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New printer

Over the weekend I finally replaced my old printer, which unceremoniously died in its sleep a couple of months ago. (Power supply or something like that. One day, I pushed the on button, and nothing happened. It was already not working very well, and hopelessly behind the times, being 8 years old.)

CompUSA had the printer of my modest dreams, the Epson Stylus Photo R340. The really cool thing about this printer is, it will print on the face of CD-Rs if you supply the kind of discs that can be printed. jjfmi will recognize the ultimate coolness of this, since he already has an Epson that'll do that. Not only is the printer cool, the store was selling it with the instant rebate, meaning it cost $130 instead of $180. It has features I didn't think I'd ever really want like the ability to stick in a memory card and print a photo without a computer.

So I set it up tonight, and you know the first thing I did? Stick in a memory card and print a photo without the computer.

Came out real nice too. And fast. I'm so impressed. Ah the marvels of modern technology. So I can now print photos in many sizes, and writings, and all sorts of things.

Even show flyers. Not that I would ever do that. (Eleven days till the Trixie's show, eek!)

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jjfmi
Jul. 25th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
Way cool, indeed!

I haven't really used that one Epson for direct printing of photos from the memory cards. Both Lori's and my cameras have cables for direct downloads of our photos, and we usually engage in re-sizing, re-aligning, and other such tweaking before printing. (Especially true with Lori, with her scrapbooking work.) I think one has to install Epson's own photo software to do automatic printing of photos, and I've already got several photo apps in the laptop.
songdogmi
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
I almost always edit and resize photos too, so I figured that I'd never use that feature. In fact, I almost bought the cheaper Epson that still prints on CDs, but didn't have direct photo print, which would've saved me $30, but I got, er, influenced by the sales staff.

But I printed this one photo directly from the memory card and ... wow was that cool.

The direct photo printing works without software, because it doesn't need the computer. But for printing via the computer, yes it does want its own software. That's kind of a pain when you do already have software from the camera and stand-alone Photoshop-type software.
ferndalealex
Jul. 25th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Way cool! So now you can do Disc's On-Demand?
songdogmi
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
I could. What a great idea. :) Say you like "Riding the Highline" and "Earn My Wings" but wish they weren't on two different CDs? They don't have to be!

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
A (very) fine point ...
Michael Stipe was eschewing apostrophes back in the 80s. It is generally bad policy to second-guess the master. :)

--- Anon. Primero
songdogmi
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Re: A (very) fine point ...
How am I supposed to keep track of who is allowed to misuse the language and who is just a bad proofreader?

And how do YOU keep track of apostrophes on twenty-year-old recordings anyway?

:)
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