Teh Squeaky Wheel
Because it’s Monday, even teh bacon’s happy…until it starts feeling the heat.
Nice to see K8-E dropped-by over the weekend.
That might be a flamboyantly ghey prophetic raven in teh thread pic (NTTAWWT).
If that were a raven, it would probably be uttering cryptic prophesies about the Kardashians.
Good morning, GN!
Good morning, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Brenda, and Fatwa!
The morning is off to a rousing start -- Teh Older needs to print out a lab report and our inkjet printer has decided it doesn’t recognize the black ink cartridge. I’ve had this problem before with recycled ink cartridges. The cartridge company is great -- they guarantee their products and have cheerfully replaced cartridges before, but that doesn’t solve the immediate problem. Now I’ve got four black ink cartridges that this &$*#@ printer won’t recognize and without a cartridge, it won’t print anything in any color. Yet another reason why I loathe ink jet printers.
Hai, Paddy --
That’s teh suck about your printer.
We’re going to need to replace our old inkjet fairly soon; since we have effectively no need for color, I think we’ll try an inexpensive laser printer/ scanner instead. (I suspect the toner cartridge would last us several years.)
“Um, SweetheartK…a little help here…”
I’m beginning to question whether we have any need for color printing. If we do, most of it could be taken care of by Mrs. Paddy at work. The replacement cost of toner cartridges can send you into sticker shock, but they last a long time and don’t suffer from the problems attendant with ink cartridges.
If I buy name-brand ink cartridges for my printer, the cost is $18 for a claimed 245 pages, or about $180 for 2500 pages. For $50 I can get a toner cartridge that will print 2600 pages. The last laser printer I had (purchased refurbished) lasted 15 years before the drum needed to be replaced. We’ve had this inkjet for 5 years and one color doesn’t print.
Color printing at home’s nice, but not essential here at CasaK…especially given the relatively high cost.
And since the photo reports I create for the roofing company are now delivered as PDFs, I can’t personally justify a color printer any more.
I think I’m leaning towards a monochrome laser multifunction device for just those reasons.
I think I just got very lucky with my printer. It is an HP 5550 and I got it in a bundle with my first PC in 2002 or 2003. I did pay more to upgrade it and was very glad I did. It has never jammed in thousands of pages and with photo paper it makes amazing (to me) photo prints. I make these for Elena’s whole family in sizes from wallet to full page. It was new at the time and was highly rated in magazines but I don’t think it lasted long. It has a racy shape that seems wasteful of space but it works very well. I did not properly appreciate it until none of the printers we bought for the shop, including some that cost several times as much, worked as well. We ended up trashing some HP all in one units that cost more because they were constant jamamatics.
For some years the cartridges were used in a number of printers and were rather expensive. Later I started finding them at Costco or on sale at Staples for better prices and stocked up when I did. Now I am in that place where I want to stock up in case they stop selling them but I know if I do the printer will stop working and I will be stuck with a bunch of orphaned cartridges that nothing new uses.
Either way I will be crying when this gives out. I wish I had bought another and put it in storage. Maybe Kirk’s time machine?
Sitting to the left of the upper right hand cabinet door.
(writing that made my brain itch a little)
It does pull an extra sheet or two through once in a while but I use different weights of paper and it does not jam up. I just put them back in the stack if they are not marked.
Left of the right on the upper side of the lower part of the third shelf from the middle?
Somewhere around there.
It normally uses one black and one three color cartridge. You can replace the black cartridge with a different three color cartridge for the best photo printing but I have just never found that worth the trouble as it seems to do a great job with the normal setup.