Workgroup Printer TCO research project

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Apr 052013
 

Q4’2012 and Q1’2013 have been hectic with the completion of the imlememtation of VoIP and the kickoff of a Server room remodel. As the later project approaches completion a backlogged project has made it to the top of the queue: finding several decent multifunction workgroup printers. Requirements boil down to cost, cost of consumables, digital sending (scan to folder, scan to email), performnce, durability / dependability, remote managability, and and encrypted-HDD.

Budget ceiling is $3000 per department, and two departments have expressed interest. Recently procured and deployed an HP CM3530fs, and discoverd the nasty reality of expremely pricy toner cost, and some truly odd issues which have degraded my previously steadfast confidence in the brand. Also have experience with an aging Xerox Phaser solid ink color printer, which needs replacing.

One department has photo quality printing needs based on video snapshot printing use cases. That same department also needs a multi-function printer to participate in the division wide paper reduction effort: digital sending in the form of scan to network and scan to email. These needs might be best served by two printers. The other department can get by with a dedicated printer, but additional requirement are likely forthcoming.

Brands under consideration are essentially all that are available, with a need to whittle the selection group from many to five, and them from there create a matirx to help me match requirements to features, capabilties, and reviews. Base group so far includes Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Ricoh, and Xerox. Have received quotes from three vendors for Dell, HP, and Lexmark. One vendor is pushing Dell printers, but research says that Dell rebrands Lexmark and Samsumg printers, and then ties clients to a single source of consumables.

Powershell tips

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Mar 192010
 

Message to Admin: Please link the Coding & Scripting category to my profile so I can post directly.

PowerShell need to knows:

  1. To run PowerShell scripts at the command line you need to launch the PowerShell shell: c:>powershell
    When your in the PowerShell the prompt changes to PS plus the prompt from before, i.e. PS C:>
  2. In PowerShell vernacular commands are called commandlets, or more commonly “cmdlets”.
  3. PowerShell uses a concept called “execution policies” to be more secure, and the default execution policy is “restricted.”� There are four execution policies: [i] Restricted, [ii] AllSigned, [iii] RemoteSigned, and [iv] Unrestricted.
  4. Use get-ExecutionPolicy and set-ExecutionPolicy as needed
  5. PowerShell works with objects, so finding the property names is crucial for getting things done: ‘get-WmiObject Win32_ComputerSystem | get-member‘ to display all members

A good reference…

Planning for a Java CRUD Application

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Aug 022009
 

I have a need to improve a process that users presently use to submit account change requests, and it has been suggested that a good tactic would be the convert the manual process into a Java application.� The notion is appealing to me.� Recently, I have been studying Java, and there is an area of Java–and other application languages I ssuspect–called CRUD.� CRUD stands for Create, Read, Update, and Delete. I am eager to jump right in and start coding, but I know that requirements and use cases will be to my advantage.� I think that I’ll do both. First, I know the process well, because I suffer under the burden of its many flaws on an ongoing basis.� Second, I am learning Java (received an A in Introductory Java in the Spring 2009 semester) and will be taking an intermediate class in the Fall at a local community college.

The process in question is very uncontrolled, with managers and supervisors submitting email based requests to a help desk mailbox, without even the benefit of a standard form or format.� There are three proprietary systems plus Windows within which credentials must be administered and all four are subjected to annual audits.� Existing problems are many but all are opportunities: [1] no formal notification system is an opportunity to provide a request number and an completion ETA, [2] auditing the systems is an additional manual process where creating a defined audit-trail is a definite opportunity, and [3] Users of the process must guess each time a request is made as to the options and roles for each set of credential, an opportunity to organize details efficiently. I anticipate that other opportunities will emerge during the design process.

The course that I took in Java gave me the foundations of file IO, Swing, and the MVC, using Netbeans, and most of those concepts were sourced through the Sun Tutorial website–I’m still twitching about the Oracle-Sun buy-out–so my initial foray into Java CRUD will follow the Netbeans Platform CRUD Application Tutorial (ref. http://platform.netbeans.org/tutorials/nbm-crud.html).