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Should you own a printer?

When I was selling computers in the 1980's and 1990's, you couldn't sell just a computer without a printer. There was a good reason since you probably needed it for printing reports or documents. Thanks to the electronic document changes, many may not believe they need one.

Here are a few good reasons to own a printer:

1. Photos. You may believe in going to the drug store (or another local business) to get those photos printed. There is trend of these machines becoming less available because because as this equipment has broken down, there isn't a replacement (some of this technology uses 1990 computers that are obsolete). Having a printer to print photos at home may be necessary to some.

2. Working or attending classes at home. Covid 19 has helped with printer sales. Many have had to print reports to turn in for homework or work related projects even though many schools and businesses should have a cloud server option to submit homework and projects.

3. A scanner. There maybe separate scanners available but many include the scanner to the printer. While many can take copies of documents using the camera, it does require a steady hand, a good background, and a light source, sometimes it is better to use a flatbed scanner.

4. Shipping packages and mail. You need a shipping label? Why go to the post office, Fed Ex, or UPS Store to stand in line to ship something. Printing your own labels can save money on shipping as well through the Postal Service.

5. Contracts/legal documents. Working on purchases, sales, and contracts sometime requires a scanner/printer to take care of paperwork. If you have your own, it is easier to take care of the task.

Many inkjet printers are easy to setup, wireless, and function as a print server controlling documents scanned and printed from your phone that don't require a connection to your computer. They can function more like a copier than a printer.

A gift to avoid this holiday season

During the holiday season, you may see some ideas to combine your phone with your wallet or purse. While it may be great for convenience, it isn't a good idea in the even that your purse or wallet is missing, lost, or stolen.

Your smartphone is another wallet that has your credit card info and other financial information.

Many of these purses can easily snatched putting all of your personal information in the wrong hands of a thief.

Be wise and keep them separated.

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Data responsibility

This time of year, we are presented with new phones that are more expensive and holding a great deal of information. Not only pictures, contacts, and text messages but also credit cards and work documents that may even have someone's information attached to them.

While Google and Apple do provide ways to backup information on your phone, they are incomplete at times. They require a monthly subscription. As data on these services increases you may have to pay more money to increase the storage capacity.

But what it there was a way that you could have your very own cloud server that operates from your home that can synch your contacts, pictures, and documents from your phone to the server in your house from the same app?

With the price of computers shrinking, it is economical to do as long as your are willing to pay for an internet service provider.

Within the next few months, the focus of the site will be on how cloud services work and how you can create your own service using an inexpensive computer using an operating system and software that is free for the public to use.

The focus will be using Linux computers to operate a cloud service known as nextcloud. This European based company is developing a free cloud server application while providing an alternative to Microsoft and Amazon for enterprise cloud services that are compliant with EU standards.

While One Drive will be continued to be used for Microsoft purposes (since it is part of Microsoft 365) Nextcloud will be a primary system to demonstrate how a cloud server can work in your home to demonstrate how the IOT (Internet of Things) can work in your own home.

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