The Clickinks Blog | Read on for special promotions, in-depth articles and more!

Man Proposes With Light Writing

22. January 2010 13:52 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, photography, print news, canon, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)









Most couples save the photo album for after the wedding. But when North Carolina resident Derick Childress stumbled upon a novel way to propose to girlfriend Emily, his Canon 7D digital camera saw some major use. To generate his light-writing proposal, Derick employed 2 friends and took more than 800 exposures over 3 nights.

Their website, derickandemily.com, hosts a Making Of video – but (perhaps thanks to links from Neatorama) it’s currently down.

Valentines Day is upon us, what romantic inspiration do you have?

Printer Brands Pledge Millions to Haiti Relief

21. January 2010 09:54 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, Hewlett Packard, print news, canon, hp, facebook, haiti relief  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
Many U.S. companies have pledged Six-figure sums to aid Haiti relief in the last week. According to a frequently updated list by the Chamber of Commerce, among the larger contributors are: Microsoft, which has donated $1.25 million, and Pepsi, which is pledging $1 million.


Other contributors include Crocs, which is donating thousands of pairs of shoes, and Nestle, which has donated $1m in bottled water.

Leading printer brands are also adding to Haiti relief. According to a 15 January press release by Hewlett Packard, the household name has contributed $500,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

HP will also match $250,000 in contributions from its employees, coming to a possible $750,000.

The Canon Group has also pledged $220,000 to aid victims of the earthquake, which struck Haiti last week.

Speaking in the Canon Press Release, President and Chief Executive Officer at Canon USA Joe Adachi said: "A tragedy of this magnitude requires support from the global community and it is our hope that our contribution, along with all of the aid coming in from around the world, will help the people of Haiti begin the rebuilding and healing process."

According to the 17 January report at USAToday.com, US donations are set to exceed the $2b pledged after the Asian tsunami two years ago.

Notable pledges outside the corporate world include: $1m contributed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Doctors Without Borders, and $500,000 contributed by The New York Yankees.

Sal Fabens of United Way Worldwide says that cash is the most useful pledge, because donations of food etc. may not be able to reach the disaster-struck areas.

If you’d like to pledge Haiti relief, you’ll find information at the Haiti Earthquake Recovery Facebook page.

You can remove the ink from your clothes

19. January 2010 10:40 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, printer help, ink cartridge, removing ink, inks, ink experts, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
What to use to remove printer ink from your clothes.

We have all been there, whether you were trying to refill your printers ink cartridge or you simply left a pen in your pocket, you will need to get that ink out of your clothing.

The first step is to dab (not rub) the spilled ink with a towel, applying water and continuing until you see that ink is no longer removed by the towel.

Next leave it alone for a couple minutes (yes the waiting is the hardest part).

You may want to occupy your time watching a video, so you won’t think about it!




Once you have allowed a sufficient waiting period for the stain to air dry, dab the stain with rubbing alcohol, finger nail polish remover or even spray with hair spray, depending on what you may have on hand.


Use two new, clean paper towels, set the stained area on a towel and then dab the backside of the stain, pushing the ink onto the bottom towel. As the towel underneath begins to soak up the ink, move to a clean dry section. Continue until you see that ink is no longer removed by the towel.

At the end of the day, you should use a laundry pre-treatment soap, assuring that any remaining ink is removed in the wash.

Wash in the washing machine, using the warmest water level that the fabric can tolerate. If the stain does not come clean after washing, dab diluted bleach onto a towel and gently brush the stain clean. This should clean all ink out of your clothing.

The Step By Step Guide to Cleaning Your Printer

18. January 2010 14:08 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, ink cartridge, ink experts, printer cleaning, diy, printer problems  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
Cleaning your inkjet printer can prove beneficial. To prolong the life of your printer and produce the best printed results, you should clean your printer on a regular basis. Printer and cartridge cleaning is useful for solving print quality issues and extending the life of your printer. In particular, if you are seeing lines or smudges on your print outs, you will need to clean the ink nozzles.

If you have the printer instructions, check for specific instructions. Many times you can also download the manual online.

If you do not have manufacturer directions, you can follow these simple directions.

1.) Turn off the printer and let it cool if necessary
2.) Remove paper
3.) Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with a small amount of water
4.) Wipe the outside of the printer
5.) Dust the printer’s rollers or use a computer vacuum if available
5.) Look on your printer or in the printer software for the Head Cleaning option and initiate cleaning.

If your ink cartridges have been sitting in the printer without use:

1.) Soak your cartridge print head in shallow, warm water
2.) Remove after approximately 5 seconds
3.) Dry thoroughly with a paper towel
4.) Repeat if necessary until ink flows onto the paper towel.

From Print to Phone ... to Store

15. January 2010 12:21 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, bar code, electronic consumables, print, iphone, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (2)
We all know what the bar code is, many even scan items ourselves to price check at the super market or ring up our own items at the grocery store. Now you may be able to do so much more, including accessing a wealth of information directly from your mobile phone.

Esquire magazine will test this new functionality this March, by printing Scanbuy codes in an editorial spread on “The Esquire Collection”, detailing the 30 items a man would need to get through life, each item printed with a small bar code that readers can scan and view a mobile menu including advice for the item and information on where the item can be purchased.

ScanLife, an application available free for the iPhone [iTunes link], Blackberry, Androids and many other internet enabled phones, also can act as a bar code reader for ScanLife EZcodes anywhere, performing your own price comparisons on the go. Standard bar codes (QR-Codes) can also be read by an array of mobile applications.

Similarly, SpyderLink has introduced a more basic technology that will work with any camera phone. Client logos surrounded by a ringed logo, called a SnapTag allow consumers to snap a photo of the image and send it. In reply the consumer receives information such as videos, event details, coupon codes or other pertinent information. SpyderLink is a patent pending technology already in use in magazines such as Entertainment Weekly and Everyday Food.

These shopping innovations may be the way to help print ads evolve into the interactive mobile phone, social networking generation and allow consumers with the much sought after control.

Ink Plot

14. January 2010 12:09 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, ink plot, remanufactured, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
I don't know if you've heard of Lexmarks shrill attempts to kill the remanufactured ink market - but they include suing their own customers. It is with this in mind that I have written this bit of fiction.

Part II to follow...Enjoy!


The security guard found the footfall of the Expert reassuring. His soles pressed the linoleum as though the tiles were something to be owned: each step were as a grandfather clock striking the hour. Bong – the glass door has closed behind the Expert. Bong – he was at the reception, removing his sunglasses as he faced the guard.

“Thank goodness you’re here,” the guard said. “We wouldn’t have called, but it’s an emergency –“

“Not to worry,” the Expert said. He wiped the lenses of his sunglasses upon his lapel. He raised them to the sun and narrowed his eyes. Were they satisfactorily clean? Most certainly. He propped the sunglasses upon his nose. “What exactly is the problem?”

“Well –“ the guard hesitated and closed his mouth. He resembled a goldfish that finds itself on the wrong side of the tank, caught in the hungry embrace of the family cat.

For a moment it seemed that the will to live would fail him entirely, but then he breathed deeply. He pointed to the door marked ‘Security’ and said “It would be easier to show you.”

“Let’s go.”

He and the Expert soon faced a blank monitor. The arms of the Expert were folded: the two limbs put a steel-reinforced concrete wall between him and whatever the guard would show him. He wore a grimace in anticipation.

“You’re ready?”

And when the Expert nodded, a button’s press brought the screen to life. It showed a still image – security footage of the printer room. It was like any company’s printer room.

The guard ringed a printer in the corner of the screen with his finger.

“Watch this,” he said and, though he still wore the expression of an asphyxiated fish, he sounded like a child in the early hours, following a visit from Father Christmas.

Another press, and the video began. The hum of a VHS tape playing fell into the silence. At first the printer room was still, but then an obese man in overalls heaved through the door. He swaggered – not because he seemed self-assured but because his bulk compelled him.

The sound of struggle up three flights of stairs piped through the monitor’s speakers. The man pressed the door shut with what might once have been hips, turning his back so it faced the camera. The word ‘Janitor’ could be read on his overalls.

Then he faced the printer the guard had ringed.

“Here,” the guard said.

From the pocket of his overalls the janitor took an ink cartridge. He lifted the hood of the printer.

“What brand is that?” the Expert asked.

“Lexmark,” the guard said. “And we understand that he’s not holding an official cartridge.

“That can’t be good,” the Expert mused. He pressed his arms more tightly against his chest, adding another layer of concrete between himself and the events of screen. Then he was quiet.

The janitor had removed the exhausted cartridge, splattering his hands in the process. He wiped the ink against his overalls, and his groan became a hacking cough that ended in the excavation of phlegm from his throat. “Hrergh” he said warmly. The empty cartridge stood on the table: there could be no doubt it was a Lexmark product.

“Hrergh,” the janitor repeated, and the monitor’s speakers vibrated. His breathing had slowed but he continued to inhale with gusto – his audience couldn’t miss a thing. Satisfied that the transfer of ink from his fingertips to his clothes was complete, the janitor reached his hand into the Lexmark to insert the new cartridge. He fiddled until he heard the all-important click – the cartridge was installed.

As though the force of gravity had then increased a hundred fold, the printer’s hood came down. The janitor yanked his arm away, only to discover his hand was gone.

It was still in the Lexmark.

He stared at the printer. The plastic was a benign grey, and the touch screen electric blue. The machine’s hum brought to mind the song of a man with a clean conscience.

He fainted. The tape ended.

The Expert nodded. “I see why it’s best that you showed me,” he said.

“We’re thinking of putting it on YouTube,” the guard said. “Our marketing people think it might go viral.”

“Okay. So why am I here?”

“Isn’t it obvious? It’s these ridiculous ink cartridge controls Lexmark have in place. They charge so much for their official cartridges – and it doesn’t make sense to pay what they’re asking when there are great quality compatibles for a lower price.”

“I see, I see. So you want me to…?”

“Yes,” the guard said. He pressed a button and the monitor was dead again. For a moment the image of the felled janitor was an echo against the black; then it was gone. “You must challenge the Lexmark. Conquer the in-built cartridge controls so we don’t have to hire a new janitor every time we use a compatible. Can you do this?”

The Expert spoke with the assurance of a man safe from bombs inside his steel bunker.

“Yes,” he said. “Let’s do it.”

Announcement: Clickinks Photo Contest Winners have been selected

13. January 2010 11:13 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, photo contest, facebook, hollingsworth  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Wow, there were some terrific entries into the Clickinks Facebook Holiday Photo Contest! Some amazing talent has been discovered, and memories shared. Jack Hollingsorth, photographer and twitter notable, chose the top two winners out of numerous entries.  There were an additional two winners chosen that had the most Fans to comment on a photograph.

The winners are as follows:

1st place - Per judges: Shelby Jacobson of CA










2nd Place - Per judges: Russel Hale of NC









1st place - Most to comment: Michella Juvenz


 
 
 
 
 
 

2nd place - Most to comment: Kate Olsen of WI 










All of the entries photographs are terrific, as you can see from the selection of winners.  This has really been an exciting and eye opening contest to see how a Facebook Photo Contest could inspire such effort and beauty. Not only did fans inspire each other, they inspired many to take notice of how great surges in fans can grow.

Because of the great response, Clickinks has also aluded to another Contest to be announced soon!

Registration Open For 2010 InkJet Academy

12. January 2010 11:09 by Danielle Bernhard in inkjet, print news, technology  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Do you think of yourself as an ink jetsetter? Do you consider learning how a printhead works the height of scientific inquiry? If so, the announcement of the 2010 InkJet Academy Conference (subtitled Theory of InkJet Technology) may be of interest. Featuring such Course Leaders as Mike Willis, the Managing Director of Pivotal Resources Ltd., the program is being held in the opening two days of February in Arizona. And for the low low price of $1095 per registrant, you could attend.

According to Imiconf.com, this one-time fee includes not just attendance at all sessions, but continental breakfasts, lunch, and coffee breaks for both days. Seemingly, the academy organizers are not advocates of dinner. The sessions, meanwhile, each last four hours and cover such topics as: ‘Advances in UV Curing Ink Technology’ and ‘Considerations for Page Arrays.’ Held at the Crown Plaza San Marcos Resort, attendants can at least be confident that the breakfasts will be good.

To register for the conference, and for the chance to see pictures of an Alpine lodge given the Andy Warhol treatment, visit the 2010 InkJet Academy website at: Imiconf.com.

HP Printer Ink More Costly Than Human Blood














Are you sick to death of the outrageous prices HP charge for their original black ink cartridges? You might avoid paying through the nose by purchasing from a remanufactured ink vendor. Or, if you’re hopelessly attached to the contents of the wallet, you might print documents with your own blood.

This, according to a bar chart created by Clementine at ReflectionOf.Me, is almost half the price of HP black ink # 45. All you need is an emptied ink cartridge and a blood donor pack. That woozy sensation you’re feeling as you fill the cartridge? That, dear reader, is what saving feels like - glorious, glorious savings.

Looking for details before you undertake this (admittedly drastic) procedure? HP’s black ink retails for $0.70 per mL, as opposed to $0.40 per mL for human blood. Need some liquid courage before you start? That’s no problem, because according to the bar chart, vodka retails for almost nothing. And if the whole thing goes wrong and you find yourself in the hospital – that’s okay too, because penicillin is only $0.05 per mL.

So get printing – and who knows? Before long HP might unveil its new ‘Vampire’ series.

Xerox Invents Metal Ink For Printable Circuit

A new invention by Xerox researchers will allow electronic circuits to be printed on fabrics and plastics, according to an October 2009 press release from the printing brand. The new conductive silver ink paves the way for e-readers that can be folded like newspapers, or circuits that can be integrated into clothing and worn. It may make redundant the silicon chip, on which electronics have been dependent.


The Xerox silver ink has a uniquely low melting point for a metal, essential for printing on plastics. While normal metals have a melting point of 1,000 degrees, plastic melts at 150 degrees. Yet Xerox’s silver ink melts at 140 degrees, meaning the circuit can be printed, before the plastic is compromised. This opens the way for countless applications. Xerox’s press release for example raises the possibility of pill boxes that can measure their remaining contents, ideal for medication.

Speaking in the press release, Laboratory Manager at the Xerox Research Centre in Canada Paul Smith said: "We've found the silver bullet that could make things like electronic clothing and inexpensive games a reality today. This breakthrough means the industry now has the capability to print electronics on a wider range of materials and at a lower cost."

According to an October 2009 post by Dean Takahashi at VentureBeat.com, the silver ink has been in development at Xerox since 2001. The silver ink enables circuits to be printed like an everyday printer, using an ongoing feed. It doesn’t require the clean rooms necessary for making a silicon chip, and bypasses the cost of production. For the first time, circuits could be almost weightless, integrated into the fabric of a shirt.

Scientists have sought this development for some time: Hewlett Packard for example has been working on plastic electronics since the 1990s. Having created a silver ink viable for commercial use, Xerox intends to “aggressively seek interested manufacturers and developers by providing sample materials to allow them to test and evaluate potential applications.” Expect to see electronic billboard t-shirts before the end of the next decade.