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2013.02.05: A Scanner Darkly

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Or, rather, a scanner put to use again.

When I moved here several years ago I bought a cheap -- low in price and quality -- Epson printer-scanner from one of the local stores. It is a color inkjet, meaning that Epson makes their money on the toner/ink, through which this printer eats like my nephew at a buffet.

Quickly and intensely.

Our first winter here Ms. S.'s mother got us a gift card for purchasing a small laserjet, which has a wireless connection and sits quietly across the office, ready to be brought into service whenever necessary. It's black and white only, which is fine, and we're still on the first toner cartridge. I, however, kept my old Epson around because of it's scanner. The scanner is a typical flatbead affair, and while it's not especially fast, it does a decent job. It's a quick enough way to digitize documents whenever necessary, though these days with good lighting and a tripod or similar setup a digital camera does the job as well or even better, and much more quickly ... at least for most purposes.

Today I digitized a couple documents for my brother, who is an ocean and continent away, and I'll email them to him later. I still have plenty of papers I should put through the scanner before I start storing things on it (the scanner) again ... which always keeps me from scanning, of course.

This evening Ms. S. and I should make our way through the rest of season 1 of 'American Horror Story', and tomorrow or so we can return to 'Millennium' and 'The X-Files'.

Perhaps before bed I'll pull out some P.K.D. to read.
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