NOTRECOMMENDED: DYMO label makers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

http://www.dymo.com/en-US

My LabelManager® Rechargeable Battery – 500TS, WPnP, XTL 300, MobileLabeler— died.

I suspect that the Lithium battery went bad. 

It was an expensive purchase. And the battery is “out of stock”.

Hence I don’t recommend this COMPANY.

This is the same company that dumped the CARDSCAN product, its software, and databases on short notice after acquisition.

Fool me once … … 

So the next one I buy, won’t be from them. 

Argh!

# – # – # – # – # 

 

 

 


NOTRECOMMENDED: Logitech Webcam c615 on MAC OSX

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Despite what the fine print says, it doesn’t work.

MAC OS X 10.12.6 (16D32) doesn’t recognize the camera. 

I have it docked and it’s a bust.

I’ve had ticket #0465 9146 open since the end of January.

Argh!

# – # – # – # – # 

2017-Feb-17

After numerous email, I finally got some specific help. 

*** begin quote ***


 
 
 
 

Dear Ferdinand,

Good day!

To further isolate the issue, please try to do the following:
1. Re-seat to another USB port. Bypass the use of KVM switch boxes, port replicators, docking stations, and USB hubs if any
2. Prefer using USB 2.0 rather than USB 3.0 ports. For additional reference, refer to https://support.logitech.com/en_us/article/38032
3. Download and install the Logitech Webcam Software. 
https://download01.logi.com/web/ftp/pub/video/quickcam/lws220.dmg
4. Test it on a different computer.

Please let us know the result of these recommended steps.

For future reference your case reference number is 04659146. This will allow us to quickly find the contact history when you need additional help. If we do not receive a reply, your support request will eventually be closed and set to “solved”. A survey will be sent to you to gather your feedback.

To contact us by phone or obtain additional information (FAQ’s, Forum, Manuals, etc.) please visit support.logitech.com

Best regards,

Angelica
Logitech Customer Care
support.logitech.com

 

*** end quote ***

So fresh this morning, I took the cover off the big monitor.

I moved the Logitech camera usb directly to the computer. It worked. 

I reattached it to the same USB slot on my monitor. It worked.

Rebooted and it still works.

Explanation?

“Magic”?

Argh!

So ends a 20 day outage?

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Feb-17 @ 09:39  


 
 
 
  Dear Ferdinand,

Good day!

Its good to hear that the webcam is now working.

There may be several reasons (or no reason) for USB ports ceasing to function with no cause. There might be a chance that the webcam was not plugged in properly before. But the good thing is, the device is now working again.

For future reference your case reference number is 04659146. This will allow us to quickly find the contact history when you need additional help. If we do not receive a reply, your support request will eventually be closed and set to “solved”. A survey will be sent to you to gather your feedback.

To contact us by phone or obtain additional information (FAQ’s, Forum, Manuals, etc.) please visit support.logitech.com

Best regards,

Angelica
Logitech Customer Care
support.logitech.com

 

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Feb-17 @ 11:02  


NOTRECOMMENDED: HP Instant Ink

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Who knew that this is another “trap”?

Bad enough when they try to use copyright and chips to keep you locked in.

Wonder if they will “turn off” my new printer?

Argh!

Everything is a hassle these days.

*** begin quote ***

 
Re:  Printer model: ENVY 5540 All-in-One Printer series
   Printer email: reinkefj@hpeprint.com
 

Dear Ferdinand,

We hope you are enjoying your HP Instant Ink service. Below is a billing summary for your HP Instant Ink service and should be referenced if you have any questions regarding your account billing.

Billing date: 02.07.2017

Billing Summary:
 

Item
Unit Price
Quantity
Price
HP Instant Ink Service 15 Page Plan $0.00 1 $0.00
Additional page sets of 10 pages $1.00 3 $3.00
Subtotal:  $3.00
Tax:  $0.21
Total Charged:  $3.21

To view and print your invoice:

*** end quote ***

# – # – # – # – # 


NOTRECOMMENDED: Google pixel — factory reset

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sorry but I had to do a factory reset on my Google pixel phone.

It forgot my pin. I remember it. But it was lost.

Argh!

# – # – # – # – # 


SOFTWARE: Google’s PhotoScan app RECOMMENDED

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

https://www.google.com/photos/scan/

“Get the photo scanner from the future”

# – # – # – # – #  

OK, I’m a sucker for apps, phones, and all technology gadgets and tchotchkes (NB: I’ve been criticized all to often for using big and or strange words so now I am linking to their meaning. OK?) (NB: A “gadget” becomes a “tchotchke” when it: (a) doesn’t work as advertised; (b) breaks; (c) gets purplanted by a better gadget; or (d) I lose a part of it — usually the power supply. I have an old digital video camera waiting for me to find the power cord to it.)

I read about the app somewhere — I’d have thought Google would let me know about it … … personally — and downloaded it BECAUSE I have a ton of old framed pictures that I was considering HOW to digitize. It’d be a lot work to take them out of the frame — if they’d survive that — scan them and put them back.

So this holiday, I tried it on two framed pictures. 

Judge for yourself the results.

2016 00xxx xx shore group

and

File Dec 26 10 17 47

Very impressive, no?

Anyway, I’m impressed. 

As usual, FWIW and YMMV.

# – # – # – # – # 

 


NOTRECOMMENDED: QuikCheck sub

Friday, December 16, 2016

Last night, for dinner, because I’d stopped at Quik Chek #quickchek http://quickchek.com/StoreHome/89 for some Half & Half, I bought a ham sandwich with lettuce and russian dressing. It was almost inedible. In comparison to the sandwich I usually get at Wawa (#wawa Wawa #912), there was no comparison. Wawa allows you to get just the bread toasted. Quick Chek toasts something but I couldn’t figure out what; it was cold. The meat on the Quik Chek sandwich was just plopped on it as a mass; Wawa places individual slices. In fairness, Quik Chek does offer russian dressing; I don’t think Wawa does. I know Quik Chek charged me more than Wawa does, but I don’t have the receipts from each. Sigh! So FWIW, I won’t be buying subs from Quik Chek again. YMMV!

# – # – # – # – # 


NOTRECOMMENDED: MAILCHIMP free no good

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sorry, but MAILCHIP snagged my alumni news letter for some type of spam. It’s been months since I replied to their support about it. No response. 

But plenty of sales emails.

Be forewarned. “Free” isn’t; “paid” may be treated just as bad.

Argh!

# – # – # – # – # 


%d bloggers like this: