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Articles of Interest
  07/17/2018 - Bar-B-Que, Pure Pittsburgh Style
  07/15/2018 - Epson EcoTank Printers - Save up to 80% on Ink Costs!
  07/07/2018 - Slow Computer?
  07/02/2018 - Epson Signature Worthy and Legacy Media - Buy 3, Get 1 Free
  06/26/2018 - Justin Merriman, Photojournalist, Speaks to Us
  03/09/2018 - Epson Partners with CIT Direct Capital
  03/06/2018 - Highly Rated Business Notebooks
  01/01/2018 - Epson SureColor P5000 Achieves Imaging Excellence
  11/25/2017 - The Less You Pay for a Printer, the More You Pay for Ink.
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Bar-B-Que, Pure Pittsburgh Style
07/17/2018

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Kenny Seeman is a long time customer at Tastar, moving from being a Heavy Metal musician, to working with very heavy metals, to doing the YouTube Heavy Metal Bar-B-Que Channel, that is flavored with a great dose of Pittsburghese. There's no better entertainment and enjoyment than barbecuing during a hot Pittsburgh summer.

As Kenny says on his channel:

"My channel,... just as the name says…. a mix of Heavy Metal... and Barbecue, the way I like it.

Heavy Metal…. LOUD and FAST!!!!! …..and Barbecue… LOW and SLOW!



This channel first started out with pictures. I just wanted to document the different techniques that I was using at a particular time. It has evolved into a video channel... and a channel that many people have taken the time to watch. This was intended solely for entertainment for me and a few of my friends, but we welcome anyone. All I'm doing is experimenting! I'm not saying…… do this…. or try this. I'm just saying ….This is what I'm having fun doing right now! There are plenty of channels out there that show you the proper and correct way to barbecue…… check them out! Me…I'm just doing My thing! HEAVY METAL STYLE!!!!!!!!!!"


Epson EcoTank Printers - Save up to 80% on Ink Costs!
07/15/2018

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Click this link to see Epson EcoTank Printers at tastarsupply.com.


Slow Computer?
07/07/2018

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From iFixIt.com - Speed Up Your Mac:

There are a lot of reasons to upgrade your computer's hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid-state drive (SSD) - here are three:

Faster everything: SSDs can read and write information up to 10x faster than a mechanical hard disk drive - that means faster boot up, application launch times, application performance and data-retrieval.

Increased durability: SSDs are more resistant to shock, vibration, and movement - making them well-suited for portable devices that are subject to sudden knocks and bumps.

Improved efficiency: Since SSDs don't have moving parts, they require less energy to operate. Less energy = increased battery life = awesome.

From TJ (one of our customers, who has a 4 year old i7 desktop PC that we upgraded to an SSD):

"This computer is running like you put a turbo kit on a Lamborghini engine and shoved it in a Honda Civic! Thank you guys so much for everything you have done for me on this!"


Epson Signature Worthy and Legacy Media - Buy 3, Get 1 Free
07/02/2018

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Buy 3 packages or rolls of Epson Signature Worthy and/ or Legacy media - including the popular Luster, Cold and Hot Press, Exhibition Fiber, most Epson canvases and all of the Legacy media - and get reimbursed for the cost the least expensive item via mail-in rebate. For complete details, please download the Epson rebate form for this promotion.

For a complete listing of eligible Epson Signature Worthy media, please click this link.

This offer is valid through August 31, 2018!


Justin Merriman, Photojournalist, Speaks to Us
06/26/2018

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He's an accomplished photojournalist - the credits on his website support this: "awards from organizations including Pictures of the Year International, Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, National Headliners Awards, the Society for News Design, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Northern Short Course, the Southern Short Course, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Military Reporters and Editors Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Press Club. He was awarded Photographer of the Year by the News Photographer Association of Greater Pittsburgh four times and most recently was honored with the Keystone Press Awards 2016 Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association."



And, his most recent adventure is the role that he had in creating a film about the importance of language in basic human survival. The film, created by Duolingo, a Pittsburgh, PA based organization that provides a free science-based language education platform, premiered its first film, "Something Like Home" on Tuesday, June 19, at Pittsburgh's Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The documentary explores the role and importance that language plays in the lives of refugees from Syria.



Mr. Merriman has done a lot with and for his profession. We wish him continued success.


Epson Partners with CIT Direct Capital
03/09/2018

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Epson America, a global leader in printing technology, and CIT Direct Capital, the national digital small business lending unit of CIT Group, announced a partnership to offer financing for commercial and digital print customers. This partnership will allow CIT Direct Capital to provide Epson customers a primary source of financing through a single point of contact. This will simplify Epson’s financing process by streamlining communication between equipment manufacturers, dealers and funding sources, creating a more straightforward customer experience.

“Epson strives to provide our customers with every avenue to success and provide support on all aspects of the purchase, from selecting the equipment, purchasing, maintenance, and warranty,” said Mark Mathews, vice president, Epson America, Inc. “Partnering with CIT Direct Capital provides the ability for Epson to offer a variety of acquisition methods to our customers, ensuring they can select the method that best fits their financial and business needs.”

No money down: purchase your equipment today without impacting your cash flow.
$99 payments for 6 months: out-of-pocket cost = $594 in first 6 months*.
Flexible terms (12-72 months): find the monthly payment that works for your business.

(*First payment of $99 due in 30 days, followed by 5 additional $99 monthly payments. First full payment occurs in the seventh month and will include document fees. Total out-of-pocket cost of $594 in first 6 months. Offer available through June 30, 2018.)

Click this link to go to your CIT Direct Capital online application. Or, call us for more information.


Highly Rated Business Notebooks
03/06/2018

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These notebooks are designed for business and are listed in the top 10 of NotebookCheck's website.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 14" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 / Full HD
• CPU: Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7200U / 2.5 GHz (3.1 GHz) / 3 MB Cache, benchmark 4,661
• Memory: 8GB LPDDR3 soldered
• Storage: 256 GB SSD - (M.2) PCIe - TCG Opal Encryption 2
• DVD drive: none
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 620
• Ports: USB 3.1 Gen 1/USB 3.0; USB 3.1 Gen 1/USB 3.0 Always On; 2 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3/DisplayPort/Power Delivery 2.0; HDMI; Lenovo Ethernet extension connector; Dock; Headphone/microphone; microSDXC UHS-II
• Weight: 2.49 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 14" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 / Full HD
• CPU: Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7200U / 2.5 GHz (3.1 GHz) / 3 MB Cache, benchmark 4,661
• Memory: 8GB DDR4, max. 32GB
• Storage: 256 GB SSD - (M.2) PCIe - TCG Opal Encryption 2
• DVD drive: none
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 620
• Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1; USB 3.1 Gen 1/USB 3.0 Always On; USB-C 3.1 Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3/DisplayPort/Power Delivery 2.0; HDMI; LAN; Dock; Headphone/microphone; SD Card, SDXC UHS Card
• Weight: 3.64 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review

HP 840 G4 - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 14" 1920 x 1080
• CPU: Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7200U / 2.5 GHz, benchmark 4,694
• Memory: 8GB, max. 32GB
• Hard drive: 256GB M-2 SSD
• DVD drive: None
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 620
• Ports: USB 3.1 Gen 1 charging port; USB 3.1 Gen 1; USB-C; DisplayPort; VGA; LAN; Dock; Headphone/microphone combo jack; 3 x card reader
• Weight: 3.3 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review

HP 840 G4 - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 14" 1920x1080
• CPU: Intel i7 7600U, benchmark 5,874
• Memory: 8GB, max. 32GB
• Hard drive: 256GB SSD
• DVD drive: none
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 630
• Ports: USB 3.1, USB C, SD Slot, Ethernet, Audio, DP, VGA, Dock
• Weight: 3.75 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review

Dell Latitude 7380 - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 13.3" 1920 x 1080
• CPU: Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7300U / 2.6 GHz (3.5 GHz) / 3 MB Cache, benchmark 5,112
• Memory: 8GB DDR4, max. 16GB, 1 slot (full)
• Storage: 256 GB SSD - (M.2) SATA
• DVD drive: none
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 620
• Ports: USB 3.1 Gen 1; USB 3.1 Gen 1 with PowerShare; HDMI; LAN; Headphone/microphone; 1 x microSD
• Weight: 2.58 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review


Epson SureColor P5000 Achieves Imaging Excellence
01/01/2018

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17-inch Desktop Photo Printer Awarded Accolades from Top Industry Associations and Publications

Epson continues to set the bar for professional imaging excellence with its award winning 17-inch Epson SureColor® P5000. Since going on sale in January of this year, the SureColor P5000 is designed to deliver enhanced performance, reliability and professional image quality for desktop photography, fine art, graphic design, and proofing applications. Over the past year, the SureColor P5000 has received a range of accolades from top photography associations and outlets, underscoring its impact on today’s photography and graphic design workflows. Highlights include:

TIPA Award: Best Photo Printer – Widely recognized as the most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide

Professional Photographer Magazine: Hot Ones 2017 Product – Official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, recognizes the printer as one of the 2017 Hot Products for photographers

Rangefinder Magazine: Editors’ Choice 2017 Buyer’s Guide – Award-winning monthly magazine, and the official publication of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), highlights the printer as a gear of the year for 2017

Digital Photo Pro Magazine: Editors’ Choice Best Photo Printer – A trusted source for the latest news on photography, the outlet recognized the printer in its annual Gear of the Year roundup and awarded it Editor’s Choice for best photo printer.

Now through June 30, 2018, save up to $450.00 on an Epson SureColor P5000 printer. Click this link for eligible printers or download the Epson rebate form for this offer.


The Less You Pay for a Printer, the More You Pay for Ink.
11/25/2017

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A review of Epson inkjet photo printers is a great example of this.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 11 x 17 All-in-One Printer - $243.99 - ink cost per ml - $2.49

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 13 inch wide printer - $349.99 - ink cost per ml - $2.47

Epson SureColor P400 13 inch wide printer - $479.00 (after rebate) - ink cost per ml - $1.39

Epson SureColor P600 13 inch wide printer - $599.00 (after rebate) - ink cost per ml - $1.24

Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 EcoTank printer - $649.00 - ink cost per ml - $0.18 (average cost)

Epson SureColor P800 17 inch wide printer - $845.00 (after rebate) - ink cost per ml - $0.69

Epson SureColor P5000 17 inch wide printer - $1,395.00 (after rebate) - ink cost per ml - $0.43

Epson SureColor P6000 24 inch wide printer - $2,195.00 - ink cost per ml - $0.34 (700 ml cartridges)

Epson SureColor P10000 44 inch wide printer - $5,245.00 - ink cost per ml - $0.28


Artists at Work
11/09/2017

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Off-the-Wall Graphics stands out when it comes to expert knowledge and reliable, excellent performance in custom silkscreen printing, embroidery and color separations. Located in Greensburg, PA, the company is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Steve and Anita Kozinko. Steve is the screen print manager and the color separation and screen creation artist. Unique in his ability to separate jobs into the best color combinations for the screen printing process, he rarely uses standard CMYK colors traditionally used for offset printing. With their precise Epson SureColor T3270 printer, Steve generates screens up to 80 lines per inch that are printed using water-based, discharge or standard inks and - voila! His output equals works of art.



The equally talented Anita supervises the embroidery department. A prominent bead artist, her works have been exhibited nationally and regionally. She was named a finalist in the 2017 BeadDreams annual competition for her entry of Mandalas - a bead embroidered adult coloring book, and she received the Craft Award for her “Ancient Lights” at this year's Westmoreland Art Nationals Exhibition.



Along with their production team they continually provide exceptional service to businesses, non-profit organizations and schools. We've been pleased to serve Off-the-Wall Graphics for 20 of its 30 plus years in business.


Update Your Epson Wide-Format Printer Firmware
11/02/2017

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Epson has announced important firmware updates for the Webconfig feature in certain Professional Imaging Printer products. This update addresses a vulnerability that may compromise the security of the printer’s web browser. The CVE-ID for this vulnerability is CVE-2017-6443 and you can learn more about it on the CVE website.

Printers affected:
Epson Stylus Pro WT7900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson SureColor F2000, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 7900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 9900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 7890, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 9890, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4880, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4450, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 11880, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro GS6000, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 3800, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 3880, all models, all previous firmware versions

You can also download the Epson data sheet describing this issue.


Pittsburgh Gives - Artist Image Resource
10/05/2017

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Five words come to mind to describe Artists Image Resource (AIR), located on the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Educate. Inspire. Stimulate. Experience. Create. Whether one is an established artist, a novice printer, or a person hungry to whet their creative appetite, AIR is the go-to facility locally, regionally and nationally for printmaking and is equipped to produce relief, intaglio, lithography, screen printing and digital printing projects. Its mantra ~ Production – Education – Community ~ is evident throughout the artist operated, non profit print and imaging organization. Buzzing activity of resident artists, students and community visitors is constant and print artworks can be viewed in progress or hanging on walls throughout its space. Go on a studio tour, sign up for a workshop or take an in depth, refresher tutorial and experience first hand what this extraordinary laboratory offers.



Executive and Artistic Director, Robert Beckman, enthusiastically talks about resident artist Ricardo Ruiz’s work in progress, describing one step of the process.




Can't transport your students or community group to AIR. . . they’ll come to you! Mobile printing units allow participants to learn all aspects of the photographic silkscreen process.




Ben Page is AIR's in-house printer extraordinaire. Here, he explains the intaglio process.




Examples of printmaker works decorate the walls of AIR adding interest, color and voice.

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