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November 19th, 2005


I hate printers, I hate expensive ink carts, and I hate refills that don’t work properly. The printer industry is a huge scam and I hate everyone in it.

I just want to print some black text, fer heaven’s sake! I refilled my black cart and cleaned it and it still won’t print. I have to do a screen cap of the text, edit it so that it’s color and print it just to print out freaking directions.

I hate everything!

Posted in Technology

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday November 19, 2005 -- 3:16:26 pm
It is a scam. Believe it.

Why else would they give away free colour printers with computers? It's so you are stuck buying expensive ink refills for the rest of your life.

I bought a pricy laser printer in '92. It still works. Same old toner cartridge, never had to replace it (I don't print things often). The up-front cost was a lot, but maintenance has been the cost of a ream of paper a year, which is just a few bucks.

I hate everything, too. Down with everything! Meta-anarchists, unite!

FROM: Steve A.
DATE: Saturday November 19, 2005 -- 9:22:04 pm
I was thinking the other day I'd like to go back to perf edged fan-fold paper. Ahh for the good old days.


FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday November 20, 2005 -- 12:29:34 am
How about a typewriter? I wonder how well they sell these days.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday November 20, 2005 -- 10:26:50 am
Considering there's only one typewriter repair shop in Chicago, probably not very well.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Sunday November 20, 2005 -- 2:10:17 pm
It never fails. I get a new computer with a new printer every few years. The new printer has all the latest features and two cartridges. I peel the tape off the cartridges and withing two weeks, they've completely dried out. I call the office supply store and they quote me like $5,000 each (okay, I'm exaggerating, move the decimal to the left one position--okay, two). So, I go deep into the basement and pull out this old rickety Packard Bell from my first computer, a bubble jet, with ostensibly the same sort of cartridge as my last three printers--yet this one never dries. I blow the dust and dust bunnies off of it, the original white plastic is now permanently that smoker teeth yellow and gray, I find an interface cable that will work somehow--I've even had to buy one for $10 because I needed a bi-directional cable (whatever the salesman said--I didn't care), and this thing just starts putting out the documents, just as perfect as you please. The thing is, even though this old printer has saved me a number of times, I hate it as much as I hate the other ones that work twice and die. I mean what is it with that cheap white plastic? I've also got some air conditioners just two years old that look like smoker tooth.

I even tried to save money once by buying cartridges from for my other printers, and they too dried up, even though after printing I removed them from the machine, replaced the tape, and put the cartridge into a plastic bag.

Good trick changing the color of the text and using the color cartridge. That's worked for me in the past for directions, too.

I'm so over printers at the moment that I haven't had one hooked up to my computer in two years. I do all my printing on the laser printers at work (Sssshhhhh).

FROM: aharris
DATE: Tuesday November 29, 2005 -- 6:04:36 pm
just a question...are you using the ink "refills" or did you replace it w/ a new cartridge? I've heard mixed reviews on the refills.

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