Ditching My Paperwork

I can’t quite believe it’s been six months since I last wrote anything. I guess that’s just how busy I’ve been of late. Time flies like a banana.

Anyhow, thanks to a client who wanted me to sign an NDA by emailing me a scanned image of their NDA form signed by them, to be printed out, signed, scanned and emailed back, I thought it was finally time to address scanning on my Officejet 6500, which I’ve never used before. I discovered that Ubuntu 11.04 had installed “simple scan” on my desktop and that it would quite happily scan documents over the network and not only that, it would scan from the sheet feeder too. It wasn’t too long before I decided that I could scan large amounts of the paperwork that fills my office taking up space to no good purpose and being a fire-hazard into the bargain, and then ditch all the dead trees.

I’ve made a start, and I currently have a pile of unwanted paper (some I’ll recycle for “scribbling whilst thinking and random doodling” purposes) about eight inches high and getting larger all the time, all in exchange for a measly 12GB of disk space. Seems like a bargain.

I did look into gscan2pdf, but it didn’t seem very happy on my machine, being completely unable to tell when it had run out of pages to scan from the sheet feeder. I’m sure that’s something I can sort from the saved image files later though if I decide it would be useful.

In fact, that little “bing-bong” has just sounded to tell me that my latest scan has completed, so I’d best go and save all the files…

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