(updated 11/17/2012)

Tips, news and views, for 02-26-2006...


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Low approach, inkjet maintenance, Avro Arrow ...


02-26-06...

Who really did cancel the production of the Avro Arrow?

"It's the closest thing Canadian industry has to a love story and a murder mystery. The Avro Arrow, a sleek white jet interceptor developed in Malton, Ontario in the 1950s, could have been many things. It might have become the fastest plane in the world, our best defense against Soviet bombers, the catalyst to propel Canada to the forefront of the aviation industry. Instead, it became a $400-million pile of scrap metal, and the stuff of legends."

The incredibly sad story of the cancellation of production of the Avro Arrow is told in news clips assembled on a page at CBC Archives.

To hear the actual CBC broadcasts of the unveiling of the Arrow, through its cancellation and on to the debate over the Arrow's legacy, listen to the media files available on this page headlined The Avro Arrow: Canada's Broken Dream.

Find out more at Arrow Recovery Canada. Their site has a wealth of information on the CF-105 (the Arrow), including many photos.


02-26-06...

Spotty or streaky inkjet printing...

If you have an inkjet printer, one constant problem for some is using it enough to keep the ink flowing. Unlike toner in laser printers, inkjet ink can dry out at the nozzle tips and prevent ink from being sprayed onto the page when you print. This is typically seen as spotty coverage, or perhaps as poor or incorrect colour (when just one of the three process inks has clogged). Dried ink can also cause horizontally-streaky printing, as the print head transverses the printer and drags clumped ink back and forth through the fresh ink going onto the page.

To avoid inkjet printing problems, try printing out a least a couple of pages of multi-colour photos or the like at least once a week. This should keep the ink flowing properly. If you think this is wasteful, consider that your only recourse when partially-used cartridges print poorly is to throw them out.

If you are having problems with your inkjet print quality, try "cleaning the heads". This is a task common to virtually all inkjet printers. For an Epson printer, try this path - click on Start > Settings > Printers. Double-click the printer of interest. Click on Printer > Properties, and Printer Preferences. Look for a Maintenance tab. Choose "head cleaning".

If you do not have the exact same path to this function as I lay out here, or if you have a different brand of printer, look around a bit and you should eventually find the "maintenance" section for the printer you have.


02-26-06...

A low approach...

Airliners.net has many high resolution images of airliners, taken from around the world. Of interest was this photo, taken in St. Maarten, where the approach to the airport is over the beach. (More specifically, the Princess Juliana International Airport. The island is in the Caribbean Sea, 18.02 latitude and 63.07 longitude, 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.)

All credit to the photographers. Follow these links [1] and [2] to the image sources.



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