Category: "Printers"

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07/09/05

  10:16:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 303 words  
Categories: Hardware, Printers

HP Photosmart 8450 and my Laptop

Well, I tried to install the software on my laptop.

That proved to be a problem. It only gave two choices for install...install just the driver or install everything. Well, I kind of wanted the extras, such as the Instant Share (at least the implication is that I can print to my home printer using it when I'm on the road.)

Well, it installed way too much other stuff that I didn't need, including a network drive that pointed to the memory card reader in the printer. Kind of interesting, since I had considered using Network only for hooking my desktop to it...but opted to stay with USB connection. Though had I known, it wouldn't have constrained where I could locate the printer as much. Though having it close to my main computer is still a good thing.

Anyways, I decided that the setup was overkill and filled my notebook startup with all kinds of stuff that I needed to shed. So, I uninstalled and tried to see what would happen if I tried the light install.

Turns out the uninstall doesn't uninstall everything, just the device was removed (and all the startup and tray bits). Okay....but I went to access the Instant Share, and it said no printer connected....wonder if I've missed something, but how do I access the service if I'm not physically connected to the printers that I want to access?

Pop the CD in again to reinstall. Well, it didn't ask if I wanted a minimal or typical install...it just jumped straight into doing the typical install again. Cancel that and it does a restore, reboot, etc.

Oh well, maybe I do have to share the printer from my desktop...so that my laptop can access it. And, that's what I've ended up with.

So, how does Instant Share work?

  03:53:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 467 words  
Categories: General, Digital Photography, Hardware, Software, Travel, Printers

HP Photosmart 8450

Today, I finally decided it was time to setup the new printer....

On the most part it was pretty straightforward. It kind of fits, being that it is bigger than the old printer....though the way it sits on my stand, there is no traction so it likes to slide around alot....especially when I'm trying to switch paper or load ink cartridges. And, it'll probably do it when I try memory cards in it or connecting a camera to it (should I choose to try this).

But, I did decide to have it become the memory card device for my computer. Since it uses only a single drive leter, rather than my USB reader which is using up 4 drive letters.

So far the only problems I've had is that I can't seem to setup multiple print queues like I did with my DJ970Cxi. So, the default is to print FastDraft double sided, etc. And, no queue shortcut for when I want to print good or better. Guess we'll see how I live with that.

The other obstacle was configuring Stamps.com to work with it. I got the rear tray option to hold #10 envelopes. The shape step tries to use Letter size to figure out what orientation to print as, but the printer detects the size error and won't let it. So, I had to pick a shape and see if that worked. Online support for Stamps.com, mentioned that this might be the case with some printers. So, that seems to be okay. Though I haven't printed any actual postage. Namely because I only had the one #10 envelope left. :oops:

Not sure when I'll get to doing photo printing...but eventually I'll be dumping a bunch....partly to have hardcopy backup :roll: of my vacation photos, and to send some to my parents....

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07/05/05

  01:52:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 196 words  
Categories: General, Digital Photography, Hardware, Printers

FedEx does it again!

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My Buy.com order (HP Photosmart 8450 and Duplexer), failed to materialize today.

Even though I specifically skipped lunch, and came home to wait for the delivery.

The tracking claims that a delivery attempt was made at 12:42pm, with "Customer not available or Business closed". The problem was that I was home at the time, and still am.

No attempt was made, and no notice of the attempt was left either.

This is the 4th time in a row this has happened this year...I've emailed asking what's going on, but I'll probably get a canned response repeating the comment that is in the tracking report. Ignoring my comments and saying that they'll try again tomorrow.

And, this even ignores that they had emailed me a couple months ago saying that my specific signature would no longer be needed to release packages delivered to residential addresses (as of June 6th?). Which means they could've left it at the apartment office, ignoring that I signed a release to this effect on numerous occasions (and FedEx ground notes that the release is on file and that they left the package with the apartment office, when they deliver and I'm not home).

06/30/05

  11:04:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 324 words  
Categories: Stuff, Digital Photography, Hardware, Travel, Printers

Back from Vacation Tech Buying Spree?

Well, I've started a small buying spree for tech stuff since my return. Not the kind of instant gratification that I need to drag me out of a depression, more in the stuff I put off until after my return and other stuff that is related to my return.

Namely, I bought more memory for my 'box'. When I made it an 'internal router' for using ivs-status-sniff on it, memory has gotten kind of tight on it. Kind of rough paying twice what I paid for the box to add another 256MB to the box. Still on the fence on whether I want to seekout CPU upgrade options for it.

Then the other major purchase is a new printer. My old Deskjet 970Cxi has been failing (mechanically) for a while now... I guess it has been a pretty good run for 6 years. I'm going with an HP Photosmart 8450 as my next printer. I ordered the duplexer and small tray option for it, and I've ordered some extra cartridges and 4x6 paper. I might need to pick up some letter size later, depending on what strikes my fancy.

Haven't figured out where I'm going to put it though, once it arrives. Kind of bigger than my old printer, and space is limited.

Meanwhile, my current project is to update my photo gallery to include some pictures from the cruise.

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03/20/05

  04:48:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 398 words  
Categories: iPod, Hardware, Printers, Scanner

New USB 2.0 Hub

Link: http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=&Section_Id=200433&pcount=&Product_Id=158910

Well, I finally went out and bought that new USB 2.0 hub.

By the time I got around to it on Friday, it was dark out...and I just didn't feel like doing much of anything.

Saturday, it rained.

So today I went.

Since the main reason for needing one was for my iPod Shuffle, the top ports make this unit make sense.

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