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Google Launches Cloud Printer Service For Windows 135

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the not-invented-here dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced it is bringing its Cloud Print project to Windows. The company has launched both a driver and a service, both of which are available for download now from Google Tools. For those who don't know, Google Cloud Print connects Cloud Print-aware applications (across the Web, desktop, and mobile) to any printer. It integrates with the mobile versions of Gmail and Google Docs, and is also listed as a printer option in the Print Preview page of Chrome." One of the things that annoys me about Android: having to print through the Cloud (tm) when I have an Internet Printing Protocol CUPS server on the same network as my phone connected to a printer ten feet from me. It wouldn't be so bad if the Google Cloud Print libraries weren't proprietary and did something like IPP proxying instead of using a similarly proprietary API.
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Google Launches Cloud Printer Service For Windows

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  • Remember when ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by BitZtream (692029) on Monday July 22, 2013 @10:13PM (#44357503)

    Google supported existing open APIs instead of pulling a Microsoft and inventing their own for everything and dropping support for open APIs?

    Whats next to be replaced by some Google specific protocol for Google users? SMTP?

  • by 0123456 (636235) on Monday July 22, 2013 @10:17PM (#44357533)

    You're 1 of 2 people who can get CUPS a) setup and b) working well enough to not just spew ink with a real printer.

    Says the person who apparently hasn't used Linux since 1993.

    Back on topic, presumably Google won't support CUPS, because the NSA wants a copy of everything we print as well as everything we email.

  • by ArchieBunker (132337) on Monday July 22, 2013 @10:30PM (#44357605) Homepage

    Only because Apple made it work properly and added a GUI instead of text files that bomb with a misplaced comma or tab.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Monday July 22, 2013 @10:42PM (#44357671)

    Whats next to be replaced by some Google specific protocol for Google users? SMTP?

    Don't be dramatic. Google is not going to replace SMTP.

    They're just going to require your email recipients first be added to one of your Google+ circles.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 22, 2013 @11:26PM (#44357905)

    Only because Apple made it work properly and added a GUI instead of text files that bomb with a misplaced comma or tab.

    Wow - you really haven't used linux in the last decade or so, have you?

    Find a computer with an install of any of the major linux distributions, fire up a web browser, and point it to http://localhost:631/ [localhost]
     

    Are you serious? How on earth would a normal person figure out that printing is on port 631? I use Linux eight hours a day at work, and for programming I wouldn't use anything else, but even I use a mac when I need things to work. A web server running on a port I would never find is not a reasonable place for a UI most users need to discover.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 22, 2013 @11:42PM (#44357959)

    It's not like I don't understand cryptography, but my client Wiebetech got flamed by the "Pros" at the MacWorld Expo back in the day.

    They were very excited that I'd implemented FireWire Encrypt hard drive AES encryption in ARM assembly code in the Oxford 911 storage bridge firmware. That enabled us to secure your external drives without the need of a driver, just a simple OS X GUI to enter your password, then transmit it over a proprietary FireWire protocol to the drive.

    After confirming the password, the drive performed a bus reset, then appeared on the bus as an SBP-2/RBC storage device, as if unencrypted.

    However, because I had a bit of a hard time getting that assembly code right - I called it "The Data Motel" until my encryptor and decryptor were BOTH fully debugged - James Wiebe appeared at the show, with my GUI transmitting the passphrase to the firmware in cleartext.

    Now see if you can figure out why I'm calling you a damn fool.

    As my father once said of his work at Mare Island Naval Shipyard:

    "Every time we install a new computer, we have to wait for three months for someone to fly out from Washington, then another month while he spends a solid month before he is willing to "bless" it."

    It was plainly apparent to me what he meant by "blessing" a computer at a Nuclear Submarine maintenance shipyard, but the proper term for "bless" was classified way, way about Top Secret, with the actual name of that classification being itself classified.

    Perhaps you can take High School Physics at your local adult school, you knew where you'd go to study for your G.E.D. If not, I'm sure your local community college could fix you right up.

  • by Demonantis (1340557) on Tuesday July 23, 2013 @02:11AM (#44358611)
    They will just cancel it a few years down the road when they realize they can't monetize it. After destroying the competition. Leaving everyone who liked it angry and wondering what the hell they are going to do. Sorry I'm still mad about Reader.
  • by TheRaven64 (641858) on Tuesday July 23, 2013 @04:14AM (#44359057) Journal

    How on earth would a normal person figure out that printing is on port 631?

    One of two ways:

    • RTFM.
    • Click on the helpful link to http://localhost:631/ [localhost] that is named 'Printer Setup' and put on your desktop or in a menu by your desktop environment of choice.

    Seriously, your complaint makes as much sense as asking 'How on earth would a normal person figure out that you browse the web by running iexplore.exe?'

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