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[Nov. 5th, 2009|03:34 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I need a new printer as mine has decided to start only printing half of any page and leaving the rest blank, which is rubbish when you print recipes. I don't want to print photos or anything fancy, just pages of text and occasionally maybe maps telling me how to get places, although my phone does good mapping now so that's going to be decreasingly common. I really don't need colour.

In Rymans at lunchtime I saw a laser printer for £69.99. Would this be a better long term bet than a £30 inkjet? Would it be more likely to last longer, and is it cheaper per page to laser print than ink jet print?


Cor, Afghanistan's a mess isn't it? I don't really know what to think of it all. Following the rogue policeman killings yesterday, the Daily YouKnowWhat asks "What sort of war is this?" on its front page. That's a pretty stupid question isn't it? It's a war in which the baddies try to kill the goodies. That's pretty much what happens in wars, there aren't any nice ones. In fact, for all the talk of how horrific the death toll is, in over eight years of conflict in Afghanistan British casualties are lower than they were in the 74 days of the Falklands War. Not, obviously, that they're insignificant or not to be regretted, but ~30 deaths per year in such a huge conflict isn't that high is it?

Not that I know what to do about it of course. The Taliban are very nasty people of course, and their indulgence of Al-Qaeda clearly makes the world a less safe place. I don't know though, if a war against the Taliban is actually winnable - they're making hard work of it for sure - let alone if it's actually the right thing to do. But just pulling all the troops out seems wrong too somehow - it's leaving the place in a hell of a mess. Perhaps I'll stand for Parliament on a ticket of not really knowing what to do about it all. I'm sure David Cameron hasn't really got a clue, but at least I'm honest about it.
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[User Picture]From: bonyandidle
2009-11-05 04:03 pm (UTC)
There was somebody interviewing Paddy Ashdown earlier, asking him about a decline in public morale because of the high death toll. It just isn't high. Maybe it's because it's so low, each death gets plenty of attention, so it seems like it's a lot higher. Obviously the lower the better, but still, claiming that the high death toll is a reason to withdraw is just wrong when the death toll patently isn't high.
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[User Picture]From: bonyandidle
2009-11-05 04:05 pm (UTC)
...or as cuddly dictator Uncle Joe Stalin put it, "When one man dies it's a tragedy. When thousands die it's statistics"
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-11-05 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'd always got the impression that a single cartridge is expensive, but less so relatively than inkjet cartridges as they last longer. Is this a faulty assumption?
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[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2009-11-05 04:49 pm (UTC)
Not generally faulty, no, but individual printers etc. Also, my impression is that it's easier to get knock-off inkjet cartridges (some of which aren't very good, mind) than doing the same for laser printers.

All the reviews I've read basically end up suggesting cheap mono laser printers if you want something reasonably fast with a decent lifespan.
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2009-11-05 04:15 pm (UTC)
what you need is:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=59306991210&ref=nf

i know it gets trotted out all the time about afghanistan but colonial/superpowers have been fighting wars there for about 200 years now and none of them have "won" in any meaningful way...
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-11-05 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yes - my dad pointed that out when they invaded eight years ago.

Eight years! When were we last in a war that lasted this long? Pre 20th century, surely?
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2009-11-05 04:35 pm (UTC)
um, ireland much?

it isn't that different...
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[User Picture]From: several_bees
2009-11-05 05:09 pm (UTC)
Our inkjet -> laser transition means that each page now costs one tenth what it used to to print.
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From: flounderingfool
2009-11-06 11:23 am (UTC)
We made the move to laser a few months ago and are much happier, but that might be because of bad luck with inkjets. The last two have ended up costing even more in ink than expected because they seemed to dry up when left for just a few weeks without being used.
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[User Picture]From: muckypup
2009-11-06 10:16 pm (UTC)
If you were looking at the Brother HL2037 then the toner cartridges are £49.99 and last for approx 1,500 pages (of standard text). You can get cheap inkjet cartridges, but will probably end up costing more as the ink tends to clog up the print heads if not used regularly. You'd be pretty hard pushed to find a mono inkjet these days, so you'd still need to keep replacing all the colour cartridges even if you're not using colour, which would mean even more expense.

Also, we've sold a fair few of those printers and have had precisely zero complaint or problems, so it seems like a reliable printer to buy.

(I'm a member of Ryman management by the way, not merely a printer uber-geek.)
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-11-06 10:24 pm (UTC)
Excellent, ta. Does it come with a half full starter toner cartridge like inkjets tend to?
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[User Picture]From: muckypup
2009-11-07 05:53 am (UTC)
I have a feeling the toner it comes with is 2/3 full (doing around 1,000 pages).
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