an UberEats lover in Australia you can get $10 off your first order with the code ‘eats-btud5f8xue’, that will give you $10 off your first order and me $10 off my next order too. Interestingly if you sign up to use Uber for rides you can also use ‘btud5f8xue’, however I don’t believe it gives you any discount.

For those of you looking at Deliveroo in Australia, you can get $5 off your first order with ‘stuartr1362.

So, please feel free to use and enjoy!

Cheers,
Stuart

Consider the risk of gift cards for your next birthday or Christmas present

Australia Post Load and Go Prepaid Visa CardAfter the unfortunate demises of retailers including Dick Smith Electronics, Masters, and Pumpkin Patch in Australia (to name a few), and my own shopping for Christmas gifts not a month ago, I began pondering an issue with the humble gift card. While this has been written with an Australian context in mind, the principles apply worldwide (and with a little local sleuthing, you should find local details appropriate for you).

For those of you not keeping up, when a retailer enters administration, a seemingly regular side effect is that already purchased gift cards go into limbo, held at the mercy of the administrators. As the administrator will receive no additional funds for the exchange of goods, they may choose not to honour the gift cards, or place additional terms on their use. Countless examples from the demise of Dick Smith Electronics occurred where people lost entire balances and large sums, as well as customers of Pumpkin Patch being told that gift cards would only be honoured if an equivalent amount of cash was spent in store at the same time.

With there being no legal requirement in Australia for gift card balances to be ‘treated like cash’ (despite most gift cards saying they should be treated as such), a gift card purchaser is at the absolute mercy of the continued solvency of the retailer. You know the old saying cash is king, this certainly holds true and gift cards it would seem, are definitely not king!

However, there is an alternative which, in my opinion, carries a significantly lower level of risk. Many people are unaware, but Visa offers both prepaid and reloadable cards that can be purchased from Australia Post stores (for Aussies) or from other retailers worldwide. Essentially, for a couple of dollars more than your ‘gift card balance’ you would like to buy, you can transfer your risk from the solvency of an individual retailer, to one of the major credit card providers of the world. Sure, Visa themselves could go under one day, but that is infinitely less likely than a single trading retailer going bust, in a single country.

Australia Post Load and Go Reloadable Prepaid Visa CardThe prepaid cards carry the benefit of being usable where any Visa card is purchased, so they are not locked to any one retailer, can be used physically in person, or online also. The reloadable card (available for around $7AUD more) can be used repeatedly and reloaded as many times as desired until the expiration date, which can also be beneficial in itself.

So, before you next purchase a gift card for a loved one, consider the risk you are willing to accept for you investment, and perhaps consider the Visa prepaid card as a preferable alternative. Call me risk averse, but I will put my bets on Visa being around for many many more years, major Australian retailers however, seem to be going bust like it is going out of fashion.

Final thoughts – My sympathies go out to all those affected from retailer demises, in my early years I too worked at Dick Smith, and have a lot of memories from there, in it’s day it was the best store, with the best customer service!