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Articles of Interest
  11/23/2019 - Winterize Your Epson Printer
  11/04/2019 - Double Dog Studios Open House
  10/24/2019 - Hahnemühle Introduces the Natural Line
  09/23/2019 - "Exposed" at the Gilberti Fine Art Studio and Gallery
  09/10/2019 - Fast Desktop PCs
  09/09/2019 - Epson Wide Format Printers for Education
  09/03/2019 - Fast PC Notebooks
  08/07/2019 - Do Epson EcoTank Printers Change This Rule of Thumb?
  06/25/2019 - Rice Is a Food, Not a Tool.
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Winterize Your Epson Printer
11/23/2019

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Every year about this time, we have Epson wide-format printer users mentioning clogged heads.

The primary cause is a lack of humidity in the air — because winter heating systems dry the air to a point below optimum operating humidity. The specification for operating humidity for Epson SureColor and Stylus Pro printers is between 40 to 50 percent. In an environment with forced air heat, the humidity level can easily drop below 20 percent. A simple solution is to add a small portable humidifier in the room with your Epson printer. It will help to keep your printer running smoothly and it will provide a healthier environment, too.

Click here to see the humidifiers and related items that we offer (the Swiffer is in the list because the printers don't like dust, either).


Double Dog Studios Open House
11/04/2019

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Double Dog Studios Open House. St. Joseph Rectory. Reimagined.

Double Dog Studios is formally opening with an open house on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Dave and Pat Klug are dedicating the studio's galleries to Dave's paintings, drawings, and whimsey. Meet Dave and Pat, hang out and have a cookie and a beverage.

Double Dog Studios is located at 317 Second Avenue, Carnegie PA, 15106. It was once a part of the St. Joseph German Church complex (the church was destroyed by a fire in 1981, but the rectory was untouched). It is now owned by Dave and Pat Klug who have been bringing the building back to life using it as it once was - a living, working and gathering space. Three gallery areas, a store/gallery, a kitchen that will spotlight tastings and guest chef dinners, plus meeting and workshop areas are just part of what the Klug's have planned for the former rectory.

To learn more about Dave visit daveklug.com, and Pat visit patklug.com. And, follow Double Dog on Instagram @doubledogstudios. If you are interested in discussing a potential show or event at Double Dog, please contact Dave or Pat.






Hahnemühle Introduces the Natural Line
10/24/2019

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Today, Hahnemühle introduced their Natural Line of papers at Photo Plus in New York, and we've added these papers to our website. Per Hahnemühle, "It focuses on FineArt inkjet papers made from unique raw materials: bamboo, hemp and agave. The plants that provide the cellulose require minimal maintenance, grow quickly and don’t need any pesticides. Their rapid growth means that more cellulose can be produced on the same cropland than with other raw materials, and they also require much less water, helping to save valuable resources and protect the environment."

The Natural Line papers can be found at this link. And, you can find information on Hahnemühle's Green Rooster Initiative, their commitment to our environment, at this link.

If you would like printed samples of the Natural Line papers, please call our office.


"Exposed" at the Gilberti Fine Art Studio and Gallery
09/23/2019

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The Gilberti Fine Art Studio and Gallery in Coraopolis, PA is presenting the Polaroid image transfer work of Pittsburgh photographer Tom Gigliotti from October 1 through December 30, 2019, with an opening reception on Friday, October 4th.

This exhibit presents the results of Tom Gigliotti's work in converting photos done with Type 59 Polaroid film to digital prints. The exhibit shows work that has gone from the original Polaroid film to an intermediate Teslin Synthetic receptive substrate, to the final print and then to the digital print.

Mr. Gigliotti's conversion process results in one-of-a-kind images that reflect the techniques of the process. It's a creative process that's done by hand and by eye and that doesn't depend on the digital tools that are frequently used today.


Click to enlarge - Yellow Bucket by Tom Gigliotti, print size 24 x 29 7/8 inches.


Fast Desktop PCs
09/10/2019

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We've identified a few desktop PCs that provide excellent performance for the price. These computers have either AMD Ryzen or Intel 8th or 9th generation processors. And, they all have solid state drives that give an extra performance boost, and 3 year warranties. The more expensive models in this list have high performance graphics cards and would be great for CAD work as well as for work in the graphic arts.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M725S Small Form Factor that includes an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 15,897, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $809.00.

Lenovo ThinkCentre P330 Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 16,294, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,059.00.

HP Z1 G5 Workstation Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 16,294, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,069.00.

HP Z2 G4 Workstation Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9700K, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 17,127, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,219.00.

Dell Optiplex 7070 Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 16,330, 16GB of memory, a 256GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. This desktop also includes an AMD Radeon RX 550 (video card benchmark of 3,445) with 4GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,269.00.

Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 16,294, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. This desktop also includes an NVIDIA Quadro P2200 (video card benchmark of 10,171) with 5GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,419.00.

HP EliteDesk 705 G4 MicroTower that includes a Ryzen 7 2700X, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 17,276, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,529.00.

Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9700K, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 17,127, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. This desktop also includes an NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (video card benchmark of 4,413) with 4GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,579.00.

HP Z1 G5 Workstation Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 16,294, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. This desktop also includes an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (video card benchmark of 14,144) with 8GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,599.00.

Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9900, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 19,293, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. This desktop also includes an NVIDIA Quadro P2200 (video card benchmark of 10,171) with 5GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,599.00.

Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower that includes an Intel Core i7 9900, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 19,293, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 3 year warranty. This desktop also includes an NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (video card benchmark of 4,413) with 4GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,649.00.

Click this link for a listing of these computers.


Epson Wide Format Printers for Education
09/09/2019

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Special education discounts are available to K - 12 and higher education institutions for purchases of Epson's wide format printers. The Brighter Futures program includes both the SureColor T-Series architectural and signage printers and select SureColor P-Series professional imaging printers.

The Epson T-Series printers are incredibly versatile and cover a wide variety of printing needs including posters (to promote football games, for example), maps, engineering drawings, banners, and even clear film for screen printing, at top of the line speeds. And, by utilizing Epson’s Brighter Futures program specifically designed for education, you can get significant savings off the regular price for any of the SureColor T-series models:



EPSON Professional Imaging P-Series wide format printers are designed for Photography, Fine Art, Proofing, and Graphic Design. With Epson’s Brighter Futures program, you can get significant savings off the regular price for select SureColor P-series models:


Current Epson mail-in rebates can be used with SureColor P600 ($400.00 after the mail-in rebate), P800 ($595.00 after the mail-in rebate) and P5000 ($995.00 after the mail-in rebate) printer purchases, so the Brighter Futures pricing on these models is especially attractive.

To download an Epson Brighter Futures Product Guide, please click this link. And, call us for more information.


Fast PC Notebooks
09/03/2019

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We've identified a few PC notebooks that provide excellent performance for the price. They have either AMD Ryzen or Intel 8th or 9th generation processors. And, they all have solid state drives that give an extra performance boost, and 3 year warranties.

HP EliteBook 745 G6 that includes an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 8,596, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD, a 15.6 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1199.00.

HP EliteBook 840 G6 that includes an Intel Core i5 8265U, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 7,992, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD, a 14 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,339.00.

HP EliteBook 840 G6 that includes an Intel Core i7 8565U, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 8,848, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD, a 14 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,529.00.

HP ZBook 15 G6 that includes an Intel Core i7 9750H, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 13,579, 16GB of memory, a 1TB SSD, a 15.6 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,699.00.

HP ZBook 15 G6 that includes an Intel Core i7 9850H, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 14,347, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD, a 15.6 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,969.00.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 that includes an Intel Core i7 9750H, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 13,668, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD, a 14 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display powered by a Quadro T1000 and a 3 year warranty. It's currently priced at $1,989.00.

Click this link for a listing of these computers.


Do Epson EcoTank Printers Change This Rule of Thumb?
08/07/2019

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"The more that you pay for a printer, the less you pay for ink."



And, are Epson printers really this small?

Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 All-in-One printer - 88.39
• T302 XL Black Ink, 550 pages: 27.39
• T302 XL Color Ink, 650 pages: 20.39
• Cost per black/ color page: 6.7/ 18.7 cents

Epson Workforce Pro WF-3730 All-in-One printer - 129.99
• T702 XL Black Ink, 1,100 pages: 44.39
• T702 XL Color Ink, 950 pages: 28.39
• Cost per black/ color page: 5.8/ 13 cents

Epson Workforce Pro WF-C5210 w/ ink pack - 129.99
• T902 XXL Black ink, 10,000 pages: 149.99
• T902 XL Color ink, 5,000 pages: 86.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 2.1/ 6.8 cents

Epson ET-2720 EcoTank All-in-One printer - 193.99
• T522 XXL Black ink, 4,500 pages: 14.69
• T522 XL Color ink, 7,500 pages: 14.69
• Cost per black/ color page: 0.9/ 0.5 cents
Highlights: low cost ink, low cost per copy

Epson Workforce WF-7210 printer - 199.99
• T252 XXL Black ink, 1100 pages: 38.69
• T252 XL Color ink, 1100 pages: 32.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 5.3/ 12.5 cents

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 All-in-One printer - 243.99
• T277 Black Ink, 240 pages: 11.99
• T277 Color Ink, 360 pages: 11.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 4.7/ 10.9 cents
Highlights: 6-color photo printer, 11 inch wide prints

Epson Workforce ST-2000 All-in-One printer - 246.99
• T502 Black Ink, 7,500 pages: 19.99
• T502 Color Ink, 6,000 pages: 13.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 0.4/ 1.0 cents
Highlights: low cost ink, low cost per copy, 2 years of ink guarantee*

Epson Expression Photo XP-15000 printer - 313.99
• T312 XXL Black ink, 500 pages: 19.99
• T312 XL Color ink, 830 pages: 23.39
• Cost per black/ color page: 5.3/ 12.5 cents
Highlights: 6-color photo printer, 13 inch wide prints

Epson Expression Premium ET-7700 All-in-One printer - 529.00
• T512 Black ink, 8,000 pages: 19.99
• T512 Color ink, 5,000 pages: 13.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 0.5/ 1.3 cents

Epson Workforce Pro ET-8700 All-in-One printer - 949.00
• R02X Black ink, 10,000 pages: 89.99
• R02L Color ink, 5,000 pages: 24.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 1.2/ 2.4 cents
Highlights: 13 inch wide prints

Click this link for a listing of the printers shown in this comparison.

* Click this link for information about the "Two Years of Ink" program.


Rice Is a Food, Not a Tool.
06/25/2019

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Another interesting article from iFixit - "Rice can transform an economy, save a boring meal, and stop winter drafts. One thing it absolutely, positively cannot do is save a wet cell phone. In fact, submerging your phone in rice makes the problem worse, especially if it’s still powered on...Dry, uncooked conventional rice was the worst of the seven options we tested. It absorbed the least water in 24 hours, losing out to silica gel, cat litter, couscous, instant oatmeal, classic oatmeal and instant rice."



Most of the content for this article came from repair shops, and the moral of the story is to use a repair shop rather than rice (or cat litter or couscous). But, it's useful to know that using rice to repair water damage can do more harm than good. Click this link to read the iFixit article.


Christine Frechard Gallery in Pittsburgh
06/12/2019

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The gallery is featuring a photography and video installation titled Memories running from June 25 through July 30, 2019, with artwork from Victor Grauer, David Aschkenas and Masha Tatarintseva.



The gallery is located at 5126 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201, phone 412-407-9319.


Can That Canned Air
06/11/2019

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We received an interesting news article from iFixit - a self-help repair website - about the downsides of using canned air to clean electronics and other stuff. Per iFixit: "Canned air, or gas duster, is what you probably reach for when there’s hard-to-reach gunk inside your gear. It’s easy to find at big-box stores or online, it’s relatively cheap (if you don’t think about paying for air), and it moves dust. It seems like the right tool for the job. But you shouldn’t use it." And, here is a list of cautions provided by one of the prominent canned air suppliers:

  • NEVER shake or tilt can before or during usage.  Use in upright position only.
  • NEVER spray into an enclosed space, such as a trash can or paper shredder.
  • NEVER use on camera mirrors.
  • AVOID skin contact with product in a liquid form, may cause frostbite.
  • AVOID contact with product in liquid form, may cause plastic to discolor.
  • ALWAYS use only in accordance with directions on this can.
  • ALWAYS use with adequate ventilation.
  • DO NOT store in direct sunlight, enclosed vehicle, or expose to temperatures above 120°F (49°C)
  • DO NOT pierce or burn, even after use.  Contains diffluoroethane.
  • KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. 
  • THE INTENTIONAL MISUSE BY DELIBERATELY INHALING MAY BE FATAL.  Contact physician if such contact occurs.

Click this link to check out the iFixit article. Or, if you want to clean stuff with an electric air blower, check out the MetroVac DataVac Electric Duster/ Cleaner ED-500. We've used one for a few years and it does a great job.


Epson EcoTank Printers for Business with 2 Years of Ink
06/01/2019

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Epson is offering great deals on their Workforce ST-2000, ST-3000 and ST-4000 EcoTank printers that include up to 2 years of ink. For a listing of the printers, please click this link. And, to check out the details of the free ink program, please visit the Epson 2 Year Guarantee website. Or, download the Workforce ST-Series EcoTank 2 Years of Ink Claim Form

Epson's current promotions:

Purchase one of these Epson Workforce EcoTank printers by October 31, 2019, and receive an instant rebate up to $125.00 (our website prices reflect this rebate). Click this link for a listing of these printers.

- the Buy 3 and Get the 4th Free promotion where the purchaser can get their fourth printer for free. Please download the Workforce ST-Series EcoTank flyer for complete details.


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