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30 July 2012 @ 12:35 pm
a monstrous beast  

I need a new … well. Printer/scanner thing. One that ideally prints up to 8×10 color photos as well as has a 50+ppm b&w text print speed and automatically, no human interference required, will print double-sided pages.

I want the scanner quality–well, what I /want/ is for it to be a high quality extra large bed scanner like they used to make in about 1998 before they realized they could charge a huge amount more for that kind of thing because the only people who really need scanners that size are artists which I hardly qualify as but anyway, and while we’re at it it’d be nice to have a high-end OCR option for the scanner, by which I mean “I can load a sheaf of papers in and have it scan them,” though that’s less of an issue since HQN went to electronic copy edits. And if it had a negative-scanner attachment that would be ideal.

There is no such single machine, is there. Not for less than a bajillion dollars. But we’re trying to cut down on Numbers Of Items we have, and a monstrous beast of that sort would be ideal.

Ted did all the Big Work Ever yesterday and went forth into our chaotic lanai and de-chaosed it and put together the new grill and bike tent and all sorts of wonderful things. He is a hero.

I, OTOH, made applesauce, which isn’t nearly as impressive. The goal was to see how much applesauce 6 Granny Smiths (plus a couple other random apples lying around) made. The answer was 3 8oz jars, making the conclusion obvious: it isn’t really worth jarring it unless I do 12-18 apples at once. So next time I shall, and that oughta last us all a while, anyway.

To make up for being unimpressive (or something), I got some wonderful fanmail:

I just saw the cover of Mountain Echoes and I love it. Its beautiful and I am bouncing with excitement for this book!!!

However…..I am worried about a few things:

1. Morrison is not mentioned at all in the little blurb on the back. I read it four times just to be sure. I am hoping this is some sort of mistake and that he is going to show up so he can help Jo do whatever she needs to do to save the world. Because if he doesn’t I think I might implode and I think you are much too nice a person to let that happen to one of your biggest fans.

2. There is also the possibility that you purposely didn’t mention Morrison to keep us all guessing until we read the book. Which, of course, is your right as the most fun author ever but know that I am here…slowly imploding with anticipation because I am in love with Morrison & Jo as a couple. (and possibly with Morrison…and a little with Jo)

That really made my morning. Particularly the “I read it four times just to be sure,” bit. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

anthony_lionanthony_lion on July 30th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
So... Basically, you want an MFP (MultiFunction Printer)...

Maybe this HP model can work for you?

We have a few of those at the office, and they seem to work fine...
(Our users tends to break stuff real quick... )
It has ADF (Automatic document Feeder) for the scanning funcction, and converts everything into .PDF.
(Not sure if you need extra SW for OCR)

It only does 31ppm, though, max.
Higher speeds are costly...
kitmizkit on July 30th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
31ppm at "normal quality", which suggests there's a lower-grade quality I can s et it to, which is all I need for manuscript printing. That's...that may be perfect, she said, and went grimly to discover its cost... :)
kitmizkit on August 1st, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, it appears that one's been discontinued. Too bad, it lookd perfect. Too expensive, but perfect. :)
anthony_lionanthony_lion on August 1st, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)

What is your budget, then?

And your requirements?
(With absolute minimum requirements and 'prefer to have')

Maybe you could be helped with two or more separate units instead?

A lot of MFP scanners are pants at scanning negatives.
Even the cheapest dedicated negative scanners are better...
(But they are limited to 135 film and 135based slides)
My Canon LIDE series flatbed doesn't have ADF, but it can stand on edge,and can even be used that way, so it takes a minimum of desktop space.

HP does have A4/Letter-size Flatbeds with ADF.
(We have a number of them at the office, mostly packed away because the 3530 is faster... )

Do you NEED colour printing at the speed and volume you get from a Colour Laser?
It's many years since I scrapped my Canon BJC colour inkjet, and replaced it with an old B/W Laser I saved at the office.

Maybe a B/W MFP laser together with a cheaper inkjet would be a better solution?
kitmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
I can get what I need with more than one unit, yeah, it's just that it would be really nice to have only one. :)
Jason Drakejasondrake on July 30th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
I also present http://www.staples.com/Canon-PIXMA-MG4120-All-in-One-Printer/product_420589 as an option. Wound up getting this for a young friend as a high-school graduation present, when I was doing the research it came out favorably on the ink cost per page calculations
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on July 30th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely message to get.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on July 31st, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Did you reply to your fanmail to reassure them, or tell them to buy the book to find out?
kitmizkit on August 1st, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
I said wasn't it good she only had about 6 months to wait, and to implode slowly. :)