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  • Meta is slowly recovering, but still 'at the whim of Apple' says exec

    I don't want Facebook tracking me so keep hitting them Apple.

    Complaining that their business is having problems because another company won't allow them to access unsuspecting users of that companies devices means that the business is flawed in the first place and if revenue projections are hit then tough

  • Amazon buying iRobot in a $1.7 billion all-cash deal

    DAalseth said:
    Aw F*** I love our two Roombas. They work great. But I don’t do business with Amazon. Looks like the next time we need one we’ll have to go with another brand. 
    we've got an Roborock S6 MaxV - its been going a year and handles carpet and wooden floors no problem. I like it, I'd buy another

  • macOS Monterey review: A compelling refinement of Big Sur

    DAalseth said:
    I’ll update, but really only to keep currant. Everyone is crowing about Focus. I don’t use DND so an improved DND is just of no interest. The Privacy improvements are good. I never turn up my nose at improved privacy/security. TBH the rest of the list is interesting but I doubt I’ll use them much. 

    EDIT: To make it clear, I hope that this ends up being this decades Snow Leopard. Refined and rock solid. The standard we compare the next ten or so releases to. I don’t see a lot of the new features as being of much interest, but I am pleased by all the talk about back end improvements, and refinements. 
    Agreed Snow Leopard was one of the best releases

    My preference is always a 2 release cycle, 1st release new features, 2nd refines the features and optimises performance so the changes are more gradual but the OS says solid.
  • Epson's EcoTank ET-4760 review: a multi-function powerhouse at a steep price

    dewme said:
    Personally I cannot fathom why anyone would ever buy an inkjet printer. I switched to a laser printer ages ago and saved so much money in the long run. I do need color from time-to-time so I added a color laser a few years ago. It’s more expensive than B&W (duh) but still much cheaper than ink, way faster, higher quality, and no smudges or worrying about my printouts getting wet and smearing.

    The only legitimate use that I can think of for inkjet printers is for photographs, and it’s far more economical to send them out than to print them at home.

    Canon’s ImageClass printers are top notch and feature rich. My color printer not only prints duplex but also scans duplex which is handy when I’ve got a stack of double-sided documents to digitize.
    I'm in the same boat except I understand why some folks would want an inexpensive-to-acquire inkjet if they absolutely need color and can live with the relatively high consumables costs that drive up the cost per page printed. The biggest problem I had that led me to abandon inkjet printers (and never look back) is more related to the frequency of use rather than size of print jobs. I found that when the inkjet printer sat idle for too long it would need to go into a head-cleaning cycle upon being accessed again, which would accelerate inkjet cartridge depletion. With my laser printers I haven't had any idle related issues at all, the print speed is fantastic, and the overall cost per page is very reasonable for me. I've been more than pleased with the reliability of AirPrint support on all of my Brother printers, even the lowest end models.

    One thing that seems to have alleviated all of the connectivity issues with my printers is setting them up with static IP addresses, either directly or by using DHCP reservations in my DHCP server (typically part of your router). I cannot over stress the benefits of using static IP addresses on your networked printers. I also connect them via Ethernet whenever possible. The combination of static IP and wired Ethernet makes them essentially maintenance free, other than adding paper and occasionally changing the toner cartridges, which are often available online, e.g., Amazon at substantial discounts for third-party equivalents. 
    I've had really high quality lasers (HP & Samsung) over the years, and always thought the cost per page was better than inkjets and to be fair in nearly all cases this was true.

    But the ET is extremely cheap to run, replacement ink is cheaper than laser cartridges. I couldn't believe it myself, but it's true, cost per page is extremely impressive.
    This was definitely not the case with earlier injets I've owned.
    Someone pointed out that he does duplex printing and duplex scanning, my ET-7750 does duplex printing and I don't need duplex scanning.

    Comes down to what do you get for your money and what are the economics over the life of the printer or the life of the time you want to own the printer before selling it.
    I like the small form factor, it's super quiet and cheap to run.
    Does it work with my Macs - yes, does it work for iOS - yes, usb - yes, wIfi - yes, duplex - yes, cheaper than good laser to buy - yes cheap to run - yes, quality printing - yes, easy maintenance - yes.

    As I said in an earlier comment - I'd buy another.
  • Epson's EcoTank ET-4760 review: a multi-function powerhouse at a steep price

    I bought the ET-7750 about 18months ago.

    It's stunningly good, colours are nice and it's very stingy on the amount of ink it uses - very cheap to run.

    I replaced a Brother MFC with the Epson. The Epson doesn't have a large in-paper tray but it's smaller, nicer looking, better printer and much quieter,

    I'd buy another ET.