I gave up on the refillable route. I now buy generic ink cartridges at
one third the price of regular replacements. Best part is that they
are made by the same manufacturers in CHINA. They are essentially the
I think we (TINW) are placating the people who refuse to join the
21st century. They are lazy, they want a printed copy delivered
right to their desk without having to press a button. Then, if
something is not to their liking, the onus of modifying it and
re-transmitting it falls on the sender.
A good response is to send a fax with a black background and white
text. When it eats up their precious toner at a high rate they
are more willing to switch to email. ;-)
My cousin works for a financial investment advisor. They are not allowed
to email anything with private information on it, such as a client's SS
number, contract number and so on.
Email is not secure and there are ways to intercept emails and scan them for
16 digit number series for credit card info, etc. Fax is a direct line
between machines. Of course, the recipient has to be aware of an incoming
fax and not leave it sitting on a machine in a public place.
Because 'that's the way they've always done it', and the new technology
Fret not- another few years, when they have back-doored their way into
National ID Card, it will have PKI on it, and we will all be able to
send and receive encrypted documents, just like the government does.
'Real-ID' drivers licenses, and now the 'voluntary' on-line ID Obama is
proposing- soon somebody will say 'hey, wouldn't it be convenient if we
put both of those on one card?' They couldn't sell the public on the
feds issuing everyone ID cards, but piece by piece, they are getting the
states and private industry to do it. Once the data is up in the cloud,
it really doesn't matter who issued it, or what the sign on the door says.
Twenty years from now, everyone will have something that amounts to
National ID (and probably a universal credit card, as well), and we will
have paid to get it, and we won't think there is anything strange about
it. I hate it, but I'm resigned to it. Such are the things I ponder as I
wait in line behind 3 people in a row charging a cup of coffee.
If the sender and recipient used a secure method, it would be much more
secure to send something digitally secured and signed including by email
than by facsimile image.
I don't see anything at finra's site saying what they do and don't do
about transmitting or receiving information securely.
If the email is sent internally using only the company email
server, it will never traverse the public Internet. Add some
encryption, and that's much, much safer than a hard copy. You
could beef it up more by requiring a smart-card or USB dongle with
the decryption key, so the user is required to "know something"
and "possess something" to be authenticated.
Maybe the SEC has guidelines for sending confidential
Who knows where that piece of paper may end up if misplaced.
Once a print head gets clogged I've found no remedy other than to
replace it. I've tried alcohol with swabs, even acetone.
You have to decide whether it's cost effective to buy a new head,
or a new printer. In your case, if nothing else is wrong with the
printer or it's other multi-function features it may be better to
buy the print head. I see one on Amazon for $70 that is
refurbished by Cannon.
You can help prevent a clogged head by leaving the printer on all
the time, so it can do it's self cleaning everyday. Did you
regularly turn yours off?
As a follow up, it was a defective cyan ink cart, once replaced, that
seemed to fix it. The black, however, still is not *perfect* after
soaking the head in isopropal alcohol over night.
At least not perfect on the self-test. But with another black in there
it might "fix itself".
As for Dan C, well, if I am writing about print heads why on earth would
I want the advice to "chuck it". I think, rather, I'd "chuck" your
Well the easiest answer *would be* "get a new microwave oven". That's
always the case. But providing some additional inasmuch as providing a
thoughtful answer, does not deserve derision. And silly is derision.
Maybe Dan C isn't such a bad person after all, what do you think?
The experts that I read recommend against alcohol in favor of
appropriately diluting ammonia with distilled water.
Alcohol doesn't work well and has disadvantages to the system.
Ammonia works much better and doesn't have those disadvantages, except
you have to be more careful about exposing yourself to it wrongly such
as breathing and mishandling.
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