At last a printing solution!

Photograph copyright Fotorite Continuous printing System.

Photograph copyright Fotorite Continuous printing System.

I use my little inkjet printer quite a bit, and for years I’ve tried various ways to replenish the ink. Original printer manufacturer cartridges are the easiest in that they are guaranteed to work but their cost is eye-watering. I’ve tried re-manufactured and copy-cat cartridges, while cheaper, they sometimes don’t work properly and splurg out bizarre colours. More recently I’ve had quite a bit of success with refill kits by Refresh Cartridges. It’s fiddly though wielding needles and however hard I try to be neat I seem to get the ink all over myself. Also, why is it the cartridges always need changing just as you need to print out some important document 10 minutes before the post goes?

As I stumbled around the internet I found City Ink Express and their continuous ink system. It looks like a dream come true, a large reservoir sits beside the printer with pipes going into the printer heads. Although the starting price is relatively high (about £70 ex VAT) over time the ink is much cheaper. The starter set, which comes fully loaded, equates to 40 odd cartridges worth of ink, and then subsequent refills work out about 45p per cartridge cost. And to boot no more faffing around with replacing the cartridge every few prints. (You know the ones, where your kids ask you print 10 pages of cartridge draining photos for some homework project). Also not struggling with those impossible to open plastic bubble pack things that every computer related object seems to come in.

They also do bundles of printers and their continuous printing system if you are in the market for a new printer.

I haven’t tried this system just yet, but when I’ve had it running for a while I’ll post an update.

New beginnings

Leo Hartas

Leo Hartas crazy head.

I did this self portrait about 15 years ago, (actually 22 years – ed.) for the book, ‘Haunted Castle’, published by Dorling Kindersley. Sadly the book is long out of print, but you can still pick up second hand copies on Amazon for the princely sum of 1p + P&P.

I don’t know what that has to do with new beginnings, but this blog is a kind of new start as it coincides with a revamp of my website to a fancy WordPress based system. It should all be easier for me to update, along with drawing in more traffic from internet searches.

Apologies for a rough start. I’m still getting to grips with WordPress and formatting and populating the portfolio is going to take some time, so things look a little sparse at the moment. But two promises.

1. I WILL update the portfolio with new stuff regularly.

2. I WILL post to this blog regularly.

I’ve a lot to tell having started a new company venture, Playrama, and begun a complete re-evaluation of my freelance work and direction.

So there you have it!

Welcome to my new site. Do please book mark it and return now and again to catch up.

All the best,