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Posted on by Zak Chitty

Industry placement: a day in the life of an intern

Greetings and salutations everyone!

My name is Zak and I’m a 21 year old software dev intern who has been working at PaperCut for the last 8 months. Last year, I was in my 3rd year at Swinburne University (and during this time I bumped into one of PaperCut’s founders, Chris at a Golang meetup. I expressed my interest in doing an industry placement, and thus began one of the most interesting adventures of my life.

Another day in the office, getting ready for Halloween

Another day in the office, getting ready for Halloween.

A move to the big city

PaperCut was my first full time role and required me to move out of home from the country to Melbourne two hours away. As you could imagine this came with some very new and interesting challenges. With no two hour commute to uni every day and little to no homework, I was left with a lot of free time. I was finally able to pursue some of my hobbies that I’d put on hold for a while like playing guitar and Magic the Gathering(it’s a trading card game). I’m also a bit of a gamer and got to play some indy titles like Shovel Knight, Faster than Light, some awesome AAA titles like Elder’s Scrolls Online and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. I also got to revisit some classics like Baulder’s Gate and the Legend of Zelda: Majorah’s Mask and in my new spare time, had the opportunity to catch up on TV shows like Adventure Time and Dragon Ball Z, which have been awesome.

A foodies tour

As a student who grew up in the country I was never really adventurous when it came to food options. This all changed when I joined PaperCut. Travis my awesome team lead encouraged me to try new things. This lead me to making some amazing food discoveries like Korean BBQ and Japanese ramen. I also now have a new appreciation for burgers. Despite all of this, PaperCut still hasn’t converted me into a coffee addict, at the time of writing I have only had 3 coffees since I’ve been here. (including the Barista training I went to, hey at least I can make you one if you’re ever in Melbourne).

It’s not just coding

Anyway, about the work. I started on a curve of huge growth this year and as a result, we have overhauled the development process by introducing Scrum based workflows. This has been amazing as it’s given me an opportunity to be apart of the successes and failures and really cement some really handy knowledge through first hand experience. My coding chops have also increased and I have gained a new appreciation for writing unit tests and functional programming.

Hard at work with my mentor Travis Baker

Hard at work with my mentor Travis Baker.

PaperCut has also taught me some very useful life skills. Like how you shouldn’t bring a slinky to a global meeting (with everyone in the company) if you want people to take you seriously. Another big lesson for me was learning how to accept that sometimes I actually don’t know everything noob and I should take ownership of this and focus on personally growing in those situations rather than getting all defensive and egotistical about it. Hey I’m Gen Y after all!

The finale

So… this is starting to drag on so I’ll leave you here with a nice fun story of how I:

  1. left my mark on the company
  2. up set my boss, and finally
  3. became the laughing stock of the Melbourne office and earned the nickname “deuce”.

So to set the scene I was in the global meeting which is usually held at 9.30AM on a Wednesday every other week. I had literally just arrived at the office and walked straight into the meeting room. The meeting went really well by the way, it involved Chris and our other co-founder Matt talking about the company’s short and long term plans, and really defining our vision and identity – really inspiring stuff I might add. I was so in awe that I didn’t even notice that I had a massive dog turd stuck to my shoe (well at least I hope it was a dog turd). Anyway moving on. So I left global and made it all the way back to my desk and started having a design discussion with Daniel (another awesome dude on the Espresso team). It was about this time that Travis discovered that it was me that brought the turd into the global meeting room that he stood in. At that moment I became the victim and the criminal. I was made to clean the shoes, and also make a map of the office that identified where all of the poo stains in the carpet were located for the cleaners. Ha, a day in the life of an intern!




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Buyers Lab Awards Outstanding SMB Print Management Solution to PaperCut


Pictured above: Jamie Bsales, Buyers Lab’s Senior Editor Solutions presents our Summer Pick Award to CTO and Co-Founder Matt Doran, with Senior Developer, Amir Khassaia.

Understanding print output—and its associated costs—is critical for schools and businesses today. PaperCut facilitates usage tracking and charging for output when appropriate, and includes convenient, money-saving features such as secure print release, rerouting of files to lower-cost devices, and the ability to enforce duplex printing or restrict output by application type.

Twice a year BLI (a leading independent test lab in the world of digital imaging equipment) gives special recognition to the hardware and software products that provided the most outstanding performances in their unique evaluations. Software solutions undergo an in-depth hands-on review that focuses on key attributes and how well the products stacks up against leading competitors. Pick winners rise above the competition in key areas such as value, feature set, ease of use, ease of administration, hardware compatibility, software integration, security and support. Software solutions earn an overall rating based on a five-star scale, and Pick contenders are culled from those that earn the highest ratings.

One of PaperCut’s greatest advantages is how easy it is for IT staff to administer,” said Jamie Bsales, BLI’s senior editor for solutions. “The logically arranged menu items and handy Dashboard make administering a PaperCut system much easier than working with other print management offerings BLI has tested, even for those who have never used a print management system. And compared with the competition, PaperCut is very attractively priced. These attributes make it especially well- suited for small and medium-sized businesses where IT resources and budgets are already stretched thin.”

Consequently, a BLI Pick is a hard-earned award that buyers and IT directors can trust to better guide them in their acquisition decisions. PaperCut MF 15 and PaperCut NG 15 won BLI’s Pick award for “Outstanding SMB Print Management Solution” for the Summer 2015 test season for their…

  • Unrivaled ease of installation, configuration and use for IT personnel tasked with deployment and ongoing administration of the platform
  • Complete print management feature set including usage tracking, cost accounting, quotas and available billing/ cost recovery
  • Easy-to-implement print policies that help cut down on wasteful printing, reduce costs and bolster “green” initiatives in an organization
  • Unmatched affordability for a full-featured print management solution

At PaperCut, we work hard to bring easy-to-use print management solutions to businesses of all sizes.  Small and medium business owners can quickly get the cost savings and the security benefits of PaperCut, without the large enterprise installation“, said Chris Dance, CEO of PaperCut Software.

BLI Solutions Report - PaperCut MF

BLI Solutions Report

BLI Outstanding SMB Print Management Solution

BLI Summer Pick Report

BLI PickAward

BLI Summer Pick Award

PaperCut software works on any platform (Windows, Mac, Linux and Novell) and integrates with the majority of printing and copying devices – giving the end customer the ultimate control and security in their print environment. Receiving the Outstanding SMB Print Management Solution award demonstrates our commitment to customers worldwide, delivering quality and rapid innovation, no matter how big or small.”

BLI (Buyers Laboratory), a leading independent test lab in the world of digital imaging equipment with product evaluations conducted by highly experienced employees in its on-site testing facilities in the United Kingdom and United States where hundreds of new copiers, printers, wide- format devices, scanners, faxes and multi-function (MFP) products are evaluated and reported on each year.

© 2015 Buyers Laboratory LLC. Reproduced with permission.

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New & Noteworthy in PaperCut v15.2

PaperCut 15.2 – released September 2015


Upgrading your Windows, Mac or Linux OS?

When you’re ready to upgrade operating systems to Windows 10, OS X El Capitan or Linux (using systemd), PaperCut 15.2 has you covered with a complete set of supported operating systems for 2015 and beyond.


Microsoft Windows 10 and Edge Browser – Take advantage of the new features Microsoft have rolled out in Windows 10. Your apps like PaperCut return to the lower left-hand corner of the desktop and will run as expected on your desktop clients or for SMBs running Windows 10 as a server. Use the brand-new Edge browser to navigate web printing or your admin dashboard.

Mac OS X El Capitan – Getting ready for the Northern Autumn or Southern Spring 2015 release, our team have tested and adapted 15.2 to run as a client or server on this latest OS X.

Linux – PaperCut 15.2 supports modern GNU/Linux distributions including those using systemd.

Multi-site Resiliency

When up time of your print service is important, this additional on-site server delivers continuity during unexpected loss of network communications.


Released in v15.0 under the Early Access Program, Site Server is now included with 15.2 as one free license. 

Read more in the Site Server Tour

Printer Group Management

Drop down filters and tags for printer groups in the admin interface make managing which groups a printer belongs to, and using groups in reports and filters more user friendly.


Want to know more?

To help you digest all the updates, we’ve detailed all features, enhancements and fixes, see the Release Notes for PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.

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