DAMN THE PRINTERS, FULL SPEED AHEAD

You like humor on the web? We like humor on the web. And among the funniest things to read are printer reviews. If you read those you might never buy a printer. Joy said to Bob: “I wish I could find one printer without lots of negative reviews, but it’s impossible!” (She gets emotional about these things.) Some printers have online reviews from nearly 10,000 users. Most are favorable, but the ones that aren’t can be very funny. Example: “I wish I could give this atrocity of a printer 0 stars. I have literally spent hours, HOURS, of my life trying to fix (it). I have read all the detailed instructions on the Canon support website, followed them, with a […]

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EASY BACKUP

This week’s topics: Easy backup in Windows 10, preventing hackers, new Epson printer. “Internuts” include a bedtime story site, photo collage site, gaming site and anti-politics site.

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GOOD READER TIP

We aren’t the only ones who have become frustrated with HP printers. A reader sent us a link to a YouTube video with the title “HP Photosmart Won’t Print Black Ink.”

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AWASH IN INK

We’ve been fit to be tied by printers forcing us to change ink cartridges when ink levels are low but not out. A new model Epson inkjet printer is getting rave reviews for its “two-year ink supply.” The Epson Ecotank Printer, the ET2550, has a tank of ink you refill yourself every two years or so. This means fewer empty cartridges going into landfills and big savings on ink, unless you’re already buying from third party suppliers, which are much cheaper. The downside is the $400, and up, price tag. But compared to buying separate Epson ink cartridges for years, you come out way ahead. Four bottles in colors at $13 each should last at least two years, for around […]

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GIVING UP ON HEWLETT PACKARD PRINTERS

When we went on the web for a solution to fix our neighbor’s printer, we discovered a whole slew of complaints about the HP Photosmart series. Our own experience hasn’t been good either.

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HOW TO FIX AN UPGRADE THAT’S A DOWNGRADE

Our Okidata laser printer has been scolding us for the last month. Despite rich colors and strong blacks, it says we’re out of toner. We finally figured out why. The manufacturers have struck back at consumers for using cheaper inks and toners.

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PRINTER FRIENDLY

Many websites have a “printer friendly” option, to allow the printing of an article without all the ads. But say you want to capture the home page of the website, not an individual piece? Then it’s best to use the free app, PrintFriendly.

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LASER PRINTER WINS OUT AGAIN

We used to point out that laser printers were cheaper in the long run because the ink was cheaper. Now some of the printers themselves are cheaper. Inkjets are still much of what you see when you go to an office supply store, especially the all-in-one (fax, copy, scan) units. These seem like a great idea, but we’ve found that the individual features of the all-in-one aren’t great. And what’s more they never have been; if you want a scanner, buy a scanner. But the all-in-ones are cheap. So we’ve bought models from HP, Epson and Canon, the major makers. How can you resist? As usual, we’ve been dissatisfied. We should ask ourselves over and over: why do they sell […]

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PRINTERS AND ALL THAT

We haven’t dealt with this subject since the typewriter was invented. (Whatever that is.) We mean printers, my friends. Yes, printers. Those blocky, boxy things that churn out what is paradoxically called hard copy. (How hard can a sheet of paper be?)

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VALENTINE’S CONTEST FROM EPSON PRINTERS

Epson is offering free printers in a Valentine’s Day contest that begins today and ends February 14th. All you have to do is watch a video and think of a clever response to a sticky situation.

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