From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Time Rankin, President
There are inkjet printers for every budget. At the low end, you can pay less than $50. At the high-end, you can pay several hundred dollars. However, the purchase price of an inkjet printer is not the best way to determine how good of a bargain you are getting.
The truth of the matter is, printer ink is not cheap. An
inkjet cartridge for your $50 printer can cost you $30.
That means that the cost of two inkjet cartridges will
be more than the cost of your purchase price.
A much better way to determine if you are getting a
bargain on your inkjet printer is to try to figure out
what it will cost you over the period of one year. That
means you have to add the cost of your inkjet
cartridges to the purchase price of your printer. To
give you an idea of your cost, here's a simple way to
estimate your cost.
First, look up how many pages you inkjet cartridge
will print. Then, make a rough estimate of how many
pages of print you print each week. Multiply your
weekly estimate by 52 to get the total pages for the
year. Finally, divide the total number of pages per year
by the number of cartridges your printer is rated to
print. This will tell you how many inkjet cartridgesyou will need to purchase in a year.
For example, suppose your ink cartridge prints 200
pages and you estimate you print 20 pages per week.
That means you'd print 1040 pages in one year. If you
divide 1040 pages by 200 pages, you'd have to buy 6
cartridges to cover your printing for one year.
Now, how much does each cartridge cost? Multiply
that by the number of cartridges you'll need for one
year and you have your answer. This simple exercise
may surprise you. If an ink cartridge cost $30 each,
you'll spend $180 in one year on ink. If you only paid
$50 for the printer, that's over three times the cost of
If it cost you $180 to print 1040 pages and the printer
costs $50, you'll pay $230 for your one-year printer
cost. That comes to 22.1 cents per page. Now do the
same thing for a different printer and compare. You
just might be surprised.
One more thing
go online and look at some reputable
printer companies. Check out the cost of their
discount inkjet cartridges. These are brand new ink
cartridges that are guaranteed to be as good as the
original ink cartridge. They just don't have the brand
name on the box. You'll probably be able to cut your
printing cost in half. Now, you can make an informed
decision on your next inkjet printer. You'll at least
have an idea on how much it really costs.
On September 7th an Apple Special Event took place.
Steve Jobs announced new products for the digital
The item that will interest most of us is the release of
iTunes 5. This new version features a new Search Bar
which allows users to look through the iTunes Music
Store library, their own music library, podcasts and
A great new feature is the ability to organize Playlists
into folders. For example: you can create a folder
named The Beatles. Next you can sort your library
by artist. This will display all the Beatles albums.
Now create a new playlist and put all the songs from a
single album in it. Do this for all the Beatle albums.
You can look in the folder names The Beatles and
you will have all of your Beatle albums displayed as
playlists. This is a great new feature.
iTunes 5 is a free download from the Apple site or just activate your software.
Apple, Cingular and Motorola have
jointly introduced the long awaited
iTunes phone. The phone, called the
Motorola ROKR can hold up to 100
songs. It has a color display for viewing
the album art.
Users can fill their mobile phone with
playlists of their favorite music, podcasts
or audiobooks. Using the USB connection. The music
automatically quits when receiving a call.
Additional features are a VGA camera with 4X zoom,
Bluetooth capability and a speakerphone.
The phone is available from Cingular for $250.
As part of Apples digital music devices they introduced the latest edition of the iPod called the iPod nano. It measures .27 inches thick, 3.5 inches high and 1.6 inches wide and weighs 1.5 ounces. It has a color screen and
a click wheel similar to the iPod mini. The estimated battery life is 14 hours.
The iPod nano comes in two models: the 2GB model holds up to 500 songs and the 4GB model holds up to 1,000 songs. Both models feature the same 30-pin dock connector as the iPod and iPod mini, allowing compatibility with virtually all current iPod accessories.
The 4GB and 2GB models sell for $249 and $199
We are privileged to have Bob Wood, a resident of the
Villages, to present a program entitled Creating A
Photo Collage in Photoshop. Bob has a
considerable background in computer science, having
taught in this area on a college level. He is also very
proficient with Photoshop and other programs. I have
seen his presentation earlier in the year at The Villages
Macintosh User Group and was very impressed with
his instructional ability and creativity. For those of
you who are not familiar with what is meant by
creating a collage, it is the combining of several photos
into one image (photos and/or text) by placing them
and manipulating them into a pleasing image. Im sure
he will bring several framed examples of finished
projects for the group to examine. Please dont miss
Macintosh Hints & Tips
From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for
the San Diego Macintosh User Groups newsletter.
Did you ever have a CD or DVD get stuck in your
SuperDrive? And it would not come out? Open
System > Library > Core Services > Menu Extras and
double-click on Eject menu. This produces an Eject
Menulet in the menu bar. Use it to open the
Mouse Droppings, Corvallis OR
Mac OS X Startup Keystroke Commands
If youve ever had a system crash and had to reboot
from your CD drive or other volume on your hard
drive, these startup keystroke commands can be a life
saver (at the very least, a time saver)
Press and hold X: Forces your Mac to startup in OS
Press and hold Option/ Command/Shift/Delete:
Bypasses your primary startup volume and looks for
a different startup volume such as a CD or external
disk that has a system folder.
Press and hold C: Start up from a CD that has a
Press and hold N: Attempts to start up from a compatible network server
Press and hold R: Forces PowerBook screen reset
Press and hold T: Start up in FireWire Target Disk
Mode (If your system is connected to another Mac by
a FireWire cable, your Macs hard drive will mount on
the other Macs desktop.)
Press and hold Shift: Start up in Safe Boot mode and
temporarily disable login items and non- essential
kernel extension files.
macHome Journal via Apple Pickers MUG,
Printers - Third-Party Ink
Let me tell a true and sad story. I had this wonderful
Canon i960 inkjet printer. It was great. It had 6
separate ink wells so you only had to replace the one
that was low. Ran perfect with OS X and made good
I had a chance to purchase via mail order some ink for
it. It was not Canon brand but a generic and ran about
$4 a cartridge cheaper. It worked great until I let my printer set for a while without using it. Then two of the ink jets were clogged and no matter how much cleaning I did, they remained that way. Only one of the blues worked,
magenta was iffy and zero on the yellow. I ended up
having to purchase another printer.
My suggestion is if you must buy non-branded inks,
make sure you use your printer a lot to keep the ink
fresh and moving.
Apple Pickers MUG, Indianapolis, IN
Ocala Macintosh User Group Minutes
Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Our regular meeting of OMUG was held on Tuesday,
September 6th, at the Senior Center , with twenty in
attendance including guests Phil Woodward, Dave
Chastier and Pat Dreyphus. Jake and Earl were at
their "station", selling 50/50 Raffle tickets as members
wandered in. Jim Alexander announced that he was
going to be at Jake Jackson's home on Saturday, Sept.
9, to demonstrate how to transfer VHS video to
DVD's for viewing on the Mac or TV.
Tim Rankin began the meeting with several "handouts"
the last of the OMUG mouse pads, latest printouts of
the current MUGSHOT and a very comprehensive
and helpful three pages of information entitled Mac
Tips & Tricks for Newbies & Oldies Alike. As he
artfully demonstrated each area of interest, as
Secretary, I was madly attempting to write it all down
and more that once, Tim stopped and said, "Sally, it's
all written down in front of you".
Dah! Perhaps Tim can PDF these pages to those who did not attend the meeting. They are a very useful tool for all levels of Mac users. Tim then offered a CD of a combination of updates for Tiger 10.4.2 to be shared by those with Tiger OS.
Q & A time was spent on HTML/Internet Explorer,
Quicken issues and burning photos to iDVD for
playing on a PC. 50/50 winners were Rudy Gasser,
Bill Raines, Bob Docteur and Dave Chartier. Judy
Rankin announced that Board Member Virginia
Baldwin continues her recuperation at Oakhurst
Rehabilitation Center, on 24th Road off of Lake Weir Avenue in Ocala. 369-7322
The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m
Sally Smythe, Secretary.
Wacom Technology Corp. has introduced its new
Graphire4 pen tablet line. The new tablets are
available in the 4 x 5 inch model, priced at $99 and the
6 X 8 inch model for $199. Both come in Silver, White
and Metallic Blue. It connects via the USB port.
Included is a stylus, with 512 levels of pressure
sensitivity and two programmable side-buttons and a
pressure-sensitive eraser, and a cordless, battery-free
mouse that has up to four times the resolution of an
Bundles software includes Adobe Photoshop
Elements 3, nik Color Efex Pro 2 GE filters and Corel
Painter 2 Essentials. It is also compatible with
Apples Inkwell software.