Print less to help the planet

The universe consists of millions of planets, stars and galaxies. In this vast universe our only home is the lonely planet, the earth. It is full of resources, beautiful scenes and lovely creatures but all of its beauty is in danger due to rapid global deforestation. According to a research 3 billion to 6 billion trees are cut down every year.

Think of a young high school student prints a worksheet of 5 pages because he lost the one the teacher gave him. Somebody prints out a 10 page video game guide yet it turns out they only needed a paragraph from it to get past the point they were struggling. An employee prints out 50 pages for his boss, and one typo means he needs an extra 50 pages. But a sheet of paper is just a sheet of paper and wasting a few thousand per year (it has probably much more than that) doesn’t matter, right? The answer is no. As many of you have probably already heard, saving paper is an important part of a green earth and we should definitely print less to save the earth’s resources.
As we all know, paper comes from trees. But it is often quite hard for people to think or care about that when they are just printing out a few sheets of paper. There is often an attitude of neglect all too common in modern society regarding printing paper less. Every single person seems to think “I only printed 5 pieces of paper, this doesn’t matter.” But au contraire. Each single piece of paper, when combined with the millions of other sheets wasted each year, have a direct effect on the earth. HowStuffWorks looked at a Pine Tree that was 1 foot in diameter and 60 feet tall, and estimated it to be about 80,500 pieces of paper. Admittedly, that is a ton. But when you and another million Americans waste 5 sheets of paper each year, that is over 5 million sheets. More trees will be cut down, more rainforests will disappear, more medicinal and other resources will disappear, and animals that are keystones of ecosystems will vanish from the face of the earth.
Before printing a paper, ask yourself “Do I really need this” and “Are there any typos?” Don’t print right away either. Look at your paper in 1 hour later and in that hour add anything you may have forgotten. Not only does this save paper but it also saves trees from being cut down and rainforests from being destroyed.
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error 6A00 on Canon Pixma

The error 6A00 on canon ink jet printers points to a problem with hardware. According to the service manual of Pixma MP800 error 6A00 means:
"An error occurred in the AP motor during purging operation".
Parts which are likely to be faulty are:
 

1.Sheet feed Unit 
2.Logic Board Assembly 
3.Purge Unit 

"Faulty" does not mean that they always needed to be replaced. There might be simple reasons which can be resolved by following simple steps. Most commonly error 6A00 appears when print head carriage is stuck. Open printer cover and examine if a piece of paper or some other foreign object resides inside the printer preventing free movement of the carriage. Move the print head left and right than restart the printer. In case the printer is exposed to dust, clean the sliding section of the purge unit and apply some grease on it.  The purge unit is the assembly where the print head parks when not in use. It's function is to clean the print head after every job cycle to maintain print quality.

Will Samsun Youm (Ubreakable Display) change life style?

Being just a few months behind schedule Samsung showed at the 2013 CES show a flexible display. The technology is already 'pretty cool status' and they promise to make it even better.
 
For a long time the holy Grail in display technology has been chasing the Organic LED otherwise known as an OLED. Years ago it was predicted that Sony would be the first out with this technology. Clearly Samsung has beat them to the punch. If you have ever used a compact camera or digital video camera out in sunlight you know how you cannot see the screen unless you have an eyepiece to block out the light or have a display that is OLED.

Samsung managed to bring together OLED and a flexible plastic instead of glass. To my mind a display you can't break because it's flexible beats Corning's Gorilla Glass. While the display right now is only about 5 inches and about 720 pixels I wouldn't take any bets that they will not get to 1080 P and a larger display.
Samsung Youm Flexible Display

Some people question what is good for? The stage presentation where a smart phone had the display wrapped around the edge spoke volumes to me. By having the display being able to wrap onto the edge of the phone the unit can be closed and have a Times Square type one line message scrolling across the display without the need to open the unit.

It also is not difficult to imagine having a 7 inch or 10 inch tablet that wraps up as an armband and still be in service while being worn as such. When you want to use it as a traditional tablet just lie it flat.

While Samsung is clearly in the Android camp it was interesting to see Samsung with Microsoft talking about Windows Phone. As Windows 8 (under the hood NT version 6.2) and Windows RT both support services that are essentially 'disconnected' (no resource consumption) yet can be poked to wake up on-demand. This means no energy drain as well as resources such as CPU time and RAM being released.
Having your instant message service such as Skype 'on' without using any resources is a pretty good trick Microsoft has pulled off. It does not take a rocket scientist to envision Skype silently displaying an incoming connection request on the edge of the display, leaving you free to decide if you want to take the connection request.


Google Cloud Printing, Print anywhere

The Motley Fool is very bullish on Google's stock price. They're of the opinion that you ain't seen nothing yet. After looking at Google cloud print services I have to agree. While there are a smattering of new printers available that come out of the box ready for Google Cloud Printing Services chances are you don't own one of those. Fear not. Google has you covered.

You have to use the Chrome web browser. Go to the upper right-hand corner where you see three horizontal bars. Click on that and select settings. Go to the bottom and pick advanced settings. From there you scroll way down until you find that Google Cloud Printing Services is available to you in the web browser and turned off by default.
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When you turn it on and you have a printer that is not 'Cloud Ready' you simply click that you want to register your 'legacy' printer. This only takes a few seconds and you are set.

Mac users (OS X) actually go to the iTunes store and download an application. Currently printing from OS X is not quite as sophisticated as the Windows side. However the developer seems to be making progress all the time. See this image:

Your printing out in the ethers is actually safe because it is done via HTTP with SSL (Secure Socket Layers), seeing as HTTPS. The benefits of being able to print from any computer or smart phone is of course convenience delivered in spades.

Let's say you're a road warrior and in a distant city, hundreds or thousands of miles away from any printer at home or at work. No problem. You can print to any Kinko's/FedEx location and pick your work up there.

Certainly Google Cloud Print Services Is in Beta. However the only issues that seem to be coming up are when you are not logged into your Google account. It seems to tie seamlessly together with Google Drive and the Google Apps.

I was even able to send a color test page to my fake Microsoft printer on Windows 8.

First we had cloud storage and then we got cloud computing. Cloud printing services really puts a neat bow on top of the cloud.