Saying good-by to two good old friends, Canon Copier and Sharp Fax.

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Sony 1993 copier

Technology has moved so rapidly.  It's hard to keep up and sometimes we just find it too expensive to keep up or we just don't want to part with old helpers that still work fine.

My records show that I bought this Canon copier in 1996.  It is the kind that you do one page at a time.  That takes a little time but then we had this kind in the offices.  We didn't have the zip through marvels that we now use.

It has been a workhorse.  I had no trouble with it and had to buy a cartridge very few times.  It will still work BUT some screw that held the little feeder door broke and that screw messed up the paper holder and now the paper holder won't open and close.

Then this Sharp fax machine is probably even older.  I didn't keep my purchase date.  It has also been a workhorse.  I put rolls of paper in it.

I decided to be fancier and replaced it once with one that called a plain-paper fax.  That was the worst fax ever.  I took it to the office and set it up front with a sign that said "FREE."  Whoever took didn't get a bargain!  I then dragged this one back out.  It now has quit being legible.  Still works but you just can't read the faxes very well.

I replaced them this week with an HPLaserJet M1319f MFP which is taking me some time to learn.

I also put aside my old HP LaserJet 1100A but it is NOT going to the graveyard until I see how this new thing works.  It's just moved off to the side for awhile.  It is ancient too and the scan part quit working because of a new computer that it couldn't understand.  I really need a scanner and a fax and that's why I indulged.

My old friends do deserve this eulogy.  They were worth every cent that I paid for them and I wish they could have a life beyond, sorta like Charles Buell's Raven.

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Jun 21, 2009 12:31 PM #1
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Charles, do you have a whisperer from beyond.  I just put that up!!  I never even expected Raven to see it.  I'm almost sorry my cat did him in.

Jun 21, 2009 12:36 PM #2
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Barbara - When I started practicing law, we didn't have a fax machine or computers at our desk.  It is pretty funny because people now take fax and computers for granted.  It was a simpler time... We now have a monster color printer, copier, scanner, etc. from Panasonic.  It does just about everything but make the coffee in the office. 

Jun 21, 2009 12:38 PM #3
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Barbara, that is amazing----how does Raven do that?  I have always had great luck with HP products----have been looking at getting a laser printer myself.

Jun 21, 2009 12:44 PM #4
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Ryan, the first time I heard of a fax machine I was bowled over.  One of the factories in town had one, so we heard, and one of the agents got permission to use it.  Then the library got one for the county people to use if they needed to.  From then on progress went so fast I could barely keep up.  Things are better with all these machines.

Charles, a laser printer is the only way to go.  They are cheaper in the long run and faster.  I'd give you my still operating one if you were near enough.

Jun 21, 2009 09:22 PM #5
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Whats amazing is how much cheaper these things are now vs years. ago.  I just replaced an old color printer and fax with a combo machine last year.  The one machine cost so much less.

Jun 21, 2009 09:48 PM #6
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Barbara - Isn't it funny how we become attached and find it hard to part ways with our equipment even when we know that there are newer and better models. I guess I am old school - if it ain't broke don't fix or replace it. But, lately I have replaced old working models with newer ones when I can justify it by the level of frustration and/or time saving factor.  

Jun 22, 2009 01:33 AM #7
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Barbara: I have learned that newer is not always better, as you pointed out with the plain copy fax that was given away. We bought a color copier, fax, scanner etc... it makes wonderful color copies but is hard to use, expensive to use and is also very slow to use. So it did not replace all the other copiers and faxes in our office that we thought it would.  We just use that expensive monster for our newsletters and custom fliers and the old stand-by's scattered about the offices are used daily and are cheaper to use. Guess next time the office supply guy wants to sell me something I am going to ask to use it first for awhile free.

Jun 22, 2009 06:40 AM #8
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James, you're right.  Prices are down.  And that's a good thing.

Carol, we sound a lot alike.  With my old one-page-at-a-time copier I found myself saving copying til I got to the office so I could zip them through.  If it hadn't come apart on its own, I'd probably never have replaced it.  The new all-in-one does not have the ability to lay something flat like a book and copy it.  Same with scanning.  It doesn't have a flat bed. 

Mary, we do make mistakes in our purchases.  I have a mistake now with the new fax.  It's across the room from the telephone plug and it does have to have a phone line.  I've ordered a 50' cord with hopes of just running it around the room.  Maybe one day, I'll be smart enough to go wireless and cordless like my buddy Larry.

Jun 22, 2009 09:25 AM #9
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I took my Panasonic FAX machine out into the yard and beat it to death. Then I went over to Panasonic's web site and wrote about beating it to death. I hated that thing. It was an insult to all things made from plastic.

I bought a Brothers Intellifax 4100 E shortly thereafter and haven't had one problem faxing since. Knock on wood.

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Jun 22, 2009 10:10 AM #10
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Barbara - With the prices of the all-in-one fax, copy, scan, print getting so low, you can't really go wrong.  I used to have a separate fax and printer, but the price to buy new ink and toner was more than a HP all-in-one, that came with ink.

Jun 22, 2009 06:02 PM #11
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Hi Barbara,

as usual, the old stuff is better made than the new stuff. Sad but true!

Jun 22, 2009 09:42 PM #12
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And you save space by combining the printer, scanner and fax unit into one.

Jun 23, 2009 12:24 PM #13
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Elizabeth, I think I probably read your review on Amazon.com after I went in to review the sucker that I'd already bought!  Someone said they'd beat it to death!!  I didn't know you then.

Troy, I'm gonna learn how to enjoy it! 

Tony,  but now I can do more than one page at a time!  It may not last as long however.

Scott, I have room for more collectibles around me now!!  Space, space, and more space!!

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