I recently received an email from one of my clients who refuses to upgrade his printer due to the high cost of ink and because he hates throwing away hardware that works perfectly well. Here is his situation:
I am still running my old Mac and still using the F-4180 printer you sold me. The other day I got to thinking about possibly resurrecting my old HP560C printer so Mark in the basement could have the F-4180 printer. One reason I gave the old HP up was because the HP would not work with the new OS 10-5 operating system you installed once. Then later we went back to the OS 10.4.11 I had been using previously. So Mark is having trouble with his ink guzzling printer and I thought maybe he could have the F-4180 and I could go back to my HP.
The only problem is I can't seem to get the Serial Enabler to connect me to the C.U.P.S. (Common UNIX Printing System) site. It keeps asking for passwords I do not have, and when I read up on various websites, the jargon drives me away from a possible solution. Do you feel like learning about the Gutenprint system whereby "obsolete" printers are made usable by downloading a driver that the Gutenprint or CUPS people have developed?
I have attached a few things you might look at to see if all this seems feasible. My basic problem is 1.) I have trouble throwing perfectly good stuff like printers away, and 2.) I'd rather use this printer than a new expensive one, especially if all it needs is a downloaded driver. Tell me what you think, and I am in no particular hurry either. Thanks.
Any ideas or recommendations for my client? Any and all thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thank you!