Changing My Ink Cartridge Reminds Me Of Nintendo

My printer maintenance pissed me off today. I was trying to print out a document, and suddenly a screen popped up saying that the printer is cleaning the cartridges. Why do ink cartridges need to be cleaned by my printer? Is there some asshole that is purposely packaging dirty ink cartridges? Shouldn’t they already be clean based on how much money I payed for them? Ink cartridges are expensive!

While the printer was cleaning out the cartridges, the power to my laptop died out. Great. I went back into my room, retrieved the power cord, and waited a few years for the operating system to turn back on. When the power finally came on, an indicator light said that I am out of cyan ink. It would not let me print until I replaced the cyan ink. Why the hell does a printer even need cyan ink to print out a black and white document. That’s nonsense!

I thought that maybe if could violently shake the ink cartridge and blow into the receptors, I could fool the printer into thinking that I replaced the ink. This was loosely based on a theory that I applied to old Nintendo video game cartridges. I wasn’t sure if I was surprised at the fact that it actually worked, or that technology hasn’t evolved since the 1980’s.

4 thoughts on “Changing My Ink Cartridge Reminds Me Of Nintendo

  1. Unfortunately, although both Nintendo and printers use cartridges, I don’t think the old “blow into the thing, and it’s all clean” thing will work with printers, hehe. Printer ink cartridges do have a tendency to clog up, so the more advanced ink-printers can detect that type of problem and clean it up, even if it does take a while. My own printer is of the three-cartridge type, instead of the four-cartridge, which means I don’t need to buy black ink. The only down side to this is that the color black doesn’t come out as black as actual black ink does, since it’s just a mixture of three colors, so I might still prefer the four-cartridge over this one. I’m thinking of changing up, if and when I find a less expensive unit.


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