Tired of spending a small fortune on printer ink? I hear you
loud and clear. In my homework-heavy household, it seems like I'm
replacing inkjet cartridges every couple weeks--to the tune of
$30-40 a pop.
Fortunately, as a card-carrying tech-pert, I've learned a few
things about conserving ink. With a few simple tweaks to the way
you work, you can stretch those cartridges a lot farther--and maybe
even save some paper along the way.
1. Use economy/draft mode
By default, every print churns out the sharpest, richest text
and images it can. But how often do you really need the highest
quality output? If you're simply printing a draft or something
that's not headed to the boss/teacher, consider an ink-saving
Most printers have an economy or draft mode that uses less
ink. The output won't be as dark, but it'll still be
It's just a few days until the clock strikes 2014, so let me take
this opportunity to wish you a safe, happy, and healthy new year.
And, of course, a year filled with killer deals. (I'll be on
hand to help make that happen.)
As you may recall, I recently named my favorite tech of 2013. But no more looking
back; it's time to set our sights on the year ahead, which promises
to be just as exciting, crazy, and unpredictable as the year we
Of course, unpredictability won't stop me from making predictions.
And I've got my Android-powered crystal ball (what, you think I'd
trust Windows with something as important as the future?) right
here, so let's take a look at the tech trends that will shape
I'm anti-anti-virus software.
I have been for a long time, for reasons I'm sure anyone can
appreciate: anti-virus software costs money, and it can make your
computer run slower.
Need proof? Look no further than the Anti-Virus Average Time in Boot chart recently
posted to Soluto's Facebook page. It shows eight of the most
popular anti-virus programs and how many seconds they add to the
average PC's boot time.
The range: 12 seconds to a whopping 61.8 seconds. Yep, your
anti-virus program alone could be costing you a full minute every
time you start your PC.
Feel free to take this with a few grains of salt.
If you're a Mac user, you already paid a fairly high price for your
hardware, and you've probably discovered that Mac software tends to
be pricey as well.
Every so often, though, you can score a great deal on a
software bundle. Like this one: For a limited time, StackSocial has
the Summer 2013 Mac Bundle for $49.99. It includes
10 programs that would cost $482 (!) if purchased separately.
The undeniable highlight of the bundle is Parallels Desktop 8,
a hugely popular utility that allows you to run Windows on your
Mac--without having to reboot.
I've seen tablets designed with kids in mind, but a
tablet just for cooks? That's a new one.
Yesterday, Archos announced the ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android-powered tablet stocked
with kitchen-friendly apps. It goes on sale in June for an
estimated retail price of $209.99.
That alone makes it an interesting buy, if only because most
tablets of this size tend to sell for a lot more. The Nexus 10, for
example: $399. The iPad: $499 and up. Even the new Asus MeMo Pad
Smart 10 runs $299.
Of course, the ChefPad doesn't have quite the same level of