CCS-Digital Newsletter

Welcome to the CCS-Digital monthly newsletter. Inside you will learn a number of things to improve your online experience, from scams to avoid, useful free software, discounts and deals available online and more.


The discount code of spring18 (upper or lower case) will give you 5% off orders of $20 and up.

We are no longer sending out email reminders of the newsletter.
As you are probably aware, if someone makes a purchase from a site, that site has the right to add them to their mailing list. This is not considered spam as long as there is an easy way to opt out. We do NOT add people to our mailing list unless they specifically request it. The email for our newsletter contains no ads, just a link to the newsletter online. It also begins by saying one can be removed from the list just by replying with remove.

Despite this, a few morons signed up for the discount and then reported us for spam. A few sites (AOL, Yahoo) will block a site or even an entire server on the basis of 2 or 3 spam complaints. Customers emailed us with questions and our replies were blocked because of the complaints of a few morons. On top of that, we could not even remove them from our list because in some cases their emails were forwarded to other IDs and the complaining ID was not even on our list.

Then there are the actual spammers who spoof IDs. Someone recently called to complain that she received 200 emails from bestinkandtoner.com. We never send mail from that domain. Some spammer spoofed that ID (which is very easy to do and there is no way for us to prevent it). It did NOT go through our server. A knowledgeable person can look at the email headers and figure out where it really came from. But AOL, Yahoo and other lazy companies don't bother. If it says Bestinkandtoner, then Bestinkandtoner must be blocked. I wonder how much spam is sent from AOL and Yahoo IDs and how they would feel if other ISPs blocked all their email over it.

So we will not be sending out any emails about the newsletter to cut down on complaints. You can visit this link at the beginning of each month to see the latest newsletter. It still won't solve the issue of spoofing.

Just a reminder, if you buy something on Amazon, please use this link to get there:
Our Amazon Link
It won't cost you anything and I'll get a small percent. It buys a toy for my grandchildren every so often.

Ink Talk

The Epson Embargo Has Hit
We have been warning people for months that it will become very difficult to get Epson compatible cartridges. Customs has been stopping shipments from entering the country. Epson has been going after suppliers. Our biggest supplier just stopped providing Epson cartridges. We will soon be removing some models from our site and prices on other models are moving up. Don't wait for the last minute. You might also want to consider refillable and reusable cartridges because you will always be able to find ink.

Now is the time to get a printer
Just about all the printer companies are jumping on the rip-off bandwagon where every printer needs a different cartridge. It used to be that a company would release 5 or 10 new printers a year and all would use the same cartridges. By making each printer use a different one, they know that the market for any one cartridge model will be limited so compatible manufacturers won't bother to make it. On top of that, they issue firmware upgrades via the Internet so even if you find a compatible cartridge, if you allow the upgrade to run, it will stop working.

For these reasons, we urge people to get one of the "older" printers now - the ones which still work with compatible cartridges. Otherwise you will be paying a fortune for ink. There are printers where the ink cost as much or more than the printer itself. HP and Epson have some inkjets where the cartridges are over $100 a set (HP has at least one where cartridges are $400!).

Right now the best two inkjets are the Epson Workforce 2750 for about $60 with cartridges about $5 and the Epson Workforce 7710 for $150 with cartridges about $4. The 7710 prints to 19 x 13 and the black cartridge can print about 800 pages. Refillable cartridges are also available for this printer but not the 2750. So far it seems these two models are not subject to the firmware upgrade scam which follows but it's always a good idea to reject any upgrades Epson tries to foist on you.

Texas AG May Sue Epson Over Dirty Tricks
I was a staunch advocate for Epson products for over 20 years but no longer. If you want all the details, you can read Epson dirty tricks.

Beware the firmware upgrade
Epson releases firmware upgrades which are sent to you via the net. All these do is prevent compatible cartridges from working. With single-use cartridges, most people use them within a few months of purchase so by the time the upgrade arrives, they are used. (Though we do get customers who hold them for months and then complain later - after running an upgrade - why they don't work. This is why our "official" warranty is 60 days. It's impossible to protect people from their own actions.) With refillable cartridges, people expect to use them for a long time. Then they run the upgrade which renders the cartridges useless.

Need a speaker for a user's group?

I recently gave my second online presentation to another user's group in Florida but based on the responses I received, it appears that people were tuned in from other states as well. If you have a group which meets regularly who would be interested in hearing about computer-related topics, drop me a line.

Inspirational, amazing and fun

when store burns down, competitor offers to share space

another feel good story. woman posts car for sale on Craigslist. Ends up giving it away to a mother in need and even paying for extras. More stories in the comments.
give away car

teacher sees 7-year-old bking on the highway and knows something's wrong

teenager builds his own proesthetic arm out of lego

new therapy shows promise for Chron's Disease

company makes bio-degradable cutlery and straws out of avocado pits

plastic bags may soon generate power for cell phones

unique window blinds could function as solar panels

3d printed homes cost $4000 and take 1 day to build

company builds homes using waste plastic formed like lego blocks

Katie Couric secretly took a million dollar pay cut to save co-worker's jobs

CEO cuts his own salary and profits in order to raise all his employees salaries

3 young men help elderly couple

elderly man asks for help buying a birthday card for his wife - sort of

deserving family gets Ellen's biggest gift ever - with a catch

child actress talks about her time with Gene Wilder on set of Willy Wonka

have you been hacked? try this test

clever email scam fools many

Scientists disbelieve Israeli scientists claim of a cure for cancer

taxing empty apartments could be the solution to affordable housing

students buy retiring teacher his dream gift

sleeping student with financial concerns wakes to anonymous gift of money

man brings out telescope and invites passersby to look at the moon

city bus driver befriends little girl

little girl heals grieving widower

newsletter reader tip from Gene Fozard:
Red River Paper sells all kinds of printer paper. I am not necessarily recommeding that you purchase there - that is up to you - but they have some good tips on selecting the right paper for a project.
Red River

man charged with fraud for faking work accident - caught on camera

after clerk's collapse, 2 teens rob store while customer looks on

world's worst robber

7 insane versions of flight of the bumblebee

you will not believe this guy's voice

these little Phillipino boys are great

chickens laying anti-cancer eggs

ever heard of ghost apples?

hysterical call between Ellen and a fan

Are you a geek, dork or nerd? Hysterical video

sisters ask dying mother to send them a sign from heaven

young boy gives his own shoes to homeless boy

response to internet scam transforms man from scammer to saint

rejected teen creates Sit With Us app to help other teens

magician without hands or feet does card tricks, fools Penn & Teller

defendant weeps as judge recognizes him as the nicest kid in middle school. with judge's help, his life is changed
life changing meeting

Another example of city rules running amok. A couple painted their house to resemble Van Gogh's Starry Night and the city fines them. After battling the city for months, a judge rules in couple's favor and orders the city to pay them.
city run amok

a judge with common sense: you don't ticket someone at 9:59 for violating a no parking from 8 to 10.
common sense judge

young clerk pays for woman's groceries, has his kindness repaid

boy first to receive double hand transplant throws out opening ball at Baltimore Orioles game

father takes stepfather's hand and requests that both escort bride down the aisle
putting family first

ready to retire? Try a Holiday Inn

What do you want to see in the next issue?

If there's something specific you want to know about, feel free to drop me a note.

Until next time, have a great month!

izzy

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