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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Capt._Trips » 3 January 2020, 02:05

I got a 35 cent raise today. I got a bunch of raises this year. I think its cause of New Jersey raising there minimum wage. Everyone around here has to raise there pay.
$15 an hour isnt bad for an inexperienced kid. Unfortunately they wont have that option as jobs in New Jersey are gonna be much more selective in the people they hire. But hell I made out great from it so im just gonna ignore that fact.
Shit ill take an extra penny if I'm earning more
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 3 January 2020, 20:46

I introduced my BF of the time to Swedish meatballs at IKEA. There's one not far away in Emeryville. You would think they would have one near a Bart stop but no... There is also one in the outskirts of Sacramento. So I stop there occasionally for dinner on the way home from skiing.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 4 January 2020, 21:51

Our new £30 printer works so much better than our previous £130 behemoth.

I love printing stuff again! :awesome:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rxxli » 4 January 2020, 21:54

Brenden wrote:Our new £30 printer works so much better than our previous £130 behemoth.

I love printing stuff again! :awesome:

Wait a week or two :lol: .
Printers never work reliably. Unless you have a laser. Those seem to be less problematic. Although my new Epson has been working okay for two years now. It's just that it takes forever to actually boot and/or print anything :lol: .
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 4 January 2020, 22:19

rxxli wrote:
Brenden wrote:Our new £30 printer works so much better than our previous £130 behemoth.

I love printing stuff again! :awesome:

Wait a week or two :lol: .
Printers never work reliably. Unless you have a laser. Those seem to be less problematic. Although my new Epson has been working okay for two years now. It's just that it takes forever to actually boot and/or print anything :lol: .

This one's a Canon. I have faith in Canon. But we will indeed see.

Our last printer was a Brother. It didn't stop working or anything, but had so many little issues. I'll copy over my review of it once Amazon publishes it for you to read.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Jzone » 5 January 2020, 00:45

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rxxli wrote:
Brenden wrote:Our new £30 printer works so much better than our previous £130 behemoth.

I love printing stuff again! :awesome:

Wait a week or two :lol: .
Printers never work reliably. Unless you have a laser. Those seem to be less problematic. Although my new Epson has been working okay for two years now. It's just that it takes forever to actually boot and/or print anything :lol: .

This one's a Canon. I have faith in Canon. But we will indeed see.

Our last printer was a Brother. It didn't stop working or anything, but had so many little issues. I'll copy over my review of it once Amazon publishes it for you to read.

I went from Brother to Epson to Canon. The Brothers had "many little issues" as you mentioned. The Epsons were just too noisy (though maybe that has changed). I have been happy with Canon ink jets for several years now. Easy connectivity, fast printing, and good quality for both text and photos.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 5 January 2020, 01:01

Jzone wrote:
Brenden wrote:
rxxli wrote:
Brenden wrote:Our new £30 printer works so much better than our previous £130 behemoth.

I love printing stuff again! :awesome:

Wait a week or two :lol: .
Printers never work reliably. Unless you have a laser. Those seem to be less problematic. Although my new Epson has been working okay for two years now. It's just that it takes forever to actually boot and/or print anything :lol: .

This one's a Canon. I have faith in Canon. But we will indeed see.

Our last printer was a Brother. It didn't stop working or anything, but had so many little issues. I'll copy over my review of it once Amazon publishes it for you to read.

I went from Brother to Epson to Canon. The Brothers had "many little issues" as you mentioned. The Epsons were just too noisy (though maybe that has changed). I have been happy with Canon ink jets for several years now. Easy connectivity, fast printing, and good quality for both text and photos.

So far I'm super happy with it! I was sceptical about it not having any screen at all, but setup was quick and easy by connecting to its own WiFi network with my phone and using the highly-rated Canon Print app (rare for such a device app to be highly rated in the app store) to teach it our home network. Text and fancy text on an A4 turned out very nicely (nice and dark and crisp; the Brother was so dull and would often be misaligned or smudge), and I was able to print to an A5 without difficulty (something the Brother really struggled with, surprisingly because it's aimed at businesses and its claim to fame was being able to do A3s all the way down to A6s). I've also just printed a photo and I'm shocked at the quality of this £30 printer! The Brother was miserable at printing photos and our old expensive HP was only mediocre (despite being designed specifically for photos, with a special tray and everything) and used a bunch of ink, but this thing printed a photo that's better than ones I've gotten from a professional print shop, and I don't think I even had it set to "best".
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rxxli » 5 January 2020, 02:56

Jzone wrote:I went from Brother to Epson to Canon. The Brothers had "many little issues" as you mentioned. The Epsons were just too noisy (though maybe that has changed). I have been happy with Canon ink jets for several years now. Easy connectivity, fast printing, and good quality for both text and photos.

Nope, I can confirm that my Epson is still very much loud as fuck. Also slow as fuck. It really takes forever to start printing anything.

But I really am happy that I can finally print something double sided and that it has wifi (which is a standard these days anyways). Also I paid a ridiculously small amount of money (about 15€) for a 4 set of cartridges (so all of the colors and black). Yes, an after market ink (which the printer does seem to like mentioning :lol: ), but they are ok for my needs. Although the colors are definitely much better with original ink.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Jzone » 5 January 2020, 04:33

Packed away all of the holiday decorations today. As a bonus I downsized from 3 to 2 crates to put back in the attic for the year. :applause:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 5 January 2020, 05:03

rxxli wrote:But I really am happy that I can finally print something double sided and that it has wifi (which is a standard these days anyways).

Only now? I think my family got our first inkjet printer with a duplex unit in like 1997. The duplex unit was an optional extra that you had to buy separately and which replaced the regular back bit of the printer. (Of course there was no WiFi back then, though our next printer was an ethernet-connected duplex laser printer.)

rxxli wrote:Also I paid a ridiculously small amount of money (about 15€) for a 4 set of cartridges (so all of the colors and black). Yes, an after market ink (which the printer does seem to like mentioning :lol: ), but they are ok for my needs.

We always get those too. Some from Amazon have been very impressive.

Two printers ago we had an HP that required ink cartridges to contain a sort of DRM chip to make it harder to use third-party ink, and initially we had cut out the chips of the original cartridges and insert them into the third-party ones before the printer would accept and use them. Fortunately after a while, the third-party makers figured out how to duplicate the chips so the printer thought it had original ink without having to mess around with a sharp knife. :P
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 5 January 2020, 05:33

Jzone wrote:Packed away all of the holiday decorations today. As a bonus I downsized from 3 to 2 crates to put back in the attic for the year. :applause:

I'm not sure if we've mentioned this before, but one year back in England Brenden and I left our tree and stuff up (on our apartment's balcony) for a while into January since it was so nice, and a concerned onlooker actually called the local authority to have someone come check that we weren't dead :lol:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rxxli » 5 January 2020, 11:49

René wrote:
rxxli wrote:But I really am happy that I can finally print something double sided and that it has wifi (which is a standard these days anyways).

Only now? I think my family got our first inkjet printer with a duplex unit in like 1997. The duplex unit was an optional extra that you had to buy separately and which replaced the regular back bit of the printer. (Of course there was no WiFi back then, though our next printer was an ethernet-connected duplex laser printer.)

Yes. I pretty much always bought the cheapies. And for some reason duplex unit wasn’t all that popular on cheapest all in ones. These days it seems pretty standard feature luckily.

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rxxli wrote:Also I paid a ridiculously small amount of money (about 15€) for a 4 set of cartridges (so all of the colors and black). Yes, an after market ink (which the printer does seem to like mentioning :lol: ), but they are ok for my needs.

We always get those too. Some from Amazon have been very impressive.

Two printers ago we had an HP that required ink cartridges to contain a sort of DRM chip to make it harder to use third-party ink, and initially we had cut out the chips of the original cartridges and insert them into the third-party ones before the printer would accept and use them. Fortunately after a while, the third-party makers figured out how to duplicate the chips so the printer thought it had original ink without having to mess around with a sharp knife. :P

Well HPs ink advantage printers these days have pretty reasonably priced cartridges - often cheaper than lasers.
And one thing that I liked about HPs is that they had integrated print heads. So all you had to do in case of dried up ink is replace the cartridge and that was it. These days this is a bit different (depends on the printer).
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 6 January 2020, 03:51

Been riding trail a bit as to just take the time to practice a couple specific techniques not to mention having a good time with something a bit different. Today a friend and I met at my favorite MX track. Since it is in farm land (low) so the rainy season can impact it severely. Fortunately we had a bunch of days in a row with no rain, light winds and sun shine which all help it dry out. Hence it was in prime shape today. Wet enough that it would get gnarly. Dry enough it wouldn't get ridiculously dangerous. The operator does an incredible job preping and managing the track. I'm also settling in on the new bike for track while I re-purposed my older one strictly for trail (changed the gearing, less than new tires are ok, etc).

Short story: I'm faster now on the MX track from my trail riding experience/practice.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 6 January 2020, 06:03

Brenden wrote:
rxxli wrote:
Brenden wrote:Our new £30 printer works so much better than our previous £130 behemoth.

I love printing stuff again! :awesome:

Wait a week or two :lol: .
Printers never work reliably. Unless you have a laser. Those seem to be less problematic. Although my new Epson has been working okay for two years now. It's just that it takes forever to actually boot and/or print anything :lol: .

This one's a Canon. I have faith in Canon. But we will indeed see.

Our last printer was a Brother. It didn't stop working or anything, but had so many little issues. I'll copy over my review of it once Amazon publishes it for you to read.

Here's my review of the Brother printer which Amazon just published:
★☆☆☆☆ Poor results in all aspects and ridiculously confusing paper handling.

Just some of the issues I've had with this printer:

- Black text prints never really come out very dark, especially on a lower-quality/ink-saving setting but even on the best quality setting possible.
- Colour photos are really poor quality.
- Most print jobs are slightly misaligned a few degrees, especially when using the rear document tray.
- The ADF (auto document feeder) doesn't do two-sided duplex scanning, even though at this size and price point it really should.
- Scanning through the ADF often results in a very noticeably misaligned scan, tilted several degrees.
- I've had so many issues with printing any size that isn't standard A4. DL envelopes printed upside down, even if I go back and change the envelope orientation in the feeder without changing any settings or anything, it will often print it upside down again! A5 pages printed in the wrong orientation; I wasted about 10 sheets of paper once changing one setting at a time before finally getting it print correctly, but then when I went to print another A5 document again with the exact same settings it was back to printing it in the wrong orientation!
- The printer is constantly waking up and doing "cleaning" and other ink-wasting activity. There is no reason why it should need to "clean" itself 5-10 times between uses! It's like a cat, constantly licking itself!

Really, this has been one of my worst printer experiences ever. Almost every time I've wanted to print anything, I've been frustrated in some way, making an activity I used to enjoy really miserable. Here I thought going with a well-regarded business-oriented brand, at a pretty high price point, I couldn't go wrong. The ADF issues were truely disappointing, because I have a lot of documents I need to scan and was hoping the ADF on a printer would make the task easier.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 6 January 2020, 15:58

I like my Officejet Pro. I don't print very much but like to save paper when I can so duplex is important.

I get HP ink cartridges for free so that may a bit to do with it as well. LoL
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Tobias » 7 January 2020, 03:49

Being able to relax and feeling a lot better after the last few weeks being crazy.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 7 January 2020, 16:24

I'm missing my team's meeting in Plano TX this week. I'm going on a ski trip starting Thursday and didn't feel like getting back late Wednesday. It's also another signal to my team that I'm a short-timer and planning on retiring soon. It's kind of funny because the more I act this way the more they treat me better just hoping I'll hang in there for a while longer. Even my supervisor said "please, just give me a little warning when you're finally to pull the plug". LoL When I had to set my goals for the year I pretty much picked a couple things I do anyways. One was go independently on a couple customer calls. It's not like the sales guys do much anyways. They basically arrange the meeting time and that 's about their whole sum contribution. Beyond that sales guys are more a PITA than anything else. My first check the box on that I plan on stopping in at Carlsbad Caverns National Park since I'll drive right past it.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 7 January 2020, 20:07

Brenden got me a really pretty handmade engraved kaleidoscope from Israel as an early anniversary present :keke: :heart:
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