Oh, the money tree

I got up early this morning with the intent I’d work on Week 1 on my unit, rounding things out, well that was the plan. I needed to print some stuff out, however the Mac mini has never connected to the old Canon Pixma MP495, and it seems it never would. You see, Canon doesn’t seem to maintain drivers for macOS as it does Windows, call it obsolescence, or just a smaller user base? Who knows?

In fairness, I had been considering moving to a mono laser printer, however when I’d visited OfficeWorks the Brother printer that offered duplexing wasn’t (and still isn’t) available. I could have whipped out the MacBook Pro and printed there and then, but decided, bugger it, I want a new printer that works with macOS Big Sur, and would also support Apple’s new ARM M-class chips when I eventually come to migrate. Research commenced.

The Brother printer wasn’t anywhere to be found, no vendors had it in stock, I was clearly going to need another option. The only (inexpensive) option from HP didn’t look up to snuff, and a stiff wind might knock it off the desk; I was wanting something that might last a few years. Perhaps Laser printers weren’t on the cards this time; back to Canon inkjets it would seem.

I have ended up with another multi-function inkjet, the Canon TS5360, which offers AirPrint and duplexing. Its print speed seems pretty decent, even when duplex printing, which works quite nicely I have to say.

Dust off that wallet, Corin

Just as I was about to get settled into study, I decided I was in need of a coffee. I put my oat milk into the frother and added the pod to my Nespresso machine. The frother, relatively new, set to task and does a brilliant job, but on this occasion the Nespresso, some 5-6 years old now, had given up the ghost. Noooooooooo! A student’s life is dependent upon decent coffee into the late hours of the night. I joked with my little sister, an immediate trip to Myer was on the cards for its replacement; several hundred dollars just flew out the door.

Though another inexpensive purchase, it’s amazing how much smaller this machine is compared to its predecessor, probably only two-thirds the width, which in our space-challenged kitchen makes a difference.

These two purchases round out what has been an expensive week for me, kicked off on Tuesday with my needing to replace my glasses and sunglasses after a visit to the optometrist. An eyewatering $1,380 after their ‘second pair 50% off’ discount had been applied, I think I have now had my three things in one week haha. If anyone knows where the money tree is, please point me in its direction, could do with shaking some of its fruit into my wallet.

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