Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Where Exactly is the Happiest Place on Earth?

Where exactly is the happiest place on Earth? Some might immediately think of Disneyland and some might say home sweet home. We would like to show you the happiest place on Earth based on statistics, compiled research, and various factors in regards to the economy, governance, safety, and personal freedom.

We finally got our question answered by an index released in 2011 by LegatumInstitute, a private international investment organization based in Dubai. Some of the world’s happiest and least happiest countries are revealed based on 40 years of data breakdown, trending research, and extensive analysis. 
Legatum Prosperity Index calculates information from 110 countries around the world, which covers approximately 90% of the population. This index factors in 8 major subjects ranging from health, entrepreneurship opportunity, education, and all the way to social capital. And these categories break up into 89 variables including immunization, religion, democracy, inflation, etc. So what are the answers?

Overall happiest country ranking number 1 – Norway 

Norway has very high rankings in social capital and safety and security. In addition, this country is among one of the wealthiest in the world.

Average life satisfaction: 7.6 out of 10 (2008 estimate)
Literacy rate: 100% (2009)
GDP per capita (PPP): $53,738 (2011 estimate)


Overall happiest country ranking number 2 – Denmark


Denmark has the lowest cost for business start-ups and was ranked first in entrepreneurship-opportunity category, making it a true land of opportunities.

Average life satisfaction: 7.8 out of 10 (2010 estimate)
Literacy rate: 100% (2009)
GDP per capita (PPP): $37,585 (2011 estimate)


Overall happiest country ranking number 3 – Australia 

Australia has been growing from natural resources trading. In addition, the country offers excellent educational programs to both citizens and foreigners.

Average life satisfaction: 7.5 out of 10 (2010 estimate)
Literacy rate: 100% (2009)
GDP per capita (PPP): $40,816 (2011 estimate)

Regardless of the statistics and benchmarks, we believe that the happiest place on Earth for each individual is where you find our loved ones. Since holiday season is happening, we at Toner Spot hope that you are currently are all spending your holidays at the happiest place for you.

Please visit us at www.toner-spot.com and we wish you a very happy and safe holidays season.

Sources:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2011/12/07/the-worlds-happiest-and-saddest-countries/
http://www.prosperity.com/

Friday, December 2, 2011

What do You Mean by Printer Toner Page Yield at 5% Coverage?

“How many pages do I get from this toner cartridge?”
“10,000 page yield at 5% coverage.”
“What do you mean by 5% coverage?”

We get that question often here at Toner Spot. Customers are sometimes confused by this standard industry term “5% coverage.” Is it a scam? Does it mean sellers can get away by selling toners that failed to print out exact 10,000 pages?

In fact, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) created a standard measurement that helps toner cartridge manufacturers to accurately inform customers how many pages their products can print. It also helps customers to cross compare different brands and different models using this standardized reference.  

If you take an A4 sized paper and color just 5% of the area black, that will be an example of 5% page yield printing area for one page. Instead, if you use Times New Roman, font 12, double spaced; 5% page yield will be about 2 paragraphs with 2 to 3 sentences in each of them. That’s not a lot right? 


We think the same way as you do. Usually a full page printed with Times New Roman, font 12, double spaced, and multiple paragraphs is equal to about 30% to 40% page yield. That means a 10,000 page yield toner at 5% coverage actually can only give you approximately 3,500 fully printed results. However, since this standard is used by all major toner cartridge providers, at least we can learn about it and understand what we’re paying for.

Most of our customers prefer high yield toner cartridges in comparison to stand yield counterparts. High yield toners might come with slightly higher prices, however, they are usually more cost efficient on a per-page basis. Furthermore, fewer times you’ll have to worry about replacing the toner units. To save you some time and money, please see below for some of our high yield toner recommendations:


Regular Price: $359.99
Our Price: $314.99 (You save $45!!) 



PremiumCompatible Lexmark C510 High Yield Toner Set – Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta

Regular Price: $249.99
Our Price: $234.99 (You save $10!!) 


PremiumCompatible Xerox Phaser 6360 High Yield Toner Set – Black, Cyan, Yellow,Magenta

Regular Price: $289.99
Our Price: $274.99 (You save $15!!) 


Feel free to send us a message if you have other technical problems or other suggestions. We love to hear from you at www.toner-spot.com and Twitter account “TonerSpot”!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Help! My Samsung Printer Showing “Replace Waste Toner Container”

Is there such thing as waste toner container or waste toner collector? Believe it or not, it does exist in all of our printer toner cartridges, or in Samsung’s case, the toner collector exists in a separate compartment inside the printer.

To understand a waste collector, first you have to understand how printer works. When printing documents, the paper will pass through a heated roller-like mechanism called “fuser.” The heat will melt the loose toner power while the paper passes through the fuser, thus create printed documents. Powder that wasn’t consumed during the process will then fall into the waste collector.



Generally speaking, a majority of popular printers now use toners with build-in waste containers. As a result, most of the consumers will never notice that there is such thing called waster collector. Once the toner life is about to end, the waste collector is about nearly full, and all we have to do is simply replace the toner cartridge. Samsung, on the other hand, incorporates toners and waste collectors separately. As a result, besides changing toners, sometimes Samsung printer users need to deal with the waste container also.

So what should we do when the Samsung printer is showing replace waste toner container message?
  1. Remove the container and gently dump the very light weighted powder waste. Thoroughly clean the unit or rinse under water and let it dry completely before re-installment.

      2.   Clean the area where the waste collector engages with the
             sensor. A cotton swab can be used to help cleaning the hard to
             reach surface. 

      3.   Change the toner waste container after trying the cleaning
             method after several times. It will ensure the printer to
             function properly over a longer period of time.
     
You can find many toner waste collectors on the internet ranging from somewhere around $10 to $20. As for some of the popular compatible Samsung toner cartridges, you can simply click on the links below for some good bargains:



CompatibleSamsung CLP-500 Full Color Set Toner Cartridges (Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta) $199.99$189.99



There’s no shipping fee for orders over $75, and don’t forget to enter coupon code “winter wonderland” to receive 10% off your entire purchase! If you have further questions, feel free to leave a message and our technician will be happy to solve your printer/toner issues!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Best and Worst Housing Markets in the U.S. (2009 – Current)

2009 was perhaps the turning point from one of the most catastrophic financial meltdown in our country’s history. Furthermore, with President Obama’s administration moving into office from the 2008 election also brought some changes to the country, including a massive mortgage relief program.

The basic idea for the program is to reduce the mortgage burden for homeowners and borrowers by lowering the interest rate, extending the life of the loan, lowering the loan principle, etc. Typically speaking, an affordable loan payment is defined as 31 percent of borrower’s monthly gross income.

Based on the survey conducted by Zillow.com with 1,000 largest cities in the states and the information referenced from businessweek.com, here are some of the best and worst housing markets in the United States since the Obama administration took over office.

Best Housing Market – Number 1: Weston, Florida 

Value change: Up 15.1%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $280,000
Highlights:
  • Businessweek.com also ranked this city as United States “best affordable suburbs” in 2006
  • Money Magazine ranked Weston as the 19th place in America in the “Biggest Earners” category, with a medium family income of $119,689 in 2010

Best Housing Market – Number 2: Arlington, Massachusetts 


Value change: Up 14.8%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $475,800
Highlights:
  • Arlington, once known as Menotomy Village, was the famous historical ride took by Paul Revere to alert the colonists
  • High level of great schools including 9 public school systems and two parochial schools

Best Housing Market – Number 3: Brookline, Massachusetts 

Value change: Up 13.6%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $506,900
Highlights:
  • Affluent suburb community with a historical touch
  • The site of the oldest country club, the Country Club, which was founded in 1882

Best Housing Market  – Number 4: Burke, Virginia 


Value change: Up 13.5%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $434,200
Highlight:
  • Part of the 2008’s popular video game Fallout 3 was referenced to Burke, VA (Mister Burke and his residence in a fictional tower adjacent to the real town of Burke)

Best Housing Market  – Number 5: Vienna, Virginia 


Value change: Up 12.8%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $638,500
Highlight:
  • Money Magazine ranked Vienna as the top four best places to live in the country in 2005

Worst Housing Market  – Number 1: Homestead, Florida 


Value change: Down 48.8%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $76,000
Highlight:
  • The city has a problem of high crime rates and still recovering for the 1992 Hurricane Andrew devastation

Worst Housing Market – Number 2: Pontiac, Michigan 

Value change: Down 47.4%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $33,800
Highlights:
  • The main economic line of the city relies on the auto industry and it has died down over the years
  • Pontiac Silverdome stadium hosted the Detroit Lions of the National Football League from 1975 to 2002
  • The site for two of the America’s renowned haunted houses The Realm of Darkness and Erebus

Worst Housing Market – Number 3: Trenton, New Jersey 

Value change: Down 46%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $60,700
Highlights:
  • Capital of New Jersey
  • The city suffers from declining manufacturing job opportunities and high crime rates

Worst Housing Market – Number 4:  Lehigh Acres, Florida 


Value change: Down 42.2%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $63,700
Highlight:
  • The city is suffering from dramatic housing market booms effect, now many left with foreclosure status

Worst Housing Market – Number 5: Altamonte Springs, Florida 

Value change: Down 41.3%
Medium home value (August, 2011): $86,300
Highlights:
  • The city suffers from major impact from recent economic booms and busts
  • The location for Central Florida’s largest Independence Day celebration event Red, Hot & Boom

*Did you notice that Florida has cities listed under both best and the worst housing markets?

Based on the information gathered, it appears that our country is still trying hard to recover from the previous economic recession. During hard time, saving money should be on the mind of many. We encourage you to try and save some money on your printing us supplies and allow us to help! Please visit us at www.toner-spot.com to browse our compatible toner inventory to save 30% to 70% on your printing costs!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Remembering the Person that Changed the World – Steve Jobs

Words can’t describe how much we will miss Steve Jobs: who not only is remembered as the creator of the Apple empire, but also as one of the greatest philanthropist and motivator of the 21st century. We’ve pulled out a number of great artworks in the memory of Steve Jobs – maybe it’s the best way to grieve the loss for such an innovative man.

“Mosaic illustrations for Apple Inc and Steve Jobs related articles in Fortune magazine”


Illustration by Charis Tsevis (Tsevis Visual Design)
Photography by Corbis
Apple products courtesy by Apple Inc
iPhone app icons by their respective owners



A Pixar Goodbye


Little history behind this image:

Pixar Animation Studios was part of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm until Steve Jobs acquired the company back in 1986. In 2006, Steve Jobs became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company. And the same year, Pixar was acquired by The Walt Disney Company.

Characters from left to right:
Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.
Sulley from Monsters, Inc.
Remy from Ratatouille
WALL∙E from WALL∙E
Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story series
Woody from Toy Story Series
Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles
Nimo from Finding Nemo
Lightning McQueen from Cars
Flik from A Bug’s Life
Carl Fredricksen from Up


Buzz Lightyear and Steve Jobs –


Source: http://instagr.am/p/POknj/

Pixar’s signature lamp Luxo Jr. and Apple logo –

Illustrator Raid71 (Chris Thornley) -

Fallen Apple logo –  

Source: http://instagr.am/p/POknj/

Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011. In the memory of love.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How to Eliminate Unwanted Light Stripes for Xerox Phaser Printers

It is not a frequent issue, but what should you do when your Xerox Phaser series printer produces unwanted light strips like the following images:

Example 1 –


Example 2 – 

You can also run a test page. If the printing result resembles the one below, then for certain a light strips issue is present –  


The cause for these types of printing errors, sometimes faded strips or wrong colored stripes, are usually due to dirty print head or debris found in paper exit area. Xerox already programmed automatic print head cleaning steps that can be found on printer’s main panel.
  • Scroll down to "Troubleshooting" menu
  • Select "Print Diagnostic Pages"
  • Select "Eliminate Light Stripes" 

For certain types of Phaser printers, there might be a slight change in troubleshooting descriptions:
  • Scroll to "Support" menu
  • Select "Improve Print Quality"
  • Select "Print Diagnostic Pages"
  • Select "Eliminate Light Stripes"

You might need to repeat the steps a few times in order for the stripes to disappear completely. However, if the issue remains after three attempts, we suggest you to turn off the printer for at least four hours or overnight then repeat the steps again. It allows the ink to solidify by turning the printer off.

Another method is to clean both the paper exit area and the maintenance drawer wiper blades. Open the exit cover and thoroughly inspect the paper exit area. Gently remove any debris or dust preferably with a lint free cloth.

For some models, there is also a green guide under the exit cover. Use the cloth to gently wipe the white plastic paper release blade then close the cover. Same cleaning steps can also be performed for the wiper blade inside the right panel.

Print out the test page again and image should resembles the one below when the light stripes issue has been solved –  

Remember to set the printer back to normal operation by scrolling to “Exit” then “Select.”  If none of the above steps work, service might be required to fix the issue.  

External links to some of our most popular compatible Xerox Phaser toner cartridges:

Compatible Xerox Phaser 3250 Toner –
http://www.toner-spot.com/Xerox-Phaser-3250-Premium-Compatible-Toner-p/xx-3250.htm

Compatible Xerox Phaser 6180 Toners –
http://www.toner-spot.com/category-s/2122.htm

Compatible Xerox Phaser 7400 Toners –
http://www.toner-spot.com/category-s/2108.htm

Monday, September 26, 2011

What to Do when My Brother Printer Keeps Showing Low on Toner?

I think at least once in a life time, we all feel like smashing the printer and throwing it out of the window. Sometimes it’s the paper jam and sometimes it’s the printer recognition problem. Paper jam is understandable since we might be the one at fault who didn’t insert it right at the first place. As for the printer recognition, usually there is a chip that needs to be replaced inside the cartridge in order for the printer to function properly. But how about this, the printer keeps displaying low on toner while you’re almost certain it’s not empty at all? 
 

This post is here to help if you are having problems with your Brother printers. To fix Brother’s low on toner problem, we need to trick the printer to think that there is still some toner left, even though in fact THERE IS toner left in the cartridge.

But before getting into the technical part, try this simple method first:
  • Turn off the printer
  • Remove the cartridge from the printer
  • Shake the cartridge few times then insert it back to the machine
  • Restart the printer
    
Sometimes this can give you about couple more hundred pages before the “toner life end” message pops out again. For a more long term solution, give the below methods a try:

Resetting the Brother toner –
  • Open the front dorr compartment on the toner cartridge
  • Press the clear/back button
  • Press * when prompted with replace unit message
  • Press OK

Please note that this method only works for certain Brother printer types such as MFC7420, MFC8460, and MFC8860, etc. If the printer still acting stubborn and refuse to print out the paper, try the following method:

Taping the Brother toner –
  • Pull out the cartridge and look for a hole on the right side with a glass-like cover
  • Check the left side, sometimes there're two holes on each end instead of one
  • Turn off the printer
  • Cover the hole/s with a duct tape or just paint the regular tape with black sharpie
  • Insert the cartridge back to the printer
  • Restart the printer

What we are doing here with the tape is to block the ink level sensor, tricking the machine to think there are still inks left inside the toner.

We hope the above methods save some headaches of yours and can save you some money in the long run by extending the life of your cartridges. Remember these are temporary options and it’s always a good idea to stock up some toner/drum units when you’re about ¾ of the usage. Better safe than sorry, you definitely don’t want to find the printer stops working when you’re in the middle of printing something urgent. Feel free to drop us a message if you need help with other printer/toner questions. We’re here to help!