Unable to add date and sign W9 IRS tax form using Adobe Reader

Unable to add a signature date on your downloaded IRS W-9  form? Here are 3 possible solutions for you.

1) Print To PDF before signing

  • Fill out the PDF form as you normally would with all the details needed except for your signature and signed date.
  • Print the filled out PDF and save to PDF instead of printing to paper.
  • Open “printed” PDF and add signature date and signature.

End results on your W-9 form will look something like this

It appears that Adobe Reader does not allow you to add freeform text to a document if there are fillable fields. The IRS has not made the signature date area a fillable field. “Printing” the W-9 form to PDF flattens the file and removes the fillable fields thus unlocking the ability to add freeform text and a signature.

2) Certificate-based signature

Follow Adobe’s instructions found at https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/certificate-based-signatures.html

End results on your W-9 form will look something like this

3) Print, Sign with Ink, Scan

  • Fill out the PDF form as you normally would with all the details needed except for your signature and signed date.
  • Print filled out form to paper.
  • Sign and date with ink.
  • Scan signed form.

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Idea For Improving 3D Printing Slicer Config Sharing

Being new to 3D printing I’m constantly fiddling with my slicing settings. From one print to the next and from one filament to another, I’m constantly trying new settings. I think it would be nice to have a simple way to share and save the configurations used for each print that I and others can reference when I share my finished prints. My idea is to use a slicer’s settings export feature to save those settings and then associate them with the finished print online. I’ve been using both Slic3r and Cura and I share some of my prints online at Thingiverse. I’m thinking of an automated way to push the config file to something like Github’s Gist servece and then converting the raw settings file to something human readible like markdown that can then be posted into the description of the print on Thingiverse. Would be cool to see plugins for slicers that do this sort of thing automatically.

Filter lines by matching string or regex in Sublime

Nice little Sublime plugin by davidpeckham that allows you to find all lines matching a string or a regular expression in Sublime. After installing, on Mac, you’ll search to include lines with Regex ⌘+K then ⌘+R. That will bring up the search box. To include lines with a string use ⌘+K then ⌘+S.

Plugin available at https://github.com/davidpeckham/sublime-filterlines

Remove Duplicates From List – Quick and Easy

I needed a quick way to take my several thousand plus list of numbers and remove all duplicates. Just a one off task where I didn’t care about the original order of the list, only that there should be no duplicates. Enter python! Here’s how I did it.

  1. Open Terminal on Mac
  2. Type “python” and execute
  3. Format my numbers in an array like [39213123667, 532092995671, 659203651894,… in a text editor for easy copy and paste
  4. Use python’s set to remove duplicates and then convert back to a list and print out:
listWithDuplicates = [39213123667, 532092995671, 659203651894,...

# sets are unordered collections of distinct objects
deduplicated = list(set(listWithDuplicates))

# used this to see how many duplicates were removed
len(listWithDuplicates)
len(deduplicated)

# print out list to start doing real work
deduplicated