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CCS-Digital August 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the CCS-Digital August 2019 newsletter. Inside you will learn a number of things to improve your online experience, from scams to avoid, useful free software, discounts and deals available online and more.

The discount code of spring18 (upper or lower case) will give you 5% off orders of $20 and up.

We are no longer sending out email reminders of the newsletter.
As you are probably aware, if someone makes a purchase from a site, that site has the right to add them to their mailing list. This is not considered spam as long as there is an easy way to opt out. We do NOT add people to our mailing list unless they specifically request it. The email for our newsletter contains no ads, just a link to the newsletter online. It also begins by saying one can be removed from the list just by replying with remove.

Despite this, a few morons signed up for the discount and then reported us for spam. A few sites (AOL, Yahoo) will block a site or even an entire server on the basis of 2 or 3 spam complaints. Customers emailed us with questions and our replies were blocked because of the complaints of a few morons. On top of that, we could not even remove them from our list because in some cases their emails were forwarded to other IDs and the complaining ID was not even on our list.

Then there are the actual spammers who spoof IDs. Someone called to complain that she received 200 emails from We never send mail from that domain. Some spammer spoofed that ID (which is very easy to do and there is no way for us to prevent it). It did NOT go through our server. A knowledgeable person can look at the email headers and figure out where it really came from. But AOL, Yahoo and other lazy companies don't bother. If it says Bestinkandtoner, then Bestinkandtoner must be blocked. I wonder how much spam is sent from AOL and Yahoo IDs and how they would feel if other ISPs blocked all their email over it.

So we will not be sending out any emails about the newsletter to cut down on complaints. You can visit this link at the beginning of each month to see the latest newsletter. It still won't solve the issue of spoofing.

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Ink Talk

New Website Coming

Maintaining a business website is never finished. Today's websites are composed of numerous technologies (HTML, Javascript, CSS, Php, SQL, Magento, Apache, etc) all of which have to be continuously upgraded to the latest versions while ensuring that an upgrade will still remain compatible with the others. Our latest site, released about a year ago and built with Magento 1.9, has already been updated and patched several times. Some features have started to go awry. It is taking too long for an order to process (though it will process after about a minute or two).
Now Magento 2.0 has been released and support for 1.9 is going away. 2.0 is not just an upgrade, it is a completely new product which requires a complete rebuild of the site. This is currently taking place on a different and newly built server. After we test it, the plan is to release it to the public as After it has been in use for a few weeks and has proven to work reliably, it will also become the site of CCS-Digital and BestInkandToner. All three names will point to the same site, as they do now.

Reduced Shipping Costs and Time on Canadian Orders

We located a supplier in Canada who will ship directly to Canadian customers. This will reduce both the shipping cost and the amount of time it will take to arrive. For credit card orders, you should see a lower total than what the website showed, once your order has been processed. For paypal orders, you should get a refund of the difference. If you want to know what your order will cost before placing it, choose Other Payment Methods. We will get notification of the order and reply with a total. You can then decide to proceed using paypal, credit card or other payment method.

The Epson Embargo Has Hit

We have been warning people for months that it will become very difficult to get Epson compatible cartridges. Customs has been stopping shipments from entering the country. Epson has been going after suppliers. Our biggest suppliers stopped providing Epson cartridges. We have removed some models from our site and prices on other models are moving up. Don't wait for the last minute. You might also want to consider refillable and reusable cartridges because you will always be able to find ink.

Now is the time to get a printer

Just about all the printer companies are jumping on the rip-off bandwagon where every printer needs a different cartridge. It used to be that a company would release 5 or 10 new printers a year and all would use the same cartridges. By making each printer use a different one, they know that the market for any one cartridge model will be limited so compatible manufacturers won't bother to make it. On top of that, they issue firmware upgrades via the Internet so even if you find a compatible cartridge, if you allow the upgrade to run, it will stop working.

For these reasons, we urge people to get one of the "older" printers now - the ones which still work with compatible cartridges. Otherwise you will be paying a fortune for ink. There are printers where the ink cost as much or more than the printer itself. HP and Epson have some inkjets where the cartridges are over $100 a set. HP has at least one where cartridges are $400!.

Right now the best inkjets are the Epson Workforce 2750 for about $60 with cartridges about $5 (about 250 page yield) and the Canon TS6020 for about $90 at Walmart with cartridges as low as $1 each. Details on Best Printers. So far it seems these models are not subject to the firmware upgrade scam which follows but it's always a good idea to reject any upgrades Epson tries to foist on you.

Texas AG May Sue Epson Over Dirty Tricks

I was a staunch advocate for Epson products for over 20 years but no longer. If you want all the details, you can read Epson dirty tricks.

Beware the firmware upgrade
Epson releases firmware upgrades which are sent to you via the net. All these do is prevent compatible cartridges from working. With single-use cartridges, most people use them within a few months of purchase so by the time the upgrade arrives, they are used. (Though we do get customers who hold them for months and then complain later - after running an upgrade - why they don't work. This is why our "official" warranty is 60 days. It's impossible to protect people from their own actions.) With refillable cartridges, people expect to use them for a long time. Then they run the upgrade which renders the cartridges useless.

Need a speaker for a user's group?

I have given online presentations to users' groups. If you have a group which meets regularly who would be interested in hearing about computer-related topics, drop me a line.

Freedompop is gone

Several years ago I bought a phone from Freedompop for $30 which came with free cellphone service. I use Magicjack for my regular number and they have an app which lets that number work on any cell phone. A few days ago, the phone number assigned to me by Freedompop suddenly stopped working out of the office, though my Magicjack number and email continued to work. Then I received an email that Freedompop had turned its customers over to Ting, who was charging $6 a month for unlimited calls and texting plug $4 a gig for internet access or $20 a month for unlimited everything. I never heard of Ting. Since I am rarely out of the office and the phone works fine over WIFI, I have not rushed to sign up. I am more concerned with how this was handled. I am also concerned with the fact that Freedompop's website shows no indication that company is going out of business and is still taking orders for "free" phone service. What is even stranger is that my Magicjack number and email still away from the office.

Inspirational, amazing and fun

toddler needed miracle drug. Jewish community raised 2.2 million in 5 days.  
  moslem paramedic speaks at Jewish wedding in Israel to relate how he saved the bride's life  
  hero teen saves 6-year-old from vicious pit bull  
  an act of kindness to someone who really needed it  
  commuter almost drowns in the subway  
  Uber driver offers ride menu  
  police apprehend sushi bandits - penguins  
  cockatoo teaches himself dance moves  
  celebrities should understand that their behavior influences their young fans  
  small dog chases bear out of yard  
  cows dance when farmer plays accordion  
  cow plays peek-a-boo  
  father tricks daughters into ending tantrums  
  2-year-old climbs on to luggage belt in airport and goes on wild ride  

What do you want to see in the next issue?

If there's something specific you want to know about, feel free to drop me a note.

Until next time, have a great month!


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