norite (552330) writes "I recently moved from the UK to Canada, and took my HP3050 printer with me. The removals firm told me to discard any printer cartridges as they could leak, and would not ship our things.
After our move, I started looking for cartridges, but bizarrely, I couldn't find the correct numbered ones, although I did find equivalent ones that would fit our model of printer. Some further research revealed that these would not work in our UK purchased printer, because like DVD players, the printer was region coded. I would have to contact HP and hope I found a representative who would understand the situation, (undoubtedly spending ages on the phone) as not many of them do and get it reset to the new region. Unfortunately, I had already discarded the cartridges so I could not print off any initial printer config pages for them to use to give me a new region code.
Fortunately, I've avoided the headache that this person went through 3 years ago I've ended up ordering much cheaper cartridges from the UK and several refill kits. I had no idea HP did this sort of sneaky, underhand tactic, and all it has achieved is that I'll probably never buy another HP product again. It seems there's no obvious benefit to consumers in HP doing this, other than it prevents them buying cheaper inks and therefore maximising profits, so what do the Slashdot community think of printer regionalisation?" top
Steve Sinofsky to leave Microsoft with immediate effect
norite (552330) writes "In a surprise decision, Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division, has left the company with immediate effect. The move comes within weeks of Microsoft's windows 8 being released. One can only speculate as to the real reasons behind his departure." Link to Original Source
norite writes | more than 7 years ago
Last year, I adapted my diesel car to run on vegetable oil. I have just crossed the 12,000 mile mark running on vegetable oil, and the car is going just great. The fuel is renewable, virtually carbon neutral, locally produced and conflict free. I also use waste oil, so I'm using a waste product that nobody wants. Importantly, I've saved a pile of money in the process. A local TV station even came round to interview me. There is no longer any need for me to visit a Big Oil filling station ever again.