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You know, you folks can bash Epson all you want. And, maybe they're due a bashing. I don't know. But -- I'll tell you what: I'm just a rank beginner to electronics and computers. I only started engineering computer systems 30 years ago. Due to my extreme naivete, I am insecure enough to make DAMNED SURE that each and every component of every system I design and produce is exactly as I specify it from start to finish, from top to bottom, or I will simply not commit to the functionality / performance / reliability / produceability / cost / serviceability / etc., contstraints and plans. I want my systems to behave, in the customer's hands, as I intended, or I **will know** why they don't. Wouldn't you, if you had the responsibility? Not only that: You see, I run this engineering company. I'm personally responsible for the livelihood of a bunch of other people. I feel that responsibility, personally, every day. So important parts of my value equation are to try to (a) keep those people gainfully employed, and (b) to want to make a decent profit for the company so it can keep growing and developing, and (c) to profit for myself. Pretty old fashioned and decrepit, huh? Just plain greedy and selfish, what? Maybe you folks *do* know much better than I. Unfortunately, I guess that **I** simply don't know all the parameters which went into Epson's engineering process. I guess I'm just too dumb for this list. Return to your regularly scheduled TV program, why don't you? Don Feinberg email@example.com > Steve, maybe he wasn't being entirely straight with you. Maybe it's just as > simple as completing a circuit. Here's a sample from Epson Patent # 5,975,688 - > > " By providing an ink cartridge with patterned electrodes thereon, and a > matching electrode pattern on the printer body so that contact between > electrodes closes a printer circuit, only a standard, proper ink cartridge can > be correctly loaded into the printer main body, so that the loading of an > irregular ink cartridge can be reliably prevented. Only when a standard, proper > ink cartridge has been loaded, the printer main body is operable. By providing > an indicator lamp within the circuit, that the printer is in this operable > condition can be visibly checked externally by determining if the lamp is > illuminated, which in turn allows the user to avoid the use of an improper ink > cartridge." > > They also added this phrase and I think we all know what it means - Epson won' > t have to put up with any more third party ink suppliers or refillers - > and I quote: > > " Still other objects and advantages of the invention will in part be obvious > and will in part be apparent from the specification." > > So apparently, this has been on their minds for a while. > > Di > > > > - > Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use > accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions. > - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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