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April 2015

Not much happen this month. I had went to a couple of appointments – both of which were a waste of time. When I see my anestesiaologist in May, I will get recommendations from him. Also, a couple of domains of mine expired, and I will not be renewing them. This is to reduce costs. Not much else happened this month. The dogs got a long walk, but hadn’t got them on as many as I wanted too.

In May, I will have a doctor’s appointment which I will of course go to. Otherwise – very little is planned for the coming month.

First Impression – HP Envy 4500 MFC

HP is known for making computers, but they also manufacture printers. The HP Envy 4500 All in One Series printer is one of those. I referred to it as an MFC in the title because MFC is typically recognized as Multi-Function Center. The printer is 15lbs (package weight). It supports Wifi-N (rather than AC), and has a USB port which it also came with a cable. The MFC can handle copy, print, and scanning. Being an inkjet printer, it can also support photo printing. The printer uses the HP 61 series ink cartridges which I haven’t yet viewed the price of them, but as with all ink cartridges, I expect that I will be raped with the prices. The packaging also comes with a CD which wasn’t used, nor should a CD be needed. Black Print Speeds is 8.8ppm and I will expect half that for color. There is only paper tray, so there will be no loading of different paper sizes easily. Not only does the standard network printer capabilities are supported, but so is Air Print, Cloud Print, and ePrint. The tray handles up to 100 pages with a 30 sheet output. There doesn’t seem to be any native Linux Support.

I bought this printer because I have found myself needing to print documents. Beforehand, I would copy the .pdf files to a dedicated thumb drive, take a bus to Downtown, walk to the FedEx Office, make my prints, walk to the bus stop, wait 45 minutes, and get on the bus home. If I forgot to print anything, I would then cuss at myself. However, while there were cheaper printers, I wanted one that would support Cloud Print.

Cloud Print is a protocol developed by Google that would allow compliant printers to be able to receive print commands from any authenticated user no matter where just as if it was a network printer. Obviously, as being developed by Google, this authentication is your Google ID, but nonetheless, it is a system. I could in turn for example give my brother authentication rights. Now, when he is using a resource supporting Cloud Print, he could simply just print, and my printer will print the document.

The Good

The printer seems to perform quickly, and at least on the LAN side – reliably. The printer was cheaper when purchased through Walmart than at HP’s Web Site. Also, I was able to pick up the printer on the same day, and while the Walmart Associates weren’t as quick as they should have been, this had nothing to do with the printer.

The printer also seem to have come with a full cartridge which is a welcomed change from when I last bought a printer that had a ¼ cartridge. During the set up process, I received a claim code which is actually the UID of the printer’s ePrint Address. I simply signed up for a HP Connected Account, and enter the UID. At this time my printer was “connected”.

The Bad

While HP did a good job of minimizing waste packaging, they could have done better. Included in the package was a USB cable which was unnecessary. Most people will likely agree as most people with newer printers are probably using them as network printers. It would have made more sense to replace that USB port with an RJ45 port. Next is the CD. Most people are likely to have an Internet connection and could have simply downloaded the latest version of the software for that OS right from the web. Better yet, this printer supports cloud print. One should just have to download Cloud Print Drivers, and use the printer’s screen to get that unique ID, and get connected that way. I simply shouldn’t have to download, install and mess with bulky software to just set up and use the printer.

The Ugly

Within a few hours of starting the printer, it refused to connect with HP’s servers. I had followed HP’s support options, and nothing. After giving up for the night, and conceding that I would have to call HP the next day, everything worked which led me to believe it was a server side problem. If HP has my email address (to register to set up ePrint), they should have told me that Internet capabilities wouldn’t be running due to down server. Would that have been too much to ask?

My Impression

Most of the negative is more of the legacy structured thinking that seems prevalent. I am treating the connectivity issues as the unlikely misfortunes of timing. And hopefully with Cloud Print set up, I won’t need to go through HP Connected restarting if it does happen again. So far, initial impression on the printer is good. Yes, I am sure there are better, but there are definitely worse too.

Hello world!

Welcome to my Technology Blog. This web site is intended to allow people to go to one special place where they can view my thoughts and views of technology. It would seem as most of the people that would otherwise visit my personal site has no interests in technology. So with this in mind, all future content will go here.

Of course this does not mean that I will never update my personal site. I will still provide information and content there, however the content that seems to be of least interests to some will go here.

There will be groups and categories, as well as actual pages which will be posted to help people get a better understanding of some parts. Obviously, for those that may have questions, or wish to contact me may visit my Contact Directory which will show on the left side of the site.

2014 Plans

I have lofty goals. And while some of it might be relatively impossible, or very hard to achieve, one could always strive, right? While I am not going to mention my plans of world domination on this page, I am going to focus on the basics of my simpler plans. These plans include the following

  • Address Credit Card/EIP debt
  • Replace Phone
  • Add Media Player
  • Upgrade Notebook
  • Build Desktop PC
  • Acquire Printer
  • Acquire Digital Writing System

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Week 20 -2014

Not much happened this week. I had a dental appointment in the North Side which I also dropped off my prescription that will need to be filled next week, and I got the last of my groceries. I also done some work on a couple of my websites which I have been working on advancing as well as preparation for a hopeful future site to come into being. Otherwise, things have been relatively quiet, and dull. As for plans for next week, I will have to go back to the dental office to get my dentures adjusted, and hopefully functioning properly. I will also have to do laundry, but for the most part – little else is planned.

2013-11-20

Not much happened today. I did a little bit of work on some documents. However, the day has been relatively quiet. I walked the dogs, but ended up with some pain. I tried to keep off of my feet when possible.

I also been getting SPAM calls from Chicago Illinois. I am at the point where I am about to ignore every Chicagoan number. If so, those calls will be forced to voicemail, and if they choose to not leave a valid voice mail, then they will not get a call back.

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2013-08-30

Not much happened today. I walked the dogs and prepared a little when I will have to go out on Tuesday. Chris stopped down for a few hours. I also placed an order for their weights which I am finally able to pay for. Otherwise, I just paid my bills, and let things be.

As for plans for tomorrow, no plans really. It will be like that, not only Saturday, but the whole holiday weekend.

2013-03-15

Not much happened today. I was in a bit of pain, so I never went to Downtown to collect the rent rebate form. However, I think I found the forms online through and editable PDF file. I will fill out the information I can, and have the landlord fill out the parts he will need too. I am hoping to get this out before April so it could be handled, and I could get the rent rebate.

I also had to make a phone call, and received a phone call from what I assumed is a telemarketer who happened to call the cellular phone directly. I set them for a block on the firewall. I did walk the dogs even though I was in pain. They needed a walk, and I wanted to make sure they got it.

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2013-01-14

Not much happened today. I had two doctor appointments. The first one was a dental appointment, while the second one was for the anesthesiologist. I left at 9AM, and got home almost 3PM. I wasn’t much in the mood to do much else when I got home.

As for plans for tomorrow, I will have to make a couple of phone calls, but will otherwise be home. Not much else planned for the day.