HP’s Instant Ink Program – Still a Good Deal?

At our usage rate . . . not so sure I would enroll in this program again.

We print infrequently and mostly text.   And as more and more business/govt vendors send PDF files or links, less hard-copy scanning needed.

But this article is interesting – – I didn’t know HP can send a “suspend print” command to your print server if you bail-out of the program.  They can also cancel your warranty if you load 3rd party ink.

HTG Article re Instan Ink Program Pitfalls

3 Ways to Deal With a Frozen Linux System . .

Appropriate subject matter . . . especially for this Winter!  And the answer is not “just move your PC to Florida” . . .  (btw – – hopefully the next OTC meeting will happen before APRIL!).

Anyway . . . this post is not about the weather, but it focuses on a user’s PC running Ubuntu (or most other Linux distros) . . . that has frozen for a variety of reasons (mainly program, system bugs or browser badware).  These freezes can impact just one program that won’t respond to user input or the whole desktop is frozen.

In Windows, one typical response is the good old “ctrl + alt + del” key sequence.   This often does nothing on Linux (although a user can create a key-binding to call the reboot command).  That is not the preferred or best way to handle Frozen systems.

The following article from the folks at “linuxhandbook.com” does a good job of laying out the options and is worth a read.   At a future meeting, this is a key topic I’d like to cover in greater detail.

Here’s the link:   How to fix a Frozen Linux System

Return of the Darter Pro!

While laptop competition remains strong . . . there is an absence of full-sized laptops having long battery life . . . hence, the return of the Darter series from System76.   A full 15.6″laptop at 3 1/2 pounds & running in advanced power saving mode.

More details will  follow when the laptop is formally released, but here are the projected specs;

System76 Darter Pre-Release

The Smart TV Crapware Era Has Already Begun . .

Note:   even if using a Smart TV to connect via air antenna, or via HDMI from PC . . . a portion of the display is captured and uploaded back to the TV Manufacturer  who has software that will ID the content (and ID your location and pattern of viewing as well).

This is a big reason behind the huge price drops for modern TV hardware.

Lookee here for more info:  Link to HTG re Smart-TV’s