Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 23rd Nov 2012 14:03 UTC
In the News Hard to believe, but articles are popping up at business websites claiming that venerable Hewlett-Packard may fail. In their most recent fiasco, HP wrote off a loss of $8.8 of their $11.1 US billion acquisition of Autonomy and have alleged fraud in the deal. Revenue is down 7% from a year ago and the stock has hit a 10-year low. The company is laying off 27K employees but that may not be enough. Some speculate HP might be broken up into parts with buy-outs involved. This article from last May offers a good in-depth analysis of how all these problems came to pass.
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"Wifi printers have the same appeal as wifi itself: no need to be physically connected with a cable.

You might not want to forget to plug in your power cord, or you'll have a hell of a time getting that "wireless" printer to work... how's that for wireless, eh?

Last I checked, a wired printer isn't going to work without power either. So what WAS your point?

"Obviously that's possible without having the printer itself connected via wifi (network printer, printer shared over the network using a PC that can be accessed via the wifi network). The issues are that: many people only have a laptop these days & aren't interested in getting a desktop just to share a printer over the network. And there are many consumer-grade printers available now that have wifi support, but lack a physical ethernet jack, because most printer makers seem to consider that a business-class option (AKA they can charge an artificial premium for it).

Does anyone actually read through any of the posts before they post themselves?

Yes, that's right - just because I quoted and referred to the post that I replied to, why would you think I actually read it?

I'll just mention one last time: USB and USB-capable routers. No need for a dedicated host computer to be turned on with the printer; no need for a Wi-Fi printer for the printer to be available wirelessly over the network. The end.

That is an option, yes - but is by no means ubiquitous, IME it's only been in the past year that cheap routers have started including USB ports as standard options. And obviously that's going to limit where the printer can be located, since it needs to be near the router.

I think I'm done here

Yeah.... that's probably a good idea.

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