April 28, 2014

Printing, Toner and Understanding Color Blindness –

Filed under: Colors,Information,Printing Tips — Janelle Sullivan @ 7:42 pm

By Janelle Sullivan

color-blindnessHave you ever known anyone with color blindness? I have a relative who has this problem and I must admit I used to tease him when we were kids. I didn’t understand why he didn’t see colors the same way I did, I just thought he hadn’t learned his colors. Of course, I feel bad as an adult for the teasing, but now I understand more than I did back then. Although I do not suffer from color blindness, I realized that many of my typography projects had the potential to be viewed by people who do have this affliction. I had to find ways to be sure they could perceive my work as it was intended.

What is Color Blindness?

Color blind people do see colors; they do not usually see the world in shades of gray. Color blindness is the inability to distinguish certain colors, or the differences between colors. This is the result of a lack of color pigment in the cones of the retina of the eye. A person who is color blind may have trouble seeing red and green, or blue and purple. Depending on the severity of the color blindness, these colors may even look the same to a color blind individual. You do not get color blindness; you are born with it, and most likely inherited it. More men than woman are color blind and it is a fairly common occurrence – 1 in 12 for men and 1 in 20 for women. There is a very small group of people who suffer from red monochromacy or achromacy. This rare type of color blindness leads to seeing the world in gray and black because the cones in the retina do not work at all.

December 17, 2013

How Printers Can Help Keep Your Identity Safe -

Filed under: Information — Janelle Sullivan @ 2:21 pm

By Janelle Sullivan

Online FormHave you noticed how, as time goes on, you do more and more on your computer? I was thinking about this today and realized how much of my personal information is floating around in cyber-space. Then, of course, my thoughts went to who has access to that information and what they could do with it. I have had experience with someone getting hold of my credit card number and then trying to buy themselves a nice, new television. Fortunately my credit card company caught it, but what if they hadn’t? Identity theft is a real problem that can cost you a bunch of money. If you own printers you just might be able to save yourself from the headache called identity theft!

What Can You Do?

It is vital that you protect your personal information whenever you can. Information like your address, date of birth and phone number can give an identity thief a place to start invading your personal and professional identity. This can be a problem because of the number of times we are asked to give exactly that info. It has become so commonplace that many of us don’t think twice before completing every form. It is time to start thinking.

October 11, 2013

What does 5% Page Coverage Mean with Toner & Ink Cartridge Page Yields?

Filed under: Information — Michael DiLuzio @ 4:32 pm

By Michael DiLuzio
A lot of times when researching and ordering consumables for your laser printer or inkjet printer you will see a number of pages listed that a toner cartridge or ink cartridge will be able to print. This number is known as the page yield. It is a number assigned by the manufacturer of the cartridge and is usually based off of 5% of each printed page being covered in ink or toner. What exactly does this translate to in real world use, though?
5 percent of a standard 8.5″ x 11″ printer page is roughly a 1″ by 1″ square of a solid color. What does this look like? Let’s take a look:
Now, unless you are some sort of avant-garde experimental artist, you won’t be printing anything like this for practical application. Let’s take a look at what roughly 5% of a page looks like with text:
That is not that much of the page, but it must be noted that this is calculated as the average amount of ink or toner used over all printed pages throughout a cartridge’s life. That being said, this information should be taken into account when deciding what cartridge to purchase. For an example, if you are a college student and know that you will be only printing full pages of text for term papers then you should calculate your purchase accordingly.
There are often “high yield” cartridges available for your printer that are designed to hold a higher volume of ink and toner and print more pages before their end of life. You can visit our store to see if your printer works with high yield cartridges or call our customer service department at 888-273-3084 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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