@stux Don't I ffing know it!
Neighbour had a new printer. Simple installation, they said.
I'm in IT for over 40 years and it took me 30 minutes. Simple my ass.
@JohanEmpa @stux Ha, if only. Windows 10. Open your phone, scan a code on the printer and follow the link to create an account, log into the account on the computer to download the driver software, which will hopefully transfer to the printer over WIFI (4th time it worked) and then go through an online setup wizard on the computer.
@stux Printer stopped mid-job the other night. When I finally went to it, black toner was empty (still saying low on the GUI though).
Changed it (first time since I bought the machine 2(?) years ago).
Watched it for who knows how long whilst it went through several cycles of "Please Wait..." & "Ready".
Huge sigh when it was finally ready... Only to find it had completely forgotten about the remainder of the print job.
(Same printer that I had to attach using the printer cable, to get it to work over the WiFi 🤷♀️.)
@stux best printer I've ever owned was an incredibly dirty-when-i-found-it brother b/w laser printer at a thrift shop for $5. Cleaned right up. Doesn't complain about 3rd part toner carts, doesn't care about proprietary drivers, doesn't mind pretending it's a different printer! Living the fairy tale life... for now.
@stux I have one of these networked laser faxes, every 6 years or so it needs a new developer unit. The guy that fitted the last one said there were no more in existence. Purchased in 2001. :) Good value.
ditched my old ink jet all-in-one printer for a midgrade office laserjet printer and its like I've entered a whole new world. highly recommend it to anyone tired of those things constantly not working.
More expensive office printers seem to have far fewer problems in my experience. Think: one issue per 1000 pages printed instead of one issue per 10 pages.
We should either not expect miracles from printers that cost 200 bucks or should acknowledge that we find printing important and, accordingly, invest in a good one.
@stux Thought the same until I bought an Epson Eco Print, I will never buy another printer from anyone else. They are freaking awesome and I have been in IT for over 20 years and these printers juts WORK and they rock. I have gone through 2 reams of paper and color printing the whole time just on the initial ink supplied when I got the printer. Do not buy any printer other than these Epson's.
@stux isn‘t that a thing of the past? My last HP cost under 100€ and I can print from everywhere including my iPhone. Setup: simply using the WPS button once.
@stux I have a laser printer on my desk. The kids love copying an empty page out of it so they draw on warm paper
@stux good thing that’s a fairytale! Printers are the worst to support for every occasion haha. Would be a good read though, is it only a digital copy, or did it ever make it to print?
@stux I was so pissed off that I had to install all kinds of crap on my phone to install a desktop printer. May the people who came up with this crap step on legos.
@stux I must be living in Wonderland, because I never had problems with my Canon and HP printers on Linux (Fedora), no set-up required. Even the remote scanning feature worked out of the box with Gnome Document Scanner. I did have multiple problems on Windows, though. 🤔
@stux That depends on how voodoo-prone the operating system is.
If CUPS is involved it usually is fairly easy.