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Sunday, September 29 2002

Windber, 28; Blacklick Valley, 6
Bishop Caroll, 38; Westmont, 0

Printers, again

After last week's entry on printers, several inquiries came to me about printers and what I wrote. First of all, I haven't enough experience with different brands of printers to make a qualified comparison statement. I will say, though, unless you have exceptional needs such as printing volumes of pages or detailed graphics and photos, most printers on the market should serve you well.

When purchasing my last printer, I priced the replacement, ink cartridges rather than the printer. Pat and I use our printers a lot for business and she uses it in conjunction with a scanner as a copying machine. We probably use our printers much more than most families and we found that in less than six months we paid more for ink than we did for the printer, so we thought it wiser to choose a printer with the cheapest ink cartridges. Along the same line, being cheap, we have tried refill kits but haven't been satisfied with the results.

Someone asked, "How can you have three printers connected to two computers?" To begin with, the computers are networked. The host or server computer has two printers connected via parallel cable and an A-B switch. I have to manually switch between the two printers. Although this setup isn't the most efficient, it works. Now, the third printer is connected to the guest computer and from this computer I can access all three printers as well as all the files on the host computer. We continue to use the 12-year-old printer, which happens to be an Epson, because we handle our finances with an old DOS program, Managing Your Money, and the Epson interfaces best with this program. Also, we prefer the form-feed checks.

The other two printers are Canons. We could actually manage with only one of these, but since we have them we use them. We purchased the second Canon when we thought the first one died. However, after a short rest, a little tinkering and a new part, it came back to life.

Above, I mention using a scanner and printer as a copying machine. Of course we use the scanner for other purposes, but if we didn't it would be worth having for copying reasons only. I use the scanner with a program called Openbook, which enables me to read books, letters, and other printed material. Pat uses the scanner to capture and resize craft patterns.

T-shirt sayings (third in series)

11. I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather...not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
12. God must love stupid people; he made so many.
13. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
14. It is as bad as you think, and they are out to get you.
15. Your IQ test score is back and the results were negative.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

Now that conveniences have exceeded all bounds, they have become inconveniences. Machines have multiplied, distractions have also multiplied, and man has been made into a machine. Machines and iron order men around, which is why their hearts have become as hard as steel.

Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos
Sent by Christopher Haas

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