1   General / New member introductions / Re: Hello from central North Carolina  on: Today at 02:59:32 PM 
Started by Metal Halide Boy - Last post by GE101R
you sound like me! and i love Murcury Vapor too.

Have you found your PowrBracket yet?
 2   General / New member introductions / Re: Hello from central North Carolina  on: Today at 02:58:01 PM 
Started by Metal Halide Boy - Last post by GE101R
you sound like me! and i love Murcury Vapor too.
Have you found your Powr Bracket yet?
 3   General / Off-Topic / Re: Laser printers without smart chips in the toner cartridges?  on: Today at 02:56:58 PM 
Started by dor123 - Last post by GE101R
What are you guy's opinions on the mega tank printers they offer today, seems epson and canon have a lot of those. Printers are pricy but the ink is not. Might be a better option there.

I personally prefer colour toner for my everyday printing, I'd go for ink for photos

Unless you print a lot, I would be afraid the ink would get old before it is used.
 4   General / Off-Topic / Re: Laser printers without smart chips in the toner cartridges?  on: Today at 01:50:38 PM 
Started by dor123 - Last post by Lightingguy1994
What are you guy's opinions on the mega tank printers they offer today, seems epson and canon have a lot of those. Printers are pricy but the ink is not. Might be a better option there.

I personally prefer colour toner for my everyday printing, I'd go for ink for photos
 5   General / New member introductions / Re: A new start...  on: Today at 01:45:44 PM 
Started by sox35 - Last post by sox35
Good luck to you both sorry for late reply as I only saw it, as rarely check through forums.
Hi Peter,

Thanks for the message, unfortunately you're a little late, as due to recent events Sammi and I have decided to take a leave of absence from the site. This will not be permanent, we will return at some future date, but right now we feel unable to continue to be active whilst things remain in their present position. You will understand that we cannot name names or make accusations in public.

To all our friends on the site, if you have our contact details, feel free to get in touch, failing that do think of us from time to time, we will return.

Ria & Sammi xx
 6   General / Off-Topic / Re: Laser printers without smart chips in the toner cartridges?  on: Today at 01:14:40 PM 
Started by dor123 - Last post by GE101R
The inkjet cleaning is a drawback of inkjet technology itself, it does not like storage. I remember in the 90's the printers (at that time very expensive) didnt have any suh function and I really do remember the constant problems with clogged jets, once the printed was not used really daily. So I would be rather happy the automatic cleaning is there. But what still is problem, is the impossibility to replace the waste sponge on many of them.
But the fact is, except the printing head alone, inkjets are extremely simple and low tech machines, there is really nothing worth more than few 10s of dollars, even include all the profit margins of a consumer product distribution chain. The only really technically challenging part is the printing head (the bank of micro pumps and nozzles and the ink distribution from the reservoirs) and its matching with the ink fluid characteristics. But still $70 for few ml of ink is ridiculous and "locking" it by the chips isreally overboard (a knock off ink may give inferior print quality, but it is the customers business if he is satisfied with it for the price or if he uses genuine better quality, but more expensive ink).

With the lasers I observed the prices of genuine new cartridges (drum, toned fill, clean waste compartment in one assembly) did fell down to just very small bit above the prices of the refurbished ones (those are still cheaper, but it is like 30-50% not the tripple or more as it used to be), so the competition is working. I only hope the refurbishing companies wont cheap out (e.g. skip the cleaning,...) too much.

I agree. I have purchased refurb ink cartridges and have found most are equally as good as the name brand factory "style" ink. However, you might better find a seller that guarantees their product with free refunds/returns(including shipping) or you are risking a scam with inoperative cartridges and cheap low quality. IMO
 7   General / Off-Topic / Re: Laser printers without smart chips in the toner cartridges?  on: Today at 01:03:59 PM 
Started by dor123 - Last post by Medved
The inkjet cleaning is a drawback of inkjet technology itself, it does not like storage. I remember in the 90's the printers (at that time very expensive) didnt have any suh function and I really do remember the constant problems with clogged jets, once the printed was not used really daily. So I would be rather happy the automatic cleaning is there. But what still is problem, is the impossibility to replace the waste sponge on many of them.
But the fact is, except the printing head alone, inkjets are extremely simple and low tech machines, there is really nothing worth more than few 10s of dollars, even include all the profit margins of a consumer product distribution chain. The only really technically challenging part is the printing head (the bank of micro pumps and nozzles and the ink distribution from the reservoirs) and its matching with the ink fluid characteristics. But still $70 for few ml of ink is ridiculous and "locking" it by the chips isreally overboard (a knock off ink may give inferior print quality, but it is the customers business if he is satisfied with it for the price or if he uses genuine better quality, but more expensive ink).

With the lasers I observed the prices of genuine new cartridges (drum, toned fill, clean waste compartment in one assembly) did fell down to just very small bit above the prices of the refurbished ones (those are still cheaper, but it is like 30-50% not the tripple or more as it used to be), so the competition is working. I only hope the refurbishing companies wont cheap out (e.g. skip the cleaning,...) too much.
 8   General / Off-Topic / Re: Laser printers without smart chips in the toner cartridges?  on: Today at 11:33:29 AM 
Started by dor123 - Last post by GE101R
The companies make more money off their ink than they do with the cheap planned obsolescence printers. One reason you see printers in production for a short while until another one is paraded out with a slightly different model number and is even cheaper junk than the one it replaced. Why else would they "void" their idiotic warranty on a 100 dollar printer when it costs you 79.00 for a small pack of ink. Corporate greed while fooling the consumers.
 9   General / Off-Topic / Re: Lost access to restore  on: Today at 11:02:46 AM 
Started by Lightingguy1994 - Last post by Lightingguy1994
Another option for you is to drive out to the next town over and shop at their Restore instead. I find some small town Restores in Ontario to be pretty hit or miss sometimes IMO.

I wish it were that easy for me, but im in northern ontario, the next restore is 3+ hours away. It would be awesome to have multiple restores, Id just make a day out of going to each and every one, but Id fill my up spaces fast lol
 10   Advertisements / For Sale or Trade / Re: GE Evolve Security Lighting E2SA0A1A31402N4  on: Today at 10:40:01 AM 
Started by FGS - Last post by takemorepills

He asked about the glass/plastic half not the metal half of the bucket. Some of the older ones had metal bands with one screw holding both halves together. The newer ones have reflector shaped along the rim holding the bucket halves together permanently.

Exactly what I was asking.

If these GE Evolves are 12-1/8" diameter then they could possibly be retrofitted with an older gumball lens like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pr-Vintage-Holophane-GE-4109-Street-Light-Fixture-Globe-Globes-Madison-Ind/323645677705?hash=item4b5ac92089:g:J9wAAOSwF7lcOW06
Those ones even have a drain hole in case you can't achieve a water-tight seal.

Just wondering, I have an old gumball that I want to use as a yard light when we build our next house. I'll probably just use a high-intensity LED retrofit in it, but the thought also occurred to me that these GEs might be able to have a gumball lens attached. The Evolve would look "OK" with a gumball as long as the PC wasn't installed (the PC makes the unit look awkward)
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