Recently I had an opportunity to put one of the new Brother multi-function printer devices through it’s paces, and overall, I liked what I saw.
Priced as an entry level unit, the Brother MFC-J615W (that’s a mouthful, why can’t they just use names) is a solid home and light-duty small business document centre.
The first thing that impressed me was the packaging — no styrofoam. Now I know that’s minor, but I appreciate it when companies make the effort to design their packaging with the environmental impact in mind.
Judge me by my size, do you.
This is a fairly small unit, and very well designed. Once it’s set up and ready to use, the unit is smaller than most toaster ovens. Unlike my current printer, which when in print mode has a huge paper ream support rising out of the back and another finisher support out the front, the Brother has an internal paper tray and feed system that keeps the footprint small — great for small home-office situations.
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The Globe & Mail — Technology
November 1999 — 2080 words
“Do you want to see some pictures? Some fun and naughty ones?”. Before Patty73 could reply, another line appeared; “Erin19 is a 19/f looking for some cute young girls to trade self-nudes and more…Msg Me”. Then another ” GOTO http://pornsex011alpha.com for 100% free porn, no age check”
Line after line of cryptic text similar to what you’d find in the personal section of a tawdry tabloid appeared on Patty73’s screen. Scrolling upward on the monitor, multi-line advertisements for porn Websites, FTP servers, and Fservs were constantly appearing, and being replaced by yet another appeal; “The first 100% FREE PORN SITE with never before seen Pamela Anderson pics!…Sex stories, Live video stream, 100% free!…All you would ever need to get off!!…NO credit card checks and/or age verifications…”
In a quiet room in downtown Edmonton, Patty73 stares at the console; face bathed in the soft glow from the screen and not really surprised by the passionate messages from people who specialize in collecting and distributing child pornography.
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