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How is Paper Recycled

If you're anything like me, you probably did learn in grade school how paper is made and even how recycled paper comes into being. As the years have gone on however, I've entirely forgotten the process. But alas, my curiosity has led me to relearn how exactly paper gets recycled and well, here's how it happens:


First the waste paper needs to get sorted – whether it's newsprint, corrugated cardboard, magazine paper, etc. The different types of paper are sorted into their respective groups because different types of paper require different processes in order to be recycled.

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3 Reasons to Buy Your Ink Cartridges Online

Printers are one of those things that you have to feed, preferably with ink. I have yet to try stuffing a sandwich into my printer but I don't imagine that if I did, my next print job would come out perfect.

That said, when shopping for your ink cartridges you have the option of going into a store or going online.  Here are 3 reasons that may sway you to purchase your ink refills online:

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Best Back to School Printers 2015

With the new school year around the corner and school supplies lining the shelves of your local stores, it’s easy to forget that you’ll need a printer. This printer is going to be your lifeline when you’ve slaved away, pulling an all-nighter to get that essay done and need it printed so you can submit it in the next 10 minutes.  

Your back to school printer should be compact enough to fit on your desk amidst your textbooks and empty Doritos bags and be easy enough to operate after you’ve spent the night cramming.

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A History of Printing

In this day and age when all it takes to have an image printed is a click of a button from your mobile phone or desktop – it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when someone had to carve into a piece of wood or metal, slather on ink, and then press paper against it – to "print" an image.

To pay homage to those whose creativity and ingeniousness led to the idea that something could be ‘printed’ – please see the infographic below containing a history of printing:

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Why Use Managed Print Services?

Do you think you've omitted all of the unnecessary expenses out of your IT operations? If you've ignored your printing and imaging systems, you may be in for a surprise. Oftentimes - printers, scanners, copiers, and fax machines can go under the budget radar – making it difficult for organizations to track how much they spend in hardware, toner, ink cartridges, machine management and paper over the course of the year. Add to this, that such equipment is usually paid for through numerous department budgets and well, how much is the organization truly spending on printing and imaging systems as a whole?

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Got a Paper Jam? Ask Yourself These Questions Before Placing a Service Call

Are paper jams cramping your work flow? Paper jams are infuriating – anyone who’s seen the movie “Office Space” can attest to sympathizing with workers lined up waiting for a printer to get back up and running after it’s swallowed a piece of paper but can’t seem to spit it back out.

When a paper jam does occur – here are a few questions you might consider asking yourself prior to placing a service call:

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