I don't really know if it was the rock music profiteers who tear up our public parks every year but the timing was suspicious. I was writing invoices this morning and I turned on my Canon Pixma Pro 9000 printer to get ready to (archaically) print out invoices for clients. Don't know why I still send them paper invoices in the mail when I'm already sending them .pdfs but it seems like a nicely redundant reminder that they should pay me for my work and image licenses.
At any rate I went into the house to get a cup of coffee and as I'm trying to decide whether or not to put cream in my coffee all the lights, AC, etc. goes off. Ten seconds later it clicks back on and thirty seconds after that I hear the warm up music at the Austin City Limits Festival for the first time this week. The two weekend festival starts today. It's a mile from my house.
I can only conjecture that the Austin Power people needed to shut down the power for a few moments in order to incorporate the gigantic power sucking festival into our portion of the grid. I later found out that the schools in the neighborhood also went black for a few minutes, etc.
Well, when I came back out into the studio the computers were re-booting and the music and lights were back on but the Canon inkjet printer sat there being dark. Totally dark. I hit the power button. Nothing. I unplugged and replugged. Nothing. I changed outlets to a known, working source. Nothing. The tech part of my brain diagnosed a failed internal power supply, even though the device was plugged into a protection device. The MBA side of my brain (very atrophied) weighed the repair versus replacement costs and the advantages of a nearly decade newer printing device. It also ran a sub-routine about depreciation and cost of ownership. All indications pointed to the spiritual side::::: the universe was telling me that it was past time to get a new printer.
The acquisitive gear-y side of me already had a
replacement in the shopping cart at an online store. I clicked "buy" and sat back to stew a bit and drink coffee (bad combination) and the lawyer side of my brain (right next to the mad dog side of my brain) started telling me to send a bill to C3 Productions, the producers of the music festival. Which actually sounds good to me....
At any rate, being a creature of habit, I ordered yet another Canon printer. Not the big, protean archival pigment model, but the Pixma Pro 100 which is a 13 inch, dye ink printer. Not a big fan of the pigment printers since I figure that's what the good labs are for. The price was stunning. About twice that of the ink cartridge full set replacement for the existing printer.
I blame the music festival but really, I have no proof. And I needed a new printer because, of course, I want to wirelessly print from my phone......(silly crap, kidding).... and I still like to send correspondence on paper and occasionally I still like to make prints for fun. It was time to change. Not sure the next rev of the OS would have supported the old printer anyway.
Sorry this was not as detailed as Ctein's printer explanations on TheOnLinePhotographer but I don't use my printer the same way he does. Thank goodness. I think that's better for everyone.
Future planning. Not planning on becoming a master printer any time soon. Planning to buy the music of the artists I like instead of sitting in the dirt with 100,000 of my "best" friends watching drunk people play air guitar and loose their hearing. Also planning on getting more surge protectors before next weekend. It's all crazy here in Austin. All the time...