Tuesday, October 28, 2008
An update. The annoying behavior has escalated.
I was with my kid last night at a local grocery store, buying not only various consumables but also the ingredients for fake blood (home made is sooo much better...) when I observed the most recent and very obvious "Annoy Dave" tactic to date:
As I decided we needed more soda, I aimed myself towards the "A&W" canned rootbeer in the handy fridge pack. Coming at me in the aisle is a young guy and a young woman. He stopped the basket giving me plenty of room to grab the box of soda.
When I went for the box, the woman PUSHED the basket so as to block me. Her guy looked over and mumbled an apology as he pulled the basket back, giving me room. I grabbed the soda and was hit by the damned basket because Satan's daughter decided blocking wasn't enough, she wanted to injure me as well, and was trying to put the basket back to where she felt it needed to be - regardless of anyone else being in the way.
I stopped long ago thinking this was the result of a rise in the population of highly medicated dingbats and I know now that it's a concerted effort on the part of women in our society to inflict as much damage upon this author as possible without actually being charged with assault.
There were witnesses to this, my kid and the woman's husband/boyfriend/gigolo.
Monday, October 20, 2008
My old Xerox failed. The fuser module failed, so I was stuck with a inkjet annoying me until I went out this past weekend and decided to price new B&W laser printers. I stopped by Office Depot and spotted a nice little compact printer... The Brother HL-2170W, a wireless network printer.. for UNDER 150.00!!! I paid 600 for my Xerox in 1999. OGM! It had a rebate of 60.00!!! Making it 89.99 after rebate!
I had read some reviews online, where the reviews had problems making it connect to the WiFi network, or envelopes jamming or other complaints. I had no issues setting it up. I read where you needed a new router to do the one-step wireless install, or connect via cable to the router and set it up that way. I never connected this printer physically to my PC, and it worked like a charm.
I have printed envelopes, business card paper (Including clean edge Avery cards) and normal paper without any problems. The whole key is to read the manual, and follow directions.
Some online reviews hammer this printer about its graphics quality, but understand this is a monochrome laser printer, and if you print cartoons that are 100% line art, it’ll do fine. It boasts a staggering 32 Megs of memory, and I find no faults with its speed in “graphics mode”.
I am using this printer as a 100% wireless unit, and I have no problems printing to it no matter where I have it placed in my home.
You have to understand that this is a small office or home office printer. It prints one envelope at a time as there is no envelope feeder.
It replaces my older Xerox P12 workhorse, and it’s much faster and quieter than the Xerox. The replacement toner is reasonable and if I ever use it enough to need a new drum, it’s also not a deal killer. The toner for my Xerox also replaced the drum, so it was expensive replacing it’s toner.All PROS and no CONS.