Practical IT Tips: Printer companies get fat on chips. By Simon Hurst
The first in a series of occasional contributions from Simon Hurst on the day-to-day foibles of dealing with technology.
Q: When's an empty toner cartridge not an empty toner cartridge?
A: When the printer manufacturer uses a chip to stop it working after an arbitrary number of copies.
I use my printer in what I always thought was a reasonably typical way for a small business. Mostly text pages with black text, but blue headings and hyperlinks.