On 11/16/2015 10:18 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
One can hope... :>
I tend *not* to like "toys" -- but, end up with a lot of them as a
consequence of my vocation and avocation. As I can keep things running
for a long time, they tend to "hang around" a lot longer than they
I find it disturbing/depressing. All that stuff "discarded" simply because
it was last year's model, the grant expired, someone wasn't smart enough to
figure out how to repair it, etc.
The same can be said of schools, hospitals and most businesses. I know
shops that go through and replace *every* (Windows) machine at 18 or 36
month intervals -- just as a matter of policy. The folks *using*
the machines haven't become any smarter or faster (nor will the
upgraded machines once the latest bloatware is installed!) yet someone
decides to sweep out the old and bring in new...
I can't begin to tally all the crap^H^H^H fine stuff I've accumulated. For
printers, I have:
- LaserJet 5p (mono, 600 dpi, 6ppm, LOW POWER)
- LaserJet 6p (essentially the same as the 5p)
- LaserJet 4m+ (mono, 600 dpi, 12 ppm, postscript, double-sided, dims lights)
- Phaser 560 (color laser, 1200dpi, 5/14ppm color/mono, dims lights)
- R1800 (color inkjet, 13" wide carriage, dog slow)
- Phaser 8200DP (color solid ink, 1200 dpi, 16ppm, double-sided)
- DesignJet 755CM (color inkjet, 36" carriage, 600dpi, SNAIL slow)
- PictureStation DPP-EX50 (color photographs -- postcard sized)
Most of these I got for a song (e.g., $5-$20) or free. Often, needing
some minor repair. I'll only "inherit" a printer if it also comes with
a fair bit of spare ink/toner. E.g., I have 4 NIB carts for the 4m+,
boxes of ink for the solid ink Phaser, two sets of toner carts for
the laser Phaser, etc.
[I had to *buy* a toner cartridge for the 5p recently and cringed at
the cost! But, still 10 times cheaper than folks using inkjets!]
Most printers are "on the wire" -- the 5p and PictureStation are the
only exceptions (tied to specific machines). As I've accumulated a
fair bit of old RAM (SIMMs) over the years, its relatively easy to
max out each unit's memory complement. The 8200DP even has an internal
*disk* drive (fonts, etc.).
The 5p and 6p see the most use -- mainly because we tend to just print
a couple of pages at a time and the other printers take much longer
than that just to turn *on*! (the 5p and 6p have really low power
standby modes so we leave them on 24/7).
For "publications" and formal documents, I'll use the 8200DP as the prints
are really high quality -- esp the photos and illustrations. But, the
house smells like "burnt crayons" whenever I turn it on...
If I have to print a manual for something (many of the chips that I
use in my designs have 500-1000pp manuals), I'll light up the 4m+
to cut down on the number of pages (double-sided) and total print
time (1000pp at 5ppm takes *hours* to print and you have to restock
the paper tray continuously)
The PictureStation is so small I can tuck it in a desk drawer. And,
handy when SWMBO wants a (postcard-sized) photo of something that she
The R1900 will probably get retired in the next few months as I can
better use the deskspace for something else. If I need something
printed in that form factor (e.g., tabloid size), I can run up the
street to Kinkos or Costco and have them print it for $2.
Programming the remote is almost limitless. In my family's case just
touch watch TV, play Blue ray DVD, listen to radio, connect HTPC, Play
Karaoke, etc. The LCD is touch pad. You can make it learn any device
button if the device is not in the data base.
I am using one with our home theater. Without it wife will be lost.
Replacement battery is ~10.00 at eBay. Could be a charging cradle
issue. There is a guy who repairs them. Also sells parts for DIY'er.
firstname.lastname@example.org is a guy to talk to. He is very helpful.
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