Print? Scan? Copy? Fax? It’s covered!

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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.

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Print? Scan? Copy? Fax? It’s covered!”

PHOSPHOR PEDOPHILES (The New Evil of the Electronic Age)

The Globe & Mail — Tech­no­logy
Novem­ber 1999 — 2080 words

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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.

Con­tin­ue read­ing “PHOSPHOR PEDOPHILES (The New Evil of the Elec­tron­ic Age)”