Printer Ink, Prohibitions, and a 108-Inch LCD

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Longtime PCW contributing editor Steve Bass noticed that although his Brother inkjet's cartridges still had ink in them, the printer said it was out of ink. Rather than just be annoyed, he contacted the vendor--and the explanation he got was a doozy. Read his Tips & Tweaks column, then let us know what you think about Brother's inkjet cartridges--or printer consumables in general.

Sharp debuted a 108-inch LCD at a Tokyo cinema complex. Would you get one if you could, or is it too big for you? Share your point of view.

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Printer Ink: How Do You Define 'Empty'?

mavigozier says: What Brother and other ink cartridge makers are promising you is not all the ink in the cartridge, but instead they are promising you so many pages at a certain print quality. So what you really need to do is to count pages at a certain print quality. Of course, they know you won't do that, so the onus is on you to attack their claim.

wluck08 says: I purchased a HP with the six different cartridges, thinking it would save money on ink. Well it does a great job, but I noticed my color ink was going down even when I was only printing B/W. After some digging in HP's Web site, I found out that it uses the color ink as well for B/W. The only fix is to set print on black Ink only. It sure helped with the ink usage!

mikedgolf40505 says: Hey folks, I have a good friend who is an engineer at a very large printer manufacturer who tells that this practice with the ink is kind of an industry norm. The reason being is that is where they make their money from. They are happy if they are able to break even on ink jet printers and lose money on them a lot of the time. So the trade off would be to pay more for the printer and less for the ink. If you think about it, you can get an incredibly adept all in one machine with fantastic quality and very good speed for a low price. This is a great time to be a tech nerd.

jalbertini1 says: I have found that in many instances you can remove the cartridge and reinsert and the printer thinks it is a new cartridge. It then prints using the remaining ink until the quality drops and you really do need a new cartridge.

Read the posts in this thread and contribute your own opinion.

Sharp's 108-inch LCD Debuts at New Tokyo Cinema Complex

coastie65 says: Wow! I can't even imagine something of that scale.

MAcUser21 says: too big for me!

RNR19952 says: I have a 71-inch Samsung and if they made one bigger I would buy it. I love this TV, and it was under $4000.00 with the stand. What makes a 108-inch worth $103,000?

Dreamerof says: The main difference for one thing is that unlike your rear-projection DLP set this is truly a flat-panel LCD. Until Samsung can turn out and sell huge huge quantities of these they will remain very expensive.

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FCC Moves Toward Prohibiting Comcast Traffic Management

Aerospaced says: It has been speculated that companies such as Comcast have not only been throttling p2p, but keeping a list of sites which they deem lower priority. If you go to such a site it will run slower than a higher priority site. This is evident with unknown sites that offer streaming media. Thus effectively managing overall system bandwidth.

Funchords says: When Comcast bought up large systems to become the largest cable MSO, it did not buy the Internet. Comcast has no right to change how the Internet works -- not one byte of it.

Rtfire1 says: if you are paying for unlimited bandwidth, that's what you should be getting. DSL is not having a speed problem; why is cable? That's easy: They don't want to upgrade lines that are fine for TV, but once you get your phone and Internet on them they now have issues.

Metalk2u says: I used to have Comcast, but I had to let them go because of their high prices and their nasty attitude. I now don't pay anything for TV services (legally), which used to always be free. I can watch TV anywhere I go, as long as I have a DSL connection. We all must start working together against these criminal-type companies.

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