HP Photosmart 7520

Why I don’t love my HP Photosmart 7520 (and will soon be replacing it)

Here is a list of reasons by I don’t love my HP Photosmart 7520.  It’s still there, just, but the recycling centre is calling.  I wouldn’t give it to anyone as I wouldn’t others to suffer the same frustration and expense.

  1. It drinks expensive ink.  How do they justify these prices?  They’re insane.
  2. The empty cartridges take up space in a drawer until they’re sent off  to HP for recycling.  Is there any discount or compensation for this?  Damned if I know.
  3. The Estimated Link Levels panel on the screen is just a wild guess.  If I print out the ink level support it bears no resemblance.
  4. If you lift the access door to replace a cartridge the chassis pops out from its hiding place then goes in again. If it wants to be really clever it’ll do this several times before it comes to rest.
  5. Once a cartridge is replaced the access door is closed it considers what just happened and then informs me that while the new cartridge is OK there’s another that’s decided to throw a hissy fit.
  6. Up goes access door again and the cartridge chassis plays hide and seek again.
  7. I check each cartridge and they’re all firmly in place.  There’s nothing wrong with the bloody things so what’s the alert for?
  8. Down goes the access door again but it’s still not right. Repeat until one of us gives up.
  9. It goes to sleep to save energy then, when you need it again, takes an age to come to life.
  10. When it finally gets going it’ll jam the paper just to show you who’s boss.
  11. If you try to print labels – ha!  There’s always a jam.  There’s a gremlin inside that peels of the first label just for the hell of it.
  12. If you try to print a photo to result looks like something taken using an 1977 Polaroid camera.
  13. It’s a big black ugly thing.  Why are they unimaginative when it comes to colours?

Yes, I do perform the maintenance, the cleaning etc.

Finding Elen

Review: Finding Elen

finding elen
finding elen by Caroline Wise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deer paths, old tracks that became roads, some of which we still use today. Elen of the Shimmering Ways, Green Woman, deer antlers, the colour red, St Helena, fleur de lys, sovereignty, Fly Agaric (amanita muscaria), Shamanism, Faery tales – if these clues spark your interest then you will be intrigued.

I confess that I skim read some pages. Some of the pages go into details that I know I won’t remember, but that’s just me. You might savour every sentence, or perhaps you’ll use this slim volume as as reference book.

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