Archive for January, 2011

Who Invented the First Laser Printer? the History of Laser Printers

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Laser Printer was invented at Xerox in 1969. The earliest model was based on the company’s own xerographic copiers and was modified according to the requirements of a printer. Researcher Gary Starkweather is credited with its research and development and by the year 1971, he had brought into being a fully functional networked printer system. Over a period of time, the business of laser printing earned billions of dollars for Xerox.

The First Laser Printing Machines

Commercial laser printers were first integrated into use by way of the IBH model 3800 in the year 1976.  It was used by businesses to print high-volume documents like mailing labels and invoices. All in all it was a very primitive version of the modern day printers and was quite large. One of the first laser printers that were specially designed for use with an individual computer was the Xerox Star 8010 that was released in 1981. The biggest problem with this printer was the expense. Their price was around $17,000 which actually made it unaffordable for most individuals and business so its use was limited to a relatively smaller number of businesses.

The rise of the Laser Printers

It was only after the use of personal computers started becoming more widespread that HP introduced one of the first laser printers targeted at the mass market. This printer was the HP LaserJet 8ppm and was released in 1984. An interesting fact to note here was that is used a Canon engine, which was in turn controlled by HP software. This printer became very popular and hence companies like IBM, Brother Industries etc followed it up with their own printers of the laser variety.

The Role of Laser Printers

Apart from the regular printing jobs that a printer was supposed to perform, laser printing popularized the process of desktop publishing. This was given an added fillip with the release of the Apple LaserWriter for its Apple Macintosh computers in 1985. This was accompanied by the Aldus PageMaker, which further popularized desktop publishing.

Popularity of the Printers

The prices of electronic devices have fallen over the years and so has the cost of laser printers and cartridges. Moreover, the size of such printers for offices or home has also gone down and today their sizes are acceptable for use in homes and small offices as well.  What this essentially means is that the development and technological research in the printing industry never ends.

These devices are satisfying all kinds of needs and requirements pertinent to documentation and are achieving the highest standards of quality and reliability and are regularly setting new benchmarks for the same. Each and every development will be written down in a new chapter of history and chances are that the history of laser printing machines will be never ending.

John C. Arkin

Hp Printer Accessories Available to Enhance Your Printer’s Capabilities

Monday, January 24th, 2011

HP printers and HP Printer accessories are considered top of the line printers. They have an impressive collection of printers available to fit your individual needs. Everything from a basic inkjet to an all-in-one model for your home office is available. There are specialized large-capacity printers and compact printers designed for photo printing.

Determine Your Needs Before Making a Choice
HP printer accessories like scanners, copiers and ink cartridges are just a few of the items you can pick to help personalize your printer’s performance. Before choosing HP printer accessories for your printer, it’s important to know what you need and be aware of the many accessories that are available on the market. You will need to know how the different HP printer accessories will affect your printer’s performance.

The Advantage of HP Printer Accessories
There are many different printer accessories on the market. However, the name Hewlett Packard has a reputation for quality. HP printer accessories and other Hewlett Packard products are expected to meet certain standards in order to carry the brand name. It’s true; there are new printer and accessory products coming out all the time. But many consumers have been burned after taking a chance on lesser known products. HP printer accessories and other products are known to receive high product ratings and raving reviews by experts and consumers alike. Consumers are confident in the quality of these products.

The Most Popular HP Printer Accessories
The demand for printers in homes and businesses continues to increase. As demand in this industry shows no signs of slowing, a new market featuring printer accessories is growing quickly. Some of the more popular HP printer accessories are:

•    USB Cables. Most HP printers today require a USB cable to be connected to the port in their computer so that the printer will work.
•    Hard Drives. You can purchase a separate printer hard drive that provides extra storage space. These types of HP printer accessories are commonly used in big offices where lots of printing is performed.
•    Connectivity Devices. These HP printer accessories include items such as adapters, adapter cards and connectivity card to ensure that your printer functions properly.
•    Network Print Servers.  These HP printer accessories can allow you to print from any computer within the established network.
•    Printer Software.  There are a variety of HP printer accessories and software applications to help you customize your printer functions. Make sure the software you choose is compatible before making a purchase.
•    Paper Handling Accessories. Various paper handling trays and bins assist with organization as you print. Some bins can accommodate different sizes.

These and more HP printer accessories can allow you to get the most out of your printer by making it easier to use or improving its function. Adding the right HP printer accessories can customize your printer to work better for you.

Kimberly Ben

Photocopier Technology: Its History , Workings, And Usage Today

Monday, January 24th, 2011

photocopiers have been around for over 70 years and they are growing in popularity every year. While they were originally considered a luxury in the workplace, most offices now couldn’t function without one. They are as common as the coffee pot in the break room in most office environments.

There are many different models and brands of copiers in the marketplace today. Some of them use different technologies to make copies, but they all accomplish the same basic thing. Let’s look at a few of the more popular models on the market. One great photocopier is the Canon Imageclass MF7280 Duplex Copier. This copier utilizes laser technology to make its photocopies. This model is made for speed and is essential at a workplace that requires it. Your documents will print much faster than most copiers. You’ll love the functionality and ease of use that this copier provides.

Another model to consider is the Brother DCP-7020 Laser Digital copier. This copier features a pretty good speed at up to 17 copies per minute. It can reduce down to 25% and enlarges up to 400%. This is a little more economic choice than the first one if that is a factor in your decision.

Regardless of what photocopier you choose, it should be reliable. There is nothing more frustrating than a copier that is always having problems. It always seems to pick the busiest and most important day at your workplace to get jammed or mess up. You want to find a copier that is top-notch in its performance and is easily repairable. Getting a copier on its last leg isn’t usually a good idea, because repair parts are not readily available for it. Get a newer model that is known to be reliable.

The main two types of technology that are used in copiers now are xerography and laser printing. Laser is starting to emerge in many copiers, but xerography is the most widely used form of copier in the workplace. The idea behind xerography is simple but effective. The copier puts negatively charged areas on to the paper. The toner in the copier is positively charged and sticks to the negatively charged areas. The toner is then melted onto the paper with heat, which prevents it from wiping off. This makes copying fast and efficient.

In today’s market there are also a number of multifunctional devices being sold. Instead of just being a copier, the copier now doubles as a scanner, printer, and fax machine. It can be hooked up to the internet and send and receive emails. The list of functions that many of these new copiers have is virtually endless. In order to decide which type of device is best for you, look at what you’ll be using it for. Don’t buy something with functions that you don’t need just because someone tells you that you need it. Find the multifunction device that fits your offices budget and needs. This is the only real way to decide.

The history of the photocopier dates all the way back to 1938. It was then that Chester Carlson made the first photocopy. He was actually a patent attorney and grew tired of making all of those copies by hand. His arthritic hands made him search for an alternate method and he eventually found it. Thanks to his efforts we can now all enjoy the benefits of a photocopier. Regardless of which model you choose, it sure beats copying things by hand.

Ed Terran

Where to Go in San Diego When Your Printer Needs Repair

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Printers conk on us; that is what they do, sometimes.  It could be for many, various reasons.  Maybe there is something wrong with the circuitry that made it fail to power up or communicate with the printer properly.

Maybe we spilled something on it and we did not exactly do anything afterwards.  When printers conk on us, the only thing to do is to get the printer repaired.  Maybe there is a jam or a loose thread somewhere inside the machine.  Maybe we used ink that is incompatible with it in our effort to save on printer ink cartridges.

If you live in San Diego, where should you go to get a repair job done for your printer?  To find the place where you could take your printer for repairs, all you need to do is to open your local yellow pages, whether that big, bulky book that people sometimes subscribe to from the Yellow Pages Company, or its online versions and other directory listings on the Internet.  There are probably dozens of stores that offer printer repair services in San Diego.

Here are a handful of store names that we pulled out from different online city searches for San Diego that give printer repair services to its clients.

PG Technical Services.  A business that started out in 1990, PG Technical Services began as a company that offered health care services to residents of San Diego.  They have long since diversified, and among the other ventures they have entered into are computer and network services, including printer repair.

San Diego copiers and Office Products.  This company is mainly into sales, specializing in copiers, computers, office supplies and office furniture.  They claim to have around 30,000 products listed in their inventories from more than a hundred different manufacturers.  But inasmuch as their orientation is sales, they also offer printer repair services for their clients, and they state that their response time is no more than four hours.

Printer Repair Depot.  Located along Clairmont Mesa Boulevard, Printer Repair Depot is a shop that specializes in printer repairs and printer sales.  They are reputed to give fast and quality service not just to San Diego residents but to the whole of South California.

Choosing a Printer Repair Shop

As much as possible, we should take our conked out printers to the service centers accredited by their manufacturers when they need repair.  The reason for this is that accredited service centers are more than highly likely to have the genuine parts needed in the required printer repair.

In the absence of available accredited service centers, aside from the fact that their services can be more costly, there are other repair shops that we can take our printers to.  Before we let the people in these repair shops touch our printers, we should consider not just the speed by which they can get repairs done, but also a guarantee that their repair jobs are done with high quality standards.  This guarantee can come in a form of a warranty.

John C. Arkin

Digital Business Products

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Technology makes it possible for professionals to manage, perform, and monitor various tasks efficiently and more effectively using a single device or equipment. Since the beginning of the digital era, doing business transactions has never been easy and fun. If you are still one of the very few people still juggling their countless works and home tasks using old and grumpy apparatus then I suggest you look at the items below and your life will never be the same again…

Multifunction

Imagine your fax machine, photo copier, scanner, printer, and phone all combined in a single unit. You can save so much money, space, and most importantly free yourself from the trouble of setting, configuring, maintaining and repairing all these units. Most mulifunctions currently offered in the market have all or some of the typical office business products such as the abovementioned equipment. Popular manufactures of multifunctions are Panasonic, Xerox, Canon, Lexmark, Philips, Sharp and Epson. With multifunctions, everything you need to do your business is all in one place.

Projectors

Any presentation, be it a product demo, annual report meeting, or company event, will never be successful without an effective and creative visual effects. Most projectors are very handy and portable. A presenter can effortlessly persuade his audience about something because of what is projected in front of them. Projectors also make it possible for a huge number of viewers to see clearly what is being presented even if they are seated quite a distance away from the presenter.

PDA

Almost everything right now is done online. From reading important business messages, confirming client meetings, checking daily sales to inventory tracking, the internet ensures we can d business anytime and anywhere we are. And that is the reason why PDA’s have become popular and a must-to-have gadget for every professional individual who is constantly on the go. With a PDA, important files and contacts are only a click away. One can read and send emails, access important websites, organize files and documents without the need to reach the office, manage people’s addresses and contact numbers and even find the shortest route to an unknown meeting place. Isn’t it great?

Voice recorders

Modern models of  voice recorders come with special features such as voice recognition, joining and splitting of files, uploading of voice files, advanced security settings, and easy connection to other devices such as your persona computer. Years ago, voice recorders are simply used to document voice files but now you can use it to do other tasks which were normally done using other devices. Its name shouldn’t be voice recorder anymore!

Ronaldo Fisher

Brief History of the Xerox Company

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In 1906, the Xerox Company was founded in Rochester, New York. First known as The Haloid Company, it specialized in manufacturing photographic equipment and paper. It became “Haloid Xerox” in 1958 and then “Xerox” in 1961.

Its name is so ubiquitous that to “Xerox” something has become a verb and part of American vernacular instead of just a company name. And in fact, its claim to fame is as the manufacturer of the first plain paper photocopier, introduced in 1959. By 1961, Xerox had made almost $60 million in revenue, and by 1965, revenues jumped to over $500 million. Its burgeoning profits were very welcome news for the investors who had believed in and helped finance the research and development of the product in question, which finally made them wealthy. In fact, some of them became millionaires.

Xerox introduced desktop copying in 1963, laser printing in 1969, and color copying in 1973. However, its product line didn’t just stop there. In 1970, it opened a new research facility in Palo Alto, California and developed such innovative products and techniques as the graphical user interface and the mouse. However, its developments remained focused on its basis for household recognition, Xeroxing — that is to say, photocopying.

To that end, after a brief foray into computer products that weren’t particularly successful, Xerox returned its focus to photocopying and improving design and quality of its product line in the 1980s and 1990s. It regained a technical lead over competition by revamping its product line to include high-end laser printers with scanners attached that could be connected to computer networks. This gave its customers ease of use by giving them a complete service in regard to document handling, including user support, configuration, supply and maintenance.

An acquisition of the Tektronix color printing and imaging division in Wilsonville, Oregon further gave a Xerox of leading edge with its new focus on the Xerox Phaser product line and its printing technology in solid ink.

New lease on life

As of 2000, Xerox completed its turnaround and is once again a solidly established company with a leading edge in the marketplace. Xerox continues its dominance in the photocopy and document-managing sector of the industry with its current line of printers. Currently, the major players in the photocopying and printing sector include printers that function in multiple ways, Xerox Phaser printers, photocopiers, and new workflow software under a new strategy called “FreeFlow.” FreeFlow in particular has brought Xerox into the graphic arts market and the print industry. The company has also begun to sell selling digital scanners and printers.

In addition, it continues to sell the “legacy” products that made it a household name — but those, too, have been revamped for the 21st century. Xerox still specializes in printer sales, selling both black and white and color printers. It also sells digital presses (the newest, the Xerox iGen 4, was launched in May of 2008).

It also continues to sell professional printers, black and white copiers and fax machines, among other products. Xerox has also recently branched into selling office supplies.

What’s perhaps most notable about Xerox, though, is that its products cover the gamut, from commercial to home use. Several of its products, for example, are priced for the average consumer and yet produce high-quality results regardless. For example, the Phaser 6110MFP is priced quite reasonably for its abilities, with some models under $600. Various Phaser models include the ability to print, copy, fax or scan; another model copies, prints or scans. Both will do so in either color or black and white. Put very simply, this is very high quality for a very reasonable price.

In conclusion, Xerox is a company that’s been around for more than a century. It revolutionized business with its ability to inexpensively and quickly make copies, and has since gone on to become so ubiquitous that its name has become part of the vernacular. It remains top-of-the-line in the 21st century as it adjusts its product line to meet the changing needs of consumers and businesses alike.

Ed Terran

Canon Toner Cartridges

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Canon’s reputation for implementing a product that maximises your printer’s performance is unparalleled by no other printer supply manufacturer.

We often take care in purchasing a reliable printer that is sure to offer the highest quality of images and documents in order to maintain professionalism whether at home or work. Although the quality of the printer is paramount we often disregard the fact that the quality of the ink has a huge impact on the finished result.

The Enigma and history of ink dates back to the Egyptians and the Chinese in 2500. B.C when it was made from fine particles of carbon called lampblack for the colorant. Nowadays the ink is a chemical formulation with various specific properties in mind in order to achieve maximum staying power as well as optimum clarity and precision.

This type of technology occurs in Canon’s labs and brought to us specifically for our Canon products. In 1982 they were the pioneers of all-in-one toner cartridges both for personal copiers and laser printers, and also pioneered the first toner cartridge recycling program in 1990.
Canon Toner can offer you the following;-

Cheaper alternatives to the genuine Canon toner do not ensure the production of sharp, smooth and clean printouts that Canon produces.

By buying genuine Canon toner your images and documents are guaranteed to be of a professional print quality and due to the replacement of certain components when you replace your Canon toner your machine will perform as if it were new.

When you purchase a printer or fax machine or copier you hope it is a product that is built to last and continuously produce the level of quality you desire. This can only be achieved however by only allowing genuine Canon toner to work in synergy with your Canon printer.

If you’re looking for a product that offers you some of the best results on the market, than Canon Toner is a must.

David Gabbitas