HP Printers Send a Ton of Data Analytics Back Home

· Andrew Orr · Link

Software engineer Robert Heaton found disturbing evidence that HP printers request a lot of analytics permissions to send back to the company.

In summary, HP wants its printer to collect all kinds of data that a reasonable person would never expect it to. This includes metadata about your devices, as well as information about all the documents that you print, including timestamps, number of pages, and the application doing the printing (HP state that they do stop short of looking at the contents of your documents).

macOS: How to Check a Printer's Supply Levels

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Within macOS, you can actually check the ink or toner levels in your printer without having to get up and walk across the room to the device (perish the thought!). We’ll tell you how in this Quick Tip.

macOS: Resuming a Print Job on a Specific Page

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Today’s Quick Tip is about pausing printing—and then having your printer resume on a specific page! No, you don’t have to cancel your print job if you forgot to tell your Mac to print only a range of pages, and we’ll tell you how to get around doing that.

Can't Print? Try Resetting Your Printer's Network Configuration

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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There’s a little-known feature of most printer models that’ll let you reset any network configurations to their defaults, which can solve all kinds of communication problems and flakiness in those oh-so-frustrating devices. We’ll talk about it in today’s Quick Tip!

macOS: Setting Your Default Printer

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

macOS always looks for the last printer you used, but it’s easy to change that to a specific printer.

How to Check Out Your Printer's Webpage (And Why You Might Want To!)

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Ah, printers. How we hate them; how we sometimes need them. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s going to wade into the printing morass with a great troubleshooting tip for misbehaving devices. You’ll learn how to visit your printer’s local webpage, and this just might get you out of a (paper) jam. Har har har.