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Day December 19, 2008

A Treasury of Amusements

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What a great story so far! Consider all the new possibilities!

Canon MP970: Short Review

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A few days ago, I purchased a Canon MP970. It arrived yesterday. Is it worth giving up some small green pieces of paper? I believe so — with some caveats.

Pros:

  • High quality prints!
  • A discounted price due to the recent arrival of its successor — the MP980
  • A built-in scanner and memory card reader
  • Ethernet or USB capable

Cons:

  • Canon drivers
  • Appearance
  • Canon drivers

Thus far, the Canon drivers are the only major issue I’ve encountered with this printer. They possess a casual malice, being somewhat annoying to install (reboot required) and counter-intuitive to use (did you select the right media type in exactly the right place?). Indeed, the latter aspect is bad enough that one could reasonably claim Canon printer drivers represent an indefensible crime perpetrated against the end user.

(I’ll go into the subject in more detail soon. Believe me. No one with access to Google should ever have to share in the torment.)

To sum up: The MP970 is quiet, fast, and relatively inexpensive for a good photo printer. It’s capable of doing a lot of different things. It’s also ugly as sin. Physically, it resembles a brooding, streamlined brick; digitally, it resembles a maddened hydra or perhaps a writhing nest of poisonous snakes.

Output counts for a lot, though, and the output from this printer — thus far — looks really good.

Bookmarks for December 19th

  • Number One (Star Trek) – "The prominence of a woman among the crew of a starship was one of the reasons that the original Star Trek pilot was rejected by NBC, who in addition to calling the pilot "too cerebral", felt that the alien Spock and Number One would be rejected by audiences, according to Roddenberry and Stephen Whitfield,[2] although Gene Roddenberry also related the tale of how women of the era had difficulty accepting her as well. Because of NBC's rare order of a second pilot, Roddenberry compromised by eliminating Number One, but aspects of her character — specifically, her cool demeanor and logical nature — were merged with that of Spock (who does appear in "The Cage") during the regular run of the series."
  • The Enterprise, Now Silent. | MetaFilter – A MetaFilter thread regarding the passing of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.
  • Majel Barrett – Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki – "Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (23 February 1932 – 18 December 2008; age 76) was a recurring actress in the Star Trek franchise and was the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry from 1969 until his passing in 1991. This association with Roddenberry and his most famous creation has earned Barrett the title 'The First Lady of Star Trek.'" She brought grace and empathy to every role she played.