Ink Info – Agitate Cartridges to Prevent Sedimentation

Sediment in ink can settle so agitating ink that’s been stationary (for more than a month or three) makes sense. Agitate gently, or you may damage the needle valve in the cartridge. You don’t need to do this for ink in a printer, unless you don’t use the printer for a long time. The printers gently rock during use, which provides automatic agitation.
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Ink Myth – 2880 Uses More Ink Than 1440

Printing at 2880 and 1440 resolutions uses about the same amount of ink. The difference is 2880 only uses the finest dot (3.5 picoliter) rather than a variable dot structure. (2880 may look a little darker, particularly on matte papers, because the dots tend to bleed together. Use 1440 if you get excessive dot gain – pooling in shadows, spattering in highlights.)
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Ink Myth – Printers Waste Ink You Paid for During Priming

Ink cartridges first have to prime the printer tubes on initial installation. They have to purge shipping fluid designed to prevent clogging during storage. This doesn’t waste ink you paid for. Neither does the ink left in the cartridge when it runs out. There’s actually more ink in the cartridges than listed on the label.
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Epson Print Academy – Larry Kaufmann

The videos in the Epson Print Academy are packed with information. Epson’s Larry Kauffmann, a source with over a decade of direct real world insider experience, quickly dispels many myths and provides clear information.
Here’s one tip. Epson printers provide both USB2 and Ethernet. Both are fast enough for the highest quality printing. USB2 has length limitations, so it’s used when printing from a computer near a printer. Ethernet is used to print over longer distances.
As an aside, fast data transfer prevents banding. If you encounter banding check a few things. Check head alignment. Check the cable delivering the data – type and length. Check to see that the computer spooling the data isn’t taxed performing other functions.
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Statement – Small Green Island

Writing about your work can often be a rewarding experience. It can reveal themes that might not be obvious at first glance. When it’s really working there’s as much discovery for the writer and the reader. Here’s an excerpt from a statement I wrote for my book Adobe Photoshop Master Class.
“Photographs are a kind of memory. Photographs are representations of memories. Often we don’t realize how important the memories of their makers are in establishing our relationships to them. Part of their authenticity is derived from the testimony of the witnesses who made them. It’s that testimony that would stand up in a court of law more strongly than the data in the document. Clearly the two are inextricably linked. When a photograph’s maker is gone, what happens to that testimony? How often do we presume too much?
This photograph is a representation of a memory and a feeling. While it is part fact, it is also part fiction. It is only partially objective; it is clearly subjective. Though it may not be as clearly stated in many photographs as it is here, I think most photographs are. The larger metaphor this image portrays — “as above, so below,” once latent now overt — suggests a relationship that cannot be grasped from one vantage point at one moment in time. It can only be found in the comparison of many memories — some above, some below, some by day, some by night.”
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Robert Hoekman – Stupid User Syndrome

Robert Hoekman talks about Stupid User Syndrome: Why We Become Idiots Online (And What Web Designers Can Do About It) in his excellent book Designing the Moment: Web Interface Design Concepts in Action.
“Whether we like to admit it or not, we’ve all been victims of stupid user syndrome at some point or another. Designing the Moment author Robert Hoekman Jr. outlines the symptoms of this terrible malady as well as what Web designers can do to prevent it.
We learn the wrong things
First, we learn to do things the wrong way, often by learning from an uninformed friend or colleague, or by simply guessing.
Because we live in the Information Age and are constantly inundated with a huge amount of things to know, learning to do things the wrong way is often completely fine. The fact is, we don’t need to know the correct way if the incorrect way gets us to the same result and is “good enough”.
Most of our users will never become experts at using our—or any other—application. For most people, most of the time, a low- to high-level of intermediate knowledge is all that is ever needed to get by. So, we’ll learn just enough to do what we need to do, and we’ll stop.
And because this nice little shortcut works so well for us in life, we do the same thing online. Instead of learning the proper way to set up a filter for spam email (in email applications where this is not built in), for example, we may learn to simply get by with repeatedly clicking the Delete button.
But the problem doesn’t end there. Once we learn to do things the wrong way, we often settle in and never learn the correct methods. Why not?”
Check out the rest of Hoekman’s post on Peachpit here.
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Sounds like learning any software interface that evolves – like Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2.
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