Humidity and Paper Science Project!

In an earlier post, I spoke about proper paper care of paper in humid and arid conditions. After this humid summer, I wanted to put the paper to the test. The question, “how does different types of storage (thus humidity) really affect paper quality?”

So I stored paper in different conditions for a week and a half to absorb surrounding moisture. These were the different areas of storage and their associated humidity:

  • AC office (optimal conditions)
  • Warehouse (low/moderate humidity)
  • Trunk of a car (moderate/high)
  • Humidity chamber (high)

 

Set up

  • All of the paper was unwrapped and put in their respective locations so they wouldn’t be moved or affected by anything but surrounding humidity. The humidity chamber was a large container with an inch of water at the bottom and stands to keep the paper dry. This was stored in the sun, building humidity inside this closed container. Then, the most crucial part…we let it sit.

 

Testing

  • I printed a sample email on half a ream for a reasonable sample size in a multi-function printer.  Inspected each stack for toner flaking and more importantly paper curling. This is what we found:

 

Results

None of the pages had any visible signs of toner flaking or smudging. Printing graphics could have shown a better representation of toner flaking/smudging.  Surprisingly, the warehouse stored paper had more curling than the trunk. From best to worst results:

  1. Office paper = flat
  2. Trunk = slight curling on sides
  3. Warehouse = curling on sides, top, and bottom
  4. Humidity Chamber = extreme curling on sides, top, and bottom. The body of the paper also had significant wrinkling

 

To see the science project in action, watch the YouTube video!

 

Online Ordering

For clients who have an account set up, simply log into your account. Below shows you step-by-step directions to order toner and/or printing devices. If you do not have log-in credentials, Contact Us and we will happily help set you up.


 

1.  Click the Client Login tab at the right of the menu

2.  Log in

3.  Click “New Sales Order”

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4.  Click “Add Items…”

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5.  In the Find Items window, there are multiple ways to find an item by: (Equipment, Categories, Previous Orders, Items)

  • Click “Items” for available toner.
  • Click “Equipment” for available Printers/MFPs

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 6.  After you have added  all desired items, click “Save”

  • Include a PO# if desired and any special comments regarding the order

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7.  It was that easy.

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10 Best Google Extensions for Small Businesses

“Work smarter, not harder.” I like to say: “work smarter, so you can work even harder.” Our attention is divided by the increasing demands society asks from us. Since the capability exists, so does the priority. Whether it be a buzzing phone, a quick google ad, a bright poster on the way to work or our phone buzzing again, we are cultured to live in distraction. Praise to coffee, our sword in this battle.

When this precious attention is given to a task, it is important that it used effectively. Efficiency to complete tasks before distraction, and efficiency because it helps save the company saves money most importantly.

Whether you are previously aware or not, Google Chrome (which I highly suggest) have extensions for download. Google extensions are an excellent way to improve work and access information quickly. In no particular order, here are 10 Google extensions I suggest anyone working for a small business to take a look at.

 

1. Adblock

Chrome Web Store   adblockJust about any review on extensions will recommend Adblock. Why? Because it is effective. It speeds up load time because your computer won’t be using any bandwidth on  pesky ads.

2. Grammarly

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 This is especially helpful for people like me. Those who aren’t as grammatically gifted, it is comforting to have something more than spelling check that come default on most search engines. Grammarly checks emails, Facebook, LinkedIn, anything you write. It comes free with hundreds of common mistake corrections. For $11.99/month, it’ll check for 150+ additional points, plagiarism, and vocabulary suggestions.

3. Google Drive

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Google Drive is a cloud-based storage site, similar to Dropbox. With Google Drive, I’m including: Google Docs (similar to Word), Google Sheets (Excel), Google Slides (Powerpoint), and Google Keep (note taking), and Google Hangout (Instant Messaging). This all promote group collaboration as changes are seen real-time and don’t require emails sent back and forth.

4. Save to Drive

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After you’ve taken my advice and download Google Drive…This extension allows you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save to Google Drive’.

5. KeyRocket

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 This is a perfect extension for people who don’t mind learning something new. The abundance of shortcuts we can use every day can be overwhelming and hard to remember. KeyRocket gives subtle tips to save microseconds when on Gmail. Seconds add up and there is no downside to learning something new.

6. HTTPS Everywhere

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 Data security is extremely important. Information can so easily be stolen, protecting it is a must. I should have put this up at #1 because I think it is that important. It automatically switches sites from insecure “HTTP” to secure “HTTPS.” Protecting you from forms of surveillance, account hijacking, and some forms of censorship.

7. Awesome Screenshot

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Before downloading this extension this is how I had to take screenshots: First I had to look up how to take a screenshot, then Ctrl+Prt Scr, paste in paint (yes paint), then maneuver paint to crop exactly what I wanted. The worst. This is very user-friendly, in fact, I used this to crop out all the pictures used on this page.

8. InvisibleHand

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This is especially convenient for businesses that buy products online that are not always from the same source. Like stated above, InvisibleHand discreetly notifies you if the product you’re shopping for is available more cheaply from another retailer or travel site.

9. Highlight Keywords for Google Search

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This extension highlights the Google search keywords in web pages. This way you can instantly find the relevant parts of a page. Similar to the functionality of CTRL+F. but highlights all of the You can also search a word by highlighting it and right-clicking rather than copy and pasting.

10. Be Limitless

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Be Limitless is a beautiful alternative to a typical new tab page. It helps with productivity by keeping track of the time you are on specific websites. The dashboard also includes a smart notepad that makes to-dos, reminders and countdowns easy to create and remember. Create goals and achieve them with inspiring images and quotes.

Choose the Google extensions specifically for the needs you have. Be productive, seize the day seconds at a time.

Change Font and Save Money

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the theory that ink is more expensive that oil. If you haven’t heard of this, I’m sure your wallet has. In fact some say ink is the most expensive liquid in the world…and we use it daily. We are printing words with our money, so I guess we better keep that word count down. Txt spk is soundin lyk a viable option.

That may not be the most realistic option, but saving money is always a good thing. I came across an article the other day and found it rather interesting.

A high school student tested ink consumption of different typefaces and found there is a significant margin for savings. The student found that switching fonts from Times New Roman to Garamond, the federal government could save a whopping $136 million a year or 30%. Wow, why didn’t I think of that? This is something that can be easily implemented and create significant changes. One step closer to a greener world! Combine this with our remanufactured toner cartridges (shameless plug) and you got some serious savings.

If you are interesting in reading more about this story, you can find it here.

 

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11 Toxic Facts About E-Waste

 

E-Waste or electronic waste are the disposed electronic devices. As a company that focuses mainly on electronics, I have a duty to help spread the word of this growing problem. Not only does the waste harm the environment, but the metals themselves are valuable. Below are 11 facts about e-waste I find especially interesting. Courtesy of dosomething.org.

 

  1. In 2009, discarded TVs, computers, peripherals (including printers, scanners, fax machines) mice, keyboards, and cell phones totaled about 2.37 million short tons.
  2. E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
  3. 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.
  4. Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year.
  5. A large number of what is labeled as “e-waste” is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.
  6. Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.
  7. For every 1 million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 lbs of copper, 772 lbs of silver, 75 lbs of gold, and 33 lbs of palladium can be recovered.
  8. Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
  9. E-waste is still the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America, according to the EPA.
  10. It takes 530 lbs of fossil fuel, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.
  11. Electronic items that are considered to be hazardous include, but are not limited to: Televisions and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes, LCD desktop monitors, LCD televisions, Plasma televisions, Portable DVD players with LCD screens.

 

If you have any e-waste that needs disposal, take it to a reputable recycling location. Help out your future humans. We will also take any e-waste you need recycled, and will actually buy any empty toner cartridges you want to get rid of.

Printer Cleaning Basics

Cleaning the Outside of Your Printer

  1. Turn your printer off before cleaning.
  2. Clean the outside of your printer with a moist, lint-free cloth. Flour sacking or 100% cotton white t-shirt material works well.
  3. Usually a solution of one part vinegar and one part water is safe to use, but when moistening a cloth, be sure to wring out all the excess. Distilled or RO (reverse osmosis) water minimizes mineral residues. If you do use a prepared cleaner, make sure it is safe for both electronics and plastics.
  4. Always moisten the cloth. Never spray an aerosol directly onto your printer.

 

Cleaning a Laser Printer

  1. Turn the printer off, unplug it, and allow it to cool down before you begin.
  2. Remove the internal paper trays.
  3. Remove the toner cartridge and place it on a piece of clean paper.
  4. Clean inside the toner cavity with a dry, lint-free cloth and printer brush.
  5. Clean the printer mirror gently with the brush. Don’t touch the mirror if a brush isn’t provided.
  6. Wipe away dust and spilled toner. Remove paper fragments.
  7. Clean the rollers, but don’t touch the transfer (sponge) roller.
  8. Replace the toner cartridge

 

Cleaning an Inkjet Printer

Most inkjets have a self-cleaning process you can access from your printer’s control panel. If that process doesn’t remedy the problem, try one of the following. Remember to check your manufacturer’s documentation and the product documentation to be sure it is right for your printer.

  1. Inkjet cleaning cartridges flush dirt and debris out of clogged printer nozzles, restoring the quality of your prints and prolonging the life of your print heads. However, take care that the cleaning fluid you use is approved for your brand and model of printer.
  2. Before cleaning inside your inkjet, turn it off and unplug it. Let it cool down if necessary.
  3. Dust, hair, and lint from inexpensive papers can gum up your printer’s rollers. A computer vacuum is usually a safe way to remove debris.
  4. Roller cleaning sheets can help in cleaning print rollers. Again, check documentation before use.