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2012-06-25 06:46:17 PM
Considering how obscene the price of printer ink is, it's probably cheaper to just go buy your "specialty" paper.
 
2012-06-25 06:48:49 PM
I'm filing my archery targets under "Specialty Papers."
 
2012-06-25 08:13:47 PM
Specialty Papers aren't something you necessarily need to buy.

They're talking about Zig-Zags, aren't they?
 
2012-06-25 08:56:18 PM
Holy shiat!!! You mean I can PRINT with my printer?! What an age we live in!
 
2012-06-25 09:20:48 PM

bloobeary: Considering how obscene the price of printer ink is, it's probably cheaper to just go buy your "specialty" paper.


And have they ever tried to print graph paper before? It's not nearly as nice as the real thing.
 
2012-06-25 10:31:54 PM
7) Printing
 
2012-06-25 10:34:09 PM
Or printed circuit boards, or t-shirt transfers, or personal business cards, or cutting and drilling guides, or stencils, or...

Pointless article is... pointless. Someone got an easy paycheck today at LifeHacker.
 
2012-06-25 10:38:16 PM
Ah, I used to have access to a laser printer that did circuit boards. Actually burned the holes and would etch a photo resist.

Now the best I can do is print a photoresist transparency. How I miss having a laser-plotter with a 40-watt laser.
 
2012-06-25 10:39:03 PM
I used to have a friend who, back in 2005, was cobbling together old laser printers so he could print circuit boards. It was pretty cool to see.
 
2012-06-25 10:42:47 PM
I'd think a deck of cards printed at home would not only not last long, but they'd also be easy to read (the paper isn't likely to be completely opaque) and they wouldn't shuffle well at all. And given the price of printing stuff on a home inkjet, it's much cheaper to just go buy a couple decks of cards and be done with it.
 
2012-06-25 10:46:03 PM

akula: I'd think a deck of cards printed at home would not only not last long, but they'd also be easy to read (the paper isn't likely to be completely opaque) and they wouldn't shuffle well at all. And given the price of printing stuff on a home inkjet, it's much cheaper to just go buy a couple decks of cards and be done with it.


I disagree. Do you know how many packs of cards you'd need to buy to leave an Ace of Spades at every serial killing you do? I've done the math and it's much cheaper to print... hold on, there's someone knocking at my door.
 
2012-06-25 10:48:15 PM
I see, this is the thread where I laugh at the dumbasses who bought consumer inkjet printers.

/bought a laser printer ten years ago, still on second cartridge; don't print a lot though
//still looking forward to saving 10 cents per annum on rulers
 
2012-06-25 10:49:37 PM
Assumption in the article: your printer doesn't get much use because nobody needs printed documents in their personal life anymore.

Solution in the article: hey, you can use your dusty ole printer to print all the graph paper and typed checklists that we just admitted you have zero use for.
 
2012-06-25 10:50:01 PM
wildcardjack:

Ah, I used to have access to a laser printer that did circuit boards. Actually burned the holes and would etch a photo resist.

Now the best I can do is print a photoresist transparency. How I miss having a laser-plotter with a 40-watt laser.


Can't help you with the drilling, but if you use glossy paper instead of a transparency and crank the toner density to max you can make an iron-on transfer and skip the UV lamp and developer.

One of these and a soft pine block makes through-holes pretty quick and painless.
 
2012-06-25 10:54:19 PM

bloobeary: Considering how obscene the price of printer ink is, it's probably cheaper to just go buy your "specialty" paper.


People still by ink jet printers?
 
2012-06-25 10:56:57 PM

Dadoo: bloobeary: Considering how obscene the price of printer ink is, it's probably cheaper to just go buy your "specialty" paper.

People still by buy ink jet printers?


Arrrgh....
 
2012-06-25 10:59:35 PM
For a (short) while, I liked printing out paper models that could be found online. I should try to find some again. They were kinda fun.

Random link to show the idea: Free paper model crafts
 
2012-06-25 10:59:50 PM
Coupons. Probably printed enough coupons to pay the for printer three or four times.
 
2012-06-25 11:02:09 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: bloobeary: Considering how obscene the price of printer ink is, it's probably cheaper to just go buy your "specialty" paper.

And have they ever tried to print graph paper before? It's not nearly as nice as the real thing.


Maybe you should consider upgrading from that daisy wheel printer....

i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-25 11:18:35 PM

maxheck: wildcardjack:

Ah, I used to have access to a laser printer that did circuit boards. Actually burned the holes and would etch a photo resist.

Now the best I can do is print a photoresist transparency. How I miss having a laser-plotter with a 40-watt laser.

Can't help you with the drilling, but if you use glossy paper instead of a transparency and crank the toner density to max you can make an iron-on transfer and skip the UV lamp and developer.

One of these and a soft pine block makes through-holes pretty quick and painless.


I'd imagine You'd have to reverse the print into a negative view, and how does toner fare against ferric chloride?
 
2012-06-25 11:19:14 PM

Dadoo: People still by ink jet printers?


After my second HP Inkjet died - I bought a Brother color laser printer. Its rather nice feeling to know when I click "print" - something actually prints.
 
2012-06-25 11:21:04 PM
ASCII Porn!!!! (NSFW)

/Of course it's not safe for work - It's porn
//sheesh
 
2012-06-25 11:23:54 PM
*Sponsored by HP

Also NZ9c per page, 365 pages = $33, good diary is about $20.
 
2012-06-25 11:47:50 PM
Games can be an expensive store item, but there are plenty available for free. Cards Against Humanity is one of the best examples

Or you can just buy it in stores, where it goes by the name Apples to Apples.
 
2012-06-26 12:01:40 AM
Crimes Against Humanity is kind of awesome.
 
2012-06-26 12:13:15 AM

"PC Load Letter"? What the fark does that mean?!?!?!?


I use my printer and my recumbent bike as a laundry rack/shelf space.

 
2012-06-26 12:18:06 AM
Stuff You Don't Have to Buy Because You Can Print It Yourself for Free

Printer ink is free?
 
2012-06-26 12:32:15 AM
Tainted1:

maxheck: wildcardjack:

Ah, I used to have access to a laser printer that did circuit boards. Actually burned the holes and would etch a photo resist.

Now the best I can do is print a photoresist transparency. How I miss having a laser-plotter with a 40-watt laser.

Can't help you with the drilling, but if you use glossy paper instead of a transparency and crank the toner density to max you can make an iron-on transfer and skip the UV lamp and developer.

One of these and a soft pine block makes through-holes pretty quick and painless.

I'd imagine You'd have to reverse the print into a negative view, and how does toner fare against ferric chloride?


It's a reversed view rather than a negative. In the editor I use (PCBNew) you can set the X and Y scales to -1 when you go to print it out.

I haven't done it with ferric chloride, but toner holds up just fine using cupric chloride.

I use that because A) I can make it at home with readily available stuff, B) you make a batch once and it's reusable practically forever and C) it doesn't stain quite so badly as FeCl. Here's one tutorial, though they definitely overengineered the electrolysis power supply. I just used a car battery charger I already had.

There's lots of tutorials with pointers on doing the iron-on method. It's a *lot* less muss and fuss than using photoresist IME.
 
2012-06-26 12:55:26 AM
That ruler won't be accurate.
 
2012-06-26 12:58:47 AM
www.gtprinters.com
Will not die. Toner is cheap.
 
2012-06-26 01:20:41 AM
So, the new use for that extra printer I have sitting around is to print stuff with it? Brilliant!

The coffee I was making with it tasted like shiat.
 
2012-06-26 01:22:55 AM

mr lawson: wildcardjack: How I miss having a laser-plotter with a 40-watt laser.

Knows your pain:

[www.goldismoney2.com image 400x300]


Sigh, my 40 watt laser was actually able to run constant, but yeah, I know.

/Once you realize what a 40 watt laser can actually do that scene doesn't make sense.
 
2012-06-26 01:24:33 AM
Blank scorecards for scoring a baseball game. Many options on this site in PDF format, my favorite is the Enhanced Vertical. Dem sh*ts is expensive at the games, and you can practice scoring in front of your TV until you get good at it...
 
2012-06-26 01:25:37 AM
 
2012-06-26 02:05:33 AM
This article earned its existence by introducing me to Cards Against Humanity. I hate Apples to Apples. This sounds a lot more fun.
 
2012-06-26 02:06:03 AM
bingowhore.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-26 02:07:06 AM
Sure you can print a ruler, but it'll be a crappy ruler. Go ahead and print one and compare it to a nice steel ruler for drafting. Don't be surprised if the 12" mark is 1/8" or even 1/4" off.
 
2012-06-26 02:17:15 AM
#1 - Boat anchor.
 
2012-06-26 02:20:24 AM
The Carolla podcast has been sponsored by Stamps.com for a while; has anyone ever used it? I'm not a hardcore eBay-er or anything, but I sell a few things a year, and getting the free scale sounds like a good deal if it works (if it prevents me from having to go to the post office from three or four times annually to never again, this sounds particularly appealing).

Anyone have any experience?
 
2012-06-26 03:16:00 AM
 
2012-06-26 03:59:58 AM
Wake me when it can print Kelly LeBrock.

britishsoccerdiva.com
 
2012-06-26 05:31:58 AM
I have a sheet feed printer that can scan a stack of papers to PDF. I also have a laptop old enough for it to talk to. So that's what I use those two things for. Send the resulting document to Gdocs and I can share it anywhere I want.

.
 
2012-06-26 06:01:14 AM
This cunning article is similar to other 'money saving' strategies like when you're at college to take advantage of the food card that's included in the dorm fees your mom and dad pay for.
 
2012-06-26 07:42:07 AM
F*CK LEXMARK I BOUGHT A B/W LASER PRINTER
FOR $250 AND THE F*CKING THING
REFUSES TO PRINT AFTER I REPLACED
FIRST F*CKING TONER CARTRIDGE
 
2012-06-26 08:41:22 AM

Dadoo: bloobeary: Considering how obscene the price of printer ink is, it's probably cheaper to just go buy your "specialty" paper.

People still by ink jet printers?


Printer ink isn't that expensive if you refill your own cartridges. And laser printers can't use edible ink.
 
2012-06-26 08:54:40 AM

LordOfThePings: Wake me when it can print Kelly LeBrock.

Better get a large format plotter.

i2.mirror.co.uk
 
2012-06-26 09:28:49 AM
Graph paper? Who uses graph paper? Seriously, this is a problem? Last time I needed to draw a graph, I used a... one of those things.... electric boxes.... oh yeah, a computer machine! Printed it out on plain paper....
 
2012-06-26 09:41:08 AM
www.hollywoodtoysandcostumes.com

/hot
 
2012-06-26 10:10:02 AM
Ah Lifehacker.

40% hipster software tips, 40% grandma's household hints, 20% poorly thought through "home improvement" ideas.
 
2012-06-26 10:24:13 AM

DeltaPunch: Blank scorecards for scoring a baseball game.


Thank you for that! (And your post has earned my first "favorite after only reading one post" favoriting, so congrats; you're "pending further examination" color, but still.)

We're a dying breed, I tell ya'. I didn't start keeping score until only a couple years ago, as (in my ignorance) it seemed silly, and I only go to a few games a year, but it enhances going to a game -so- much. Not sure if I'll print out my own, or just buy a score book like I've been meaning to (I'm quite jealous of a friend's years-old book... he can recall every game and all the fun he's had by just flipping through the pages), but I really appreciate the link.

Recently, I was sitting down at a game with a friend who doesn't attend many, and before I had managed to get out my pen and program, he pointed at a lovely young lady a row or two in front of us who was working on filling out the lineup and said, "what is that? Is she taking notes or something? That seems stupid." incredulously.

"No," I said, "she's -keeping-score-, and she's doing it in *ink*, because she is awesome. If I didn't have a great significant other, I would be compelled to buy her a drink!" To this day, I kinda hope she overheard me.

If ya' like baseball at all, ya' should really try keeping score, even to a very low-detail degree, the next time you're at a game. I'd suggest it especially to Farkettes as a tool to meet men, but you're likely just going to attract fat, possibly-overeducated nerds... of course, if that's your thing....

possumchild: Graph paper? Who uses graph paper?


< raises hand >

'course, I can't remember the last time I drew a -graph- on any, but good graph-paper pads make excellent (if expensive, compared to generic pads) note-taking, planning and list-making tools.

Of course, that probably makes me old. I'll add "get a fresh belt-onion" to the appropriate neat-and-tidy list on the top of my current graph-paper pad.
 
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