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May 3, 2018

Rejuvenating antique printer - Toner dump?

No matter what I have done to my Panasonic, 1994 vintage, spots/spider bites remain. I get a faint dark area that divides the page into thirds too - horizontally. The spots are always the same. No change with cleaning. I've tried 70% rubbing alcohol, soft cloths, cotton, vacuum.

The Drum and Toner/developer units were replaced at one point, years ago but they've not had that much use. And that replacement didn't help much.

I'm thinking now there must be dust in the small transistor boards inside the printer, or the contact for the power cord jack/assembly. Or the toner. The cartridges are not new, they're old stock because not manucfactured anymore.

So I'm considering radical innovative exploratory cleaning. Turning the developer upside down to force the toner into the reservoir, then cleaning out the gearing, roller, magnetic rod. I'm fairly sure the toner has some lumps in it. But they just can't be that consistent in making the same spots all the time.

Anyone with experience in these areas? Thanks in advance if you can weigh in.

May 1, 2018

Listen DUers and you will hear

of a tale of inflation, told in 2 pictures, from 1965. I found these old newspaper ads for supermarkets, and can you believe these prices? Before guns and butter economy of the Vietnam War (Johnson and Nixon), before going off the gold standard (Nixon), before OPEC, before the stimulative policies of Arthur Burns (Nixon and Ford), before the inflation all that caused, before stock market bubbles, Tech wreck, Housing bubble, QE 1,2,3, and now the Idiot in the White House stimulating a full employment economy!!
We are going to get our currency liquidated!

Look at these prices!



April 25, 2018

The end of Bon-Ton: Liquidators win auction for bankrupt chain's assets, will wind down business


$775 million! No small bid. Nothing spells economic success like bankruptcy and liquidation. Was at one of them this week. Nothing to buy. Store is closing, been there for 40 years including predecessors, anchor in small mall which is now 1/2 empty. Meanwhile a mile up the road more new stores being built on virgin land ... of course. Next recession they all close again and they build some more.
April 4, 2018

China retaliates, slaps duties on U.S. soybeans, planes; markets skid

Source: Reuters

U.S.-made goods that appear to face added tariffs in China based, on an analysis of Beijing’s list, include Tesla electric cars, Ford’s Lincoln auto models, Gulfstream jets made by General Dynamics and Brown-Forman Corp’s Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

Unlike Washington’s list, which was filled with many obscure industrial items, China’s list strikes at signature U.S. exports, including soybeans, frozen beef, cotton and other key agricultural commodities produced in states from Iowa to Texas that voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

While Washington targeted products that benefit from Chinese industrial policy, including its “Made in China 2025” initiative to replace advanced technology imports with domestic products in strategic industries such as advanced IT and robotics, Beijing’s appears aimed at inflicting political damage.

Tobacco and whiskey, for example, are both on Beijing’s list and are produced in states including Kentucky, home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china/china-retaliates-slaps-duties-on-u-s-soybeans-planes-markets-skid-idUSKCN1HB0G6

Dow futures currently down 508 points. This could not come at a worse time for the markets, still digesting the initial volley in the trade war. Elections, policies, tweets all have real world consequences.
March 31, 2018

Trump Renews Amazon Attack, Says Post Office Scam' Must Stop

Source: Bloomberg

President Donald Trump lit into Amazon.com Inc. for the second time in three days with a pair of Twitter messages that said the online retailer “must pay real costs (and taxes) now!”

The president on Saturday claimed, citing reports he didn’t specify, that the U.S. Postal Service “will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon” and added that the “Post Office scam must stop.” Amazon has said the postal service, which has financial problems stretching back for years, makes money on its deliveries.

Amazon shed $53 billion in market value on Wednesday after Axios reported that the president is “obsessed” with regulating the e-commerce giant, whose founder and chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, also owns the Washington Post newspaper. Those losses were pared on Thursday, the final day of a shortened trading week, even as Trump tweeted that Amazon was using the postal service as its “Delivery Boy.”

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said on Thursday that while the president was displeased with the e-commerce giant, and particularly instances where third-party sellers on the site didn’t collect sales tax, there were no administrative actions planned against Amazon “at this time.”

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-31/trump-says-amazon-s-post-office-scam-must-stop-in-fresh-attack

Much more at link

Hard to believe Trump is so obsessed with this, or maybe it isn't. Everything he's criticizing Amazon for could also be level at the energy companies he promotes, subsidizes, deregulates at taxpayer expense - cost wise and healthwise.

Presidents should not be able to destroy companies, stock values, and lives with tweets or even policies - which should at least be cloaked in theory, cost-benefit analysis, or general principle. This is just one-off, let's blast Amazon.
March 29, 2018

Did I tell you HDTV passed me by?

Any recommendations for a simple HDTV converter? No frills. Was surprised to learn they have upscale models with stereo audio in/out, HDMI in, USB capability. Um, I just want to watch TV occasionally. Been 6 years without it, haven't missed it much.


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