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There's nothing quite like putting the ink cartridges in upside down to slow the process of installing a new printer. Funny how doing so jams up the carriage path, too.

The printed user documentation was of no help at all, but one of HP's online support videos soon set me right.

The printer has printed an alignment page and is now doing all sorts of interesting things via the web installation process.

[Time passes. Not enough for it to be many moons, or for buffalo to cross the great prairie, but, yes, insert a few minutes reading user agreements, a PC magazine review of HP ePrint services, finding a suitable test file, and responding to an unrelated email message confirming the giveaway of back issues of AIR to members of Detcon1...]

Okay. Color me impressed. Before printing so much as a single document sent directly from my computer, my HP Officejet 7610 wirelessly received email and printed a pdf of the suite I'll be running as the Slan Shack, all in under 5 minutes. It was so fast, I didn't even pay attention to how long it took between sending the email and having a printed page appear behind my back.

I love living in the future. Now to see how it does with the posters for this year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Tickets for the September 18th festivities go on sale this coming Tuesday, July 8th.

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thinkum
Jul. 3rd, 2014 12:55 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for technology! I love it when things function akin to magic. :-)
gerisullivan
Jul. 4th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
Me, too. Alas, there's more to the story on this one. I don't know which is worse: the printer, or HP tech support. So far, tech support is leading that unfortunate poll, but the printer might well be totally unsuitable for my needs as well. I'm used to ink jet printers sucking ink through fire hoses, but ink costs exceeding $10 per 13x19" poster when the failure rate is running 40-50% due to a cartridge running out two inches from the end...that's just too ridiculous for words.

(On the Canon printer I used on this project for several years before it died a few months back, ink costs were about half the HP costs I'm experiencing.)

My tech support...experience...wasn't about ink consumption, but the fact that a cartridge failed leaves me suspicious that there might well be something defective in its ink handling system.

Onward. Somehow onward. Through thunder and lightning tonight!
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