Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving,
but where on earth can you find one?
Ian and I are approaching our one-year anniversary as homeowners. Oddly, one of the things that’s been the most galling for me is a small thing: We haven’t had a printer this entire time. While I worked at the Bike Alliance that was OK, but in November when my internship ended, I suddenly found myself unable to print Google map directions! We’ve made do (don’t ask how), but it’s proven quite the planning challenge. I had to know all my printing needs a day ahead.
At long last, after much discussion and research, this device landed (with a thump; it weighs over 40 lbs) on our porch.
A laserjet printer costs more than an inkjet, and the cartridges tend to be more expensive, but over time they end up costing about the same amount. Working as a contractor, I’m having to print work-related stuff more frequently than I expected. Also, after years of having to cajole a cheap inkjet printer into please, please, please putting some ink on the page in a meaningful pattern, we were ready for something a bit more reliable. I say “a bit” because no matter how high-end, printers all seem to jam and have inexplicable problems. Even the $250,000 printer Charles River bought for the Reporting Department, which could print a little 102 pages per minute, had all the same problems our home inkjet had, just on a larger scale.
Now we can convert digital bits into physical media! Of course, I could probably have bought a smartphone and paid for the accompanying data plan for the cost of the printer, and had interactive, paper-free Google maps at my fingertips all the time. And while we’re talking about printers, if it’s the future, why don’t we have a good 3D printer for everybody?