I just got off the phone with an idiot at my old ISP. I still keep an
email account there, and my newsgroup.
I noticed I have not been getting emails lately since the 17th.
tbird says downloading 1 of 255 followed by no emails to download.
I asked tech support if anything changed. They tell me NO, that its
tbird delete my account and add it back. I refuse.
I said are you sure nothing has changed. Yes nothing has changed.
Well there's an email from the 11th from you guys saying you are moving
email from one server to another and that there will be sporadic outages
to individual accounts. Response yes but that should not affect you,
you should be fine once that is done.
Well I am not fine... Well then it's TBIRD.
I go into their web mail interface and delete the first email..
Now I can download emails.
HOW FUCKING STUPID these idiots are.
This is the second issue in a month. My current ISP also made changes 3
months ago. I never was notified. They changed the ports and mail server.
They said the old ones should still work... but guess what... it didn't.
But the first thing they tell you is that there are no changes.
Well there was... and obviously the change they made to remove the old
servers that day caused an outage. Because until that day I was still
coming in under the old servers and was fine.
Particularly when half of them are in India, half the rest in aother
third world company where english is not their primary language, and
the rest are american computer-game wizards who THINK they are IT
I bought an HP G3110 scanner and it would not install on my Win7 64
computer - kept saying it could not install on my incompatible XP64
machine. Took HP support over 3 hours to force the driver to install -
- - - - .
HP tech support is among the worst I've ever encountered. They're apathetic, they're
incompetent, and worst of all, they're rude.
I tell anyone who's contemplating buying any of their products that "Hewlett Packard" sounds
like "Useless Bastard" for a *reason*.
I refused to even consider HP for anything except printers
based on prior experience.
Bought a printer/scanner/copy device and had problems that HP
promptly addressed or at least they tried.
After sending out 5-6 rebuilds as an in warranty replacement,
none of which worked, they finally sent out a new unit.
Would buy another printer/scanner/copy device, but never a puter.
I had pretty good luck with a laptop from HP. But I don't like their
printers. Office printers yes, but home printers... no.
Their drivers suck.
I like the cannon series they have been good, separate color ink wells
(first to do it).
I had bought my son an HP years ago. Nothing but problems with the
drivers. They prevented shutdown. Paper was an issue. They had a
template for their own printer for something. Using it prevented
printing to the printer.
I guess living in California you have learned to be patient. I would
pitch the POS and go with another brand. My absolute last HP printer,
that I paid in excess of $400, was trouble from the word go and the
moment that it went out of warranty there was no repairs from HP to be
had. They did not even want to give an estimate for repairs.
So figure that once out of warranty you buy another if it breaks.
On Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:33:34 +0000 (UTC), Doug Miller
A few of their printers are pretty decent - most of them built over 6
years ago -but I have not had good experience with ANY of their other
products. The support on the printers is something approaching average
- certainly not exemplary, but at least reasonable The scanner
support was incompetent.
On 4/28/2014 10:14 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I've owned a bunch of HP's and never had a problem with them. Owned a
Brother and was quite pleased with it. Have a Canon at the lake house
that is eight years old and still going strong. Have two Lexmark's and
will never own another, even if it were the last printer on earth ...
the only printer I've ever owned that I may well take to the range and
put a couple of rounds through it just to make damn sure it doesn't come
back to life.
Funny how experiences differ.
On 4/28/2014 11:14 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Exactly. Our HP AIO is a decent piece of hardware. The software is
crap. The drivers seem to "disappear". Especially bad with a wireless
network connection. It's visible and accessible on the network - just
will not print or scan. A wired connection works somewhat better.
Sometimes works fine for a month. Sometimes requires re-installation for
every use. Sometimes scanning multiple pages is fine, other times the
scanner gets "busy" and we cannot recover without rebooting both PC and
printer. HP's support forum shows the same problems going back seven
years with no resolutions.
Canon's Pixma series is looking pretty good.
I've had the Pixma MX850 for years now.
It's been great. No complaints. Even when I updated to win7 I was able
to get drivers from Cannon.
I only wish that the scanners would autofeed small things like receipts.
You only have so much glass for the flat scanner, so long receipts
would be nice to autofeed which go until the end. They are too narrow.
That's a request for a feature, not a complaint.
I keep all my more important reciepts on the computer now. Very handy.
You guys got me scared. I need to buy a printer in the next week or two.
And I am having some problems trying to nail down a printer that reviews
well or is sturdy at all.
I have used the HP laserjets for many years and they have held up well and
were very economical. But now I need color. And the color laser printers
do not have the quality of the inkjets and are really expensive to feed.
I have gone out and looked at some inkjets and almost anything out there,
even pricy office models, have some cheap flimsy parts on them. I saw a
couple HP's that were "highly recommended" that had paper trays that were
made from such flimsy materials that they would fall apart by the time you
loaded paper in it a few times.
I don't do that much printing any more. I won't need that much paper or
ink. So I am not concerned bout the price of consumables. I won't buy
bottom of the line. But I won't pay for a big business model that is too
big and expensive.
And we also have the "all in one" multi purpose printer. Do people really
need to copy, fax and scan too?
I am not sure what I am going to do. Looking on Amazon and other sites,
every printer I was considering got a 30% fail rating. That is scary. And
the other strategy I kept reading about is to get an "extended warranty".
Some of those things would actually double the price of the printer. If I
paid twice as much for a printer, would it last longer?
If I had the room, I would keep my old, trusty laserjet. But I need to move
on and get something that will serve my needs now. And it seems that most
of the choices out there are a real crap shoot. I am figuring about $150 to
I will be happy to read any suggestions that you guys have. I need to this
soon. I am pretty sure that I want it to be networkable and wireless.
Reasonable print quality, etc. A color inkjet that will not fall apart from
occasional use. Maybe I should consult a psychic. :-(
Don't let plastic scare you, My last HP was loaded with steel inside and
the scanner locked up.
One of the trends that I see and looking at the refill sections at the
store is the vast number of different cartridges that HP uses. They
tend to go obsolete and or HP changes stiles continuously. Why are they
constantly changing ink cartridges, you might ask yourself. I fear the
reason is to make you upgrade as different cartridges are phased out.
Any more it is hard to get just a printer/scanner W/O FAX. The copier
is a wonderful function along side the scanner.
I have never ever had an issue with Panasonic, if you can find one or
Canon. I hear nothing but good about Brother and that may be my next
brand or Canon again.
I think the reason is they are striving stay a step a head of the
companies who would sell generic ink cartridges. I think (know) they
are even putting microchips in some of them now so they "expire" after a
certain amount of time. HP knows that the profit is in the "ink" not
the printer. I think the consumer is smart to bear that in mind too
(only in reverse).
Most any cartridge can be refilled more cheaply than buying a generic
cartridge. I think the planned obsolesce is more likely the situation.
While the profit is certainly in the ink, changing designs of cartridges
still makes for ink sales on top of more printer sales and additional
ink sales as most every one looking to buy a new printer has spare
cartridges that will never be used.
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