Canon paper decoder ring and Alford Galerie Smooth Pearl on Canon iP100 with GL1

Seems like every year (?!) when I do print, I have to remember how to get the profiles right. With an old Canon iP100, the question is how to get a nice color, so here is the mapping: The Paper codes They have a two digit paper code system from lowest to highest quality MP. […]

No recourse even from Tim Cook, so Looking hard at HP, Dell and Lenovo

Well the fragility of MacBook Pros has me looking for new laptop recommendations. I by the way did tweet to #tim_cook and apples executive support tram responded awesomely fast.  The main news is that there is no recourse from what level 2 tech support says through that channel. Warranty decisions are made at the descretion […]

MacBook Pros 2016 are super fragile screens beware of buying them

Ok, I’ve had three cases now of MacBook Pro 2016 which have screen cracks from things that is should not. The repair cost is $700 and they will not cover it under AppleCare Closing your laptop on an Ethernet adapter. This will totally crack your screen and this is called accidental damage. Closing your laptop […]

Programming your Di2 shifters and getting cog information

A zillion years ago, the old Campy computer told you what gear you were in. How much work is it to get back to that. Also Shimano is introducing synchronized shifting. That is, one shift and the bike computer decides when to move the front derailleur. Pretty handy. But getting it on an existing bike […]

Corsair power cables and Yakima SKS locks

OK more strange accessories: Be careful when you plug a modular connector into a power supply. There isn’t a standard. So if you lose the bag of connectors, don’t just find a random one. It is expensive to buy replacement cables ($50 for cables when the power supply is $120 feels like highway robbery), but […]

Reflections on customer service and gig economy

Well the gig or outsource economy is in full swing and since it is impossible not to interact with it, I thought I’d note the last three and make some observations: Buying with e-certificates at Lowe’s. This shows why competing with Amazon is so hard. They offer huge discounts vs Amazon. Beside free shipping, if […]

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