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What once was a well and rightly respected test equipment company is now an angry cornered wounded animal who makes auto failing cheap a$$ s**t to shake down regular use and mees. Computers (failing Motherboards) and stink jet printers (drying jets and the error conditions).
The laser printers are still pretty good. We beat the daylights out of a monochrome $99.00 hp m201 laser here at home and it's still running after two years.
We have given up on printing in color.
HP should be ashamed but I don't think they can afford to.
Get a (used) 4000 series HP. Do the services as required and they will survive you.
I have one of those, salvaged from a previous employer who got acquired by a larger company; subsequently the local office closed. Nobody wanted it because it's rather huge, especially with all the accessories and multiple paper trays.
I've had it for 12 years, and the company had been using it for a number of years before that. I'm sure it's closing in on 20 years now.
Every 200 000 prints or so you need to exchange some rollers and bits of rubber. (and vacuuming)
I've serviced HP 4000 series printers with more than a million prints on them.
They just keep going.
The only thing that seems to be able to kill them is excessive violence or faulty electrics. (also in excess though)
Before you order it, check two things:
1) How much toner comes with it? The frequently ship with a "sample" toner with a lot less in than "real" cartridges.
2) How much are the toner cartridges? It's not just inkjet / bubblejet where the Consumable is King!
I get away with it on my colour laser because I don't print much - so the "sample" toners should last several years - but you do get people buying a printer, using most of the toner and selling it on ebay because it's cheaper to offload the printer than replace the toner ...
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but you do get people buying a printer, using most of the toner and selling it on ebay because it's cheaper to offload the printer than replace the toner ...
A coworker did exactly that - bought 3 of the same printer model at once (color/laser/best price I'd ever seen for one of those). When a starter cartridge ran out, he'd put it up on ebay (with the full disclaimer that it needs a new cartridge), and start using the next printer. I have to think that if he's still on the third printer, he must've started buying cartridges by now.
Printers have always been a crapshoot for me. They either start working out of the box on the first try, or you can spend an entire afternoon trying to set one up.
Last time I had to go through that, a buddy of mine replaced his old dead printer with something newer...between the two of us, we've spent a solid 45 minutes just trying to feed it paper, which it did absolutely nothing with. Then--without trying anything differently--it just started working as if there had never been any problem, and it's been working fine since. We never could find what it is we were doing wrong...
I'm using Azure DevOps, which is free for teams up to five users and 1800 minutes of builds and releases per month (one job at a time).
Of course I'm using it because I'm doing full Microsoft stack and it integrates well with Azure.
I found it easy to set up and the pipelines can be clicked together quite easily (haven't used the YAML pipelines yet).
For most my builds I can take the default .NET Core template and leave it at that.
The only downside is that it builds rather slow since you have to wait for an agent to become available...
Think an average of 3-4 minutes per build unless you're using building on a self-hosted machine (with is also supported and you can run one for free).
You can also take a look at GitHub Actions[^], which is in beta.
I haven't used it myself so I can't really say anything about it.
As GitHub has been acquired by Microsoft maybe this self-hosted alternative will interest you: Gitea[^]
It's dead easy to use and we have been using it at work in a Windows environment for years now without any problems.
i know they've been acquired, but they've reached the saturation point where there are no give backs. If microsoft doesn't want it they'll pass it off/sell it to someone that does rather than shutter it.
That's why i'm staying with it. I don't know the shelf life of Gitea but i suspect that regardless of who owns it in any given week, GitHub is here to stay.
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