Ten Printers Please

I went to Staples today, because I am thinking about buying a new printer.  I found a basic printer (HP brand) for $33.99 and I was impressed by the low cost.  The printer comes with everything you need, including a set of ink cartridges.

I was about ready to buy the printer and decided to find out how much it will cost to buy replacement ink cartages.  It cost $51.99 to buy a set of cartridges for the printer.

That just boggles my mind.  It would be cheaper to replace the printer whenever it runs out of ink than to buy new ink.

Maybe I will just buy 10 printers and be done with it.


Google Fiber Ultra High Speed Internet

Google Fiber is coming to Huntsville, Alabama.

I was excited to hear the news, but I must admit I was also a bit surprised.  Huntsville is not a major city; however, it will be one of the first places to receive the new ultra fast internet service.

According to Jill Szuchmacher, director of expansion for Google Fiber, Huntsville was chosen for three reasons:

  1. It has the highest per-capita concentration of engineers in the United States.
  2. It is third in the nation for science and technology careers.
  3. The leadership in Huntsville has a clear vision for the importance of broadband internet and is willing to work with Google to make the project a success.  (www.al.com)

I am excited about getting ultra fast internet and I am proud to call Huntsville (a.k.a. The Rocket City) home.



Jeep Controlled by Unknown Entity


Last week, I took my Jeep to the shop for routine maintenance.  The service worker told me a software update failed to load and they were going to fix it for me.

I was thrown off guard, so I just looked at the worker with a blank stare.  She started explaining how the Jeep has a computer that controls a lot of the functions and the software automatically updates when the Jeep in not running.

I knew my Jeep had a built-in computer, but for some reason I never thought about automatic software updates being done without my knowledge.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.  I know computers require updates from time to time, but knowing there is an unseen entity accessing my Jeep and controlling the internal computer makes me a bit uneasy.