The American Caliban (substitute) wrote,
The American Caliban
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I own an HP color inkjet printer that also scans and copies. It's handy and well-made.

Today I had to update the driver software to fix some bugs.

The download was 200 megabytes.

The uncompressed installation itself was over 400 megabytes.

There was no "custom install" option of less components, only the "default install" of every damned thing.

I had to opt out of their Customer Participation thing which is a daemon that runs constantly telling HP what's going on.

I had to opt out of instant registration, and then opt out of both a reminder on next login and a dock item that would remind me to register. I also had to opt out of instant registration on the web.

Finally, it shat two useless items on my dock, the photo sharing app and the "device manager" app, that I will use maybe twice a year if at all.

The driver itself is tiny.

I DIDN'T WANT FINS, CHROME, AND FINE COREEEENTHIAN LEATHER ON MY GODDAMNED PRINTER DRIVER.

Edit: I had to buy black ink, which I did on Amazon. HP Ink. One cartridge, high quality, 660 pages: $18. Two cartridges bundled, lower quality, 480 pages each: $33. Math is hard.
Tags: computers, failure, technology
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