Month: January 2016

New Toy: Epson SureColor P400

I have a new toy. I have been going back and forth on this since Thanksgiving, but finally gave in and got myself the new Epson SureColor P400 printer. This is replacing my now retired R2880. This device is currently about $600 on Amazon but as of today comes with a $100 rebate from Epson. It can handle 13″ wide paper, so my favorite 11×14 and 13×19 print sizes are right in its wheelhouse. This is an 8 ink printer and uses two blacks (Photo and matte), Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Orange and a Gloss Optimizer cartridge to generate prints. It’s interesting how they’ve shifted around the ink mix in the printer generations since the 2880, with the emphasis on the orange for improved skin tones instead of the light/muted versions of the core colors. Setting it up was straight forward. One reason I ultimately went with it is that this unit, unlike the R2880, supports wi-fi, so I can place it on the back wall of the office and not worry about stringing a USB cable to it. If you prefer, it does support USB and also wired ethernet, but I’ve become a big fan of the wireless capability. It also allows you to print CDs and run roll paper through it, neither of which I expect to ever use (but you never know with the rolls) I...

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The NHL and the Sharks at the All-Star Break

As I write this, the NHL All-Star Game is on the television, and Brett Burns is playing 3 on 3 hockey in Nashville. I must admit — I’m liking the 3 on 3 format for the All Star break. It allows the players to show off their skill and removes that pressure that this isn’t “real” hockey, in that nobody is interested or willing to play defense or, like, hit someone. This is a great way to glorify the skill as an exhibition and let everyone just have some fun. I think it’s awesome, and I hope the league sticks with it. I’ve been pretty happy with the league and the hockey this year overall. I like four on four for overtime; heck, I like anything that minimizes finishing games with a shootout, although I accept the necessity of them. One thing I have to remind myself is that for the NHL — and for all of the pro sports — there are media outlets who invariably find a way to spin things negative, and if you pay too much attention to them, you’d end up with the thought that things are pretty screwed up (hint: same is true of tech covered, especially Apple. Good news doesn’t generate pageviews, so everything must be a crisis). But overall, while nothing as big and complex as the NHL is going to...

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Peak Ipad Mini

There’s been a lot of chatter about the decline in unit sales for iPads in the most recent Apple Financials. The reality seems to be that the iPad is a “nice to have” device, not a “must have” device like the iPhone. To some, this implies it’s a disaster or a failure. I think the reality is different: It’s a solid and successful product and I expect it’ll be a steady performer. It just won’t be the hyper-success that the iPhone has been, and to some analysts, that’s the only thing that matters. One reason I think the iPad numbers shrank is that Apple didn’t release the iPad Air 3, which seems to be in the rumors for March. That puts the iPad Air 2 at the end of its product cycle and people didn’t have any reason to upgrade and people who follow the rumors are as likely to wait as buy. I’m not surprised the iPad Pro didn’t turn it around — that’s clearly a niche product that’s a long-term play for Apple — and I’d expect once the refreshed iPad Air is released we’ll see the numbers rebound back to the slow and steady sales. The reality is, the iPad doesn’t give users any strong reason to upgrade quickly. In December I upgraded mine, from an iPad Air 2 to an Ipad Mini, because I wanted...

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