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Who invented ink?

5. January 2011 07:39 by Danielle Bernhard in inkjet, inkjet cartridges, ink cartridge, technology, ink history, inks  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Today’s topic is about something so ingrained in our world, that most never think about it, yet we would all be lost without it. It’s used to help create art and to sign millionaire athletes’ contracts. Where would we be without ink? I wouldn’t be typing this blog, that’s for sure.

There are many debates amongst historians (Really, what else do they have to do?) about who first invented ink. Ink was the natural evolution after humans invented drawing and writing. We couldn’t continue carving on cave walls forever. Can you imagine relaxing on a tropical beach with an umbrella drink and reading a nice cave carving?

Some historians credit the invention of ink and paper to the Egyptians. This claim is because paper has its origin in the word papyrus. The papyrus plant is a wetland sage that was once abundant in the Nile Delta. Recorded history disputes those claims and lays all the credit to the Chinese.

Ink was originally created for marking the surfaces of hieroglyphics that were carved into stone. The first ink was a combination of soot and either animal glue or honey. This ink was invented by Tien-Lcheu, a noted Chinese philosopher of 2697 B.C. It became common throughout China by the year 1200 B.C. Other cultures soon adapted this invention and started adding colors derived from berries, plants, and other minerals. The colors of inks soon had ritualistic meanings attached to them.

As you have experienced, ink has moved a long way from its humble origins. Ink has evolved from the printing press of the industrial revolution to today’s remanufactured inkjet cartridges. In a way you could say that ink has come almost full circle, with the newest biodegradable inks just a modern variation of what Tien-Lcheu first created!

Iphone printing is now available to everyone

Have you seen the new printing capability from iPhones and other iOS devices? One day I clicked forward and voila I was asked if I wanted to print the email. Why, yes I do, how exciting! Now to get a wireless printer.




















In apps that support printing, such as Mail, Photos and Safari Internet, you will see the option shown to Print. Clicking the Print button brings up another dialog box of printer options, now you will select from the printers found on your wireless network.



















This new printing capability, AirPrint, works with HP’s new line of e-printers. OK the new wireless printer will need to fall into this line. I have also been wanting an all-in-one with scanner, so I can print and save those old photographs. There are many options in the HP eprint line.

HP Envy e-All-in-One series uses #60 Ink
HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (CN216A) uses #564 Ink
HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO (CN503A#B1H) uses #564 Ink
HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410a) uses #564 Ink
HP Photosmart e-AiO (CN731A) uses #60 Ink
HP Photosmart eStation (C510) uses #564 Ink
HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer uses #CE278A Toner
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer uses #128A Toner
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Printer uses #128A Toner
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525n Color Printer uses #128A Toner

HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer uses #128A Toner
HP Officejet 6500A e-AiO uses #920XL Ink
HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO uses #920XL Ink

HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO uses #920XL Ink
HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO uses #940XL Ink
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO #940XL Ink


I decided on the Photosmart e-All-in-One printer (Model: CN731A), because at an affordable price I was able to get wireless access and an all in one with scanner & copier, plus the HP 60 ink cartridges this printer requires come in remanufactured (better for our environment and my wallet).

Now that I have my new printer in hand I love it. It is a beautiful small, black desktop printer, was easy to set up on my wireless network, worked with Windows XP and Windows 7 and our iPhones automatically connected to it. During the printer setup process you are provided with a personal email address so anyone can email, from anywhere, to your printer.

This must be one of the most convenient printers. I print photos, emails and coupons from my phone and laptop. Anyone can email to the printer, who needs a fax? We never need to wait to print until able to physically connect to the printer.

What type of printer do you use? Feel free to discuss the pros and cons.

20. December 2010 12:34 by Danielle Bernhard in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
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Cartridges for Presents!

1. December 2010 05:00 by Matt in clickinks, ecology, environment, holiday  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The Holidays are coming up and like the rest of us, you probably don't know what to get your friends and relatives. Below are 5 reasons why you should be giving the gift of ink this year.

5. Ink cartridges make great "stocking stuffers". With low prices from http://www.clickinks.com/, ink cartridges are appropriately priced (and sized) to make a great stocking stuffer.

4. Ink cartridges are better than sweaters. Sweaters are only useful during winter months, and if you are in a place that does not get cold during the winters, like us in Florida, it is mostly useless. They are also itchy at times. Ink cartridges and toners can be used year around, for many different things. A sweater can only keep you warm..and itchy.

3. Everyone uses ink. From children printing out pictures of their favorite cartoons, to grown men printing out pictures of their favorite cartoons, everyone needs ink. Ink is great for printing out letters, cards, business reports, graphs, directions, etc. The uses of ink are endless.

2. Our ink won't kill our Earth. Unlike some holiday presents, Clickinks's ink and toner cartridges are eco-friendly and will not contribute to the piling up of the land fills. We believe in contributing to the health of this beautiful planet.

1. Buy the ink for yourself and print cards. Giving people cards for holidays will save you a lot of money. You will save in two ways:
  1. By buying cartridges from Clickinks.com
  2. By not buying expensive gifts for your relatives and friends.
Happy Holidays from Clickinks.com!

Is your cartridge not fitting in?

30. November 2010 11:40 by Matt in brother printer ink cartridge help  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Is your ink cartridge not fitting in?

A common issue with most ink jet cartridges, mostly with Brother cartridges, is that the cartridge feels like it doesn’t want to snap into place. This issue may be caused from the plastic covering the ink hole, the plastic film over the hole where the ink comes out. Some times the plastic film over the ink hole is thicker than normal and when trying to press it into the printer the plastic won’t pierce like it normally would.

Next time your cartridge is not snapping into place, remove the cartridge and look to see if there is plastic covering the ink hole. Try breaking the plastic yourself with a pen or needle, and then reinsert it. Don’t worry about ink leaking out. Cartridges have mechanisms within them to prevent ink from leaking out unless inside of a printer.

Print on!

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Black Friday Deals are coming this way

We are so excited to announce the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming your way!  At Clickinks.com we have found some great discounts and prizes for you this year. 

I can tell you now that these will be big!  I will give you as many details as I can now, feel free to comment below, and be sure to subscribe as I will be able to reveal more as Black Friday grows closer.

* Monday, November 22nd PRE-BLACK FRIDAY SALE
  1. Take 15% Off all our inks and toners!
  2. Every order enters you in a daily drawing for a Customized Photo book!
Expires midnight Thursday, November 25th

* Friday, November 26th BLACK FRIDAY SALE
  1. Take 20% Off all our inks and toners!
  2. Every order enters you in a daily drawing for for a Customized Canvas print!Expires midnight Friday, November 26th
* Saturday, November 27th BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE
  1. Take 15% Off all our inks and toners!
  2. Every order enters you in a daily drawing for a Customized Photo book!
Expires midnight Thursday, November 28th







* Monday, November 29th CYBER MONDAY SALE

  1. Take 20% Off all our inks and toners!
  2. Every order enters you in a daily drawing for a Customized Canvas print!
  3. FREE Shipping on every order!
    Expires midnight Monday, November 29th

Welcome to BlogEngine.NET 2.0

13. November 2010 00:00 by Administrator in BlogEngine.NET  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (3)

If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET 2.0 is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.

Write Permissions

To be able to log in to the blog and writing posts, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder. If you’re blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support. You need write permissions on the App_Data folder because all posts, comments, and blog attachments are saved as XML files and placed in the App_Data folder. 

If you wish to use a database to to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts.  If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, SQL CE, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine wiki to get started.

Security

When you've got write permissions to the App_Data folder, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change the username and password.  Passwords are hashed by default so if you lose your password, please see the BlogEngine wiki for information on recovery.

Configuration and Profile

Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title.  BlogEngine.NET 1.4 is set up to take full advantage of of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable.  Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.

Themes and Widgets

One last thing to consider is customizing the look of your blog.  We have a few themes available right out of the box including two fully setup to use our new widget framework.  The widget framework allows drop and drag placement on your side bar as well as editing and configuration right in the widget while you are logged in.  Be sure to check out our home page for more theme choices and downloadable widgets to add to your blog.

Try Out New Features

BlogEngine now supports code syntax highlighting and HTML5 video out of the box. To add a video, click the "Insert video" button just above the post editor. Once your video is uploaded, use the following syntax to show it: [­video src="be-sample.mp4"]. Make sure to add "video/mp4" as a MIME type to your IIS.

You can add formatted code by pressing the "Insert Code" button on the post editor toolbar. Here is a small sample:

// Hello1.cs
public class Hello1
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      System.Console.WriteLine("Hello, World!");
   }
}

 

On the web

You can find BlogEngine.NET on the official website. Here you'll find tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks and much more. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download.

Good luck and happy writing.

The BlogEngine.NET team

Printer Driver Downloads

12. October 2010 05:00 by Danielle Bernhard in find printer, clickinks, Hewlett Packard, brother printer, hp, print, driver, epson printer  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
It is so nice to get a new computer, but often with this gift, we inherit the task of loading an old printer, which we have no longer kept the drivers for.  Printer drivers allow the operating system to communicate with and run the printer.  You can find any driver you need on-line, if not through your operating system. 

Select your printer brand below, then you can download the correct driver for your printer model and operating system.

The ABC's of Laser Printers

ASSEMBLY – A Laser Printer is great to have, especially in an office. Know your printer, and know what you are purchasing. Some laser printers include an all-in-one drum and toner assembly, which can be easier to use if you run a smaller office. Most large office printers will use a separate drum cartridge, which will save you in the long run.

BREAKAGE – Learn to avoid breakage by following these simple steps:

Use the correct paper for your printer, make sure that it is intended for a Laser Printer to avoid jams and achieve the best print quality.

If you hear any weird noises, stop. Look for error lights and assure the toner is inserted correctly and has clicked into place.

CARTRIDGE - When running low on toner it is common to shake the cartridge, but do not take those office aggressions out on it, a light shake with no rocking is all that is needed.

If you encounter smears or streaks on your print out, you may need to replace the drum. If you print nothing but a blank page, you may need a new toner cartridge.

If toner powder spills in your printer vacuum out or clean with a dry cloth before printing.

One last Acronym for you: R.T.M. – Read The Manual.

Where does ink come from?

16. August 2010 13:11 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, ink cartridge, technology, printer ink, ink history, inks, toner cartridges  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
No birds and bees here, no octopus either. The ink that we use today bears little resemblance to octopus ink, or melanin. In this century ink has become much more sophisticated and synthetic.

Printer ink contains pigments or dyes added to a base usually made from petroleum oil, de-ionized water and glycol, a thick syrupy substance that helps the ink to stick together and mix.

Toner, the powder used in laser printer and copier cartridges, is a manufacturer specific combination of special polymers and pigment, compounded into a fine powder, improving resolution.

The exact mixtures vary by the manufacturer, and are considered quite proprietary, however all ink cartridges come from the basis of a 1930 Ink jet cartridge patent, that we found very interesting.