Printer's - Now As Common As The TelephoneWritten by Alberto R. Pino
Printers have been around for a very long time. From old hand cranked block printing machines, to most advanced color laser printers on market, they have made tedious writing by hand outdated. Now you simply have to type up what you want to say on your computer, put paper into sheet feeder, and push print. Like magic out comes your document making it easy to print a book, send out some flyers for your church bake sale, or whatever your printing needs are.
Before advent of computer printers for home use, to get these types of documents one would have to go and pay a printing business to make them for you, or make one by hand and photocopy it. Either way could be quite costly if you wanted to make lots of copies.
Printers come in a wide variety; there is dot matrix, ink-jet, bubble-jet, and laser printers to name a few. Dot matrix printers are sort of antiques now but they used a series of pins to make lettering. If you look closely at a document or photo printed on one of these you can make out dot patterns. Ink and bubble-jet printers work by squirting heated ink through a matrix of holes to form images or characters.
Laser printers form characters or image on a special-coated drum with a laser light, which is turned off and on as dictated by computer, then transfers output from drum to paper, using photocopying techniques. Less commonly used printers for home use are Thermal-wax-transfer printers and dye-sublimation printers that use heat to transfer color pigment from a ribbon to a special paper to produce photographic-quality color images.
Printer Cartridge Economics -- Four Ways To Make Your Ink Last LongerWritten by Nigel Patterson
Printer cartridge overheads can be a major expense for any busy office -- and even if you're working at home, it's important to factor in amount you spend on your printer ink when assessing cost of running a home-based business. And what you spent on that bargain-priced printer may turn out to be only a fraction of what you pay annually in printer supplies.
A family household may have several printers on go, each requiring its own specialist cartridges. The kids are doing their homework, researching information online and printing off reference material before drafting and printing homework papers. Digital photography is great, but grandma doesn't have a computer (let alone an e-mail account!), so you're making high quality prints of your son's graduation ceremony to mail to her. And you have to proofread some important work documents by tomorrow -- and you know you can't check text accurately from computer monitor, so ...
If you're anything like me, you can't imagine working without support that a personal printer provides. But while search for reliable but cheap printer ink never ends, there are some strategies you can adopt to economize on ink use and lower your budget for replacement cartridges.
1. Use draft print quality where you can. Go to File -- Print to open box that lists settings for your printer. Click 'Properties' to bring up various options available. You'll probably find different choices under heading 'Paper/Quality' that allow you to select draft quality printing. Your document will print at a lower resolution but that may not matter for reference material that you will likely discard later.