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the mechanical bits seem to whir and hum, doing nothing productive, for a minute or so before the first page pops out
Taking an experienced guess they are 'cleaning' the printhead and related plumbing after a long shutdown period by flushing ink through it. We do essentially the same thing with secondary (non-ink) fluids.
It's possible they're also moving the printhead into a cleaning position, where discharge from the jets during the cleaning process lands on an absorbent pad rather than the paper handling mechanism. I've seen this approach in one of my HP desktop printers at home.
My cheapish Epson (Stylus CX7400) is reasonably happy with only printing a few times a year; at most I need to do a manual head cleaning about half the time. My printing consists of a half dozen or so random small jobs throughout the year and a big stack of hard copy tax form backup every spring.
I debate replacing it due to its age every time I order ink; but after 12 years it's not only outlasted every other printer I've owned, but it's almost to the point of outlasting the combined lifetime of every inkjet printer I've used tracing back to the 1st one my parents got when I was a kid.
Other than needing to do manual cleaning cycles after extended idleness; my only real complaint is that a year or two ago W10 "ate" the tray app that administered it, and the way the dialog bits now show up buried in settings are a pain to use because I can never remember how to find the part I need.
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Inkjets are cheaper to buy than laserjets
Inkjets are generally smaller than laserjets
That makes inkjets the natural choice for the home user.
However, most home users don't print that much / that often. And ink dries out if not used in a while, so even more costly (and it's already more costly than a laserjet to run before this added inefficiency).
So far I've been unable to discover a home printer optimised for the person who prints 5-6 pages once a month, mostly in black & white with the occasional colour logo/image; though I get the impression this is the scenario most home users are in.
There are printing services, but that means a trip into town; so the last minute print-out before an assignment's due, or remembering to print off tickets as you're on your way out the door to a gig don't fit well with that solution.
One idea I had was to create a service that helps you find neighbours with printers, so you can share such resources; i.e. when you need to print it'll find someone within 5 minutes walk of your house who's in, and allow you to print to their printer, charge you for the use, and then you pop round and grab it. That's also more environmentally friendly as it means you don't have a neighbourhood full of unused printers.
I have not followed the recent Lounge discussions, but most of us normal beings buy consumer printers like Canon, HP, Lexmark and stuff.
All theses brands have:
- Programmed obsolescence of about one year.
- Ink suck-up regardless of how frequent the printer is used or not. I had a bunch of inkjet printers in the past, and about 80% of the ink was used to "clean the heads" or whatever bizarre process was requested every freaking time I fired up the machine.
The business is to sell ink, not to offer any quality printing. The programmed obsolescence forces you to buy another machine, and ... ink, since either the cartridges format has changed or the delivered ink cartridges are almost empty. So, it is all about ink[^].
That's an accurate, if cynical, description of how the inkjet business model works. The consumer market unfortunately exhibits the "planned obsolescence" behavior a lot more than in my neck of the woods. We have one product developed in the mid 1990's that we are still refurbishing and supporting to this day. Some of our customers get 10,000 hours or more of life out of their printheads when the design life was originally 2,000 hours.
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I had to change my car tires this morning and it could only be done at a specific garage.
So I drive to the garage and, completely unexpected, I drive past the house of an ex... From 16 years ago!
Google Maps would not have send me there, but I used TomTom, who did.
While waiting for my car I start to wonder, how is she and her family?
We didn't break up on bad terms and I've talked to her a few times after.
We even hung out a few times as friends, but that was long ago.
I've lost her number and she doesn't do social media and the last time I talked to her was over 10 years ago.
On my way back I just pulled over and rang the bell and to my surprise she still lived there.
Her father opened the door and I was like "Hey [name], remember me!? "
To say they were surprised is an understatement
I've changed A LOT since then so they didn't even recognize me at first.
Kind of the real life equivalent of befriending that high school friend you haven't talked to in years on Facebook.
Of course they let me in, offered me a drink and we had a nice talk (mostly her dad and me) and we exchanged numbers.
I'm not planning on getting back together or anything, but it was nice seeing them again.
Still kind of awkward at first though
Not sure yet if I'll follow up with a WhatsApp message, but at least I'll send them a Christmas card