I always found the Samsung 'sheeple' ads to be a bit try hard and sad, but this little number from Nokia sort of fucking nails it.
On and off I've just spent the better part of a day farnarkling around with a laser printer install. A Brother HL-2270 DW. I suppose if I'd just sat my arse down for a concentrated three or four hours of frustration and shoutiness I might have wrapped it up earlier, but I had other jobs to attend to.
I've been looking for a home office printer for over a year now. Lost track of the number of cheap arse junky ink jets I've gone through and abandoned because spending a hundred bucks on ink cartridges that run out after a month of moderate use just got old. I even dropped four or five hundred on a lower mid-range Hewlett Packard all-in-one that had good reviews. It just fucking broke with a crunching sound one day. No fucking idea why.
Anyway, I've had a contract needed printing and signing. Tried to talk them into accepting a signed PDF from my iPad, which is becoming more common here in Oz, but this was an American law firm, and they were old school.
Paper, and only paper.
After one final arse raping I decided to give up on ink jets. They're a fucking scam and they hurt my bottom. Part of me longed for an antique Apple laser printer. One of the ancient models that used to retail for about five grand. But the rational part of me went to thewirecutter.com and looked up their recommended pick. The Brother 2270.
Tried buying it online, but the delivery went awry. (Reminds me I have to chase up that refund).
So, much disgruntled I drove into nearest Harvey Norman (I know, I cringe with shame to write it) and found it on sale at a steep discount. Fuck me, a lucky break.
And then the hands on fun started. The driver software on the disc was out of date. The download from the Brother site wouldn't ... er... well it just wouldn't. There was no cable, which I sort of expected. But all my spare ethernet cables seemed to be invisible to the machine. For a while I seriously considered a trip to the Apple store to buy a new retina Macbook and whatever the fucking genius said would work with it. But that was just the junky in me look for a comfort purchase.
Luckily I found an old USB 2.0 cord in my stash and that seemed to work. A few more hits on the download site shook free a working driver. I now have a cheap working monochrome laser printer.
But I do wonder whether the printer market is broken and waiting to be disrupted in the arse.
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I dunno when he found time to do this other thing, in between starting up imeemy.com, but it looks very grown up. Er, somewhat more grown up than a blog not a thousand miles removed from where you've parked your arse right now.
But that's okay. Here, just gimme a minute, I've got some more stuff about cakes n spaceships!
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I took the iPad with me to Perth and Hanoi for that work trip over Easter. I did try to talk myself into buying a shiny retina MacBook, but I really couldn't justify it. With one or two exceptions the iPad does pretty much everything I need, and I suspect the retina 'books will still be another generation or two shaking themselves out. Apple has had some pretty serious problems sourcing reliable displays from anybody other than Samsung.
But the iPad was a perfect travel device, since all I had to do was write a few blogs and take a few notes. Because I'd be writing quite a bit on it I took my Logitech ultrathin keyboard cover, which turns the pad into something resembling a MacBook Air when it's all closed up, but which sits a lot more comfortably on a tray table than the Air does. The Logitech really does turn the pad into much more of a work machine.
When I wasn't using it for work, however, I preferred my old, hand-made Grove case; a really beautiful case made of bamboo, and a nice worn leather cover. It's a much more pleasant artefact to take to the bar when you're dining on your own, for instance. Feels less like work is following you everywhere. It does add some bulk to the device, and there have been times when that hacked me off, but it wasn't until recently that I came to realize how much the simple aesthetics of the Grove added to the experience of using the pad. It wasn't until I didn't have it anymore.
My beloved Grove iPad case is gone. Destroyed on the flight back home.
Airline cabins are not a friendly environment for these cases. The lack of moisture in the air causes them to crack. Because of this I wrapped mine up and stowed it in my checked baggage. Unfortunately I wrapped the baggage using one of those massive plastic dispensers they have the airports now, post Schapelle Corby. I'm not an aeronautical engineer, and I can't tell you why that wrapping tends to 'squeeze' tighter over the course of the flight, but it did. It squeezed so tight that it reduced my much loved bamboo case to splinters. I still have the detachable leather cover, but the pad itself is now protected by a simple gel casing.
It's thinner. It's easier to hold. It's probably even a little more protective. But I hate it. I've always kept all of my iPhones and pads in protective cases, and with each of them I've had reason to be thankful for having done so. My 5, for instance, has already hit the floor two or three times, but the big black ruggedized OtterBox case in which it's hidden worked perfectly on each occasion. Even the Grove Bamboo iPad case, which doesn't advertise itself as providing a great deal of drop protection, did in fact do just that on a couple of occasions.
But no more.
I read a piece about 6 to 12 months ago, written by a design enthusiast, bemoaning the way most people hid their phones away inside ugly, clunky cases. He insisted a grown-up should be able to look after a phone, and that such a beautiful piece of industrial design should not be hidden away inside some shit ugly plastic and rubber cage. I thought he was an idiot. And even worse the sort of arrogant idiot who forgets that not everybody gets sent review units, or can write off a couple of phones a year as a tax loss.
But I'm looking at the nasty, ugly gel cover on my iPad and thinking there might've been something to what he said. Not so much that these expensive and fragile pieces of technology should just be released into the wild with no protection whatsoever. But that encasing them in the cheapest, ugliest but most 'functional' armor you can find actually detracts from the enjoyment of using them.
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I really wanted to run this at Blunty today, but figured I was already taxing everyone's patience with a 3500 word blog post.
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Some of you have noticed that the chronological order of comments has flipped, so that the threads now display the oldest comments first. Don't get too comfy with that. Although it was the way of things before, and is the system used at Fairfax, I'm not convinced it is the way to go here.
This blog is designed like a scroll. It renders as a long column of text and images. But mostly text. With a hundred-comment discussion on display, that is a mighty big chunk of vertical real estate. Because of this, it is way more elegant to display the most recent stand alone comments (ie. not replies) up the top of the discussion. It saves a lot of scrolling.
I am however, talking to Dan about coding the Recent Comments display in such a way as to take you directly to the comment you click or tap on. This means you can go directly to conversations within the thread that catch your eye.
The ability to reply directly to a comment means giving up a strict linear progression either forward or backwards through a dicussion. It's a design choice. One I'm happy to make because of clarity it delivers in terms of conversation within the thread.
I will make a final call on this before we all get bedded down, and am happy to listen to everyone's views. In the end, like my ascended master, I will decide what's best for everyone, but I'm curious about others opinions on this. Oldest comment first, or newest?