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Questions of technology choice for a startup

by dzr_greg / April 13, 2008 5:21 AM PDT

Hello Buzz Town,

i'm creating a small company.

I need two advices :
We don't have a huge budget to invest in our computer system.
All our system will be under Mac.

I need a multifonction laser color printer that can Fax, Print, Scan and copies. And if we can send the documents with scan to the other computer over the network.
I found the Samsung CLX 3160FN. What do you think about it? Do you advice a better one ?

Also, people will be often away of the desk. What do you advice to be able to do sync work over the net, and also online backup storage ?
I heard about on Cnet Live, what do you think about it ? Do you think it's a good choice ? Is there better services on other website ?

Thanks a lot for your help.


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no good choice
by omar_cortes / March 3, 2009 4:37 PM PST

I have this all in one printer, and I'm very unhappy with It.
too many problems.
even when I don't use colors I have to replace the cartridges to print in black. because the printer don't lets you print in black (even if you have a full black cartridge) if you don't have the colors full.
too many problems. and I don't recommend you this all in one printer for your office, I have just one computer and you don't know how many bad moments this printer have gave me.
I have spend more money when I tried to save by buying this clx-3160fn all in one printer than if I had got a expensive one.

"forget my inglish still learning."

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by Balls_Maximus / March 3, 2009 11:57 PM PST

I have the HP officejet pro L7700 all in one, running on wifi, scanning to a windows server that I access through the mac. Also has scan via IP so you can connect and run an application to upload the file to you.

Love it.
Got it refurb from staples for $250.

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Might not be helpful
by Nicholas Buenk / March 4, 2009 7:58 AM PST

But environmentalist in me must say is paperless office not possible? Do it via a scanner, email and PDF. Probably cheaper too.

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to quote T.W.I.T.
by Balls_Maximus / March 4, 2009 9:02 AM PST
In reply to: Might not be helpful

I'm pretty sure one of the TWIT podcasters this week, spoke of a newspaper that used 70,000 trees a week.

My office might use one tree every two years.

Big paper aside...
I would recommend paperless for organization as well as less tree usage, but you have to look at things from many ways.

Running computers, and phones, and servers, and hubs, and routers, and scanners, all require power, power that right now is created from coal. While coal in the states is a clean process, it's a non-renewable resource. Trees, can be farmed, are a renewable resource, and paper can be recycled.

Coal, after use is gone, and produces a varying degree of emissions depending on the plant it's processed at.

Which is worse for the environment? Well It would take a lot more research to find out: Small office printer, vs Small office server.

What do you think?

I'm not following up on those numbers, but be my guest and let me know.

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I think
by Nicholas Buenk / March 4, 2009 10:30 AM PST
In reply to: to quote T.W.I.T.

Yes these devicesare powered by coal. But it's the domain of the government to deal with that. It's a public utility. They will have to implement a change over to nuclear, geothermal or solar. We can only control our homes and offices.

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The government works for us...
by Balls_Maximus / March 4, 2009 11:07 AM PST
In reply to: I think

or at least, that's how it should be...

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And I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you...
by DangMI / March 6, 2009 3:19 AM PST
In reply to: to quote T.W.I.T.

"While coal in the states is a clean process..."

It is, appreantly a "CLEANER" process, but not, by any stretch, a "CLEAN" process. And, you won't be growing your trees anywhere they've mined that coal.

Or, it is just as accurate (but nor better PR) to say, "This new skunk doesn't smell quite as bad as the old one."

Try this:

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right on...
by Balls_Maximus / March 6, 2009 6:15 AM PST

So my point, as green as everyone says they are, if they are using a power outlet, chances are... I say we go nuclear, and subsidize superman to throw the waste into the sun.

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by Nicholas Buenk / March 6, 2009 1:44 PM PST
In reply to: right on...

Except for the superman part. Just dump it in a desert.
We have plenty of them here in Australia, as well as having the worlds largest reserves of uranium. Wink

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To quote someone else
by fbbbb / March 7, 2009 8:34 PM PST
In reply to: Might not be helpful

They said "A paperless office will come at the same time as the paperless toilet".

I wait in eager anticipation.

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wait a sec
by Balls_Maximus / March 9, 2009 8:56 AM PDT
In reply to: To quote someone else

My toilet doesn't need paper to work. I've never used toilet paper, and it's always worked fine. Does that make my toilet green?

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Visit Japan
by Nicholas Buenk / March 9, 2009 12:53 PM PDT
In reply to: To quote someone else

They have paperless topiets already!

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