My friend Mike, the PC whiz, just managed to install a ‘not-new’ HP all-in-one printer on his Windows 7 rig. He used Windows 7 USB ‘plug-and-play.’ According to him, it worked flawlessly, first time. Windows 7 found the right driver, ONLINE, installed it … and as we say in the U.K. “Bob, was his uncle” [though in his case “Bob, is his friend’].
Mike, ever the optimist, urged me to try my LaserJet HP P1006 again. You may recall that I was totally foiled, a week ago, from trying to install this relatively new, and still in production, printer on my Windows 7 rig.
Well, it only took 2 minutes for Windows 7 to tell me, not once, but twice that I was out of luck. That is the advantage of my ‘fast’ rig. You get BAD NEWS real quick. You don’t get to sit back and wait for mesmerizingly spinning egg timers. Error messages flash at you even before you have stopped typing.
No compatible printer driver. Damn you, HP!
Well, in my dotage, I know better than to sell stock based on emotion. That guy Jim Cramer, on CNBC ‘Mad Money,‘ taught me that. So I didn’t sell my HP stock immediately. Though, miracles of miracles (as they said on ‘Fiddler on the Roof’) I have actually made money on it … though I had owned it DURING the downturn of the last 18 months! So, I did some option action. Milked a few more cents BEFORE I get rid of it. Joys of old age. You no longer cut your nose to spite your face. But that is IT. I am done with HP.
By the way, IF you own an HP all-in-one or inkjet printer and wonder why they jam so often. Very simple. Look at a comparable Epson. See the difference. HP tries to FIGHT GRAVITY! I am not kidding. Take a look. HP insists on feeding paper from underneath. So the rollers have to overcome gravity to feed them through the printer. Now take a look at an Epson. Other way around. Always TOP FEED. Work with gravity. If you know Latin, QED. As I have mentioned I, for a brief but very enjoyable stint, sold Epson printers at BestBuy. Selling against HP was easier than stealing grapes from a goldfish. It was a hoot. There used to be an HP rep. I would outsell him 4::1 most days, 8::1 on better days. One day, I switched a customer over when the HP rep. went back to pick up a printer. When he came back his ‘customer’ was gone. He was looking all over. He then finally asks me “you didn’t sell him an Epson, did you?” I am honest, as the day is long. I admitted that I did. He knew I was on a mission. To make sure BestBuy customers always ended up with the Best printers. We were cool. We were ‘friends.’ He knew I owned HP share. He didn’t.