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August 6, 2015

Epson EcoTank – FINALLY A Printer That Makes Sense!!

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 8:10 am

Epson has finally created a printer that makes sense!

Epson Ecotank All In One Printer from The Gadgets Page

It’s a printer that you can just refill the ink by putting in ink, not buying an expensive and plastic loaded cartridge! At $399, the printer is more expensive than a similar printer that wants to charge you tons of money for cartridges. Honestly, I would rather pay $400 for a printer that prints for a year without needing refills. I’d rather pay $400 for a printer where I can visually SEE whether it’s low on ink or not.

Here is a commercial showing how it works:

All of my biggest complaints about printers was just erased with one idea! Thank you, Epson!!

Via: Epson’s new printers ease refill woes with ink tanks

January 12, 2014

Keyboard Shortcuts

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 11:36 am

This postcard from PostSecret made me laugh, because I feel the same way.

PostSecret Men Who Know Their Keyboard Shortcuts

It reads:

Men who know their keyboard shortcuts turn me on.

I have to admit that I feel the same way. It’s like Napoleon Dynamite said,

Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.

It’s true, so if you’re thinking that all this time you spend learning how to code is wasted on us girls, it’s NOT. We notice when you use a quick keyboard shortcut instead of the menu. We notice when you can type 70 wpm. We notice and to be honest, it makes us feel a little flushed.


PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.

January 23, 2013

HP Printer Conspiracy: Is Your Printer Programmed To Kill Itself If You Refill Your Ink Cartridges?

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 4:40 pm

It’s commonly known that printer manufacturers make money from selling ink cartridges, not from making the printers. I’ve even heard that they sell the printers at a loss in order to “get you hooked” on their ink.

Of course, there are options for people who want to enjoy their ink jet printers without shelling out the big bucks for the cartridges. You can refill the ink in the cartridges you already own. Here is a video showing you how to do it.

Inktec Refill Kit at Amazon.com I’ve done this on my HP Printer and it has worked rather well. I used the Inktec Refill Kit that I found at Amazon.com with some syringe needles. I inject the ink into the cartridges and the printouts I had were just as beautiful as the ones with the HP ink. The HP ink was never water resistant and neither is this replacement ink, so I’m just as “happy” with my inkjet printer with the refill ink as I was with the original ink cartridges.

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October 5, 2012

I Can’t Believe Steve Jobs Died One Year Ago

Apple is memorializing the death of Steve Jobs on their website. You can see the video here:

Here is what’s on their website:

A message from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.

  • Tim

Here is Jonathan Ive’s tribute to Steve Jobs:

When we found out that Steve Jobs died, Stacey, Dan, Michael and I were driving on our way to a quickie trip down south. We listened to Steve Job’s Commencement Speech.

I think Apple hasn’t been the same since Steve Jobs died. I don’t know what it was Steve did that made everything they did great, but whatever it was, the world is a worse place for his loss.

via Apple Marks One-Year Anniversary of Steve Jobs’ Death – Mac Rumors

July 28, 2012

The Apple Genius: A Calm Voice In An Electronic Storm

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 12:54 pm

I absolutely adore these new commercials from Apple, highlighting their Apple Geniuses. They really show how an Apple Genius can be a calm voice in an electronic storm.

Videos via: Apples new Mac ads feature a helpful Genius | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

June 12, 2012

How To Embed A YouTube Video Starting At A Specific Spot

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Sometimes I only want to link to a specific spot of a YouTube video. For example, on Starling Travel, I was talking about our magical encounter with fireflies in Oklahoma and I needed a video showing what I meant. I found an educational video, but the real firefly action didn’t start until the 1:38 mark. I didn’t want my readers to slog through the whole opening education, so I created an embedded video that started in the correct spot like this:

Here’s how I did it.

Firstly, Google has made embedding a YouTube video is much easier than it used to be. YouTube will create the embed code for you if you click the Share and Embed buttons.

Embed YouTube Video

You can easily edit the width of the video, copy and paste it into your blog or website. Adding the command that starts the video at the 1:38 mark, however requires a little tweaking. Look at the way this embed command is different than the one YouTube gave me.

Embed YouTube Video at a specific spot

Did you notice the #t1m38s that was added right after the link to the video? That is how you start the video at the specific spot. The 1m38s indicates the minute mark when the video will start.

You can also do this with links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8yK4dsOQLLo#t=98s

That link will open up the video at the exact spot where the fireflies start getting interesting. The way you create it is to right click on the video when it is paused at the spot you want and choose “Copy video URL at current time.” That will give you a URL that easily links to EXACTLY were you want the video to start.

Link YouTube Video at specific spot

The next time you want to link to or embed a video that has WAY too much introduction, here is a handy way to start the video EXACTLY when the video gets good.

Via: Matt Cutts: Link to a specific part of a YouTube video

June 11, 2012

Time to Clean Your PC

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 7:37 am

Depending on how dusty your home is, this may be a shocking surprise or a nod in understanding. When we lived downtown during the I-80 construction, our home was covered in dust EVERY day. No matter how often I dusted, within hours, it looked like a haunted house again. Our computers suffered as much as my fireplace mantel, so we took a can of air and blew them out every once and a while.

That’s something the owner of this PC should have done EVERY week, apparently:

That huge cloud of dust that came out when they first started blowing on that PC was a familiar occurrence to me, but it was FAR more than anything we had ever experienced. Next time you curse your computer for running improperly, take a moment to blow all the dust out of the thing and see if that helps at all.

November 9, 2011

iPad: Every Superlative

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals,eBook Readers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 9:02 am

This supercut video plays every superlative used in the original iPad keynote.

It’s no wonder that by the time a keynote is over, I end up wanting whatever it is that they are showcasing. Not only do they create amazing, wonderful, beautiful, magical and awesome products, they aren’t afraid to say so.

Via: Supercut.org — Steve Jobs’ iPad keynote: Every superlative

October 20, 2011

Home Monitoring Becomes Simple

Filed under: Cameras,Computers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 9:20 am

It used to be so difficult to set up cameras in your house. CCTV was difficult to install and difficult to monitor. Even more irritating, you had to make sure to change the VCR tapes regularly. Fast forward a few years and it suddenly is easy enough for anyone to set up a hidden camera.

When Dru Ackerman broke her hip several months ago, a neighbor offered to help her. Unfortunately, her “friend” was also helping herself to Dru’s pain medication. When the woman noticed that some of her pills were missing, she set up a hidden camera in her house to see what was happening. She caught her neighbor red-handed with enough video footage to get her arrested.

Stem IZON Remote Room Monitor at Amazon.com She used the Stem IZON Remote Room Monitor, but she could have used the webcam installed on the computer on her desk. There are software options that allow you to monitor your home with your webcam and they will even upload the video to a remote server so if your computer is stolen, you will be able to see who did it.

The next time you are feeling paranoid about leaving your house, whether it’s just for a grocery trip, like Dru, or on an extended vacation, look into home monitoring solutions. There are so many options available right now that you’re sure to find something to give you peace of mind.

Via: iZON webcam and iPhone catch a thief in the act | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

August 16, 2011

Anthro Electric Lift Tables

Filed under: Computers and Peripherals — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I was interested in these Electric Lift Tables from Anthro. The video for them makes them look like the perfect table for a person who wants to work while standing or sitting. For those of us who get stir crazy sitting all day, a desk that can change like this would be a godsend.

Unfortunately, when I looked at the prices in their catalog, the least expensive of the desks is $2395. That’s WAY more than I’d like to spend on a desk, even if it adjusts at the touch of a button. For that price, I can buy the best laptop money can buy and move it to two different desks with different heights.

I love the idea of an adjustable desk, but I’m not willing to shell out that kind of money for one.

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