[FoRK] FoRK Digest, Vol 144, Issue 9

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Sun Oct 25 09:41:13 PDT 2015

Just take pictures with your phone and have them printed at one of the thousands of Walgreens in a short time for pickup.

Or Office Depot / Staples / Kinkos, but at exorbitant prices.  Or maybe the library.

I have seldom printed in the last 20 years, except for special circumstances, but I've kept around HP all-in-one inkjets.  Nice to 
have an auto-feed / flatbed scanner/copier, reasonable printer, etc.  The biggest problem, which is severe for my HP wide format 
professional photo printer (but not the floor-model level), is that the ink doesn't last long.  I have wasted hundreds of dollars of 
ink that expired and became unusable, or in the case of the professional printer, was wasted in daily automatic spritzes to keep the 
printer in working order.  The floor model professional printers are even worse it seems: don't buy those unless you are committing 
to expensive daily use.

The color laser I had for a while just ate too much energy to be worth it, so different problem.

Recent all in ones seem to have long enough ink life that they are worth having.


On 10/25/15 8:40 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> Luddite.
> I've been able to survive the past 30 years without a printer. It's been extremely tough a couple of times, but it's my own little 
> quixotica.
> Greg
> On 10/25/2015 12:57 AM, Dave Long wrote:
>>> We need a term in the spirit of "Digital Amish" methinks.
>> Except the Amish are a definite minority?
>> A rambling anecdote:
>> an old cow-orker[0] came to visit us at our barn.  He was showing me the
>> route maps on his phone, and I suggested that if he had hardcopy, he
>> might be able to conserve batteries, which he thought was a good idea.
>> So I ask the owner[1] if he minds if we use the printer, head for the
>> office, and we start the ritual of setting the printer up on my phone's
>> WiFi network, downloading the drivers onto my friend's phone, etc. etc.
>> It was somewhat nice to relive the old technical times when we were
>> office[2] mates, but the punchline was:
>> the other barn owner[3] arrives to find us scratching our heads after
>> having printed a couple of blank pages, each white sheet having been in
>> a different file format.  She immediately tells us "oh, by the way, the
>> printer's been out of ink for weeks now"
>> -Dave
>> [0] en route to the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt
>> [1] who himself was taking notes on a young horse with pen and paper
>> [2] am I showing my age?
>> [3] who apparently is the only person who might want to print invoices?

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