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[#] Mon Nov 14 2016 10:29:27 EST from zooer

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"H.P. in your Biz"

[#] Tue Nov 15 2016 11:55:08 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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HP printers are really going in the toilet. Last three purchased all had issues.

[#] Thu Nov 17 2016 21:47:10 EST from wizard of aahz

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One would think you would've learned your lesson after the second one..

[#] Fri Nov 18 2016 12:14:26 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Maybe he has Printer Stockholm Syndrome.

I'm going to keep my LaserJet 5 running for as long as I possibly can. That should be doable because it was built before Carly "Let's Make HP Suck" Fiorina came in and ruined everything.

[#] Fri Nov 18 2016 12:52:20 EST from the_mgt

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If you do not try to print on cardboard, these things will still be printing when the last cockroach on earth died!

[#] Fri Nov 18 2016 13:55:56 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I hope so, and I expect as much. I will probably be able to just keep throwing inexpensive consumables into it forever. Maybe give it a good blasting with compressed air every couple of years if it gets dirty inside. These were made back when quality meant something in the printer business, back before they changed the business model to "build the printers as cheap as possible, then rape the consumer on toner/ink".

I was even able to score a JetDirect card on eBay for about $15 a couple of years ago, so it's directly on the network too. One thing that *is* good about modern printers compared to older ones is that Ethernet ports are always included.

Consumer-grade printers now also have wifi. I don't like that at all. Unless you're planning on having the printer on your lap while you sit on the couch, run a damn cable to it. :)

[#] Sat Nov 19 2016 05:40:12 EST from the_mgt

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Yep, those JetDirect cards are nice, especially the fact that they are modules.

I got an old Canon printer without network connection a couple of years ago. It is rather a "prosumer" thing, lots of connectivity, like USB, cardslots and IR, but no network. My experience with Canon is, that they are not built to last, but this thing is invincible. I attached it to an AP with a 5m usb cable, so it is WIFI enabled now. It even survived the first AP, an old FritzBox (famous german engineering in da house router brand made by AVM) where it ran rather unstable and was only a generic network printer. We needed to power cycle that one once a month. Now it is an Airport Extreme and it needs powercycling only once a year, also it can be recognized as the real thing and computers use the proper Canon driver.

The thing with printers that are built with WIFI is, that they have some protocol for printing from mobile devices. If you have a linux machine, you could install avahi and get the same benefits, I did that and it works like a charm. You need a CUPS (OSX or Airport Extreme use that too) that has this printer added with the proper driver/ppd. Cups needs to offer the driver via avahi as a normal printer. You browse that info and generate a new avahi service file for that. There is also a python script that does it for you. Look here for an example:

My file is a bare minimum approach, it wasn't working previously with too much info copied from the output of cups:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>

<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM "avahi-service.dtd">


  <name replace-wildcards="yes">AirPrint iP6700D @ %h</name>







    <txt-record>note=Canon Pixma iP6700D</txt-record>








PS: It really is annoying that Apple does not just add this by default on the AP!

[#] Sun Nov 20 2016 21:29:02 EST from wizard of aahz

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I bought a brother laser/fax/scan 300 sheet capacity printer about 10 years ago. It runs wired to my network and is still going amazingly well. I don't need color. This is still a seriously good printer.

[#] Tue Nov 22 2016 16:08:19 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Thought for the day:

"Hyperconvergence is all about simplicity" is a vendor's way of saying "just buy everything from us and there won't be any trouble."

[#] Wed Nov 23 2016 15:18:39 EST from the_mgt

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There is a bit of truth in there. And I'd say that Apple is rather good at that, but you have to embrace the walled garden.

MS and Google do not cover the whole palette, so it is an unfair comparison. But in the MS world, nothing is ever easy. And in the Google world, your convergence has a shelflife of 2 years, tops.

And in linux, you pay a high fee in the currency of private time to get any convergence at all.

So please, bring this hyperconvergence on! Now!

[#] Thu Nov 24 2016 14:24:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Not disagreeing with any of that, but I was talking about hyperconvergence in the data center. Every vendor now wants to sell you a "hyperconverged" cluster of compute, network, and storage. In other words, buy it all from the same vendor because "it's hyperconverged" which is just codespeek for "we get all ur moneys"

[#] Fri Nov 25 2016 07:20:26 EST from the_mgt

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Ah, yeah, I guess that makes sense somehow, too. If you are able to spend like a pro...

[#] Fri Nov 25 2016 22:49:59 EST from wizard of aahz

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Best of breed tends to purposely not talk to each other.

[#] Mon Nov 28 2016 08:59:02 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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s/best of breed/market leader

Not always the same thing :)

[#] Mon Nov 28 2016 09:32:48 EST from wizard of aahz

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Very true.

[#] Tue Nov 29 2016 12:35:29 EST from fleeb

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Best of breeding needs a market leader.

[#] Tue Nov 29 2016 16:10:29 EST from wizard of aahz

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Is the American Kennel Club involved?

[#] Thu Dec 01 2016 08:58:42 EST from fleeb

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It should be. And Annie Sprinkle should also be involved.

[#] Sun Dec 25 2016 09:42:49 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well, it appears that Satan Claws brought me a Das Keyboard 4 Professional ... (I guess I haven't been naughty enough to get off the good list; must work on that next year) ... enjoying it so far, it's just as loud as a Model M but it's a different kind of tactile response. A bit more delicate. I am finding that since the keys don't require as much force to actuate as a buckling spring, I'm giving it a lighter touch and the keys don't bottom out quite as much. These are the Cherry MX Blue switches.

[#] Fri Jan 06 2017 08:06:53 EST from fleeb

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Gads, that is what I'm missing!

I have gone without my Das Keyboard for months now. I should buy another one just for work.

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